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Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Dr Sara Marzagora

BA, MA (University of Milan); MA, PhD (SOAS, University of London)


Sara Marzagora
Dr Sara Marzagora
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I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies, leading the Horn of Africa case study of the Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies research project. In 2015 I completed my PhD at SOAS on the political thought of Amharic-speaking intellectuals in Ethiopia from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1960s. The thesis looked at how the intellectuals’ philosophy of history informed both their position vis-à-vis colonialism and their notion of modernity and cultural alterity. Alongside my work on Ethiopian intellectual history, I have published on Amharic literature and edited a special issue of the Journal of African Cultural Studies on Literatures in African languages. In the summer of 2012 I was a visiting researcher at Rhodes University and in 2013 I held a research affiliation to the Institute of Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa. At SOAS, I have lectured on Ethiopian political philosophy, African cultural studies and Amharic literature. I am currently preparing articles on a philosophical comparison between Mängəstu Lämma’s and Ebrahim Hussein’s plays, on fukkära and qärärto (Amharic heroic recitals and war songs) as sources of Ethiopian cultural history, on the historiography of Ləjj Iyasu’s reign in Ethiopia, and on a history of the concept of zämänawinnät (‘modernity’) in Ethiopian political thought.


African intellectual history, African philosophy, African critical theory, History of African political thought, Ethiopian history, Ethiopian literatures (particularly Amharic), Intellectual history of the Horn of Africa, Literatures in African languages, Political philosophy, Philosophy of history, Cultural studies.


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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Ethiopia
  • Amharic