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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 GalleryRoom: B111

Type of Event: 0

Series: Lecture Series on Christianity in Ethiopia

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.