Caucasus Interdisciplinary: Approaches, Methods, Paradigms

Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Duration: September 16, 2024, to September 27, 2024.
Target Group: German university Master Degree Students of Eastern European and Caucasian
Application deadline: June 14, 2024.

Ilia State University in Tbilisi invites students enrolled at German universities to Caucasus
Interdisciplinary: Approaches, Methods, Paradigms
. The summer school is planned as part of
the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) Go East program. It is a collaboration
between the Institute for East European Studies at the Free University of Berlin (Department
of Culture) and the Institute for Social and Cultural Research at Ilia State University.

The summer school, the first of its kind, will bring together a diverse group of Georgian and
German academics/experts and students who specialize and study the cultural, social, and
political space of the Caucasus from different disciplinary perspectives. The interdisciplinary
orientation of the project will provide students with an opportunity to enrich and broaden
their understanding of the Caucasus and its history. The range of disciplines envisioned as
part of the school includes Caucasus Studies, Eastern European Studies, Film, Literature, and
Cultural Studies, History, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, and Economics.

The summer school will include lectures and discussions, an introductory language course
(Georgian for beginners), thematic city tours, and excursions, as well as museum visits, film
screenings, and discussions. Thematically, the summer school is divided into several topics
and includes thematic blocks such as “National Formations”, “Geopolitics and Geopoetics”,
“Resources and Ecologies”, “Media: Literature, Film, and Performance”, “Imperial Tensions”
and more.

The languages of the summer school are German and English. At the end of the school,
participants will receive certificates indicating a workload of 3 ECTS credits (90 hours of in-
person teaching and self-study). Participation fee is €600 for students from Germany; €300
for self-paying international students.

The participants of the summer school are responsible for arranging their own
accommodation in Tbilisi (AirBnB, The costs for accommodation and meals
are to be covered by the participants themselves. The summer school does not provide

DAAD will offer 10 partial scholarships for participation. The application for the partial
scholarship can be made directly through the DAAD portal (further information can be found
here). The DAAD partial scholarship consists of a lump sum to cover accommodation
expenses, a travel allowance, and a contribution toward the participation fee.

The following application documents must be submitted by June 14, 2024:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Letter of motivation;
  • Transcript of Records;
  • A brief letter of recommendation from a university professor.

The selection will be made by a committee consisting of the lecturers of Ilia State University
in Tbilisi. The decision will be announced by July 1, 2024.

Applications should be sent to: Luka Nakhutsrishvili (Email: