Tbilisi Works-in-Progress Series Kicks of Spring Series with John Schoeberlein of Harvard U.
The Tbilisi Works-in-Progress academic discussion series, now in its third year, is jointly organized by American Councils, the Caucasus Research Resource Centers and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus. The talks take place every Wednesday evening at the International School of Economics of Tbilisi (ISET), and the series offers a forum for both local and visiting researchers to present their projects and receive feedback and constructive criticism.
The spring series 2012 started off on Wednesday, February 1 with a talk by Dr. John Schoeberlein of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, entitled “The Diversification of Post-Soviet Cultural Spaces.” This project looks at the ways in which people in the post-Soviet space have moved from a homogeneous cultural world in the Soviet period to a greater variety of cultural orientations that attract people’s interest and color their lives. To illustrate this, Dr. Schoberlein showed slides of communities in Russia, Central Asia and the South Caucasus that associate themselves with such diverse orientations as Islamic dress and symbolism, Goth culture, and Japanese traditional and popular culture, and he explained how these communities adapt these orientations to meet their own needs.
Upcoming talks include Marco Bais of the European University of Rome on the 3rd and 4th Century history of the Caucasus, Dr. Gavin Slade of Oxford University on crime and policing in schools in Georgia, Perry Sherouse of the University of Michigan on the registers of Russian language use in contemporary Georgian, and Giorgi Partskhaladze of the Georgian National Museum on the 3D computer modeling of historical monuments.
More information about the series can be found on the WiP group page on Facebook.