Conf/CfP - Performing Europeanization: the Case of Georgia and Other EaP Countries, 22 - 23 January 2018, Georgia

Publish Date: Nov 21, 2017

Deadline: Dec 15, 2017

Event Dates: from Jan 22, 2018 12:00 to Jan 23, 2018 12:00

Performing Europeanization: the Case of Georgia and Other EaP Countries

Organised by: Center for Social Sciences [CSS]
Conference Dates: January 22-23, 2018
Conference Venue: Tbilisi, Georgia
Conference Language: English
Deadline for application: 15 December, 2017

The conference is organized within the framework of "Raising Awareness on Georgia's Europeanization in Academia" [RAGEA] with the co-funding of Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Activities.
Since 2009, when the EU's Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative was launched, six countries of the post-Soviet space (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) have been provided with a new opportunity to get closer to the EU and to transform their sociopolitical and economic institutions through the approximation with EU standards. Despite the fact that the abovementioned six countries have chosen different paths - three of them have signed the EU association agreements and three abstained from doing so, being part of the EaP has definitely played a role in each case. We would like to explore this role and look at the possible scenarios or development prospects of the EaP countries with a special focus on Georgia in a comparative perspective. For this purpose, we will also consider the wider context of EU integration and focus on the EU's recent enlargement strategies and Europeanization mechanisms in the context of EaP.

The conference aims to bring together established and emerging international and local practitioners and scholars willing to share their research findings on the current developments and transformations taking place in Georgia and other EaP countries, as well as the EU's enlargement strategy and Europeanization mechanisms targeting the EaP region.

The conference will focus on the three interconnected topics, which consist of (though are not limited to) the following themes:

EU's enlargement strategy - Opportunities and Challenges

  • EU integration and enlargement: EU's structural diplomacy
  • EU-Russia contested space and securitization of EU's foreign policy 
  • EU enlargement and Europeanization: conditionality vs. socialization

Eastern Partnership - Current Developments and Future Expectations

  • Europeanization and a new way of doing politics in the EaP countries
  • Impact of Europeanization on national public spheres 
  • National identities in the context of Europeanization: ambiguity and perceived threats 

EU-Georgia Relations

  • EU-Georgia Association Agreement: Lessons learned and opportunities created
    Visa Liberalization and its impact on education, culture, and economy 
    Performing Europeanization in Georgia at the political and popular levels

The conference participants should send their abstracts by 15 December 2017 to the following e-mail address: The Conference Committee accepts electronic submissions only.
The authors will be notified by December 20, 2017.

250-300 word abstracts in English should be submitted to the organizing committee. Abstracts should be in Microsoft Word or PDF Format using plain text (Times New Roman 12). The information should be provided in the following order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) contact information, d) title of abstract, e) main text, f) 3-5 keywords. E-mails should be entitled: CSS Conference "Performing Europeanization"

Parliamentary library of Georgia or Tbilisi State University (TBC)

Participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs. The travel and hotel expenses will not be reimbursed. Confirmation letters will be provided for those applicants who need visas to travel to Georgia.

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