About the Institute
G. Tsetereli Institute of Oriental Studies was founded in 1960. The Institute is the main research center in Georgia in different fields of Middle Eastern Studies. Until 2005 the Institute belonged to the system of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. In 2005-2010 the Institute was an independent research organization. From August 2010 the Institute joined Ilia State University as an autonomous research entity.
The main fields of research activities of the Institute are: linguistics, literature, culture, history and politics of the Middle Eastern and Caucasian countries; Cultural and historical interactions of Georgia and the Middle East; different aspects of East-West relations.
Departments of the Institute: 1) Ancient Near Eastern Languages; 2) Semitic Studies; 3) Indo-Iranian Languages; 3) Persian Literature; 3) Turkish Studies; 4) Medieval History of the Middle East; 5) Modern History and Politics of the Middle East; 7) Byzantine Studies; 8) Laboratory of General Phonetics and Typology of Oriental Languages.
Some foreign partners of the Institute are: Institute of Oriental Studies, Yerevan State University and Yerevan State linguistic University (Armenia); Institute of Oriental Studies (Azerbaijan); Institutes of Oriental Studies (Moscow and Petersburg); University of California, Berkeley; University of Montana; INALCO, Paris-Sorbonne-IV and Sorbonne-Nouvelle; University of Venice; Institute of Social History of the Amsterdam University; University of Gottingen; Universities of Hokkaido and Osaka.
Some international projects of the recent years: “Tbilisi in the 19th Century – History and Culture” (with University Ca’ Foscari of Venice; UMR ‘Monde Iranien et Indien’ (France), Yerevan State University); “Histoire des relations entre le Caucase et le monde iranien à l’époque moderne”. (with UMR ‘Monde Iranien et Indien’). Researchers of the Institute also participate in different international and national scientific projects and programs.
Main International publications of the Institute of the recent years: La Géorgie entre la Perse et l'Europe. Nathkhebia I. et Hellot-Bellier F. (eds). Paris: L’Harmattan, 2009. Special issue ’Georgia and Iran’ of the Journal of Persianate Studies. Leiden: Brill, v.1, No.2, 2008. Researchers of the Institute also have published monographs in foreign languages and several articles in different international periodicals.
Periodicals of the Institute: Middle East and Georgia; Semitic studies; Typological researches (all in Georgian with English summaries); Orientalist (multilingual).
Number of the researchers in the Institute – 62.
Director: George Sanikidze
Head of the Scientific Council: Academician Thomas V. Gamkrelidze (President of the National Academy of sciences of Georgia).
Address: 3, G. Tsereteli St, 0162 Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel.: (995 32) 233 885; (995 32) 233 114; (995 32) 233 068.
Fax: (995 32) 233 114; (995 32) 233 008.