Paradise lost? Georgia

What is it like in Georgia today? Visit our seminar to get a better understanding of the current situation in a beautiful but turbulent country.

Georgia is a country permeated by myths and legends. This is where Jason stole the golden fleece and where Prometheus were punished. Located in the Caucasus, Georgia has throughout history been affected and dominated by powerful neighbours.

Since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and the civil war the country suffers from severe economic problems and several unresolved ethnopolitical conflicts.

Göteborg Dance & Theatre Festival has invited FM Radio, a new play set in a radio station in Tbilisi during a turbulent period of time, with street violence surrounding the station. What is it like in Georgia today?
This seminar aims at giving us a better understanding of the current situation in a beautiful but turbulent country.

Participants
Svante E. Cornell: Deputy Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University. He is also Research Director of the Silk Road Studies Program, Uppsala University. He is the Editor of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (www.cacianalyst.org)

Daphne Springhorn: Lector of the German Academic Exchange Service at the State University in Tbilisi (1999-2002) Since 2002 she is the project-leader of oral-history-project about the German minority in Georgia at the Goethe-Institute Tbilisi.

Moderator: Johan Öberg. Former Swedish Cultural Attache in Moscow. In the 1990´s he worked actively to develop swedish cultural relations with Georgia.

Date: Tuesday, 24 August 2004
Time: 15.00-17.00.
Place: The Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg, Sweden.
The seminar is presented by The Museum of World Culture and Nätverkstan.
Language: English

Read an excellent article on Georgia After the Revolution by Neal Ascherson: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v26/n05/print/asch01_.html

More information
The Theatre and Dance Festival: http://www.festival.goteborg.se/
About Nätverkstans work in Southern Caucasus: EKAE