The International Conference on Eritrean Studies (ICES) (20-22 July 2016) was officially opened today in Asmara (Hotel Asmara Palace). The conference has been in preparation for more than a year. More than 130 papers clustered in around 30 themes will be presented. There will also be plenary lectures, poster presentations, ambassadors’ session. More than 70 of the papers will be presented by participants coming from abroad. Nearly 500 participants are expected to attend this three-day event.
The Conference in Pictures
ICES aims to revive scholarly discussions on Eritrea and sketch ways of strengthening academic interest and activities related to the country by engaging scholars from inside and outside Eritrea. The event will offer an opportunity to scholars working on Eritrea to present their work to a larger academic gathering in Asmara. It will also provide a forum for local, Eritrean Diaspora, and international scholars to create and develop links with research and academic institutions and public stakeholders inside the country.
ICES is expected to lay foundations for a sustained commitment on the part of the different participants to Eritrean studies. Their involvement will allow Eritrean studies scholars to establish pan-African networks and connections, providing opportunities to raise issues and share experiences on the manifold challenges of development from different perspectives. A discussion will be held at the end of the conference to look for ways to sustain and institutionalize Eritrean studies.
Welcome to Asmara!