The mission of the Caucasian House is to create ideological and intellectual foundations for a peaceful development and cultural integration of the Caucasus; to contribute to Georgia’s multi-ethnic nation-building; to spread universal, humanistic, and civic education; to encourage intercultural dialogue and to build connections between different ethnic and religious minorities.

The Prisoner Exchange Process and Its Possible Political Consequences for Sokhumi

On January 24, at 19:00 a public discussion “The Prisoner Exchange Process and Its Possible Political Consequences for Sokhumi” was held at Caucasian House.

On the 5th of December, 2017 Giorgi Lukava was released from the Sokhumi’s Dranda Prison after almost 7 years of imprisonment and handed over to Georgian side. Georgian goverment evaluated this fact as a positive example of cooperation in humanitarian issues. Though, release of Lukava was met with anti-governmental demonstrations in Sokhumi. Members of opposition and activists criticized Raul Khajimba for his decision and demanded his resignation.

Speakers at the discussion were:
Lasha Darsalia – First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality of Georgia
Medea Turashvili -Senior Adviser to the Public Defender for Human Rights Issues in the Conflict-Affected Regions
Giorgi Kanashvili – Executive Director of Caucasian House
Moderator – Keti Akhobadze

Speakers discussed why did Lukava’s release caused such unrest in Sokhumi, what political consequences may Raul Khajimba face after this, and what importance does prisoners exchange process have for Georgian-Abkhaz relations.

 

The discussion was held in the framework of the project Initiative for Youth Lead Civic Dialogue and Action which is implemented by Caucasian House and international non-governmental organization International Alert.

People’s University of Caucasian House 2017

Students of the People’s University of Caucasian House were awarded with certificates in the regions in and Tbilisi.

Kutaisi

On the 22th of December project coordinator Tamar Ujukhu and monitoring group members: Nino katsitadze, Lika Lolashvili and Giorgi Natenadze visited to Georgian-American school Progress to meet the participants of the project. Students watched a short film about the project and were given the certificates of participation.

 

 

 

Zugdidi

On the 23th of December project coordinator and the monitoring group members went to Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi and the Central Library of Zugdidi. Regional assistants unanimously mentioned students show increased interest towards the project and want to take part in it.

Levan Lortkipanidze, who moderates the lectures, addressed the students in Kutaisi and Zugdidi via Skype.

 

Telavi

On the 26th of December project coordinator Tamar Ujukhu, Levan Lortkipanidzea and the monitoring group members visited Telavi and awarded students in Telavi with certificates.

Tamar Ujukhu and Levan Lortkipanidze had a meeting with Irma Shioshvili, the rector of Telavi State University. Meeting was covered by the local TV channel Tanamgzavri.

Students of the Telavi State University were given books published by the Caucasian House.

 

Tbilisi

On the 25th of December, certificates were given to the students in Tbilisi.

Call for the applications for People’s University of Caucasian House is open now, please follow the link for more information.

Culture Calendar – Photo Exhibition And Seminar On Ecological Issues.

On 24 November, the Center for Civic Education and Development implemented the Plastic Flower project, which included a photo exhibition and seminar on ecological issues.

Georgia’s green policy and ecological challenges were discussed at the meeting. Irakli Kupradze, a member of Green Fist and Auditorium #115, led the seminar.

The exhibition displayed the works of amateur photographers that reflected on the polluted territories of Georgia and careless waste, which directly or indirectly affect all living creatures and people in the country.

The Plastic Flower project was carried out with the financial support of the Centre for Cultural Relations – Caucasian House, in particular within the framework of the Culture Calendar.

Lecture course “Civic Education and Peace Building” has began

On November 14, the Caucasian House launched the lecture course “Civic Education and Peace Building”.

The topic of the first  lecture was  the historical development of civil society, discussed by philosopher Zaza Piralishvili. The second lecture was dedicated to the topic “Post-Soviet Democratic Transitions”.The lecture was delivered by  Gia Nodia, professor at Ilia University.

The following lectures of the course will be focused on the conflict analysis, nationalism, media and other current themes. Besides conducting lecture-seminars, the information meetings will be held with representatives of governmental structures.

 

 

Project Active Pankisi Has Finished

The final competition of intellectual games in Pankisi public schools, carried out as part of the Active Pankisi Project and supported by the Presidential Administration, has ended.

On the 2nd of July, the final intellectual game dedicated to the history of the Caucasian and Vainakh people was held. Each finalist was awarded with Caucasian House publications on this theme.

We, Caucasian House are happy to contribute to the development of the Pankisi community and are always willing to support such initiatives.

Source: pankisi.ge

 

Winners of the Video Contest

One month ago, Caucasian House’s video studio announced a video contest. The aim of the contest was to record severe social and environmental problems in our country, such as: behavior of low civic consciousness, littering and harming the environment, not obeying traffic laws and unruly drivers, people’s social hardships and so on.

We would like to announce this month’s the winners:

David Bibileshvili – