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Vazha Kiknadze: Report of the Mission to Japan

The International symposium was held in 20-21 April in Senda, at the Tohoku University, which is the third among Japanese universities with its importance.  The symposium theme was “the new evaluations of the history”. The conference took place in the “Centre of study of the northern-eastern Asia” (CNES) at Tohoku University. The conference put together representatives from Azerbaijan, the Middle East, Mongolia and from so-called Sakha Republic (Iakutia, the Russian Federation). Georgia was presented by me already for the second time

The purpose of the symposium was a re-evaluation of soviet historiography appraisals and methodology. This was the main task of the symposium and all representatives tried to show it with the concrete material and by an example of their own countries.

My report was about the 1924-year rebellion and its evaluation in the soviet and post-soviet historiography. I presented this report in English, which was interpreted simultaneously into the Japanese language.

After a short historical introduction (reporters had 15 minutes, a translator also had 15 min.), I admitted that this theme started to avoid the soviet stereotypes only in 90-s of XX century. Several works were published on this theme and at the same time, archives of the soviet Security Committee, which were closed before, became accessible and works about this issue started to publish.  Should be noted significant works of N. Kirtadze (Kutaisi, 1996; Tbilisi, 1999.) Later, the 1924 rebellion was researched by G. Tsitsishvili, Al. Daushvili, K. Tsenguashvili, D. Shvelidze and others. Some interesting documents on this issue were published by G. Gelashvili (Tbilisi, 2000) and O. Janelidze (Tbilisi, 1999).

I noted at the symposium that in spite of serious changes, several issues are not studied properly yet. The 1924-year rebellion is not researched completely; no one has compared the rebellion to the similar incidents in Georgia or internationally by the new methodology. Besides, while evaluating this incident, in post-soviet historiography one can observe wrong and often, not national appraisals (for example, the rebellion was inspired by the Soviet security organs from the beginning and also heads of rebellion should not be radicals and think about compromises (?!) and so on.).

It was underlined in the report that 1924-year rebellion needs further research, analyzes and re-evaluation of old and wrong appraisals.   

At the summing meeting of the symposium the Japanese side asked, how is the relation of an each post-soviet country to Russia and what they await. My response was that Georgia has significant but unfortunately, negative experience in this case. From the example of our country, can be concluded that Russia (Monarchic, Soviet and Post-soviet) never took responsibility to defend signed international agreements and on they contrary, it was used as the platform for the further aggression.

These my appraisals were accepted without any comment from the Japanese side, but nobody expressed opposite opinions also.

With words of the international meeting organizers, a symposium was a success and the Centre of study of the northern-eastern Asia at Tohoku University will continue its collaboration with colleagues in future too. I also want to note with gratitude that all expanses: flight from Georgia to Sendai and my one-week stay there, were covered by the Japanese side. Hosts tried their best to show me Sendai, resort place Macushima and Tokyo.

I suppose that relation between our countries will get more intensive and close in future. To my doubt, the links too.

A card of the symposium participation

The director of LEPL Iv. Javakhishvili History and Ethnology Institute, The full Professor of  Tbilisi State University,

The Humanitarian Sciences faculty , the History direction

Vazha Kiknadze

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Mission reports | Leave a comment

Vazha Kiknadze

On May 10-16, 2009, Director of Iv.Javakishvili Institute of History and Ethnology, Prof. Vazha Kiknadze, visited A.Mickievich University, Institute for East European Studies, Poznan, Poland.

Professor Vazha Kiknadze delivered the two public lectures: “Ivane Susanin and Priest Tevdore: Myth and Reality” and “Kirion II on Lithuania and Poland.” He took part in the international conference, hosted by the University of Poznan, dedicated to the South Caucasian conflicts. The paper – The Russian Synod’s Ecclesiastical Policy towards South Caucasus at the End of the 19th Century and at the Beginning of the 20th Century, was presented at the conference by Prof. Vazha Kiknadze.

May 22, 2009 Posted by | 1.5 Scientific Missions | Leave a comment

Mission report: L. Janiashvili, Natia Jalabadze [2009. 21.II-14.III]

The Leading Research Fellow of the Department of Ethnology of Caucasus
Lavrenti Janiashvili and Senior Research Fellow Natia Jalabadze
participated at the Georgian-German project “Revitalization of
Traditional Law in Georgia.” The project aims at the study of the
traditional law in the contemporary Georgia. The group of
ethnologists, bringing together the two German (Stephan Voel and Elke
Kami) and the two Georgian (Lavrenti Janiashvili and Natia Jalabadze)
specialists plan to investigate and reveal the folk norms and elements
of law, their forms, types and area of action. The project stresses
the preservation of the traditional law, its specific and causing
reasons. Each researcher will investigate the particular aspect of the
problem, resulting in the joint publication. The research of Lavrenti
Janiashvili investigates the traditional law in socialist Georgia,
whereas the one of Natia Jalabadze is concentrated on the forms of
taking vengeance. The project will last for 2 years, undertaken in
different parts of Georgia and in Qvemo Qartli in particular.

March 26, 2009 Posted by | Mission reports | Leave a comment

Scientific Missions Abroad in 2009

January 18 – March 15, 2009 – Nino Abakelia, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Ethnology of Georgia will participate in the research project of Inter-national Study Center at the University of Oxford.

February 1-5, 2009 – Vazha Kiknadze, Director of Iv.Javakishvili Institute of History and Ethnology will participate in the seminar at the University of Cambridge, Great Britain, organized by the Committee for the Study of Russia and the East Europe. Dr. Kiknadze will present the paper: “Georgian Spiritual Figures and the Russian Exarchy at the Beginning of the  20 Centtury.”

On February 21, 2009 director of Iv.Javakishvili Institute of History and Ethnology, Dr.Vazha Kiknadze will participate in international conference organized by the North-East Asia Study Center at University of Tohoko, Japan. One hour long presentation on the topic “The Georgian Society of the 20th Century and the Ecclesiastical Policy of the Russian Synod” will be delivered at the conference “New Researches in the Post Soviet Countries of the 20 Century.”

On February 21 – March 14, 2009 Main Research Fellow Lavrenti Janiashvili and Senior Research Fellow Natia Jalabadze, Department of Ethnology of Caucasus, visited to the Phillips University-Marburg, Germany, to participate in the Project “Revitalization of Traditional Law in the Republic of Georgia.”

On March 9-13, 2009 vice-director in International Relations David Matsaberidze will visit Budapest, Hungary, to participate in CRC Spring Sessions “Teaching Comparative History in Eastern Europe – Theory, Methods, Case Studies”, Central European University. 

 On March 17-19, 2009 director Vazha Kiknadze will visit Maltepe University, Istanbul, to participate in international scientific conference “Central Eurasian Studies: Past, Present, Future”, organized by the Maltepe University (Turkey), University of Tokio (Japan) and University of Tsukuba (Japan). The following paper will be presented at the conference: “Istanbul and Hagia Sophia in the Works of Georgian Travellers of the 15th-19th Centuries.” 

On March 9 – April 8, 2009 Senior Research Fellow Gia Gelashvili, Department of the Modern History, will pay visit to Great Britain in the framework of invitation program of the British Academy of Sciences, for the scientific work in the local libraries and archives.

On March 9-13, 2009, Malkhaz Toria, Research Fellow of the Department of Ethnology of Caucasus, will take part in the CRC Spring Sessions – Teaching Comparative History in South-Eastern Europe – Theory, Methods, Case Studies – hosted by Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

February 5, 2009 Posted by | 1.5 Scientific Missions | Leave a comment