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Caucasus Conflict Culture

The design of our student research project is a unique combination of, first, a methodological and theoretical training, accompanied by a one-week intensive field research on the ground. It offers, second, to the twenty students from the South Caucasus and Germany a safe and a supervised framework for face-to-face dialogues on conflict-related issues in the region. Third, the participants have intensive experiences in goal-oriented multicultural teamwork, in which they learn to deal with the others’ positions.

The project is designed for experienced students, preferably at the M.A. level. Five students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Germany each will be selected from the field of anthropology and related disciplines.

This student research project has four general aims.

The first is to facilitate dialogue among students: the project provides an open forum for discussing the conflicts in the South Caucasus from an oblique angle: the multi-national groups work together not on the conflicts in the region themselves but on a topic closely related to it. Jointly developed approaches and analyses within the student groups will enable rapprochement and dialogue inside of the group.

The second aim is supporting the sustainability of multinational teamwork in the Caucasus: The students of today are the decision makers of tomorrow: it is necessary to continue the intensive collaboration of young researchers in the conflict region in order to create an open-minded approach towards each other among the next generation of scholars.

Third comes the methodological and conceptual training for students: the participants will be intensively prepared for their research project. The emphasis lies here on research methods, theoretical framework, research design and research in a team.

The fourth aim refers to gaining new insights on one of the major social challenges in the South Caucasus.

The main organisers of the projects are:

  • Stéphane Voell (voell [at] uni-marburg.de), Ernst Halbmayer, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Department Cultural and Social Anthropology, Marburg/Lahn (Germany)
  • Ketevan Khutsishvili (ketevan.khutsishvili [at] tsu.ge), Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Institute of Ethnology, Tbilisi (Georgia), CCC1-4

Part of the organisational team/supervisers is/was:

  • Armenia: Levon Abrahamian (CCC1-3), Satenik Mkrtchyan (CCC1-3, 5), Gayane Shagoyan (CCC1-3), Hamlet Melkumyan (CCC2-6), Arsen Hakobyan (CCC4-5)
  • Azerbaijan: Ilgam Abbasov (Baku), Sergey Rumyansev (Baku/Berlin)
  • Georgia: Ruslan Baramidze (CCC5-6), Giorgi Cheishvili (CCC3), Lavrenti Janiashvili (CCC2-4), Tamta Khalvashi (CCC5)
  • Germany: Susanne Fehlings (CCC1-3), Elke Kamm (CCC1-2, 4-6), Sascha Roth (CCC1-3, 5-6), Natalie Wahnsiedler (CCC6)

The projects are funded by the Deutsche Akademische Auslandsdienst (DAAD) and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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