Remember that our AGM takes place online tomorrow evening, Tuesday 22 September at 6:00pm. This meeting is for members only and so it's been given a 'private', password protected listing on Eventbrite to try to prevent non-members from booking in error. The password was sent out in the covering letter for both the Summer news File and AGM paperwork, and is also included in the Agenda for the meeting. Book via Eventbrite and you will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting about six hours before it starts. We have not yet had enough members book for us to meet the AGM quorum requirements so please register and attend if you can.
The lecture following the AGM starts at 7:00pm when Richard Reid will talk about his recently published book, Shallow Graves - A Memoir of the Ethiopia-Eritrea War.
Richard is a historian who was based in Eritrea during the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia (fought between May 1998 and June 2000), and who continued to visit both that country and Ethiopia for several years afterwards. He has now written a personal account of the war, as well as of the periods immediately preceding and following the conflict.
The book traces shifting local perceptions of time, the nation and the region, beginning in the mid-1990s and concluding with the peace agreement signed between the two governments in 2018. The narrative is constructed around conversations and interactions with a range of local witnesses, friends and colleagues, and explores the impact of prolonged war and its aftermath, both on private and public memory, and on the nature of history itself. This talk is open to the public and needs to be booked separately from the AGM. Book via Eventbrite and you will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting about six hours before it starts.
Richard Reid is Professor of African History at the University of Oxford, currently focusing on histories of war on the continent in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.