Sophie Küspert-Rakotondrainy

Sophie Küspert-Rakotondrainy

Department of African Studies and Anthropology
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Transformation of hierarchies in Western Ethiopia: The case of the Mao
Supervisors: Dr Benedetta Rossi  and Dr Marco Di Nunzio
PhD African Studies


The aim of my research is to examine the relationships between various social and ethnic categories of difference in the former Begi district in Western Ethiopia. It particularly focuses on the changing meanings of the label ‘Mao’ with the aim of discussing how individuals assume identities that are at once ethnically and hierarchically defined and how these are manifested, performed and transformed in practice.