SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Assistant Professor, field of Anthroplology





Elene Gavashelishvili  graduated from Ilia State University Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences in 2007. She holds her doctorate from the Department of Sociology at Ilia State University. Her PhD thesis “The Impact of Conflicting Discourses on Reproduction Practices of Georgian Women” looked at lived religion from the anthropological perspective. She has been involved in following research projects: ‘Religiosity among young Georgians’ (2015-2018), ‘The Study of Sexual Behavior in Georgia’ (2009-2011), ‘The Role of the Orthodox Church in the Formation of Georgian National Identity’ (2010-2012) and ‘Georgian National Identity: Conflict and Integration’ (2015-2016). Elene Gavashelishvili is assistant professor at Ilia State University since 2018. Currently she is working on the doctoral program of Sociocultural Anthropology at Ilia State University.

Scientific interests / research interests

  • Everyday dimensions of religion
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Social construction of health and illness
  • Combination of global medical opportunities and traditional local schemes.

Featured publications

  • 2018 – “Childless Women in Georgia Between Religious Restrictions and Medical Opportunities”, In Anthropology of the Middle East, Berghahn Journals, Pages: 24–42, DOI:https://doi.org/10.3167/ame.2018.130103
  • 2018 – “Childless Women in Georgia Between Religious Restrictions and Medical Opportunities”, in “Religion in Everyday Life”, edited by Ketevan Gurchiani, Ilia State University Publishing, Pages: 91-150.
  • 2012 – “Anti-Modern and Anti-Globalist Tendencies in the. Georgian Orthodox Church”, Identity Studies, Volume 4 (2012), Ilia State University Publishing, Pages: 118-137

Books

  • 2016 – “Georgian National Identity : Conflict and Integration”, Authors: Diana Bogishvili, Irina Osepashvili, Elene Gavashelishvili, Nino Gugushvili. Center for Social Sciences (CSS)/ ACADEMIC SWISS CAUCASUS NET (ACSN);
  • 2013 – “The Role of the Orthodox Church in the Formation of Georgian National Identity”, Authors: Tatia Kekelia, Elene Gavashelishvili, Konstantire Ladaria, Irina Sulkhanishvili,
  • 2012 – “Sexuality in Modern Georgia: Discourse and Behavior”, edited by Giga Zedania, Ilia State University Publishing.

Current Courses

Course Catalog

  • Introduction to Sociology (2018-2019, Spring Semester) BA;
  • Modernization and Contemporary Society (2018-2019 Spring Semester) BA;
  • Introduction to Contemporary Thought II (2018-2019, Spring Semester) BA;
  • Medical Anthropolgy (2018-2019, Spring Semester)
  • Religion, Gender and Sexuality (2018-2019, Fall Semester) MA ;
  • Introduction to Contemporary Thought I (2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 – Fall Semester) BA;
  • Introduction to Contemporary Thought II (2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016 –  Spring Semester) BA;
  • Sociology of Labor and Labor Market (2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015 –  Spring Semester) BA , Assistant;
  • Modernization and Contemporary Society (2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015 – Spring Semester. 2016-2017, 2015-2016 – Fall Semester ) BA, Assistant;
  • Education in contemporary society (2016-2017, 2015-2016 – Fall Semester) BA, Assistant;
  • Introduction to Sociology (2014-2015,  Spring Semester) BA, Assistant.