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Nikoloz Aleksidze

Nikoloz Aleksidze received his doctorate at Oxford in 2013, with a thesis in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, entitled Making, Remembering and Forgetting the Late Antique Caucasus. Previously (in 2009) he received an MA in Medieval Studies (with a specialization in Religious Studies) at the Central European University in Budapest, following on from a BA in Classics at Tbilisi State University. After his studies, he worked as an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the Free University of Tbilisi and later as Dean of Social Sciences. At the Free University he taught Philosophy, intellectual history and regional (Caucasian) studies.

Nikoloz is currently completing a monograph based on his doctoral dissertation, entitled The Caucasian Schism as an Interpretive Schema. Another project of his, the Handbook of Classical Georgian, is currently also under completion.

His research interests include medieval, late antique and Caucasian studies, as well as wider memory and religious-identity studies (from both an historical and an anthropological perspective), and contemporary literary theory and oral traditions. Outside his scholarship, he writes regularly for a Georgian weekly journal, 24 Hours Weekend,on literature, religion and current political issues.

Nikoloz is a research associate on the Cult of Saints project, collecting and analyzing the Armenian and Georgian written, epigraphic and material sources. He is particularly interested in the use, transformation and adaptation of the late antique cult of saints in medieval Armenian and Georgian political rhetoric, particularly of the saints that belonged to both Armenian and Georgian milieus. He is also interested in the interaction of pagan and Christian pantheons in the Caucasian highlands, and in the role saints play in modern secular vs. sacred discourse.