Prof. Dr. Meron Zeleke Eresso
Adjunct Associate Prof. Dr.
Addis Ababa University
P.O. Box 56061 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University
Editor in Chief of Ethiopian Journal Human Rights
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Center for Human Rights (CHR, College of Law and Governance), Addis Ababa University
Guest Scholar, Wake Forest University (WFU), North Carolina
Junior Postdoctoral Researcher
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Addis Ababa University
PhD, Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, Social Anthropology
Lecturer at the Horn of Africa Courses, Rift Valley Institute, Lamu
MA, Addis Ababa University, Social Anthropology
BA, Addis Ababa University, History
- Customary Conflict Resolution
- Peace and Conflict
- Horn of Africa
Meron Zeleke. 2020. The Nexus between Industrial Jobs and Gendered Migration; The Ethiopian Experience. In Meron Zeleke Eresso and Meskerem Geset (Ed). 2020. Gender, Development and Women’s Rights: Ethiopian Perspective. Pp97-113.
Meron, Zeleke. 2020. “Women in Ethiopia” In; Dorothy Hudgsons (Ed) the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History. Oxford University Press. (In Press)
Meron, Zeleke. 2020. “Agency of women in peace building: The Ethiopian Experience.” In Adogame A (eds) Fighting in God’s Name: Religion and Conflict in Local-Global Perspectives. Lexington Books; New York. (In press)
Meron Zeleke. 2020. Between the Worlds of Motherhood and Scientific Career; In: Career - Personal life Balance of Women in Science. Global Young Academy; Halle, Germany. (In Press).
Meron Zeleke and Silvia B. 2020. “Islam and Gender in Ethiopia”, In Belete, B Rahwa, M, Margaux, H and Derese, A (Eds); A History of Women in Ethiopia. French Studies Center (In Press).
Meron Zeleke and Meskerem Geset. 2020. Ed . Gender, Development and Human Rights. Eclipse.
Meron Zeleke. 2019. ‘The Ambiguous Relationship Between State and Non-State Actors in Dispute Settlement in Contemporary Ethiopia’’. In: Thomas Hüsken, Alexander Solyga, Dida Badi (eds.). The Multiplicity of Orders and Practices: A Tribute to Georg Klute. Rudiger Koepe Verlag.
Meron Zeleke and G. Klute (eds.). 2017. Religion, Peace and Conflict in Contemporary Africa. Special Issue of the AASR-Journal for the Study of the Religions of Africa and its Diaspora 3/1.
Meron Zeleke. 2015. Faith at the Crossroads: Religious Syncretism and Dispute Settlement in Northern Ethiopia. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz.
Articles and reports
Meron Zeleke. 2020. A Study on Child Migrants from Ethiopia. The EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of Africa Programme; IOM: Geneva. (In press)
Meron Zeleke Eresso. 2019. Sisters on the move: Ethiopia’s gendered labor migration milieu, Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue canadienne des études africaines,DOI: 10.1080/00083968.2018.1519451. To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00083968.2018.1519451.
Meron Zeleke. 2019. Too many winds to consider; which way and when to sail! Ethiopian female transit migrants in Djibouti and the dynamics of their Decision-making, African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 12:1, 49-63, DOI: 10.1080/17528631.2017.1412928 To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/17528631.2017.1412928.
Meron Zeleke. 2018. Sisters on the Move. Ethiopia’s Gendered Labor Migration Milieu. In: Canadian Journal of African Studies 53/3,1-20.
Meron Zeleke. 2018. Close and Yet Far; Lived Experiences of Ethiopian Maids in Djibouti. Submitted to SOAS, University of London, Working Paper Series of the Research and Evidence Facility.
Meron Zeleke. 2018. Women in Ethiopia. In: D. Hodgson (ed.). The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Meron Zeleke, Tadesse, K and Berhanu. 2017. “Women’s Property Rights and Claims in Customary Justice Systems A Case Study of Ambo and Hawassa”. Ethiopian Journal of Human Rights.Vol 4.
Meron Zeleke and G. Klute. 2017. Introduction. In: Religion, Peace and Conflict in Contemporary Africa. Special Issue: The African Association for the Study of Religions 3/1, 2- 4.
Meron Zeleke. 2015. Cosmopolitan Youth Religious Movements in Ethiopia: Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahədo Youth as Vanguard and Self-Appointed Masters of Ceremony. In: International Journal of Northeast African Studies 16/2, 65-92.
Meron Zeleke. 2015. Sacralising the Cyberspace: Online Religious Activism in Ethiopia. In: Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society 3/2, 1-25.
Meron Zeleke and S. Bruzzi. 2015. Contested Religious Authority: Female Sufi Figures in Ethiopia and Eritrea. In: Journal of Religion in Africa 45, 1-31.
Meron Zeleke. and D. Feyissa. 2015. The Contestation over the Indigenous in Africa: The Ethiopian Example. In: University of Cologne Forum “Ethnicity as a Political Resource” (ed.). Ethnicity as a Political Resource. Conceptualizations across Disciplines, Regions, and Periods. Bielefeld: transcript, 117-134.
The Production and Reproduction of Social Inequalities: Global Contexts and Concepts of Labor Exploitation (VolkswagenStiftung) (2020-23)
The starting point for this project is a very specific conundrum: Why have attempts at increasing equality often contributed to generating more durable inequalities? To shed some light on this question, this research focuses on concepts and actors and their roles in producing and reproducing social inequalities in the context of colonial and postcolonial labour systems and regimes of mobility in the "Global South". In this study, inequalities are understood as relational and historically embedded and as comprising several dimensions, including social, economic, and epistemic inequality. More specifically, the project team focuses on selected concepts that are locally grounded and describe forms of social inequalities linked to different types of labour exploitation, namely "native labour", "new slavery", "human trafficking", and "cheap/abundant labour". The team members investigate - both from a historical and contemporary perspective - how these concepts circulated on a global scale, and were negotiated, translated, and adapted by institutional and individual actors with the aim of challenging social inequalities, while eventually contributing to the production of those same, or new, inequalities. The project intends to reconcile debates on conceptual history, labour history, and inequality and combines perspectives from both South and North. Ultimately, it aims to interpret global labour regimes and to draw lessons from experiences for societies in both the "Global South" as well as the "Global North".