Anthropology in/of the Caucasus


Anthropology in/of the Caucasus

Although somewhat clumsy, the in/of should point to the following: The group addresses scholars from the (North and South) Caucasus and their East/West colleagues alike. I would like to discuss both contemporary and Soviet era research projects.

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extended version

I would like to expand the aforementioned a little.

* I would be happy to include anthropologists, ethnographers, ethnologists, ethnomusicologists, as well as folklorists in this group. Consequently, I favour an inclusive concept of anthropology here.

* I would be even happier if we could bridge the gap between the North and the South Caucasus. Far two often these two parts are treated separately - mainly for political and practical reasons, I assume. The nexus between the North and the South was, of course, much closer during Soviet times. The recent divide between these parts replicates the political division of spheres of (Russian and western) interest. I think we should try to overcome this.

(Please allow me to add a personal experience. I just finished a paper on the role of citizenship in the 2008 war between Russian and Georgia. As my fieldwork was based in Georgia, I needed to confront my one-sided perspective. At the same time, it is almost impossible, or at least quite difficult to conduct research on the two sides of the former front line. Thus, I depended on the advice and experience of my colleagues from the Northern Caucasus, or anthropologists having conducted fieldwork in South Ossetia or Abkhazia. Cooperation is crucial here.)

* Another advantage of this group, I think, is to get anthropologists from the Caucasus in touch with their colleagues from western countries, the Russian Federation, Japan, China or wherever. And vice versa. We can do this in an unbureaucratic, simple way, circumventing the difficulties one faces when trying to institutionalize such kind of group within the framework of the EASA, e.g.

* This group should be open to the discussion of any contemporary anthropological research activity (again, in the widest sense) conducted in the Caucasus. At the same time, I think we should not neglect the history of the anthropology of the Caucasus. This mainly implies Soviet era research, but is not limited to it. The anthropology of the Caucasus is not a new invention, and it is not written on a blank page. We should try to avoid ignorance and arrogance.

* Any additions to this list welcome!!

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Comment by Tamta Khalvashi on June 15, 2009 at 10:32pm
Every scholar who is interested in participating in the First International Conference orginized by Centre for the Study of Caucasus and Black Sea Region at the University of Georgia in Tbilisi, please, see the web-site: The conference is about Conflict and Transformation in the South Coucasus.
Comment by Florian Mühlfried on June 15, 2009 at 10:21pm
Great to have you here, Oliver! We will take advantage of your expertise, don't worry ;-)
Comment by Oliver Reisner on June 15, 2009 at 10:12pm
I hope anthropologists also accept interested historians like me that have worked extensively on modern Georgian nation building in late 19th and early 20th century. I wrote a collective biography of about 1,500 members of the "Society for the Spread of Literacy among the Georgians" established in 1879. It was the first Georgian learned society of this kind that besides promoting Georgian primary education in rural and mountainous areas attempted to collect information, data and folklore in remote parts of the country. Its materials are held in the Historical Archive of the Georgian National Department of Archives (the tower at the beginning of Vazha Pshavela Av. in Tbilisi). The dissertation is published in German. I am currently working for the EC Delegation in Georgia. Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you might need some advise on historical as well as contemporary issues in Georgia. Best, Oliver

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