The Research and Publication Office (RPO) of the Institute of Oromoo studies (IOS) is established in October 2016 with the aim of coordinating multidisciplinary research undertakings and dissemination of the findings pertinent to Oromoo. The workings of the office underscore that research need to be multidisciplinary, need-based and thematized. It should proactively respond to the demand for generating and disseminating new knowledge. The office integrates both basic and applied researches in broad areas pertaining to Oromoo. The RPO of the institute focuses on (1) creating an enabling, harmonious, transparent and efficient environment for the development of competitive research projects, execution of research and transfer of knowledge and innovations. (2) Strengthening research management and coordination by guiding the development and execution of research in an organized way as thematic and collaborative research. (3) Ensuring the relevance of researches undertaken within IOS, making them relevant to promoting understandings about the nation at national and international levels. (4) Enhancing research and publications culture among junior staff and students on Oromoo matters. And (5) seeking for funding for research and innovations, and disseminate research findings and effectively transfer new knowledge/innovations/technologies;
To be a pre-eminent center for the study of Oromoo.
To engage in the renaissance of Oromoo scholarship through knowledge production, dissemination, application and preservation.
Spearheading research endeavors on Oromoo culture, language, indigenous knowledge systems and practices, and topical matters
Conducting need analysis and identifying research priority areas as part of the strategic vision of the institute
Leading discourses on Oromoo studies through organizing platforms for discussions (trainings, forums, symposiums, public lectures, workshops, etc)
Coordinating multidisciplinary scholarships on Oromoo through creating a forum for publication and collaboration at all levels (local, national and international).
Documenting/Archiving scientific investigations on Oromoo matters to create a hub of Oromoo studies
Preparing guidelines for undertaking collaborative and multidisciplinary research through linking experts and stakeholders at national and international levels
Prepare grant proposals on topical issues and research thematic areas of the Institute
Documenting/Archiving studies on Oromoo
Establishing links/partnerships with national and international institutions to cooperatively work on issues pertaining to Oromoo and Oromiyaa
Attracting research grant from variety of sources that the Institute become self-sustaining after the initial period.
Creating platforms for dissemination of research undertakings and transfer of knowledge through arranging forums, symposiums, public lectures, workshops, etc
Publishing high quality, peer reviewed articles and books on topical issues pertaining to Oromoo, and oversee the production by other members
Involving in collaborative research within Jimma University, and other national and international Universities across a range of disciplines relevant to Oromoo studies
Ensuring that the Institute has a presence at relevant high profile international Oromoo studies conferences in order to disseminate the Institute’s research findings.
Acting as the nexus between the Institute and the community with respect to research initiatives of mutual benefit.
Developing strong linkages with relevant academic departments and units in adding values to line departments trough mounting workshops and seminars; providing interdisciplinary research training and mentoring, and regular communication of research center activities and opportunities
arrange tailor-made trainings for beginner researchers
Research Thematic Areas
The research thematic areas of the Institute of Oromo Studies (IOS) includes but not limited to:
•Oromo culture and cultural practices
•Oromo philosophy, belief system, world view, indigenous religion
•Oromo language and linguistic analyses
•Oromo Folk-literature, literary practices and developments
•Indigenous Oromo folklore and development
•Gadaa system and gadaa laws, legal practices and justice administration
•Siiqqee institution, Gender and justice system
•Oromo Marriage and family issues
•Oromo Customs, ethics and ethical practices
•Indigenous knowledge systems and ways of transcending them
•Handcrafts, metalworking, pottery, tannery, weaving, etc.
•Natural resources management, conservation and environmental protection
•Oromo cultural and natural resources
•Oromo indigenous eco-theology and environmental or biodiversity
•Oromo ethno botany
•Political economy, agriculture and agricultural practices
•Practices of animal husbandry
•Dietetics and nutritional practices
•Healthcare and healing practices
•Child care practices
•Oromo folk and contemporary arts, performances, and ethnomusicology and music making
•Oromo Folk medicine and knowledge system.
•Oromo peace conceptualization and conflict resolution mechanisms
•Oromo material culture
•Oromo Landscapes, resilience and food ways
•Arts, artistry, crafts and material productions
•Heritage management and conservations (tangible and intangible)
•Community-based cultural ecotourism
•Rituals and festivals and their managements
•Oromo cultural games and sports
•urban and Child-lores
•Oromo Cultural Clothes
•Oromo Interaction with non-Oromo linguistic and cultural groups and cultural exchange
RESEARCH PROJECTS (ongoing)
Project1: Towards a Preparation of Strategy for the Development of Afaan Oromoo Assessment of Policy Framework and Stakeholders’ Needs
Project II: Mutual Intelligibility of Afaan Oromoo Dialects: An Experimental Study
Project III: Afaan OromooTerminography Development: A Corpus Based Approach
Project IV: Parts of Speech Corpus Building for Afaan Oromoo
Project V: Exploratory Analysis of Shanan Gibee Folklore