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ASP International Conference - Georgia: The Making of a National Culture

Friday, May 16, 2008
12:00 AM
1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 S. University Ave.

An International Conference in the series "Armenia and its Neighbors"

From ancient to modern times Georgians have lived under both the threat and the influence of neighboring states and cultures. They have evolved from pagan to Christian societies, independent kingdoms and principalities, to maintaining their distinctiveness under the rule of Persians, Turks, and Russians. They have lived with Christian and Muslim neighbors, experienced the rule of tsarist and Soviet overlords, and today are building an independent republic itself damaged by ethnic conflict. This conference will explore the ways in which Georgians have developed their own culture and notion of nation, particularly in the last two centuries, their relations with their Armenian, Azerbaijani, Russian, and other neighbors, and the acquired resources with which they may forge a post-Soviet national community.

For a detailed conference program, visit

Please note that the conference proceedings will be broadcast live on the Internet. Interested individuals can follow the presentation of papers and the discussions at the following web address: (Michigan is in the the Eastern US time zone, the same as New York.)

This conference is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan's Armenian Studies Program, Center for Russian and East European Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Department of History, International Institute, and Rackham Graduate School; and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC, based at the University of Vhicago).