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SYMPOSIUM- The Contemporary Caucasus, Harvard University, March 2, 2012

Publish Date: Feb 21, 2012

SYMPOSIUM- The Contemporary Caucasus, Harvard University, March 2
The Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Harvard University) will present a symposium on the contemporary Caucasus, Friday, March 2, 2012 from noon until 8:00 p.m. The symposium will take place in the Belfer Case Study Room (room 020) at the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS), located at 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge.
The event is open to the public but seating is limited, so please RSVP to lbeshear@fas.harvard.edu by Wednesday, February 29 if you plan to attend.
The symposium will feature two roundtables: "History and Memory" and "Building State Capacity."  There will be an informal reception following the second panel and a film in the evening ("Mimino," a Soviet-era comedy by Georgian director Georgiy Daneliya).
Schedule for the Caucasus Symposium
12:00-12:15 Welcome and introductions – Dr. Laura Adams, Director, Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus, Harvard University
12:15-2:00 Roundtable: History and Memory
Chair: John Schoeberlein, Harvard University, "Identity Up for Grabs: History and Self-Consciousness in the Caucasus"
Tea Kamushadze, Tbilisi State University, "Placing the Industrial City of Rustavi in the National History of Georgia"
Medo Badashvili, Tbilisi State University, "Muslim Women's Identity Issues in Post-Soviet Georgia"
Nadia Proulx, University of Montreal, "Subversive Literature and Ambiguous Moralities in North Ossetia Alania"
Krista Goff, University of Michigan, "Ethnic Minorities and the (post-)Soviet Azerbaijani National Imagination"
2:00-2:30 Coffee break
2:30-4:45 Roundtable: Building State Capacity
Chair: Robyn Angley, Harvard University, "Georgia's Over-Qualified Opposition: Parliamentary, Extra-Parliamentary, Pro-Western, Pro-Russian, and More"
Simon Payaslian, Boston University, "Perilous Sovereignty: Human Rights in Armenia"
Thomas De Waal, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, "Dilemmas of State/Society Engagement in the South Caucasus"
Julie George, CUNY Queens College, "State-building, Ideology and Legitimacy in Georgia"
Stephen Jones, Mt. Holyoke College, "Georgia's Democracy: What's Working and What's Not"
Lasha Tschantouridze, Norwich University, "Peace and State Capacity in Georgia"
5:00-6:00 Reception
6:00-8:00 Film, "Mimino" (Soviet Union, 1977)

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