Sophia Dege-Müller

Subproject Horn of Africa

Sophia Dege-Müller is a specialist for Ge’ez, Ethiopian Christian History and Ethiopian manuscripts. Already as a student she published articles in the Ecyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 3, 2007. Later she became assistant editor of this Encyclopaedia, collaborating on volumes 4 and 5 until 2013. She was research assistant in the ERC-project ‘Ethio-SPaRE: Cultural Heritage of Christian Ethiopia’ for two years. One of her current projects is editing a special issue dedicated to the Oral Traditions in Ethiopian Studies, a collaborative work with Dirk Bustorf and Alexander Meckelburg. For her PhD thesis she studies The Aksimaros-Literature: the Story of Creation in Ethiopian Tradition at the University of Hamburg.

Vita and Publications

Vita
Positions

  • Since September 2015 - Research Fellow, Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
     

  • 2013-2014 - Research Associate at Ethio-SPARE, University of Hamburg, Germany (ERC-Starting Grant Project)
     

  • 2009–2012 - Assistant Editor at the Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, University of Hamburg, Germany

Education and degrees

  • July 2013 - research stay at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, St. Paul’s, MI, USA
     

  • Since 2009 - PhD research in Ethiopian Studies, Department of African Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany
     

  • 2003–2009 - Master of Arts in Ethiopian Studies, Department of African Studies, University of Hamburg (with distinction)

Publications

Books

  • Oral Tradition in Ethiopian Studies, Alexander Meckelburg, Sophia Dege-Müller, Dirk Bustorf (eds.), Wiesbaden 2018, Supplement to Aethiopica International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies vol 7.

Articles/book chapters

  • ““Remapping Paradise”: Manuscript evidences of Ethiopian Cosmological Models and of Visualizations of the Paradisiacal Garden”, in: E. Ficquet – Ahmed Hassen (eds.), Movements in Ethiopia, Ethiopia in Movement. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (Addis Ababa – Paris forthcoming)

  • „The Ethiopian Psalter Manuscripts - Scribal Practices and Text Arrangement”, in: A. Bausi – A. Gori – D. Nosnitin (eds.), Essays in Ethiopian Manuscript Studies, Wiesbaden 2015 (Proceedings of the International Conference Manuscripts and Texts, Languages and Contexts: the Transmission of Knowledge in the Horn of Africa, Hamburg, 17-19 July 2014), pp. 59-74, plates: 369-374

  • “Ms. Cerulli 165 in the Light of the Aksimaros’ Manuscript Tradition”, in: R. Zarzeczny (ed.), AETHIOPIA FORTITUDO EJUS. Studi in onore di Monsignor Osvaldo Raineri in occasione del suo 80˚ compleanno, Roma 2015 (Orientalia Christiana Analecta 298), pp. 163-180

  • “Die Königin von Saba. Das äthiopische Nationalepos”, in: Welt und Umwelt der Bibel, 3, 2015, pp. 36-41

  • “Weder in Äthiopien noch in Israel zu Hause“, in: Welt und Umwelt der Bibel, 3, 2015, pp. 54-57

  • Review of D. McEwan, The Story of Däräsge Maryam. The history, buildings and treasures of a church compound with a painted church in the Semen Mountains, in: Orientalische Literaturzeitung 110, 4-5 (Okt. 2015), pp. 416-19

  • “Yohannes II”, in: Alessandro Bausi (ed.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 5, Wiesbaden 2014, 70f.; “Zämänä mäsafent”, ibid., 122-129; “Mäftehe seray”, ibid., 407f.; “Seddät: Mäshafä Seddät”, ibid., 509f.; “Wäldä Tänsa’e”, ibid., 551.

  • “The Ethiopian Psalter: An Introduction to its Codicological Tradition”, in: The Anglo-Ethiopian Society News File – Winter 2014, pp. 16-22

  • Review of K.J. Lundström – Ezra Gebremedhin, Kenisha: The Roots and Development of The Evangelical Church of Eritrea 1866-1935, Uppsala 2011, in: Aethiopica - International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies 15, 2012, 283-87

  • Review of S. Bombeck, Die Geschichte der heiligen Maria in einer alten äthiopischen Handschrift, Dortmund 2010, in: Aethiopica - International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies 14, 2011, 289-71      

  • Conference report with Alexander Meckelburg: “November 2–6, 2009 in Addis Abäba 17th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies”, in: Aethiopica - International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies (online)

  • Conference report with Maria Bulakh: “August 20–21, 2010 in Berlin III. Internationales Forschungskolloquium zum Horn von Afrika”, in: Aethiopica - International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies  (online)

  • “Potken, Johannes”, with Siegbert Uhlig, in: Alessandro Bausi - Siegbert Uhlig (eds.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 4, Wiesbaden 2010, 191f.; “Sarbakusa”, ibid., 539f.; “Schlichting, Christoph”, with Siegbert Uhlig, ibid., 575; “Sebestyanos”, ibid., 587; “Tälsäm”, with Wolbert Smidt, ibid., 850-52; “Täwäldä Mädhen Gäbrä Mädhen”, with Peter Unseth, ibid. 877f.; “Tewoflos”, ibid., 937f.; “Wädağğo Gobäna”, with Alexander Meckelburg, ibid., 1066f.; “Wänd Bäwäsän”, ibid., 1128f.; “Wäsän Sägäd”, ibid., 1153f.

  • “Mätäkko”, in: Siegbert Uhlig (ed.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 3, Wiesbaden 2007, 861f.; “Nägasi Krestos”, ibid., 1110f.

Contact 

Sophia Dege-Müller, M.A.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum CERES
Universitätsstr. 90a
D-44789 Bochum
Germany

Room 4.11
+49 (0)234 - 32-21974 

sophiadege@hotmail.com