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Honorary Assistant Professor

Tesfaye, Facil

African Studies
PhD McGill University
MA The Université du Québec à Montréal


Prof. Facil Tesfaye is an Honorary Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He is a historian of Africa specializing in late 19th-century African History and medical history (Ph.D., McGill; MA, UQAM). His wide range of research interests includes Colonial & Post Colonial African History [Indian Ocean Africa, Great Lakes Region, Ethiopia]; Colonialism and Disease; German Colonial Medical History in Africa, Medical History of Ethiopia; History of Medicine/Disease, History of Colonial Statistical Practices and Post Colonialism. He is also the director of the African Studies Programme of HKU which has received the attention of the University’s top management for its significance in fostering close relations with the African continent. 

Prof. Tesfaye is currently involved in the international scholarly movement that looks into questions of the repatriation of artworks and objects acquired by European museums from the African continent during the colonial period. He also consults various European governments on their contemporary cultural policies toward Africa as well as African governments with respect to their museums.

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