Caucasus Conflict Culture goes into the fifth round. The student research project focuses on the contested spaces at the example of religious buildings in Batumi. The city on the Black Sea has a strong Muslim past but the Georgian Muslims are in a difficult position between the Georgian government influenced by the Orthodox Church and policies by the Turkish government to support the Muslim heritage in Adjara. The city is characterised by numerous (re)constructions of Christian Churches while the Muslim population is not allowed to build a second mosque in Batumi. The student research project will research on the contested religious space in relation to the building of concrete religious buildings. Another core aim of the project is to enable the experience of working together in multi-national teams in the South Caucasus.
The project will take place during ten days in the first half of April 2016. The participating institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Germany did select their participants we are looking forward to meet soon in Batumi and will post on this website pictures and information about the ongoing project. This year a young professional film maker will produce a documentary on CCC5.