Ali and Nino by Tamar Kvesitadze – Batumi (Georgia)


Ali and Nino by Tamar Kvesitadze – Batumi (Georgia)
Image: Diana Forker
  • Current projects

    Below, you will find a list of current research projects conducted by our staff members.
    For more information please visit current projects site.

    • Language contact in the Caucasus
    • JENA-CAUC - Resilience in the South Caucasus: prospects and challenges of a new EU foreign policy concept
    • Kaukasisches Erzählgut im Diskurs der vergleichenden Märchenforschung (Caucasian narratives in the discourse of comparative fairy tale research)
  • Current dissertations
    • Felix Anker: Topics in the morphosyntax of Caucasian languages
    • Veronika Pfeilschifter: Ideology, utopia and decolonial resilience: The ‘new’ post-Soviet left in the South Caucasus
    • Irena Gonashvili: Europeanization of Environmental and Climate Change Policies in Georgia and Armenia: Comparative Study
    • Natia Botkoveli

    Detailed information about the dissertations

  • Completed projects
    • LexCauc – A lexical database for the languages of the Caucasus
    • Documenting Dargwa languages in Daghestan – Shiri and Sanzhi
    • CASCADE – Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus
    • Transformations of Sacred Spaces, Pilgrimages and Conceptions of Hybridity in the Post-Soviet Caucasus

    Detailed information about the projects

  • Completed dissertations
    • Natia Reineck: Sprachspezifische und sprachenübergreifende Konzepte für den Fremdsprachenunterricht am Beispiel des Deutschen und des Georgischen als Fremdsprache [Language-specific and cross-linguistic concepts for second language teaching, exemplified by German and Georgian as second languages]
    • Joseph Sparsbrod: Everyday Life in Old Tbilisi. Exploration of Cohabitation in a Multiethnic Neighborhood in Tbilisi
    • Weronika Zmiejewski: Female labor migrants from Georgia in Greece
    • Tamar Khutsishvili: Land use strategies in the Armenian border village Pshatavan

    Detailed information about the dissertations

  • Publications

    Articles, conference papers and other publications can be found on the individual pages of the team members.

    Overview of books and edited volumes of recent years


    • Forker, Diana & Lenore Grenoble (eds.) 2021. Language contact in the territory of the former Soviet Union. Amsterdam: Benjamins.


    • Diana Forker. 2019. A grammar of Sanzhi Dargwa. Berlin: Language Science Press.


    • Hannah Sarvasy & Diana Forker (eds.) 2018. Word Hunters. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
    • Diana Forker & Timur Maisak (eds.) 2018. The semantics of verbal categories in Nakh-Daghestanian languages: Tense, aspect, evidentiality, mood/modality. Leiden: Brill.
    • Forker, Diana & Geoffrey Haig (eds.) 2018. Person and gender in discourse: An empirical cross-linguistic perspective. Linguistics 56(4).
    • Tsypylma Darieva & Florian Mühlfried & Kevin Tuite (eds.) 2018. Sacred Places, Emerging Spaces - Religious Pluralism in the Post-Soviet Caucasus. Oxford, New York: Berghahn.


    • Diana Forker & Gadzhimuard Gadzhimuradov. 2017. Sanzhi tales and legends. With a Sanzhi-Russian and a Russian-Sanzhi dictionary. Makhachkala. [In Russian]
    • Mehmet Bardakçı, Annette Freyberg-Inan, Christoph Giesel & Olaf Leiße. 2017. Religious Minorities in Turkey. Alevi, Armenians, Syriacs and the Struggle to Desecuritize Religious Freedom. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Typylma Darieva & Thede Kahl & Svetlana Toncheva (eds.) 2017. Sakralität und Mobilität im Kaukasus und in Südosteuropa. Wien: Verlag der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.


    • Natia Reineck. 2016. Einfach - Sprachen - lernen: Universalkonzepte für den optimalen Fremdsprachenunterricht. Marburg: Tectum Verlag.
    • Natia Reineck & Ute Rieger. 2016. Kaukasiologie heute: Eine Festschrift zum 70. Geburtstag von Heinz Fähnrich. Greiz: König.

    Detailed information about the books and edited volumes

  • Collaboration

    We collaborate with the following institutes, universities and projects in Jena and beyond:

    Our partner universities for student exchange programs are specified in this list.

Field work impressions

Dargi project: Praying man in Dagestan
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
Dargi project: A Shiri woman is showing the plant book to her grandchild
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
Dargi project: Two girls at the well in Druzhba
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
Dargi project: The abandoned village of Sanzhi
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
Dargi project: The village of Shiri
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
Dargi project: Team (Oleg, Iwona, Diana, Rasul)
Image: Diana Forker
Dargi project: Shiri women looking at the plant book
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
LexCauc project: Old couple in Armenia
Image: Diana Forker
Dargi project: A wedding in Druzhba (Dagestan)
Image: Iwona Kaliszewska
LexCauc project: Interview with a Sanzhi woman
Image: Diana Forker
LexCauc project: Dandilaw - The best storyteller from Hinuq
Image: Diana Forker
LexCauc project: The village of Icari
Image: Diana Forker