Deresse Ayenachew Woldetsadik

Post-doctorant du programme ERC HornEast
Horn & Crescent. Connections, Mobility and Exchange between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in the Middle Ages
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Discipline : Histoire
Spécialité : Histoire de la Corne de l’Afrique
Terrain : Corne de l’Afrique
Membre du pôle Histoire et islamologie : objets et pratiques


2009 : PhD. in history, University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
2003-2004 : Master Phil. in history, University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
2002-2003 : Master in history, University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
2001-2002 : French language Diploma first and second level (CAREL, Royan France).
1990 : Bachelor in History (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia).


Forthcoming book and articles

The 15th century Geez Chronicles of Ethiopia: From king Zär’a Ya’eqob to King Nao’d (1434-1508), Amharic edition submitted for publication at Tsehai Publisher ; USA. 2019.

A Medieval History of Ethiopia: Space, Power and State (13th-16th) in Amharic languge, 2019.

A medieval political administration of Ethiopia (13th-16th c.), 2019.

Medieval land grants of Aṣe Waša Maryam Church in Wagdā, North Šawā (Ethiopia).


Deresse Ayenachew and Abraham Kidane. ’’Prospects of Tourism Development on the Royal Domains of North Šawā.’’ Birhan International Journal of Debre Berhan University. Vol. 1. pp. 18-35.


‘’Environmental Descriptions of European travellers in Ethiopia (16th -19th)’’ in D.Ambrositti, J-R Boisseri, Deresse Ayenachw and Th. Guindeuil, (eds.) Climate and Enviromental Challenges: Learning from the Horn of Africa Change Challenges, Addis Ababa : Open Edition Book. (Series : Corne de l’Afrique Contemporaine).

’’A historical overview of the Wärğəḥ Muslim community in the Christian highland of Šäwa’’, Afriques, Varia, Online since 03 November 2016, connection on 31 January 2017. Pp. 1-23.


“Evolution and Organization of the Ç̌äwa Military Regiments in Medieval Ethiopia”, Annales d’Éthiopie, vol. 29, pp. 60-72.


Marie-Laure Derat and Deresse Ayenachew, « Les Sites de Meshalä Maryam et de Gabriel : pierres d’attente pour l’histoire du Mänz” » in M-L. Derat et A- M. Jouquand (eds.), Gabriel, une église médiévale d’Ethiopie, (Annales d’Ethiopie, Hors Série, 2), pp. 25-63.

A.-M. Jouquand, B. Farago-Szekeres et Deresse Ayenachew, « Lieu de culte sur l’Amba Gabriel : stèles, église, sépultures », in M-L. Derat et A- M. Jouquand (eds.), Gabriel, une église médiévale d’Ethiopie, (Annales d’Éthiopie, Hors Série, 2), pp. 103-193.


“Southward Interests of the Royal Court of Ethiopia: A View from the Ge’ez and Amharic Manuscripts of Berber Maryam (15th and 16th century),” North East African Studies vol. 11/2, pp. 49-59.

B. Poissonnier, Deresse Ayenachew et als, « Les Mosquées médiévales de Goze et Fäqi Däbbis (Ifät) » in F.X. Fauvelle-Aymar et B. Hirsch. Espace musulmans de la Corne de l’Afrique au Moyen Age (Annales d’Éthiopie, Hors Série, 1). pp.103-139.


F.X. Fauvelle, Deresse Ayenachew et als, « Les monuments Mégalithiques du Mänz (Nord Shoa) : un inventaire provisoire », Annales d’Ethiopie, vol. XXIII, pp. 329-398.


F.X. Fauvelle, Deresse Ayenachew et als, « Reconnaissance de trois villes musulmanes de l’époque médiévale dans l’Ifat », Annales d’Ethiopie, Vol. XXII, p.133-175.


Mänz: Meshalä Maryam, Addis Ababa.

International Scientific Conferences (2009-2016)

2016, 23rd SAFA International Conference of Archaeology (Toulouse, University, France).

