Georgian Programme

The Georgian Programme is organisationally subordinated to Russian and East European Studies in SIAS. The programme has been established with the following principal objectives:To act as a focus for the academic study of and research on Georgia, in its regional environment, across the University of Oxford.

  • To help coordinate such study and research in the social sciences and the humanities, including modern history
  • To ensure close interaction in particular between REES and the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St. Antony’s College on all matters related to Georgia.
  • To encourage visiting attachments by postdoctoral scholars from Georgia for periods of up to one year
  • To organise seminars and other meetings on Georgian topics, and for speakers from Georgia
  • To raise the profile of Georgian studies and research in the UK and beyond, through interaction with other universities and research centres with similar interests
  • To direct attention to materials and sources on Georgia in the university

The Georgian Programme is affiliated with The Oxford Seminar for the Caucasus and Central Asia (TOSCCA), which organises seminars and events related to the wider region.

A Steering Group on the Georgian Programme is formed of the following members of the university:

Professor Neil MacFarlane (St. Anne’s College; DPIR)

Professor Roy Allison (St. Antony’s College; SIAS)

Professor Paul Chaisty (St. Antony’s College; SIAS/DPIR)

Professor Edmund Herzig (Wadham College; Oriental Institute)



On Wednesday 29th November 2017 the Georgian Studies Programme welcomes Mr Tornike Koplatadze who will be screening the film 'Nine Years of Displacment' in the Syndicate Room, St Antony's College from 12:00-13:00.
12:00 to 13:30

The film deals with the aftermath of Georgia-Russian War of 2008. It takes a close look at the Tserovani Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Settlement, and how people’s lives have changed since losing their homes to Russian forces. Tserovani Settlement and its population do not dwell on past misfortunes, but rather try to provide for the community’s needs, while not forgetting the past. Three teenagers Nana, Tako and Mari explain their adjustments to IDP life; its numerous disadvantages and few promising advantages.

The screening will be followed by a lunch of Georgian Khachapuri and sweets. 


The final Lecture in the Georgian Studies Programme Series will take place on Thursday, 30 November 2017, at 5 pm in the Syndicate Room at St Antony’s College. 


Professor Donald Rayfield frrom Queen Mary's University London will be lecturing on 'What did the Iranians and Russians ever do for the Georgians? -Exploitation and Empowerment'.


Please follow the link for full details of the series:




The series is convened by Georgian Studies Fellows Dr. Irene Giviashvili and Dr. Irina Demetradze-Renz.


The seminar is followed by a Georgian wine reception.


The Programme is supported by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.



Research Centres in Georgia

Tbilisi State University

Tbilisi State University Research Portal

Ilia State University 

Research institutes of Ilia State University

International School of Caucasus Studies

Institute of Political Sciences

Institute of Social and Cultural Studies  

Centre for Social Sciences, Tbilisi

Caucasus Research Resources Centre, Tbilisi

South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

The Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS)

Caucasus Institute for Peace Democracy and Development

The Georgian Institute of Politics


International Research Projects

Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN)

Intra- and Inter-Societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunites to Respond



Publications and Media

Caucasus Edition

Caucasus Analytical Digest (CAD)

Caucasus Survey


Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

Identity Studies in the Caucasus and Black Sea Region



Current Academic Visitors