"The Caucasian Chalk Circle:" Georgia's Self on the East/West Nexus
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3 floor, IRES Library
- Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
- Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
- Phone: 018 471 1630
with Shota Kakabadze (University of Tartu/IRES)
The presentation will touch upon how Georgian national identity is (re)produced discursively in the context of the EU-Russia relationship. The talk will address questions like what are the competitive articulations of the Self and how it is expressed in foreign policy trajectories? How contemporary discourses are competing over the interpretation of the Soviet legacy and the role these interpretations play in the making of modern Georgia? And will introduce a critical framework to examine some key elements of the nation's construction of the Self.
Shota Kakabadze is a Ph.D. candidate and Junior Research Fellow in International Relations at Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. His doctoral dissertation focuses on national identity discourses in Georgia and their relationship with foreign policy trajectories. His most recent publications include a poststructuralist study of the image of Stalin in contemporary Georgian national identity. During his stay at IRES, he will be working on how the dominant narrative on national identity addresses the Communist legacy in contemporary Georgia.