Summer Schools in Digital Caucasiology

The universities of Batumi (Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia), Frankfurt / Main (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany), and Jena (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany) jointly organize two consecutive

Summer schools on „Digital Caucasiology“

Batumi, October 1–8, 2019

Frankfurt, October 1–8, 2020.

The primary concern of the summer schools is to close the gap that exists between Caucasian countries and the Western world with regard to the use of digital resources in the Humanities concerning the Caucasus, its languages, peoples, and history, with the aim to establish fruitful cooperations in the production, development, and exploitation of such resources. The summer schools address early career researchers from both the Caucasian region and the West.

The summer schools will not only deal with text corpora and their linguistic exploitation but with resources to be used by Humanities subjects in a broader range. The application of digital research technologies in the Humanities requires a profound understanding of fundamental issues of one's own discipline in a cross-disciplinary context. Interdisciplinarity therefore represents an essential feature and at the same time the thematic framework of the two summer schools on “Digital Caucasiology", which are meant to bring together early career researchers in fields as different as linguistics, literary studies, history, anthropology, juridical, social and political sciences with specialists from computational Humanities, with the aim to explore the common grounds of the formation and exploitation of digital resources and thus to ensure that the participants (graduate and doctoral students and post-docs) from different disciplines gain a comprehensive overview of key aspects of the practical use of electronic resources and tools and to develop an interdisciplinary perspective.
The teaching program includes the following topics:

The two summer schools are consecutive, which means that applicants will have to apply for participation in both of them (cf. registration instructions below). There is no registration fee but advanced registration is compulsory for the selection process of the participants as their number is limited (45 participants).

For the selected participants, travel and accomodation will be financed by a generous grant of the Volkswagen Foundation.

Registration: August 15, 2019 to September 9, 2019

Contact Person: Anastasia Kamarauli

Email: a.kamarauli (at)

Registration Instructions:

Applicants send in (via e-mail to the Anastasia Kamarauli by Sept. 9, 2019) their CV (one page), a motivation letter (max. 300 words) explaining their fields of interest and their expectations for the summer schools, a copy of their last university diploma, and a list describing their activities concerning Caucasiology and their knowledge in digital methods. MA students can apply if their MA studies will be finished before October, 2020.

Preliminary program

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