WiP: Remembering the Repressions of 1937

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 14th talk of the Spring 2019 Works-in-Progress Series!

“Remembering the Repressions of 1937-38. Mikheil Mgalobishvili’s Attempts to Cope with his Traumatic Experiences”

By Oliver Reisner, Ilia State University

Date: May 22, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.

Prof. Reisner will present a part of his project “Remembering the Soviet Past in Georgia” dealing with an ego document reflecting on the repressions of 1937-1938. The memoirs by Mikheil Mgaloblishvili, published 1990 under the title “1937”, represent one of the rare cases a survivor of these events provides unique insights on the imprisonment in Tbilisi, interrogation procedures, relations among inmates and his experiences in a GULag in Vyatka, which was just established in the beginning of 1938. He will attempt to answer the question of why Mgaloblishvili saved his traumatic experiences and have evidence by writing them down only 34 years later. As on of the few Georgian language ego documents for this period, its historical value is still underestimated.

Oliver Reisner has been Jean Monnet professor for European and Caucasian Studies at Ilia State University since September 2015. He graduated from the Georg August University Goettingen with a PhD thesis on nation building in Georgia. He worked as coordinator for a post graduate MA programme “Central Asia/Caucasus” at Humboldt University (2000-2003), as human rights programme manager with World Vision International Georgia (2003-2005), and the EU Delegation to Georgia (2005-2015). His fields of research include issues of Europeanisation in the Caucasus, issues of social cohesion in Georgia’s regions, and memory of the Soviet past in Georgia.

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.

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