Mount Ararat


Mount Ararat
Image: Tamar Khutsishvili

The Institute for Caucasus Studies is happy to announce the call for papers for the 29th conference for junior scholars in the field of East European studies which will take place on 1-3 July 2022 in Jena. Send your abstracts until 24 January 2022.

Further information can be found here

Contingencies and change in the Caucasus Contingencies and change in the Caucasus Image: Johanna Preissler

The Institute for Caucasus Studies Jena is continuing the film seminar Kino Klub Kaukasus with a 2021-2022 series on the topic called Contingencies and change in the Caucasus. The seminar features contemporary movies which were produced by young filmmakers from or with relation to the North and South Caucasus. Main themes of the seminar are everyday life, social roles and societal change, labour and socialisation. It is open to students from FSU Jena as well as everyone else interested in the Caucasus. It is a hybrid format and unites virtual and in-person screenings. All screenings are followed by open discussions. 

If you want to be part of the seminar, write an e-mail to:

Please indicate which session you want to join. The number of participants is limited to 25 for every session.

All sessions are moderated by Tamar Khutsishvili and Veronika Pfeilschifter (Institute for Caucasus Studies, FSU Jena). The banner was created by Johanna Preißler (FSU Jena). 

Our sessions are as follows: 

28 October 2021 (Thursday), 6 pm (CET): No time to retire+A butcher’s daughter (by Leyla Ganbarli, Azerbaijan, online, Q&A with director Leyla Ganbarli) 

19 November 2021 (Friday), 6 pm (CET): My Piece of the Earth (by Maka Gogaladze, Georgia, seminar room, Jenergasse 8, FSU Jena) 

15 December 2021 (Thursday), 6 pm (CET): Storgetnya (by Hovig Hagopian, Armenia/France, online) 

20 January 2022 (Thursday), 6 pm (CET): Дзуар, Святое место, Holy place (by Madina Togolokova, North Ossetia, online, followed by Q&A with Emine Sahingöz) 

10 February 2022 (Thursday), 6 pm (CET): The engima of Faina (by Durna Safarova, Azerbaijan, online, followed by Q&A with Durna Safarova)


During the lecture periods we regularly organize the Kino Klub Kaukasus film screenings and our one-day colloquium.

In addition, we host guest talks, invited lectures, readings and other events by researchers, authors and other specialists from Germany, the Caucasus and beyond.

Find out more about major events:

Furthermore, our Facebook page is regularly updated for the latest events and other news such as summer schools, conferences, stipends, excursions and more.



2021 Call for movies

The Institute for Caucasus Studies Jena is happy to announce its 2021 call for movies:

Are you a young or emerging filmmaker from or with relations to the Caucasus and would like to share your work with a wider audience? Then write to us!

As part of our initiative Cinema Club Caucasus (Kino Klub Kaukasus), we are searching for movies focused on (but not only) everyday life, social practices, labour, identity, minorities and arts in the North and South Caucasus. From October 2021 to Februrary 2022, we will monthly screen one of the submitted movies in the framework of our open seminar at the Institute for Caucasus Studies Jena. The screening will be followed by an open and moderated discussion which focuses on the movie and wider topics which are of interest to the audience. 

If you are interested or have further questions, get in touch with Tamar Khutsishvili or Veronika Pfeilschifter ( 

We look forward to hearing from you!