Remembering Homeland In Exile: Recollections of IDPs from the Abkhazia Region of Georgia

Toria, Malkhaz (2015) Remembering Homeland In Exile: Recollections of IDPs from the Abkhazia Region of Georgia. Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, Vol 14 (1). pp. 48-70.

[img] Text
Remembering_Homeland_In_Exile_Recollections_of_IDPs_from_the_Abkhazia_Region_of_Georgia - Published Version

Download (466kB)


The Georgian-Abkhazian conflict (1992–1993) resulted in the displacement of thousands of ethnic Georgians from the Abkhazia region of Georgia. IDPs as a “mnemonic community” have a shared experience of hardship from civil wars and forced migration that somehow serves as common source of their memories of homeland. To illustrate the recollections of IDPs, the author interviewed 20 IDPs (in January 2014) living in collective centers in Tbilisi and nine IDP historians (in September 2014) affiliated with Sokhumi State University (in exile). He proposes to analyze all gathered accounts within the theoretical framework that is a useful research strategy to reflect on nostalgic idealization of pre-war Georgian–Abkhazian relationships, reconstruction of supposed reasons for the conflict, and imagining the future of reconciliation with Abkhazians. All these key elements of IDPs’ recollections and expectations generally fit into Georgian “memory project” and “national narrative”, which stress Russia’s role in fueling, escalating and maintaining the conflict. Apart from this, the author employs the theory of “communicative” and “cultural” memories to mark typically different sources of IDPs’ recollections – on the one hand, personal experience and on the other hand, institutionalized national narrative

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Sciences > JJ Caucasian Studies
J Political Sciences > JB Caucasus in European and global context
W Arts and Cultural Studies > WH Cultural Anthropology
I Humanities
Divisions: Faculties/Schools > Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: მალხაზ თორია
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 10:19
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2018 10:19

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item