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The foundation of German-Ethiopian relations dates back to cultural research of the 17th century. For over three hundred years, Ethiopia and German-speaking countries enjoyed an unusual relationship built on scholarly and cultural curiosity and mutual affection. In November 2014 the Goethe-Institut in Addis Abeba hosted a symposium on “Cultural Research from Germanophone Countries in Northeastern Africa: Stories and Histories”. German and Ethiopian scholars and intellectuals presented stories and personalities of researchers, theories and experiences of success and failure, illustrated by findings largely unknown to the general public. In April 2015 an exhibition curated by Dr. Wolbert Smidt and in cooperation with Mekelle University and the Frobenius Institute took place at the Goethe Institute Addis Ababa. The rich history of German-Ethiopian Studies was exemplified through the stories of ten exceptional researchers.

Below you can find the handouts of the exhibition:

Abba Gorgoryos

Aleqa Tayee

Enno Littmann

Eike Haberland

Herma Plazikowksy-Brauner

Leo Frobenius

Mohammed Nur


Werner Munzinger

Wilhelm Schimper

Closing Observations





Cooperation with Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria

Cooperation Keffi

A cooperation letter has been signed on 20 April 2017 by the Director of the Frobenius Institute, Professor Roland Hardenberg, and Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, representative of the Vice-Chancellor of Nasarawa State University in Keffi, Nigeria.

Both institutions are excited about this opportunity to develop relations with each other and look forward to warm and productive conversations.



A.E. Jensen-Gedächtnisvorlesungsreihe 2017

Prof. Dr. Chris Gregory (Canberra)

"On the pursuit of wealth and happiness": Some lessons from Central India

12. Juni bis 17. Juli 2017

jeweils montags 18.15 bis 19.45 Uhr

Raum 1.811, Casino-Gebäude, Campus Westend

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Prof. Dr. Roland Hardenberg ist neuer Direktor des Frobenius-Instituts

Roland HardenbergAb 1. Januar 2017 ist Prof. Dr. Roland Hardenberg neuer Direktor des Frobenius-Instituts.

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Jean-Louis Georget, Hélène Ivanoff und Richard Kuba (Hrsg.)

Kulturkreise - Leo Frobenius und seine Zeit

(Studien zur Kulturkunde Bd. 129), Berlin, Reimer-Verlag 2016

ISBN: 978-496-01558-3



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Karl-Heinz Kohl, Richard Kuba und Hélène Ivanoff (Hrsg.)

Kunst der Vorzeit. Felsbilder aus der Sammlung Frobenius

München, London, New York: Prestel, 2016




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Karl-Heinz Kohl, Richard Kuba, Hélène Ivanoff und Benedikt Burkard (Hrsg.)

Kunst der Vorzeit. Texte zu den Felsbildern der Sammlung Frobenius

Frankfurt, Frobenius-Institut, 2016

ISBN: 978-3-9806506-8-7



Tessmann 3

Sabine Dinslage (Hrsg.)

Günther Tessmann: Mein Leben - Tagebuch in 12 Bänden (Teil 3)

Lübecker Beiträge zur Ethnologie Bd. 4, 2015

ISBN: 978-3795052263


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Holger Jebens (Hrsg.)

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Collected by Alex Yapua Ari

Berlin: Reimer Verlag 2015

ISBN: 978-3-496-01549-9



Wolbert G.C. Smidt, Sophia Thubauville (Hrsg.)

Cultural Research in Northeastern Africa. German Histories and Stories

Mekelle University, Frobenius Institute Frankfurt am Main, 2015



 Studien 130

Ulrich Braukämper

Afrika 1914–1918: Antikolonialer Widerstand jenseits der Weltkriegsfronten

(Studien zur Kulturkunde, Bd.130), Berlin, Reimer-Verlag 2015

ISBN 978-3-496-01548-2


 Paideuma 61


PAIDEUMA. Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde

Volume 61 (2015)

W. Kohlhammer: Stuttgart, Berlin, Köln

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