MA Elena Natenadze

Doctoral Student
Historical Institute
University of Bern/Switzerland

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PhD. candidate Elena Natenadze is a researcher at the Institute of History at University of Bern in the SNF funded project “Remembering the Past in The conflicts of the Present: Civil Society and Contested History of the Post-Soviet Space”.

Before joining the team in Bern in January 2019, she was working for Berghof Foundation’s  Caucasus program projects, where she was leading facilitator, interviewer and coordinator in different projects in South Caucasus.

Ms. Natenadze was  coordinating the project “History as a Basis for Dialogue” in Azerbaijan & Nagorno-Karabakh in 2017-2018. She joined Berghof Foundation’s Caucasus Program “History, Memory and Identity” in 2013. During her work, together with her colleagues, she collected hundreds of interviews based on which she wrote and successfully defended her MA thesis “Georgian and Abkhaz discourses about 1992-1993 armed conflict: narrative analyzes of interviews of eyewitnesses” in 2017.  

Later Ms. Natenadze coordinated Georgian-Abkhaz, Georgian-South Ossetian non-Formal Dialogue project at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia. Furhtermore, she was consultant for the Berghof Foundation’s project “Memory and History as the Basis for Social Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina” in 2018.  

Curriculum Vitae


2019-presentUniversity of Bern
PhD candidate, (Faculty of Philosophy and History) Bern; Switzerland. 
2018-2019Georg-August University of Gottingen and Ilia State University
Karl-Friedrich Lehmann-Haupt International Doctoral Programme, East European History, Gottingen, Germany; Tbilisi, Georgia. 
2015-2017Ilia State University
MA in Sociology, (Faculty of Arts and Science) Tbilisi, Georgia 
2012-2013Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
North-South-South Exchange Program (Faculty of Social Science) Helsinki, Finland 
2009-2013Ilia State University
BA In Psychology (Faculty of Arts and Science) Tbilisi, Georgia

Working Experience

2019-presentUniversity of Bern, Institute of History.
Researcher/PhD candidate, SNF Project: Remembering the Past in The conflicts of the Present: Civil Society and Contested History of Post-Soviet Space. 
2018-2019Berghof Foundation. Consultant, “Memory and History as the Basis for Social Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
2017-2019Berghof Foundation, Caucasus Program.
Project coordinator, Azerbaijan & Nagorno-Karabakh “History as a Basis for Dialogue.”
2016-2018The Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia; The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia.
Coordinator of “Georgian-Abkhaz, Georgian-South Ossetian non-formal Dialogue.”
2013-2016Berghof Foundation, Caucasus Program.
Interviewer, Facilitator, Trainer. “History, Memory and Identity.”
Trainer of Trainers, Georgia and Armenia “Peace Counts”
2012Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development.
Research Coordinator, Pre-election Survey Project in 10 regions of Georgia
2012Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development,
Project Assistant, Inter-cultural dialogue.

Relevant Trainings and Conferences

Panelist at the Conference “Dealing with the Past in Georgia’s Conflicts”, UNDP. Borjomi, Georgia. 18-19 July, 2019

CoOrganizer of international Conference “Remembering the Past in the Conflicts of the Present”, University of Bern, Ilia State University, Swiss National Science Foundation 20-22 June 2019

New Europe College, Qualitative Data Collection, Qualitative Data Analysis with ATLAS.ti and Network Analysis. Bucharest, Romania. February 28- March 2, 2019

Conducted Session “Oral History of Traumatic experience and Reconciliation“, Center for Social Sciences & Ilia State University & ARISC, Summer School on “Oral History, Recording Georgia’s Past and training scholars for the Future” Dedoplistskaro, Georgia 12-18 September, 2016.

Berghof Foundation, 2nd Berghof Summer School for Young Peace-builders on ‘Nonviolence’ 12-19 September, 2015 Tubingen, Germany

Berghof Foundation, Oral History, Conducting Narrative-Biographical Interviews and Facilitation of interview listening Sessions, 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia

Ivane Javakhishvili State University “Conflict transformation and peace building” University of Potsdam, 2012, Tbilisi, Georgia

Research Interests

Contested history and memory in the South Caucasus and other parts of Eastern Europe, Dealing with the Past, reconciliation and conflict transformation, conflicts in the post-Soviet space.


Selected Publications

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