The ICRI publishes the journal of Caucasology, entitled Amirani. Articles concerning the peoples, cultures and languages of the Caucasus, from the perspective of any of the humanities or social sciences, will be considered for publication. The articles may be written in English, French, Georgian, German, Russian, or any other language accessible to a significant number of Caucasologists.
There is Thousands of years of history to this region, with further studies continuously taking place which concern its people and culture. This journal aims to be a useful source for anyone looking to pursue an online education in the field of Caucasology. Through the Institutes commitment to establishing international and academic contacts, we are able to collate some of the most valuable articles on this subject.
By having each volume of Amirani available online, it vastly increases the accessibility of these materials to those who are interested in this particular topic. Its also invites those who have already gained completed significant studies on the Caucasus region to submit relevant and scholarly articles for publication. Archived articles are also available on this website, as is information on events of interest and other information-sharing activities.
The ICRI is an independent non-profit organization, which has as its principal objectives:
the scientific study of the Caucasus as a distinct cultural region;
The diffusion of the results of Caucasological research in scholarly and popular media.
The ICRI is not attached to any government agency, and will not involve itself in nationalistic or sectarian polemics. The scholarly disciplines in which ICRI members conduct research include: history, ethnology, archaeology, folklore studies, comparative religious studies, sociology, cultural studies, conflict resolution, linguistics, etc.
Ancient Greeks, although in sporadic contact with the peoples on the eastern shores of the Black Sea since Homeric times, used the Caucasus as a setting for an imaginary world radically different from the one they knew at first hand. Their Caucasus was a wonderland of savagery and wealth, alluring princesses with magical powers, nymphs, Amazons, and primitive "Lice-eaters" (Phtheirophagoi).
Der zentrale Teil des Südkaukasus grenzt unmittelbar an Nordwest-Iran und Ostanatolien — an die Regionen, die die Heimat der ältesten Zivilisationen der Welt sind. Daher ist es selbstverständlich, daß die ganze alte Kultur des Südkaukasus mit der Geschichte des Alten Orientes verbunden ist. Im Laufe der Jahrtausende waren Aufschwünge und Rückschläge in der Entwicklung der materiellen Kultur des Südkaukasus eng mit Innovationen im System der altorientalischen Zivilisation verbunden. Oft muß man sogar die Erscheinung der einheimischen materiellen Kulturen als Ergebnis eines komplizierten Prozesses der Verschmelzung der einheimischen und fremden Elementen betrachten.