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.

  • LexCauc – A lexical database for the languages of the Caucasus
  • 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
  • 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]

Detailed information about the dissertation

  • 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

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


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