The Soviet Union provided its citizens with opportunities to travel across a vast expanse of territories and cultures and restricted their ability to live where they pleased. One group, Meskhetians/Ahiska Turks, were forced to leave their homes in 1944 and resettled thousands of miles away. This global dialogue is about their quest to return and the challenges they have faced, first from Soviet policies and now from international borders. This forum will allow time for questions and answers and discussion.
Irina Levin is the 2018-19 postdoctoral fellow at the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies at ASU. She received her doctorate in anthropology from New York University in 2017 for her PhD thesis, entitled "Uncertain Returns: Citizenship and Law in the Caucasus." Dr. Levin explores contemporary issues of disputed citizenship, legacies of displacement and trauma, and the particular social and political significance of identity documents, from the points of view of both states and individuals trying to establish and maintain security in precarious times.
Maricopa Community Colleges Office of International and Intercultural Education: https://mcli.maricopa.edu/international-intercultural-education.
Arizona State University's Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies.