Institute of Omotic Studies

Institute of Omotic Studies (IOS)
Call for Thematic Research Proposals-2019/20 for Institute of Omotic Studies
The Institute of Omotic Studies (IOS) at Wolaita Sodo University (WSU) was established at the beginning of 2007 E.C with the purpose of studying, preserving and promoting all Omotic languages, cultures, histories and heritages and uses them as the tourism resources.
Having this mission in mind, the Office of Director for Institute of Omotic Studies (IOS) WSU announces a call for thematic research proposals for funding.
The research proposals:
• Should be in line with the contemporary research priority areas ( core thematic areas) of IOS;
• Should be multi-disciplinary extending across more than one department/college/School;
• Should extend across linguistically and culturally diverse people of the Omotic family.
• Should address a national priority problems and demands;
• Should clearly indicate the dissemination strategies of the findings.
• Should possibly incorporate at least a PhD and /or master’s thesis topics.
Thematic Areas
The research proposals/projects under this call will address one or more of the following IOS 2019 recent thematic areas:
1. Language. Research sub theme includes:
• Folkloric values of Cultural Houses and their building components.
• Rhythms of Omotic cultural music.
• Literary aspects of social ceremonies (Circumcision, Funeral, Burial, Crowning and etc.).
• Language and cottage industry (Blacksmith, Weaving, Tannery, Pottery, etc) in Omotic society.
• Cultural clothing and contextual language use in setting+s.
• Cultural sports and their literary values.

• Folkloric implications of Indigenous medicines.
• The structure and legitimate authority of ancient Wolaytta Kingdom and situational language uses.
• Naming of places and its indicative causes.
• Naming of people and its symbolic values.
• Artistic symbolism of horses and the owner of horses.
• Literature in Children games.
• Oral Literature.
• Language revitalization.
• Language standardization.
• Folkloric aspects of tangible and intangible heritages.
• Digitalizing language.
• The Language Variations among Omotic societies.
• Socio-linguistic aspects of Omotic languages.
• The role of Omotic language, folklore and culture for national identity of Ethiopia.
2. Culture:
 Adaptation of cultural heritage to environmental needs (e.g. energy efficiency, use of renewable energies)
 The Funeral and Burial Ceremonies of Omotic people
 Material cultures among Omotic people
 Omotic identity, literature, linguistic and cultural evidences
 Socio-Cultural Institutions of the Omotic Societies
 Ethnographical presentations of people living along the Omo river
 Social and Cultural interactions between and among the Omotic societies
 Local political institutions; Administrative Wings of the Omotic Society
 Conflict and Conflict Resolution Mechanisms of the Omotic People
 Social Ceremonies and gatherings of the Omotic People
 Gender and Labor Stratification among Omotic people
 Cultural House and symbolic values of its building components among Omotic people.
 Omotic musical instruments and their types and their cultural values.
 Rhythms of Omotic cultural music, traditional dances and their future prospects
 Omotic pottery, blacksmith, weaving and tannery
 Omotic cultural clothing and their settings.
 Types of Omotic spears and their functions.
 Omotic cultural Sports.
 Indigenous medicines of Omotic people.
 Crowning Ceremony of Kings among Omotic people.
 Circumcision ceremony among Omotic people.
 Undertaking preliminary studies, creating documentation pool and inscribing Giffata into World Heritage List
 Creating awareness and furnishing short, medium and long term training on traditional wavering, kiln production and cosine preparation for income generation
 Preparing ethnographical documentation of Omotic people (this might include documentary filming, photograph symposium and ethnographical accounts)

3. History and Heritage
 Pre-history of Omotic people
 Early civilization of Omotic people
 Omotic agriculture and its civilization
 De- constructing Omotic history: Ancient, medieval and modern histories
 Identifying, preserving and managing tangible heritages (caves, steles, war sites …)
 Promoting and marketing Omotic tourist resources (waterfalls, lakes, mountains, caves, lakes, mountains ….)
 Restoration and management of Omotic historical palaces, cultural houses, monuments…)
 Mapping heritages and recording each by GPS/digital

