Mersha Alehegne

Full Name Mersha Alehegne
Academic Rank/Status Assistant Professor since2011
Working for AAU since June2012
Administrative positions held if any/ past and present


Associate Dean for Research and Technology Transfer – CHLSJC, AAU
Education attended BA, Literature, Addis Ababa University, 1997.

MA, Literature, Addis Ababa University, 2003.

PhD, Ethiopian Studies, Hamburg University, 2011.


Awards &recognitions
  • June & July, 2015: Logos in Oxford
  • September – November, 2012: Collegeville Institute Resident Scholar Program and HMML
  • July – September, 2012: “Preserving the Written Heritage of East Gojjam: A Rich Culture in
    Jeopardy”, funded by Hill Monastic Manuscripts Library.
  • October 2010 – March 2011: “Preserving the Lay Bet andemta: a Rich Culture in Jeopardy”,
    funded by Endangered Archives Program of the British Library Museum
  • May 15 – June 15, 2010: Heckmanstiepiend (St. Johns University, Minnessota)
  • February 2001: French Center of Ethiopian Studies (Addis Ababa), Exhibition and Seminar
    titled ‘The Ethiopian Church Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’.
  • August – October 2003: Forschungstelle Äthiopistik, Hamburg, Germany – Research Visit at
    the University of Hamburg, ‘Andemta as an Interpretative Strategy’, M.A. Thesis submitted to
    Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa.
  • 2006 – Fritz – Thyssen foundation, Andemta inventory in European Libraries and Museums.
    January 2008 – Forschungstelle Äthiopistik, Hamburg, Germany – Photo Exhibition titled ‘Im
    Namen Marias: Traditional Ausbildung In Äthiopien’, Hamburg University.
  • April 2006 – 2010: Deutschen Akademichen Austausch Dienst (DAAD).
Memberships of International bodies
  • November 2013 – 2017: Member of the International Consultants to the
    Book Project titled, Songs of Africa: The Ethiopian Canticles lead by Thomas C. Oden under
    the Green Scholars Initiative.
  • Logos Fellow since 2015
Publicity: Journals, editorial roles, initiatives etc.
  • Worked as Editor in Chief of Hamar Magazine (1998 – 2005)
  • Editor of the Proceedings of the EOTC Yesterday – Today and Tomorrow
Research interest/ not more than hundred words Ethiopian Studies, Manuscripts, Religion


Publications on reputable journals
  1. Articles
  • “Mälkəʾa Sämaʿətat Zä Däbrä Libanos: Text with Annotated Translation”Rassegna di Studi  Etiopici, vol. ? (Nuova Serie), Istituto per L’Oriente C.A. Nallino (Roma) Università degli Studi di Napoli – «L’Orientale», Roma-Napoli, 2017, pp. in press
  • “Orature on Literature:The Case of Abba Gärima and His Gospel” Aethiopica 19 (2016), 1-11.
  • “Regularity and Uniformity in the Ethiopian Hagiographical Tradition: a Particular Focus on
    Narrating the Childhood of Saints” Aethiopica 18 (2015), 143-160.
  • “Towards a Glossary of Ethiopian Manuscript Culture and Practice,” Aethiopica 14 (2011), 145–


  1. Book Chapters
  • “Ethiopian Christian Music and Dance: Zema and Aqwaqwam”in: Tom Oden, Ed., The Songs of Africa: Ethiopian Canticles, New Haven:Institute for Classical Christian Studies Press, 164-175.
  • “The Ascendancy of the Canticles in Daily Life, Worship, and Festivals”in: Tom Oden, Ed., The Songs of Africa: Ethiopian Canticles, New Haven:Institute for Classical Christian Studies Press, 176-182.


  • Reviews
  • Review of Petros S. Berga, «What Happened to the Original Christian Unity in Ethiopia?
    Towards the Restoration of Our Original Unity in Christ». In Aethiopica 10(2007), p. 266 – 268.
Community Services such as board membership etc. Executive of Mahibere Kidusan – EOTC, Board Member of Gojjam Development Association, Member of Ethiopian Biblical Society
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