Works in Progress

Works-in-Progress (WiP) is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the new office of CRRC at Chkhikvadze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

The purpose of the WiP series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region. 
Would you like to present at one of the W-i-P sessions, please contact: mariam.kobaladze@crrccenters.org


Works in Progress: Talk to them: How election campaigns increase partisanship in Georgia

Monday | 12 February , 2018
On Wednesday, February 14, at 18:30 Koba Turmanidze will present his paper "Talk to them: How election campaigns increase partisanship in Georgia" at the third talk of the Spring 2018 Works-in-Progress series. The talk will explore the impact of party-voter linkages on partisanship - how face-to-face contact between parties and voters prior to elections significantly increases partisanship, at least in the short term.
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Works in Progress: The SCOPUS diaries and the (il)logics of academic survival. A short guide to design your own strategy and survive bibliometrics, conferences and unreal expectations in academia

Monday | 22 January , 2018
This Wednesday, on January 24, 2018 at 18:30, CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are opening the Spring/Summer 2018 Works-in-Progress series with the first talk by Abel Polese from the Dublin City University, "The SCOPUS diaries and the (il)logics of academic survival. A short guide to design your own strategy and survive bibliometrics, conferences and unreal expectations in academia".
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Works in Progress: The Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic as an Object of Neglect

Wednesday | 13 December , 2017
On Wednesday, December 13, 18:30 at the CRRC-Georgia Office, Dr. Stephan Rindlisbacher from the University of Bern will give a talk about his work in progress "The Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic as an Object of Neglect". Stephan Rindlisbacher is currently working in Moscow, Kiev and Tbilisi in order to explore the territorialisation processes in the early Soviet State. He holds a PhD in History and has published a book on the revolutionary movement in late Tsarist Russia.
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Works in Progress: De Facto States and Their Patrons: Towards Theory-Building

Tuesday | 21 November , 2017
On Wednesday, November 22, 18:30 at CRRC-Georgia office Dr. Vincenc Kopeček from the University of Ostrava (Czechia) will present his work "De Facto States and Their Patrons: Towards Theory-Building".

Terms such as occupation, puppet state, protectorate etc. are quite often employed in order to describe relations between de facto states and their patrons. These terms, however, seem to be rather more political than academic, as they mostly reflect the position of one party of the dispute. In fact, relations between individual de facto states and their patrons are somewhat neglected in the scholarly literature, though there are some works one can build on, such as the concept of kin state developed by Brubaker and applied by Caspersen for the cases of several de facto states in the Balkans. The concept of kin state involvement serves as the basis for an analysis of relations between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. These relations, in comparison with other similar cases, such as the Turkish-North Cypriot relations, feature a whole range of highly specific features, such as a common ethno-cultural framework, mutually mingling political elites and a handful of formal and, most importantly, a whole range of informal mechanisms, which enable both entities to achieve political deals, as well as to mutually influence each other’s internal decision making processes.
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