Position:Full Professor

Ketevan Gurchiani is a professor of anthropology at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. She is particularly interested in lived religion, the domesticated and undomesticated nature of the city, and informal practices of resistance.

Since 2020, Ketevan Gurchiani has been leading the project: “Tbilisi as an Urban Assemblage” ( In this project she is interested in different aspects of the intertwining of human and non-human in the city. Ketevan Gurchiani is also involved in the projects “An Anthropology of Gardens Otherwise and Elsewhere”, “Surrogacy as Networked Phenomenon”, and “Conflict and Cooperation in Eastern Europe”.

Ketevan Gurchiani is a member of The Working Group on Lived Religion in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.


Scientific interests / research interests

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

Articles and Chapters

  • 2023 Gurchiani, Ketevan; Darchiashvili, Mariam. “Nested Liminalities: death, migration and pandemic among Georgians in Russia”, Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, 2023, 39 (1), pp. 27-51.
  • 2022 Gurchiani, Ketevan. “Rivers between nature, infrastructure, and religion.” Central Asian Survey (2022): 1-20.
  • 2022 Gurchiani, Ketevan. Die verborgene Macht der Bäume. Urbaner Widerstand in Tiflis. In: Verdeckter Widerstand in demokratischen Gesellschaften Frankfurter Beiträge zur Soziologie und Sozialphilosophie.Editors Ferdinand Sutterlüty, Almut Poppinga. Volume 35, pp. 157-188 Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/New York
  • 2021 Gurchiani, Ketevan. “Baptizing into Kin”, Journal of Religion in Europe 14, 3-4 (2021): 272-296, doi:
  • 2021 Gurchiani, Ketevan. “Women and the Georgian Orthodox Church.” In Women and Religiosity in Orthodox Christianity, edited by Ina Merdjanova, 1st ed., 101–28. Fordham University Press, 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 6 (Eastern Europe), Vienna University Press, 2020.
  • 2019 Gurchiani, Ketevan. “Sacred Places, Emerging Spaces: Religious Pluralism in the Post-Soviet Caucasus. Ed. Tsypylma Darieva, Florian Mühlfried, and Kevin Tuite. New York: Berghahn Books, 2018. x, 235 pp. Index. Illustrations. Photographs. Maps. Tables. $120.00, hard bound.” Slavic Review 78, no. 4 (2019): 1068-1070.
  • 2019 К. Гурчіані. 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 Gurchiani, Ketevan. “Public Schools: Space and Identity” (Georgian: საჯარო სკოლები: სივრცე და იდენტობა) in: Religion in Everyday Life (edited by K. Gurchiani). Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 2017 Gurchiani, Ketevan. How Soviet is the Religious Revival in Georgia: Tactics in Everyday Religiosity. Europe-Asia Studies, 69(3), 508-531.
  • 2017 Gurchiani, Ketevan. Georgia in-between: religion in public schools. Nationalities Papers 45 (6), 1100-1117
  • 2017 Gurchiani, Ketevan. 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 Gurchiani, Ketevan. 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 Gurchiani, Ketevan. Plagiarism and Attitudes towards it in Georgia. Co-Authored with Bregvadze, Ghlonti, Lortkipanidze, Urushadze, Bakradze, Janashia. Open Society Foundation Georgia, Tbilisi. Available at:
  • 2013 Gurchiani, Ketevan. “Odysseus’s Journey to Georgia: On Translating Heroism.” KADMOS 5 (2013): 77-117.

Current Courses

Course Catalog

Introduction in Cultural Anthropology: research of everyday life; Religion theory and research – anthropological perspective; Anthropology of Everyday Life
Gods, Heroes and Monsters: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Cultural Anthropology: Theory and Research; Anthropology of Everyday Life

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