Virtual WiP: The British in Circassia

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 7th talk of the 2020 Spring Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series, now celebrating its 10th year!

Given the current COVID19 situation, we will once again hold the Works-in-Progress session virtually through Google Hangouts. To join the event, copy this link:

“The British and Circassia”

by Azamat Kumykov, University of Cambridge

Date: April 29, 2020
Virtual venue:

The talk, based on archival research in the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Georgia and Turkey, will give a large view of the evolution of British policy towards the part of the North Caucasus, known in the first half of the XIX century as “Circassia”, including the history of the relationship between the British and the mountaineers of the North Caucasus, depictions of Circassians in British popular culture and an overview of British foreign policy in the region during the Russian conquest of the North Caucasus.

Azamat Kumykov is a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. His research is devoted to the Circassian question and its role in the rivalry between European great powers in the XIX century. Azamat holds a Master of Advanced Study (MAS) in Global Affairs degree from Yale University, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Hawaii.

Although this presentation will be broadcast on Google Hangouts, in observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule to which the series generally adheres, the talk will not be recorded and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing it as well.

WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.