2014-2016, International Research Symposium of DBU( Debre Berhan, Ethiopia).

2015, International Climate Change Conference of Africa (Road to Paris, COP21) (CFEE and Horn of African Studies, Gulele /Addis Ababa).

2015, International Conference of Ethiopian Manuscripts (Paris 1 University, France).

2014 and 2016 International Conference of Ethiopian History and Philology (Catholic Univesity/Institute of Theology and Philosophy/, Addis Ababa).

2014, International Conference of Ethiopian Manuscripts (Hamburg University, Germany).

2013, International Conference for African History( Paris 1 University, France).

2012, 18th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).

2009, 17th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).

Professional experience

September 2010-August 2017 : Dean for College of Graduate Studies in Debre Berhan University (Ethiopia).
2009-September 2010 : Assistant professor of History at the University of Debre Berhan (Ethiopia).
2000-2001 : Head for Preservation of cultural Patrimonies and Tourism Promotion at North Shoa Zone Culture, Tourism and Information (Ethiopia).
1995-2000 : Historical Heritage expert at North Shoa Zone Culture, Tourism and Information (Debre Berhan, Ethiopia).
1990-1994 : Historian at the North Shoa Zone Culture and Sport (Debre Berhan, Ethiopia).


Resident Fellow at Institut d’Etudes Avancées (France, October 2017-June 2018).
Research associate of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) since 2007).
Research associate of the Institute for Africans Studies ( IMAF, University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne) since 2005.

Research Collaborations (2009-2017)

Member of the Organizing committee of monthly medieval historical research Seminars (2011-2016) DBU, CFEE and AAU (Ethiopia).
Member of the historical and Archaeological Research Project of Lalibela Monolithic Churches (2012-2015).
Member a medieval Research Team in the Weleqa area (South Wollo, in the Districts of Wegedi and Kelalal) (2014).
Team leader for the Wärğǝh Muslim historical Research Project (2012-2013).
Team leader for Muslim historical and Archaeological Research Project in Oromo Zone of Amhara Region ( 2011-2012) (with French Centre for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE).
Member of historical and archaeological Research project of the Medieval Islamic studies (2009-2012).

Commission of Trust

2012-2016 : Member and editorial Board of the International Journal Annales d’Ethiopie, (Addis Ababa).
2014-2016 : Member for Editorial Board of the Proceedings of Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia.
2014-2016 : Member of Editorial Board of Berhan International Journal of DBU, Ethiopia.
2016 : External evaluator for European Research Council (grant application).
2016 : External referee for the Journal Annales d’Ethiopie, (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).
2015 : Designer of the curriculum for Ethiopian medieval history Ph.D. program (Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia). 
2014 : External referee for the Proceedings of Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia. 
2012 : Member of the strategic Plan committee (2007-2011) of DBU, Ethiopia.
2010-2011: Designer of the Curriculum for history and Heritage Management Masters Program (Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia).

Research Awards (2012-2016)

2015-2016 : Ankober Bio-Cultural Heritage Development project. A project approved and sponsored by the Christensen Fund (USA). (Project Span- January 2015 –December 2016). Awarded Budget - 73,600.00USD (1.4 million Eth. birr).
2013 : Identifying and Developing Tourism Resources of Angollalā. Project approved and sponsored by Debre Berhan Univesity. Submitted April 2016. Awarded budget 40,000.00 Eth.Birr).
2014 : Caves and Saints in Ethiopia in Walaqa. Research project approved and sponsored by French Centre for Ethiopian Studies. Submitted in December 2014. Awarded budget 40,000.00 Eth.Birr.
2012-2013 :The historical survey of Muslim heritages in North Šawā and the Oromo Zone of the Amhara Region (Ethiopia) (2012-2013) sponsored by CFEE. Submitted in 2013. Awarded budget 80,000.00 Eth.Birr.

Skills and Qualifications

Fluent in English, French.
Amharic and Oromo languages.
Geez (liturgical language).