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Archive for May, 2009

4th of July

Our first research period in Georgia is approaching. We booked a flight on the 4th of July to Tbilisi. Then will start our 3 months field research, which we will be complete next year with an additional 8 months research. In the first weeks we will visit the different places our Georgian colleagues Natia and Lavenrenti propose as our main research sites. These are places in Kvemo Kartli or in neighbouring regions.

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Fortified towers (kulla) in Northern Albania near Reps (Foto: A. Hemming).

Fortified towers (kulla) in Northern Albania near Reps (Foto: A. Hemming).

In the recent issue of the online magazine “Journal Ethnologie” Elke and Stéphane contributed to the topic “honour and shame”. Elke wrote on “Die Ehre der Frau – die Ehre des Mannes: Ehrvorstellungen in Georgien” which is basically her individual rearsearch project. Stéphane’s article asks if there is something like a “real honour” (Wahre Ehre?), to which often is refered to. There is none, as he discusses in relation to his research in Northern Albania.

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Stéphane Voell and Elke Kamm attended the Workshop “Socialist Era Anthropology in the Caucasus and Central Asia” at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale from the 23rd to the 24th of April 2009. Researchers from Georgia, United Kingdom, Russia, Turkey, Canada, USA, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan gave lecture about Anthropology in the Socialist Era (for more details to the programme see http://www.eth.mpg.de/events/current/pdf/1239888283-02.pdf).

Not only were the presentations of interest for us but also the personal contact to researchers, who had been doing research in Georgia. We were introduced to a researcher who works with other researchers at the project “Politics of identities in the South Caucasus” at the Humboldt-University, Berlin to the capital cities of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan (for more details see http://www2.hu-berlin.de/ethno/). After those contacts and after our lively debates during the breaks we are looking forward to starting our project in Georgia. [Elke]

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