Talk on colonialism, liberation strategies, Eritrea and East Timor

As part of the Speaker Series on Africa, co-sponsored by the Accents Bookstore and the Tubman Institute, Awet Tewelde Weldemichael will present a talk based on his book, Third World Colonialism and Strategies of Liberation:Eritrea and East Timor Compared, on Saturday December 7th from 3pm-6pm at the Clave Social, 1345 St.Clair Ave. West (at Landsdowne).

The book analyzes and compares Ethiopia’s rule over Eritria and Indonesia’s rule over East Timor. A comparative study of Eritrean and East Timorese grand strategies of liberation, as well as the inner workings of the nationalist movements, are examined. In the book, Weldemichael challenges existing notions of grand strategy as a unique prerogative of the West and opposes established understanding of colonialism as an exclusively Western project on the non-Western world.

Awet Tewelde Weldemichael is an Assistant Professor of African History at the University of Kentucky. Prior to Kentucky, Weldemichael taught and researched at various universities in the United States, Europe, and African. Weldemichael’s expertise includes Contemporary Northeast and East African and island Southeast Asia; as well as, imperialism, colonialism, decolonization, revolutions, peace, nationalist movements, conflict, and security.

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