• Archaeology

  • Ethnology

  • Linguistics

  • History

  • Art Studies

Diese Race erhielt ihren Namen von dem Berge Kaukasus, weil die ihm benachbarten Länder, und zwar vorzüglich der Strich nach Süden, von dem schönsten Menschenstamme, dem georgischen bewohnt sind; und weil alle physiologischen Gründe darin zusammenkommen, daß man das Vaterland der ersten Menschen, nirgends anderswo suchen könne, als hier. Johann Friedrich Blumenbach: Über die natürlichen Verschiedenheiten im Menschengeschlechte. Leipzig, 1798

About International Caucasological Research Institute

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.

To realize its objectives, the Institute intends to:

  • establish international contacts;
  • participate in and organize conferences, congresses, symposiums, seminars, exhibits, displays, and other information-sharing activities;
  • publish and assist in diffusing scholarly articles, scientific and popular publications, textual collections, monographs, brochures, etc;
  • participate in the preparation of journals, newsletters, television programs, etc;
  • serve as a clearinghouse for information on events of interest to local and foreign scholars, aid in the organization of research expeditions and tours, etc.

Who We Are

Dr. Kevin J. Tuite

Professeur titulaire, Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada, Linguistics

Dr. Paata Bukhrashvili

Full Professor, Tbilisi Ilia State University, Ethnology

Dr. Bezhan Javakhia

Associate professor, Tbilisi Ilia State University, History

Dr. Shahmardan Amirov

Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Archaeology

Dr. Nino Okrostsvaridze

Tbilisi Ilia State University, History

Dr. Besik Lortkipanidze

Associate professor, American-Georgian University, History

Zurab Tskvitinidze

Tbilisi Ilia State University, Archaeology

Activities and Research

Power is in Caucasian Unity...

Journal Amirani

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.

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 papers will be published after peer review by the Publishing-Editorial board.

Please, send your articles to: Paata Bukhrashvili or Zurab Tskvitinidze

Kevin Tuite Editor-in-chief

Paata Bukhrashvili Co-editor

Zurab Tskvitinidze

Sahmardan Amirov

George Chinchaladze

Ian Colvin

Zurab Janelidze

Nana Kuprashvili

Besik Lortkipanidze

Paul Manning

Paata Kipiani

Florian Muehlfried

Yaroslav Pylypchuk


PhD. Tamar Teneishvili

Dr. Paata Kipiani

Dr. Sahmardan Amirov

Prof. Dr. George Leon Kavtaradze

PhD. Rabadan Magomedov

Prof. PhD. Arsen A. Bobokhyan

PhD. Florian Muehlfried

Prof. PhD. Felix Blocher

Prof. Dr. Paata Bukhrashvili

Prof. Dr. Joni Apakidze


Prof. Dr. Kevin J. Tuite Chairman

Prof. Dr. Alice Harris

PhD. Vladimer Kikilashvili

PhD. Merab Babukhadia

Pof. Dr. Paul Manning


Prof. Dr. Dvid Merkviladze

Prof. Dr. George Anchabadze

Prof. Dr. David Sandodze

Prof. PhD. Bezhan Javakhia

Prof. PhD. Ucha Okropiridze

Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Napoleon Kvarackhelia

Prof. PhD. Revaz Jorbenadze

Priest Akaki (Megrelishvili)

Art Sciences

Prof. Dr. Dodona Kiziria

PhD. Brigita Shrade

PhD. Marine Bulia

PhD. Mzia Janjalia

Prof. Dr. Nana Kipiani

Prof. Dr. Nana Kuprashvili

PhD. Mzia Chikhradze

PhD. Thea Kobakhidze


Prof. Dr. Revaz Gagnidze

Dr. Nana Bolashvili

Dr. Zurab Janelidze

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