Malkhaz Toria

Visiting Scholar

Associate Professor, Head of the Memory Studies Center, Ilia State University

Malkhaz Toria (Ph.D. 2009) is an associate professor of history and the director of the Memory Study Center at Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia). He teaches courses on topics including: contemporary historical studies; historical sociology; imperial legacies, boundaries, and genealogy of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict; and collective memory, identity, and politics. In 2021 he began working toward a doctoral degree in sociology at the New School for Social Research and studying how contested historical narratives and primordial historical imaginaries still fuel and contribute to ongoing conflicts (political, ethnic, interstate) in post-totalitarian societies struggling with a “difficult past,” including Georgia.