Finally, after almost two years


Voell, Stéphane and Ketevan Khutsishvili (eds.) 2013. Caucasus Conflict Culture: Anthropological Perspectives on Times of Crisis (Curupira Workshop, 18). Marburg: Curupira. 296 pp.

My daughter took the envelope out of the post box and brought it to me. I opened it, took out a copy of this edited volume, and then my daugther said: „Oh, you did again write a new book!“ Her remark does not match with the real frequency of my publications. I am, however, very happy that this book is finally ready.

„The Caucasus is characterised by a complex side-by-side of people who claim to be of different ethnic origin. Unsolved territorial conflicts, like in Nagorno-Karabakh, have led until recently to armed conflicts. History and identity are constantly negotiated and renegotiated on the local level based on ever-changing claims and interests. Precisely these issues are at the core of the research of the contributing anthropologists from the South Caucasus and Germany. Their work is based on intensive field research and they present, with their perspective ›from below‹, a multi-layered picture of, among other things, intercultural relationships that have emerged despite the conflict-torn present.“ (abstract of the book)

„At beginning there was a conference in Tbilisi. At the end there is this book. The latter is closely related to the former. The book would not have been possible without the initial conference. But the conference and the book are very different from each other. In November 2011 the Department of Ethnology of the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University hosted the conference ›Caucasus, Conflict, Culture: First Symposium on Anthropology and the Prevention of Conflicts in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia‹ (CCC1). The event was organised together with the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology of the Philipps-Universität Marburg.“ (from the preface)

Content: Ketevan Khutsishvili and Stéphane Voell: Preface — Stéphane Voell: Going Beyond Essentialism: Introduction — Mkhitar Gabrielyan and Artak Dabaghyan: At Borders as in Islands: Steps of Anthropology into the Field — Levon Abrahamian and Gayane Shagoyan: Rallies as Festival and the Festival as a Model for Rallies — Philipp Naucke: Gene Sharp: Nonviolent Action and the Rose Revolution: On the Confusion of Political and Scholarly Success — Sergey Rumyansev and Sevil Huseynova: Peaceful Interethnic Cooperation during the Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis: a Criticism of Attempts to Essentialise Conflicts — Arsen Hakobyan: New Life in a New Space: the Appropriation of ›Alien‹ Space Armenian Refugees in the Village of Dzyunashogh — Ilham Abbasov: From ›Friendship of Peoples‹ to a Discourse of ›Tolerance‹. Constructing Ethnic Boundaries in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan — Sascha Roth: The Making of Home, the Making of Nation: Cultural Notions of Conflict and Displacement in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan — Yulia Antonyan: Reminiscences of the Future: the Social Life of Monuments in Refugee-Villages — Tea Kamushadze: Conceptualisation of the Past: the Place of the Socialist City in Georgian National History — Melanie Krebs: Negotiating Cosmopolitanism in Baku — Sevil Huseynova: Ethno-cultural Diversity in the Imperial and Post-Imperial City.
Communal Violence, Nationalist Conflicts and Interethnic Cooperation in Baku in the 19th-21st Centuries — Nino Aivazishvili-Gehne: Ingiloy – Ingiloi: the Ethnicity and Identity of a Minority in Azerbaijan — Natia Jalabadze and Lavrenti Janiashvili: Perspectives for the Integration of Ethnic Minorities in a Multicultural Region: the Example of Kvemo Kartli — Giorgi Cheishvili and Natalie Wahnsiedler: Student’s Report on ›Caucasus, Conflict, Culture 1‹


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