SOAS University of London

Centre of World Christianity

Saints, Slaves, and Silver: Memories of Church and the Coffee Trade in Zege, Ethiopia

Tom Boylston, London School of Economics

Date: 24 April 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 24 April 2014Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: 0

This paper discusses memories of slavery and the coffee trade on the Zege Peninsula in northern Ethiopia, from the perspective of changing relations between Church, land, and labour. I explore tensions between current narratives of coffee as a divine gift guarded by the Church, and stories of exploitation and abuse related to the production of the cash crop that have major repercussions on contemporary life.