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.