Zurab Papaskiri


Date of Birth:

September 15, 1950


  • 1957-1967 – School №3, Zugdidi.
  • 1967-1972 – Faculty of History of Tbilisi State University. Qualification: Historian, Teacher of history
  • 1972-1975 – Graduate School. Lomonosov Moscow State University. Department of the History of the USSR in the Period of the Feudalism. Candidate of Historical Sciences (1978г.)


  • History of Georgia


Academic Degree, Academic Title:

  • Doctor of Historical Sciences (1991г.), Professor (1994)


Current Position:

  • Head of Scientific Work Coordination Service at the Sokhumi State University.
  • Full Professor of the Faculty of Humanities at the Sokhumi State University
  • Chairman of the Abkhazian Organization of the Georgian Historical Society by Ekvtime Takaishvili, Editor-in-Chief  of the Historical Researches. – The Scientific Edition of the Abkhazian Organization of Georgian Historical Society by Eqvtime Takaishvili.
  • Editor-in-Chief  of the Proceedings of Sokhumi State University. Humanities, Social and Political Sciences Series.

Positions Held:

  • 2008-2009 – Head of the Service of Science and Doctoral Studies of the Sokhumi State University;
  • 2006-2009 – Full Professor of the Faculty of Humanities and Social-political Sciences of Iv.  Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Sokhumi Branch;
  • 2007 – Coordinator of the Service of Scientific Researching and Doctoral Studies of Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Sokhumi Branch;
  • 2005-2006 – Head of the Department of Scientific Researching of Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Sokhumi Branch;
  • 1994-2006 – Senior research worker, Deputy of Chief of Center of the Research Centre of the History of Georgian State and Popular Diplomacy of Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University;
  • 1989-2005 – Head of the Department of history of Georgia of Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Sokhumi Branch;
  • 1994 – Counsellor of State of the Ministry Cabinet of Republic of Georgia;
  • 1994 – Senior Officer of the Department of work with staff of II Army Corps of Ministry of Defence of Republic of Georgia;
  • 1979-1989 – Lecturer, Dotsent, Deputy of head of the Department. M. Gorky Abkhazia State university
  • 1976-1979 – Lecturer, Department of World History. M. Gorky Sokhumi State Pedagogical Institute

Scholarships and Fellowships, State Awards:
  • 2010 – Shota Rustaveli Fellowship;
  • 2006-2009  “Georgia and Outer World” – Georgian National Science Foundation;
  • 1998-2000 – “History of Georgian Diplomacy”  (Textbook, in Georgian). – Department of the Scientific of Georgia;
  • 2002 – Medal of Honour;
  • 1998 – Giorgi Sharvashidze State Prize;
  • 1982 – Prize of Young Communists of Georgia. For the Cycle of scientific works on the History of International Relations of Georgia in the 11th-12th Centuries.


Participation in the International Symposiums and Conferences:

  • 2010 – 1st International Seljuk Symposium. Erciyes University, Kayseri /Turkey, Title of Report: Battle of Manzikert and Some Issues of Georgian-Seljuk Relations in Early 1070’s” (in Russian).
  • 2007 – First International Congress of Caucasiologists, Tbilisi (Georgia). – Title of Report: On National, Political and Cultural Self-Identity of the Sharvashidze Princedom.
  • 1999 – Policy of Genocide and Etnic Cleansing in Abkhazia (Georgia) – the Main Tool of aggressive Separatism. International Conference-Seminar. Tbilisi (Georgia). – Title of Report: The Essence of the Conflict in Abkhazia and its Participants. Or Those who Struggled Against Georgia.


  • SpouseNona Sh. Bendeliani , b/d 1949, Doctor, Pediatrician.
  • SonTeimuraz Z. Papaskiri, b/d 1974, Ph.D. in History, Full Professor, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University;
  • Daughter – Natia Z. Papaskiri, b/d 1982, MA of Philology, doctoral student of Sokhumi State University, Teacher at Language Centre, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
  • Granddaughter – Mariam T. Papaskiri, b/d 2003, Schoolchild
  • Grandson – Nikoloz E. Ekhvaia b/d 2006.