Works-in-Progress on Regulatory Affairs and the Outdoor Food Market in Tbilisi, Georgia

On September 28, 2016, CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are pleased to announce the 3rd talk of the Fall 2016 WiP series on – “Regulatory Affairs and the Outdoor Food Market in Tbilisi, Georgia” by Natalja Czarnecki, from the University of Chicago and ARISC Fellow.

This presentation takes “regulation” and its objects as the theme through which 2.5 months’ of ethnographic survey data will be reviewed. Through ARISC (American Research Institute of the South Caucasus) Junior Research Fellowship funding, the researcher was able to work with two Georgian students on this ethnographic survey of the outdoor food market, or bazari. Focusing on the outdoor markets in Didube, Tbilisi, we mapped a sociology of the bazari in terms of labor relations and patterns, daily exchange practices, and the politics of regulation. The presentation will begin by situating this research in the context of the larger dissertation project, focusing on relations of trust between food vendors and Tbilisi shoppers.

Natalja Czarnecki is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She has conducted dissertation fieldwork in Tbilisi for several years, through funding from Fulbright-Hays, the University of Chicago’s Social Sciences Division, and ARISC. She has now started working through her ethnographic data and writing her dissertation.

W-i-P 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 W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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