WiP: Caucasian Albania and the Udis

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 12th talk of the Spring 2019 Works-in-Progress Series!

“The Lost Kingdom: Caucasian Albania and the Udis”

By Alexander Kavtaradze, Ilia State University

Date: May 1, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.

Exploring the history, culture and language of one of the least studied peoples in Caucasus studies, the Caucasian Albanians and the Udis. This project seeks traces of the Caucasian Albanian identity in the contemporary Udis, the descendants of the Albanians, and asks how the Udis view themselves and how they continue to maintain their identity, and the history and challenges of this struggle.

Born in Tbilisi of mixed Georgian and Udi heritage, Alexander Kavtaradze has a BA in History from Eastern University in Pennsylvania in the US, and has spent one term at New College, Oxford exploring Caucasian Albanian history. He has an MA from Ilia State University in Political Anthropology and is currently a PhD student at Ilia State in Culture Studies/Anthropology.

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. 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. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

PRIVACY POLICY: In order to assure the free and open discussion of ideas and sensitive issues, unless otherwise specified the WiP series holds to the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed, without the explicit permission of said speaker(s) or participant(s) in the press or other public media. Journalists may attend the sessions, but the contents are not for publication or broadcast without the explicit permission of the speaker(s). This is to enable all involved to openly discuss their views in private while allowing the topic and nature of the debate to be made public and contribute to the broader scholarly and academic conversation.