IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 207: Georgian History and Literature

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Organiser:Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Moderator/Chair:Bert Beynen, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia
Paper 207-aGiorgi Saakadze in Georgian and Soviet Historiography: Hero or Anti-Hero?
(Language: English)
Vazha Kiknadze, Ivane Javakhishvili Institute of History & Ethnology, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 207-bReconstructing Tamar's Lions: Digital Approaches to the Court of Tamar
(Language: English)
James Baillie, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography

Kiknadze analyzes the career of Giorgi Saakadze, a controversial statesman who tried to keep the early Georgian state from disintegrating, possibly by first becoming a Shi’ite, then a Sunni. Kiknadze surveys writings on Saakadze by Georgian, Armenian, and European (Catholic missionaries) historians and proposes an explanation of Saakadze’s personality and the times in which he lived. Baillie will discuss problems and outline potential digital humanities solutions to examining the cultural diversity of the court of Tamar of Georgia (r. 1184-1213). His paper will present some brief exemplar analysis of ethnonyms and mentions of particular figures, and discuss related issues and potential pitfalls with representing Georgian chronicle material in a data-driven format. It will then move on to discuss the future possibilities of digital approaches, especially improved prosopographical databases and accompanying analytical tools, to the challenge of reconstructing the 12th century Bagrationid court and system of government.