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Visits Matthias Brenzingera

June, 2010 – Dr. Matthias Brenzinger from the University of Cologne (Germany) presented two lectures during his visit: "Gestures Studies in Africa: Bimodal Communication among the Khwe and? Anikhwe: The Vanishing Art of Communicating in the Bush" and "The Twelve Khoisan Modern Languages. Overview and Current Distribution of Speech Communities, Based on the more Recent Empirical Data Provided by Leading Khoisanists".

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Visits Dr. Getie Gelaye

May, 2010 – Dr. Getie Gelaye, Amharic language lecturer and a specialist on the oral literature of Ethiopia from the University of Hamburg, was our guest. He presented two lectures on "The Poetic Traditions of Azmari in Ethiopia" and "Qene and Sem enna Werq (Wax and Gold), Ethiopian Poetry in Amharic, Definitions, Possible Techniques and Mechanisms of Analysis."

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Meeting with journalists

October, 2010 – Journalists from three East African countries came to visit our Department. They came from Kenya ("The Star" and BBC Kenya), Uganda ("The Monitor") and Rwanda ("The New Times Publication"). They were interested in our academic life, studying conditions and African interests and studies at the University of Warsaw.

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October, 2010 – Our Department welcomed two guests, Dr. Jeremy Prestholdt, historian of East Africa and the Indian Ocean from the University of California – San Diego and Dr. Anne K. Bang  from the University of Bergen. On 18th of October Dr. Jeremy Prestholdt delivered a lecture entitled "Locating the Indian Ocean: Thoughts on the Historical Reconstitution of Space", and on 19th of October Dr. Anne K. Bang presented: "The Ratib al-Haddad. Tradition and Transition of a Text-based Ritual in East Africa, c. 1950-2010".

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Days of Africa

Our department organised an event under the name “Days of Africa” on 4th to 6th May. Many lectures, open language courses and discussions took place during the event. We hosted many foreign and Polish guests, including Prof. S. Baldi from Naples, Prof. P. J. Jaggar from London, Dr. Abdourahmane Diallo from Frankfurt, Dr. George Alao, Dr. Jean de Dieu Karangwa and Dr. Delombera Negga from Paris, MP John Godson and Dr. Grzegorz Waliński.

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