Dr. Nino Aivazishvili-Gehne
Researcher

Dr. Nino Aivazishvili-Gehne
Researcher

Research Interests:

Political anthropology, anthropology of borders, ethnicity, citizenship, Politics of nationalities in the Soviet Union, the post-Soviet space, the South Caucasus, Post-socialist transformations, migration studies in Germany, migrants from the former USSR.

Current Research Project:

"The search for the "good life" in Germany (Osnabrück)"

The project focuses on people from the former USSR in the city of Osnabrueck, Germany. This group is diverse and includes people from all former Soviet republics who are now experiencing life in a different political, socio-economic and cultural system. In social sciences, migrants from the former USSR are frequently referred to as “Russian Germans”; “repatriates”; “Displaced” or “Jews from the former Soviet Union”, while outside academia, they are often generalized and referred to as just “Russians” which has a pejorative inclination. Similarly to other migrants, they are often associated with criminal behavior and religious radicalization. The project examines the societal perceptions of migrants from the former USSR in Germany in Osnabrueck and its consequences as well as their own agendas and proactive practices. How did they change their lives and their environment? What were the reasons to emigrate and how do they pursue their goal to find (or create) a “good life” in Germany.

The project uses several qualitative research methods from the field of social anthropology, especially participant observation, biographical interviews expert interviews. The results will be complemented by an analysis of the media discourse and political instruments relating to the focus group. 

Publications:

Aivazishvili-Gehne, N. 2020. Wie erforscht man die Zugehörigkeit? - Umgang mit der Vielfalt vorhandener Kategorien. Georgischsprachige Ingiloer in Aserbaidschan. In H.Leonty and M.Schulz (eds.) Ethnographie und Diversität. Wissensproduktion an den Grenzen und die Grenzen der Wissensproduktion.s.261-285. Wiesbaden: Springer.

Aivazishvili-Gehne, N. 2018. The Power of the Shrine and Creative Performances in Ingiloy Sacred Rituals. In Darieva, T. Mülfried, F und K. Tuite (eds.) Sacred Places, Emerging Spaces: Religious Pluralism in the post-Soviet Caucasus, pp.113-132. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Aivazishvili-Gehne, N 2018. Der Staat ist der Präsident. In Paideuma. Zeitschrift für Kulturanthropologische Forschung Band 64: 8-27.

Aivazishvili-Gehne, N. 2013. Ingiloy-Ingiloi: the Ethnicity and Identity of a Minority in Azerbaijan. In K. Khutsishvili and S. Voell (eds.), Caucasus Conflict Culture. Anthropological Perspectives on Times of Crisis, pp. 273-280. Marburg/Lahn: Curupira.

Yalçın-Heckmann, L; and Aivazishvili, N. 2012. Scales of Trade, Informal Economy and Citizenship at Georgian-Azerbaijani Borderlands. In B. Bruns and J. Miggelbrink (eds.), Subverting Borders. Doing Research on Smuggling and Small-Scale Trade, pp. 193-212. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.