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21th July 2020

Nothing in the world stands by itself. Every object is a link in an endless chain and is thus connected with all the other links. And this chain of the universe has never been broken; it unites all objects and processes in a single whole and thus has a universal character. We cannot move so much as our little finger without "disturbing" the whole universe. The life of the universe, its history lies in an infinite web of connections. – Alexander Spirkin

With the discussion series Dots 'n' Lines Tamar Khutsishvili and David Leupold set out on a journey through the multi-facetted landscapes of contemporary society – from the echelons of political power to the underground – in search for the most pressing questions of our times. Join our next session to reveal with us the dots-and-lines that connect a varied set of topics, which at first sight may have only little in common: hip hop culture at the geographical margins, the forging of reality in documentary films, skirmishes in the thresholds of the Caucasian mountains, non-places in the urban fabric of the cities we live in. In a world where border-crossing phenomena such as climate change, pandemics and migration have forged the prism of a genuinely 'global experience' in which everyone, everything and everywhere is connected with each other we are still left to wonder: everything is connected, alright, but how? 

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In times of deep polarization, rising tensions and a viral spread of hate speech a German, a Georgian, an Armenian and an Azerbaijani come together [at a reasonable social-politcal distance] to discuss in an upfront manner the actual prospects of long-lasting peace in the region. In a panel discussion we will ask hard questions and discuss which social transformations are essential to break free from the shackles of the past and forge a different future. As the threat of war looms at the border, we seek to explore the social, political and cultural preconditions for peace in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Caucasus at large.






social scientist & career coach

studied Sociology and Political Sciences at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her main interest lies in the transformation of political systems and societal change, with a particular regional focus on Southeastern Europe. As a coach she supports individuals in their quest for purpose and vocations, helping them tell their authentic stories with a firm voice. Having a strong analytical mind, she is driven by empathy and bottomless enthusiasm for the projects she takes on. 




film researcher & curator

is an art curator and media researcher lecturing at the University of Central Asia. She has co-initiated and co-curated various sociocultural, educational and artistic projects such as the Pamir-Moscow. Festival of Cultures (2017), an urban festival on labor migration in Russia, and Visualizing Memory (2018-), a sensory anthropological urban memory project. She studied Liberal Arts at the Bard College Berlin and Media Production in Creative Industries at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.



project manager

studied Sociology and Political Science in Germany and Hungary with particular focus on collective identities, nationalism and Southeastern Europe. Aside from his academic expertise he brings with him many years of professional experience in Germany and Bulgaria as a project manager and counselor in the field of social work for disadvantaged and marginalised people.





is a research fellow and anthropologist at the Caucasus Studies Institute of the Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena. Over the last decade she has gained long-standing expertise on the post-Soviet space, having conducted long-term field work in the Southern Caucasus. She has co-initiated our ongoing discussion series Dots 'N' Lines.




knowledge mediator

is a postdoctoral fellow with a doctoral degree from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Institute of Social Sciences. During his working experience in the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East, he co-initiated projects such as Visualizing Memory (2018-) and the German-Turkish film project Es sind wir / Bu bizimki (2011-2014). As a political analyst he contributes to leading German newspapers and is author of the book Embattled Dreamlands: The Politics of Contesting Armenian, Kurdish and Turkish Memory (2020).



civil society activist

is a civil society activist and (video) journalist. Since 2015, he has implemented projects on democratization, conflict trans-formation and socio-economic policy in Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and the South Caucasus. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.



human geographer

is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde in Leipzig, where he works on the contested economies of the Global East. An optimist by default, he firmly believes that local action is not unconditionally subordinated to global hyperrealities. If asked what he is striving for at and with NIDID, his answer would be: open up possibilities, whether they are taken or not. With a preference for the former.


social scientist

is a social scientist with a master's degree in Sociology and Political Science from Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg with a particular focus on Social Theory and International Relations. Fieldwork leads him to post-socialist countries where he explores the socio-cultural and political transformation. In his opinion one picture says more than thousand words. That is why a camera is his constant companion.




video journalist

is a video journalist, media producer and editor from Berlin. With long-standing experience and expertise in the process of producing films, documentaries for German television and virtual tours, he guarantees that our projects employ novel and innovative media formats and create a sustainable output, reaching a diverse and broad audience.






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Represented by:

1. Vorsitzender: David Leupold

2. Vorsitzender: Oliver Müser

Schatzmeister: Fabian Täniges

Schriftführerin: Radostina Bratanova 

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