The Director Makerere Institute of Social Research Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, cordially invites you to the PhD Public Defence of Ms. Netsanet Gebremichael Woldesenbet scheduled to take place on Friday 15th February, 2019 at 2:15pm. at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) in Seminar Room 1.
Thesis title: “Topographies of Reminiscences: Asmara as Historical Representations and Deliberations.”
Supervisor: Professor Mahmood Mamdani - MISR
Opponent / Discussant: Professor Tekalign Wolde‑Mariam Gemechu - Asst. Professor of History, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
By mobilizing productions and reminisces in forms of oral–accounts with popular cultural productions such as autobiographies, memoirs, songs, novels and poetry produced on the subject- Asmara the dissertation asserts that practices of reminiscing constitute historical sensibilities that involve representing, circulating and deliberating the past. In so doing, it demonstrates that reminisces recover the past from the vantage point of representing it from that which remains in the form of life story, archives, objects. At the same time, reminiscing is engaged in the circulation of the past through creative interventions in forms of songs, novels, poetry, and memoirs and self-writing. The examination of reminiscing practices, therefore, shows that the ways in which the past is represented and circulated are deliberative accounts of the present through using past reminisces. In this case, reminiscing is not an exercise of recovering an objective truth about the past, but rather of engaging in the production of history by representing, circulating and deliberating on the past.