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Seminarium im. Mariana Małowista

Zapraszamy na kolejne seminarium im. Mariana Małowista z cyklu Seminarium Global History & Anthropology. Naszym gościem tym razem będzie Florian Mühlfried, prof. antropologii z Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Gruzja).

Wygłosi on wykład “From Soviet to Capitalist Sovereignty. The Transformation of a Sacred Site in Highland Georgia”.

Seminarium odbędzie się 15 listopada 2022 r. o godz. 17.00 w sali 125 na Wydziale Historii UW.

W spotkaniu można wziąć udział także online.


As the neighbouring regions Pshavi and Khevsureti, the Georgian highland province Tusheti is dotted with sacred sites indistinctly referred to as pagan, animist or syncretistic by specialists. All of these places are taboo to women and generally restricted in access. This is why, according to a popular narrative in Tusheti’s regional capital Omalo, a dormitory meant to be built by the Soviet authorities in the 1980s was never finished – it was perceived as too close to the local sacred site. Later on, according to the same narrative, the building was used by the military that left, however, after some uncanny experiences attributed to emanations of the sacred site. Afterwards, it remained a ruin until in 2019, the businessmen Lash Papashvili invested a large sum to turn the building into a luxury hotel. Concomitantly, he financed a roof of the sacred site, ornamented with Georgian saints and thus framing the site as Christian Orthodox. At the same time, the roof also expresses the material investment into the hotel and thus financial sovereignty over (sacred) space. Taking of from what it means to have a roof (krisha) in post soviet societies, I will show in my analysis how the practice of care as part of the legitimacy of state sovereignty has changed from protection to subjection.

Kolejne zaplanowane spotkania w ramach seminarium im. Mariana Małowista:

  • 6 grudnia 2022: Jorge Flores (University of Lisbon), ‘Global Approaches to Visual Political Dissent in the Early Modern Period’
  • 17 stycznia 2023: Henning Sievert (University of Heidelberg), ‘Medina and the Red Sea from the Perspective of the Local Ottoman Governor in the 18th Century