4. Indigenous Omotic Engineering
4.1. Preservation of the Cultural Heritage and Historical Landscape
• Preserving the visual integrity of a place
• Identify, evaluate, assess and document the historical (cultural heritage) values of buildings/ the ensemble/ the place
• Conserve, restore and maintain the authentic built cultural heritage and preserve traditional uses and functions of buildings
• Preserve the intangible values (link to: communication and interpretation)
• Regulating new developments in the old town area and careful adaptation of buildings to new uses
• Finding new uses for derelict sites/ buildings
• Traffic control (traffic might affect historic buildings in terms of air pollution, vibrations, etc.)
• Accessibility of historic buildings for handicapped people
• Funding programs and regulations for privately owned buildings
• Security of buildings
• Innovative renovation techniques
• Updating outdated infrastructure (e.g. of old buildings)
4.2 Cultural Heritage and Historical Land Scape Planning and Development
• Development opportunities and integration of new development projects/ architecture
• Mixture of functions: housing, recreation, working, commerce/shopping/daily goods, etc.
• Public space and Mobility/ accessibility
• Technical (streets, cables, lighting, etc.) and social infrastructure
• Linking historic center to surrounding urban areas
• Protecting heritage assets
• Guidance for proper maintenance of private buildings
• Balanced community
4.3 Environmental Engineering Issues
• Preventive and reactive measures for natural hazards and climate change
• Adaptation of cultural heritage to environmental needs (e.g. energy efficiency, use of renewable energies)
• Improving recreational and green areas in the old historical landscape.
• Special climatic conditions, e.g. winter
• Weathering of historic urban fabric
• Drainage (sealed surfaces) and Microclimate
• Reconstructing the Paleo-environment of the region,

4.4 ICT, Communication and Electronics Development
• Developing different software and networking structures, to solve organizational structure and their use of database systems of cultural heritage and historical landscape.
• Developing/improving websites to facilitate information exchange between different parties for tourism movement.
• Design/improve communication infrastructure of the tourism industry.
• Proper registration, delineation and mapping of cultural heritage and historical landscape

4.5 Producing Architectural Design and Construction Development
• Design, development, optimization, manufacturing and/or adaptation of engineering product or system that can solve problems of the society
• Proper rehabilitation of the cultural heritage and historical landscape.
• Design and implementation of proper accessibility roots for historical sites.
• Designing and implementation of culture fostered museums across Omotic areas in the Region.
5. Archaeology and Geography Cluster
5.1 Cultural Identity, Territory and Boundaries
• Conducting survey to identify additional Paleontological and archaeological sites that used as evidence for the existence of early human occupation since pre-historic period.
• Conserving previously discovered archaeological sites (lower Omo pre-historic site, Boroda archaeological site, Mochenaborago rock shelter and others….)
• Investigating previously identified Archaeological sites in different point of view.
• Conducting scientific investigation on a variety of cultural heritages, which are manifestation of their exclusive, creativity, architecture and engineering.
• By assessing their conservational level conducting remedial, preventive and restoration conservation activity on deteriorated cultural property.
• Developing management plan for selected cultural heritages
• Conducting archaeological impact assessment to build a balance between the developmental activities and protection of natural and cultural heritages.
• Identifying natures, distribution and types of rock arts and megalithic stone in the region
• Interpreting and scientifically documenting of rock arts and megalithic stones
• Expanding the establishment of museum,
• Establishing a museum that narrate the history of Omotic community, and preserve the authenticity of museum objects.
• Providing relevant and good environmental management for museum objects (temperature, humidity, light and pests).
• Providing professional trainings for museum experts.
• Identifying various ethno-archaeology study areas.
• Identifying Omotic ethnic manifestation material culture and investigating their unique characteristics and indigenous knowledge applied on.

