Reports From the Field: Studying Music and Manuscripts in Georgia

Event Format
In person
Room S050, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street

Richard K. Wolf, professor of music and South Asian studies, and Sean Gilsdorf, administrative director and lecturer on medieval studies at Harvard, visited Georgia in the spring and summer of 2023 with the support of the Davis Center's Program on Georgian Studies to further their research. Wolf titled his project "Music and Border Zones in Georgia." Using his experience as a film ethnographer, he explored the role of music in shaping identities and cultural borders in Georgia, with special attention to Adjara. Gilsdorf, a specialist on manuscript studies and paleography, travelled to Georgia to begin, as he puts it, a "pedagogical pilgrimage." The goal of this pilgrimage is to build a “virtual digital resource on Queen Tamar and her reign.” He visited Gelati, Vardzia, and Abastumani among other sites, and examined Georgia’s treasures in the Georgian National Center of Manuscripts.


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The Program on Georgian Studies is an activity of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and is made possible by a sponsored research award from the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.


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