Completed dissertations

  • 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]

    Doctoral Candidate: 
    Natia Reineck (2015)

    Prof. Dr. Hermann Funk

    Reineck, Natia. 2016. Einfach – Sprachen – Lernen: Universalkonzepte für den optimalen Fremdsprachenunterricht. Marburg: Tectum.

    Description [In German]: 
    Lehrende von Fremdsprachen, insbesondere von "kleineren" Sprachen, wie zum Beispiel dem Georgischen, stehen nicht selten vor der Herausforderung, die hierzu passenden Lehr- und Lernmethoden für ihren Unterricht zu finden. Hierbei übernimmt der Transfer der sprachenübergreifenden Methoden eine zentrale Rolle. Kleine Sprachen können so von den Erfahrungen der großen Sprachen profitieren und die dort bewährten Methoden für sich übernehmen. Wie also können Wörter so gelernt werden, dass man sie nie wieder vergisst? Welche Lernstrategien haben sich hierbei besonders bewährt?

  • Female labor migrants from Georgia in Greece

    Weronika Zmiejewski: Female labor migrants from Georgia in Greece

    She conducts research on female labor migrants from Georgia in Greece. She did her fieldwork mainly in northern Greece (Thessaloniki) and partly in Georgia. From a social anthropological perspective, she looks at the migration structure, the socioeconomic reasons of migration and the trajectories of Georgian women in Greece. Another main point of reference in her research is the EU migration policy in Greece, especially with respect to regulation policies and visa facilitation.

  • Everyday Life in Old Tbilisi. Exploration of Cohabitation in a Multiethnic Neighborhood in Tbilisi

    Joseph Sparsbrod: Everyday Life in Old Tbilisi. Exploration of Cohabitation in a Multiethnic Neighborhood in Tbilisi

    In the past decades the Georgian capital faced radical changes. The collapse of the Soviet Union, the following unrest, the establishment of a market economy and the Rose Revolution might be the most profound events in the life of Tbilisi's inhabitants. The historic center, in its actual state, was socially produced according to the respective socioeconomic, political and cultural conditions. The area was labeled as “Old Tbilisi” – a catchphrase connected to a multitude of meanings and imaginations, e.g. beautiful, historic, but often neglect houses and close relations between the mostly poor neighbors. In my ongoing dissertation project I want to show how this space (on the example of one street) is socially produced  by different  groups  according  to  their  socioeconomic, political and cultural resources. I pay special attention to the local community, as one important actor in this process.

    On which social structures (e.g. kinship or neighborship) and practices (e.g. housing, appropriation and use of space, informal activities) can they rely on to deal with everyday challenges since the end of the Soviet Union? How are this structures and practices used, reshaped, changed and reinterpreted by the neighbors and what stake do they have in the social production of space? I will show how the neighborhood and the life of the neighbors is affected by the local, national and global socioeconomic, political and cultural environment. I will display the local's capacity to achieve their wishes and expectations and to cope with political, economic and social pressure. This throws light on how the neighborhood (as a material and social reality) is shaped (i.e. socially produced) by different groups and it will reveal the power relations which underlie this process. This is of interest since the genesis and state of “Old Tbilisi” is obscured or naturalized by different ideologies (e.g. State communism, nationalism, neo-liberalism) and their respective political, economic and cultural elites.

  • Land use strategies in the Armenian border village Pshatavan

    Tamar Khutsishvili: Land use strategies in the Armenian border village Pshatavan

    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Diana Forker

    The study is devoted to land use strategies in the village of Pshatavan, which is located on the Armenian side of the border area between Armenia and Turkey. Therefore, half of the arable land plots are located on no man’s land. The dissertation of based on one year of field work (2014–2015) in Pshatavan.

    The dissertation studies the strategies of villagers for using and keeping agricultural land plots after the privatization of the lands formerly owned by Sovkhoz and Kolkhoz (collective farms). The research asks how the land is used and explores the coping strategies adopted by households for converting land plots into valuable, status giving assets. Discussions on strategies are led by the concept of informality and forms of capital. Within the framework of Economic Anthropology, the dissertation explores household strategies as the reflection of top-down and bottom-up changes. Pshatavan borders Turkey. Therefore, the effect of the border on shaping villagers’ identities and influencing land use practices is also a major part of the research.