5.2. Geospatial Data Management and Application
• Agriculture, natural resource management (resource exploration/extraction, minerals, quarrying), land development, forestry, infrastructure, disaster management, etc.
• Identify and locate historical and cultural heritages, public and private facilities,
• Store and manage land records (Database management),
• Plan and manage transportation systems,
• Distribution pattern and trend analysis (economic activities, land use/cover, settlement,)
• Manage environmental problems (management of watersheds, floodplains, wetlands, forests, aquifers, Hazardous or toxic facility siting,
• And produce base map, development map and visualize
6. Tourism

6. 1 Cultural Heritages as Tourist Attraction Sites
 Development and management of ethno-graphic museum
 Management and development of intangible heritages
 Cultural destinations management and promotion
 Development of souvenir-shops for promotion and marketing of Omotic indigenous products
 Management and use of different local dishes and drinks
 Conservation and management of Omotic cultures
6.3. Hospitality in Tourism Industry
 Maintaining guest welcoming culture of the Omotic society (e.g. Good first impression creation, customer care, etc.)
 Delivering quality service and handling complaint of guests
 Event management in the tourism industry
 Hotel standardization and certification
 MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conference & Exhibition) management
 Hotel and hospitality professionals development
 Hotel infrastructure development
 Minimizing the negative impacts of globalization on tourism industry
 Sanitation, safety and security in the hotels
 Entrepreneurial development in tourism sector
 Hotel Inventory management
 Housekeeping
 Food and Beverage preparation and Management
 Front office management
 Marketing/Selling of hospitality products
 Hospitality and Public relations management in the sector
 Café and restaurant management
 Community involvement in the sector
 Generating Community benefit from the sector
 Lodge management
Project Duration
The proposal projects will have maximum duration of two years.
IOS-2019 /20 significant target
The proposal submission in team is very much encouraged.
All proposals should be submitted by clearly stating the following:
1) Background
Please provide a two- page background that includes literature reviews of previous studies on the subject, stating its importance and rational for proposing the study.
2) Objectives
Please state the overall aim expected to be achieved from this research and specific objectives which breakdown the general objective.
3) Expected outcome
Describe the major achievable milestone or deliverables that the proposal is designed to accomplish. Methodology
Please describe activities and information on the general plan of work. The methodology section should clearly describe the study design, the research setting, data sources, selection procedures, and specify the approach to research and methods used, ethical consideration etc.
4) Time frame of proposal activities
Please indicate the activities to be conducted and the corresponding timing, including the submission of progress reports, first and final result drafts, as well as the final report including comments from review workshops.
6) Dissemination strategies
In what form will your findings be presented -e.g. report, Presentation, journal etc?
7) Reference List
Any references cited should be listed using standardized citation style like APA .
8) Proposal budget with clear justifications
Please include the research project budget breakdown with clear justifications.
The IOS-2019/20 project proposals designed based on the specified guidelines shall be submitted online on Wolaita Sodo University Webpage ( or through our project proposal submission address And also two hard copies should be submitted in person to the office of INSTITUTE OF OMOTIC STUDIES Block no 47, office no 08 at ICT directorate
Please follow the steps here under for online submission:-
1. On the URL write— “” or directly write “”
2. For submission through --- at the right side at the top you can find “Online research submission” link inside the box of useful links.
3. Double click on the “Online research submission” link.
4. The online proposal submission page is browsed (which is similar page with direct entry of “” on the URL).
5. At the top right side, you find 2011 Proposal; and click on it.
6. The online proposal submission home page is browsed.
7. Fill all the provided spaces as per the request; and finally browse the file and upload it. The accepted format for documents is a “ only PDF ”.
8. This cannot be undone, so make sure all your application information is correct before submitting.
Note: During submission, please carefully follow the instruction and specific guidelines
-Opening day-March 19/2019
- Submission dead line: May 30, 2019