Maia Barkaia

მაია ბარქაიას ფოტო

Education:  Oriental Studies, Modern Indian History, Ph.D. in Gender Studies.

Position: Invited Lecturer, Tbilisi State University.

Research Interests: Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, Orientalism and Islam, Georgian-Abkhazian Historiography, Women’s Labour and  Textile History, Modern Indian History. 

Languages: Georgian, English, Hindi, Russian, Turkish.

City: Tbilisi
Email: m.barkaia(at)

Biography: Maia Barkaia comes from an interdisciplinary educational background such as Oriental Studies, History and Gender Studies. These academic fields shaped her research interests. In 2016 she was an visiting researcher at the Lady Marget Hall, Oxford University.



Barkaia, M. (2019). History Divided By War: Conflicts and History Education in Georgia. Caucasian House.

Barkaia, M. & Janelidze, B. (2018). Under the Security Gaze: History, Religion and Politics in the Pankisi Gorge. Tbilisi: EMC.


Barkaia, M. (2018). (in German). „Im Fokus der Weltmächte: Das Pankissi-Tal jenseits hegemonischer Perspektiven.“ In Nakhutsrishvili, L. (ed.) Georgien, neu buchstabiert: Politik und Kultur eines Landes auf dem Weg nach Europa. (pp.101-114). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.

Barkaia, M. (2017). “The Country of the Happiest Women?”: Gender and Ideology in Soviet Georgia. In A.Waterston & Barkaia, M. (eds), Gender in Georgia: Feminist Perspectives on Culture, Nation and History in the South Caucasus. New York: Berghahn Books.