Frau Dr. Serawit B. Debele

Einladende Institution: Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Aufenthalt: 30. September 2017
Heimatuni: MPI-MMG Göttingen (Deutschland)
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Serawit Bekele Debele is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Socio-Cultural Diversity. Currently, she is conducting research on religion and sexuality Ethiopia. In her research, she combines historical and ethnographic approaches to trace the change and continuity of discourses on sexuality and how the religious factors shapes those discourses.

Serawit received her MA in cultural studies from the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University and her PhD in religious studies from Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS (Germany). In her PhD dissertation, she focused on an annual thanksgiving ritual known as Irreecha, a ritual performed mainly by the Oromo of Ethiopia, and explored the creation of alternative political spaces. She examined how ordinary citizens and different political actors appropriate religious vocabularies and spaces as part of dealing with socio—political and economic processes that affect their everyday lives. Later as a Fritz Thyssen Stiftung postdoctoral fellow, she focused on collective prayers as political reflections and practices among the Oromo ethnic groups who live in Germany, the Netherlands and Ethiopia.

At the Academy, she took part in the workshop "Waiting in Africa" of the postdoc working group "Waiting for Futures".