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The concluding conference of our research project on traditional law in Georgia took place in November 2011. In 2015 was published an edited volume by Stéphane Voell and Iwona Kaliczewska which is largely based on this conference. The book is entitled “State and Legal Practice in the Caucasus”. Recently two reviews were published on this book.

Stéphen Huard writes in the The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law: “Unlike many conference collections, the volume as a whole keeps its unity thanks to theoretical organisation provided by Voell and Kaliszewska in the introducing chapter. The editors embrace the diversity of the contributions by dividing them in two main themes that represent the two halves of the volume under the banner of pluralism: tradition and the state.”

In Caucasus Survey Annamária Kissa writes: “The unique approach, carefully selected topics and detailed articles guarantee that this book is useful for not only those who are interested in the Caucasus region. The biggest strength of it is that it gives one the benefit of double insight by offering an understanding of highly peculiar traditions of specific segments of societies in the region, filtered through an understanding of the wider socio-political-economic context in which these are situated.”

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New Publication

It takes a lot of time to publish the articles from our project on traditional Law in Georgia, but one by one they will appear in the future. Here is the next text.

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After nearly three months in Germany, Natia and Lavrenti are going today back to Tbilisi. We spent here some intensive months in discussing about the results of our research and working one main article and a book that will bring together all individual research projects under one conceptual framework. Hopefully, at least … During the stay of our Georgian colleagues we also did prepare our concluding conference “Perceptions of the State and Legal Practice in the Caucasus Anthropological Perspectives on Law and Politics”. It will take place in Batumi between November, 14-18. We will publish here some first information in the next days. Save ride home, Natia and Lavrenti.

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In the Hagia Sophia

In the Hagia Sophia

Second and last day in Istanbul. Tomorrow we will leave to the East. Elke and I, we did some sightseeing. Each of us did their individual Istanbul ‘tour de force’. There was not much time. Definitely a city to come back.

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On September 26 we were back in Marburg after three extraordinary months in Georgia. We have to thank our Georgian colleagues Natia and Lavrenti for making our journey so pleasant. In the next six months we will work on our material. But we also have lectures (in German “Seminare”) to prepare for he winter term.

My French colleague Bernard Poulelaouen (he would say that he is Breton, not French …) and I, we give a seminar on “Musical anthropology in the Republic of Georgia”. Bernard is the director of the Centre du Patrimoine de la Facture Instrumentale (CPFI) in Le Mans (France). Since a couple of years he is living in Marburg and gives lectures on musical anthropology and identity, mainly on the Baltic regions and in Hungary. Because of my ongoing project in Georgia we planned to work together on traditional music in Georgia. In a two semester seminar we will give an introduction into Georgian traditional music and its contemporary relevance (first and second year students). A highlight of the seminar will be a ten days excursion of the participants to Tbilisi next April. There we will work together with the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatory.

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sheep

Open Anthropology Cooperative (OAC) is a rapidly growing discussion forum and social network for anthropologists. Florian Mühlfried, who researched in Georgia on topics like the “supra” or on citizenship, founded the Group “Anthropology in/of the Caucasus” in AOC. Already about 35 members signed in the group. Researchers from Georgia and anthropologists working on Georgia seem to be in majority in this moment. But as AOC is expanding fast this may change in the future. One my ask why a sheep was chosen as symbol for this group (my first association was that this a group on the Anthropology of Ireland). This is one of the topics discussed in the forum.

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Look Back

Left to right: Natia Jalabadze, Ulrike Krasberg, Lia Melikishvili (Tbilisi, October 2004)

Left to right: Natia Jalabadze, Ulrike Krasberg, Lia Melikishvili (Tbilisi, October 2004)

Next week we (Elke and Stéphane) will be in Georgia. That remembers me of the beginnings of the project. In October 2004 I was for the first time in Tbilisi to discuss the first ideas of the research project with Lia Melikishvili and Natia Jalabadze. Natia is now a team member of our project. As already mentioned below, our projected written and re-written for four years and presented to different institutions before it was finally approved. Ulrike Krasberg (“Privatdozent” at the Philipps-University and editor of the online magazine Journal-Ethnologie) took part in the preparation trip in 2004.

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