Orality Studies Workshop: Program


Venue: Lecture Hall “J”, Main Building, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, 20146 Hamburg

12:00 – 13:00  Registration 

13:00 – 13:15  Welcome note: Prof. Dr. Jan van der Putten and Dr. Getie Gelaye

13:15 – 13:30  Opening Speech: Prof. Dr. Volker Grabowsky, Speaker of the Asien-Afrika-Institut

13:30 – 14:30  Keynote Speech: Prof. Dr. Peter Wasamba, University of Nairobi, Kenya, Orality, Fieldwork and Textual Production in the 21st Century

14:30 – 15:15  Prof. Dr. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto and Dr. Getie Gelaye, Performances of the Azmari: 'Wandering' Musicians and "GUZO" -'Journey' NORTH - The Search for the Origin of Ethiopian Music – a Collaborative Project (Universities of Bahir Dar, Gondar, Hamburg and Weimar)

15:15 – 16:00  Umma Aliyu Mussa, PhD student,  Barmani Mai Coge: The Amada Singer-Heroine in Nigeria

16:00 – 16:45  Gidena Mesfin Kebede, Dr. Des., Gumaye: An Oral Literary Genre in Exile

16:45 – 17:15  Coffee breack

17:15 – 18:00  Ahmed Parkar, PhD student, Manuscripts’ Usages in Swahili Society: A Case Study of the Oral Performances of Qaṣīda Hamziyya in East Africa

18:00 – 18:45  Dr. Sary Schröder, Khartoum Popular Music: An Overview

18:45 – 19:30  Dr. Katrin Pfeiffer and Prof. Dr. Henning Schreiber, The NCAC National Digital Archive of The Gambia: Bringing Oral Traditions to the Digital Age

19:30 – 20:00  Live Performance by Jali Saliou Cissokho, Kora Player, Storyteller and Singer (Senegal/Gambia) 

20:00 – 20:45  Finger food and Discussion with Jali Saliou Cissokho, Performing Traditions of the Jali and Playing the Kora in West Africa



Venue: Conference Room 221, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1 (East Wing), 20146 Hamburg

09:30 – 10:30  Keynote Speech: Dr. Aone van Engelenhoven, Leiden University, Mending Torn Stories Creating a Narrative Identity in the Moluccan Exile Community in The Netherlands

10:30 – 11:00  Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45  Alan Darmawan, PhD studentRaja Adil dan Bijaksana: Cross-Gender Acting of King in the Royal Stories of the Mak Yong Malay Dance Drama 

11:45 – 12:30  Prof. Dr. Jan van der PuttenPerformance Traditions Touring Colonial Cosmopolitan Centres on the Indian Ocean Rim

12:30 – 13:15  Dr. Ram Prasad Bhatt, Jītū Bagḍwāḷ: A Heroic Poetry from Central Himalayas

13:15 – 14:15  Lunch break

14:15 – 14:00  Pantipa Chuenchat, PhD studentThe Legend of Queen Chamathewi and the Construction of Local Identity in Lamphun (Northern Thailand)

15:00 – 15:45  Hasina Samoelinanja, M.A., presenting in German: Wenn Kabary Kulturen verbindet: Die madagassische Hochzeitsrede in Fremdsprache (When Kabary Connects Cultures: the Malagasy Wedding Speech in Foreign Languages)

15:45 – 16:15  Coffee break

16:15 – 17:15 Live Performance: Alevi Music Group Hamburg; Janina Karolewski, Turkish Minstrels in the German Diaspora: An Alevi 'Aşık' and His Pupils in Hamburg

17:15 – 18:15  Round Table Discussion: Possibilities for Projects about Oral Traditions in the future; final remarks: Prof. Dr. Jan van der Putten

18:15 – 19:15  Dinner (delicious Ethiopian food and traditional coffee ceremony); Performance by Hasina Samoelinanja, presenting in German: Kabary Performance: Was das Wort uns sagt (Kabary Performance: What the Word Tells Us)


Professor Dr. Peter Wasamba: Orality, Fieldwork and Textual Production in the 21st Century

Dr. Peter Wasamba is a Professor of African Oral Literature at the University of Nairobi. He is the current Dean Faculty of Arts at the University of Nairobi. He has previously served as an Associate Dean, Faculty of arts, and Chairman in the Depa ...Read more

Dr. Aone van Engelenhoven: Mending Torn Stories Creating a Narrative Identity in the Moluccan Exile Community in The Netherlands

Dr. Aone van Engelenhoven is currently a University lecturer at Leiden University, Netherlands. His research focuses on several linguistic and anthropological linguistic issues in Indonesia, East Timor, among Moluccan migrants in the Netherlands a ...Read more



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Hasina Samoelinanja

Hasina Samoelinanja grew up in accordance with the Malagasy culture. Since his childhood he is a Kabary speaker. In 2006, he successfully completed his masters in German Studies with a thesis on the Malagasy social philosophy "Fihavanana" and its development... 

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Saliou Cissokho

Saliou Cissokho was born in Casamance, a border region between Senegal/ Gambia, West Africa. He is a born-Jali since his father originates from a famous Griot family, who are said to know the secrets of performing traditional music for several hours, days and nights...

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Alevi Music Performers: Hasan Hüseyin Sarı, Benjamin Stueck, Malte Stueck

Hasan Hüseyin Sarı, Benjamin Stueck and Malte Stueck will present their artistic skills in the use of the saz, a traditional long-necked lute, which is the accompaniment for an Aşık, a term often used for minstrels and poet musicians from the Turkish tradition...

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We kindly acknowledge the financial support of the Hamburgische Wissenschaftliche Stiftung (HWS) and our collegues: Prof. Roland Kießling, Prof. Alessandro Bausi, Prof. Henning Schreiber and Prof. Jan van der Putten. 


Location: Asien-Afrika-Institut

Universität Hamburg,
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Flügel Ost,
20146 Hamburg