Ketevan Gurchiani is a full professor in anthropology at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Her special interest has been religiosity in everyday life, lived space, and urban space as an assemblage. She also explores and teaches the culturally specific understanding of heroism and dignity. K. Gurchiani has been a recipient of numerous research grants and awards from Georgian, German, and US-based foundations. She has been visiting scholar at UCLA, Columbia University and NYU. Ketevan Gurchiani is leading the project (2020-2023): “Tbilisi as an Urban Assemblage” (funded by Rustaveli National Scientific Foundation). She is also a researcher in the project “Surrogacy as a Network Genome: Key Actors and Their Interdependence” (2020-2023). In 2015–2018, she was head of the project: Religiosity among young Georgians.

Scientific interests / research interests

Caucasus, Georgia, religion, everyday life, rituals, mythology, contemporary religiosity,Urban anthropology.

Recent publications

2021 Women and the Georgian Orthodox Church, in: Women and Religion, ed. by Ina Merdjanowa. Fordham University Press, Forthcoming in 2021

2020 Gurchiani, Ketevan. “Religious Education at Schools in Georgia.” In Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft/Vienna Forum for Theology and the Study of Religions, (ed. by Martin Jäggle and Martin Rothgangel, Volume 4 (Eastern Europe), p. 95. Vienna University Press.

2019 Review Article for Slavic Review of Tsypylma Darieva, Florian Mühlfried, Kevin Tuite Sacred Places, Emerging Spaces Religious Pluralism in the Post-Soviet Caucasus. Slavic Review 78, no. 4 (2019): 1068-1070. DOI:10.1017/slr.2019.281

2019 Наскільки радянським є релігійне відродження в Грузії: тактики повсякденної релігійності, in: Антропологія релігії: порівняльні студії від Прикарпаття до Кавказу. Edited by К Ваннер, Ю Буйських. Дух и литера, 2019.

2018 Religion in Everyday Life, ed. K. Gurchiani. Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

2017 How Soviet is the Religious Revival in Georgia: Tactics in Everyday Religiosity. Europe-Asia Studies, 69(3), 508-531.

2017 Georgia in-between: religion in public schools. Nationalities Papers 45 (6), 1100-1117

2017 Greek Tragedy on the Georgian Stage in the Twentieth Century.  In: Torlone, Zara Martirosova, Dana LaCourse Munteanu, and Dorota Dutsch, eds. A Handbook to Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe. John Wiley & Sons, 2017, 548-559.

2017 Classical Reception in Georgia. A Handbook to Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe. In: Torlone, Zara Martirosova, Dana LaCourse Munteanu, and Dorota Dutsch, eds. A Handbook to Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe. John Wiley & Sons, 2017, 541-547.

2016 Plagiarism and Attitudes towards it in Georgia. Published by Open Society Foundation Georgia, Tbilisi. Ketevan Gurchiani, Tamar Bregvadze, Simon Janashia, Lali Bakradze, Lika Ghlonti, Tata Lortkipanidze, Nino Urushadze.

2020 Performing Peace in a Multi-Ethnic Village in Georgia. Under peer review


Current Courses

Course Catalog

1. Anthropology of Everyday Life. Spring semester, MA
2. Study of religion from the perspective of socio-cultural anthropology. Fall Semester, MA
3. Cultural Anthropology: Theory and research. Fall Semester, MA
4. Ethnography as a method. Spring semester, doctoral seminar
5. Gods, heroes, and monsters: an introduction to cultural anthropology. Fall and spring semesters, BA
6. Interdisciplinary Research Seminar. The spring and fall semester. PhD level

Head of Higher Education Refor Experts Team Erasmus+ (HERE), Chair of Board of Trustees at the _ Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development