PhD in History, associate professor, history department, School of Arts and Sciences

Director, Memory Studies Center in the Caucasus, School of Arts and Sciences; member, Institute of Comparative Literature

Malkhaz Toria received his doctoral degree (PhD) in history from Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2009. The PhD thesis dealt with the “Perception of Time and a Sense of History in Medieval Georgian Culture”. He was a lecturer at the Institute of Cultural Studies at Iv. Javakhishili Tbilisi State University (2006-2008); a research fellow at the Department of the Caucasian Ethnology,  Iv. Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnology (2006-2010); an assistant professor at the History department of Ilia State University (2008-2014). Currently, he is an associate professor at the same department and the member of the Institute of  Comparative Literature within the School of Arts and Sciences. Since  2015 he serves as a director of the Memory Studies Center in the Caucasus at the School of Arts and Sciences. Within a  range of post-doctoral fellowships (DAAD, OSF, Fulbright, Rustaveli National Science Foundation, etc.) he conducted research projects at various institutions including Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) in 2009; Zentrum für Literatur-und Kulturforschung (Berlin) in 2010; New School for Social Research (NYC) in 2011 and 2016; Harriman Institute, Columbia University (NYC) in 2013; Mount Holyoke College (South Headley, Massachusetts, US ) in 2014; Humboldt University of Berlin in 2016. Results of his research projects are reflected in relevant teaching courses and academic publications.

Scientific interests / research interests

Malkhaz Toria’s  research interests focus on historical discourse in medieval Georgia; memory politics, instrumentalisation of the past and regional conflicts in post-Soviet Georgia; the role of Russain/Tsarist and Soviet imperial legacies in the creation of an ethnic and cultural landscape of Georgia; formation of dividing boundaries,  politics of exclusion and ethnic cleansing in modern breakaway Abkhazia region of Georgia

Featured publications

  • “Trapped in the past: memories of Georgian IDPs on the margins of society”, Nationalities Papers, 2017 (Forthcoming)
  •  “Remembering Homeland in Exile: Recollections of IDPs from the Abkhazia Region of Georgia” in Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, Vol 14, No 1, 2015, 48-70.
  • “The Soviet Occupation of Georgia in 1921 and the Russian-Georgian War of August 2008: Historical Analogy as a Memory Project“ in The Making of Modern Georgia, 1918–2012: The first Georgian Republic and its Successors. Ed. by Stephen F. Jones. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014, pp. 316-336.

An extensive list of publications

Current Courses

Course Catalog

  1. What is history: studying or ‘creating’ the past? (BA)
  2. History of Abkhazia: Georgian and Abkhazian perspectives (BA)
  3. Political and symbolic borders in Abkhazia region of Georgia (MA)
  4. Collective memory, identity and politics (MA)
  1. Perception of time and historical discourse in medieval Georgia (MA)