The focus of Ms. Levinís current project, which also encompasses field sites in Turkey and Georgia, is issues of law, citizenship, and property in the daily lives of Ahiska Turks and Meskhetians. Deported from southwestern Georgia in 1944, this population has had a dedicated return movement since the 1950s. Today, this movement engages with local, national, and international human rights legal regimes in its efforts to give deportees and their descendants a way home. What do these efforts mean for regular Ahiska Turks and Meskhetians? Broadly put, the aim of the study is to augment our understanding of long-term adaptation and return processes among a forcibly displaced population.
In this talk, Ms. Levin looks to reflect on some key ethnographic moments from the first half of her fieldwork in the context of current frameworks in legal anthropology and citizenship studies, as well as insights from the anthropology of post-socialism. At this stage of her work, she welcomes your questions, comments, and suggestions.
by Irina Levin, New York University
Date: 16 December 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: CRRC-Azerbaijan, Khazar University, 122 Bashir Safaroglu Street, Baku
Speaker's bio: Irina Levin is a doctoral candidate in New York University's Department of Anthropology. She received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MA from New York University. She has been a recipient of several prestigious fellowships, including the SSRC Eurasia Pre-Dissertation Grant and the Fulbright IIE Research Grant, and has conducted fieldwork in Georgia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. She is currently conducting her dissertation fieldwork in Azerbaijan, supported by grants from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
*This Work in Progress series is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) and The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All lectures are free and open to the public.
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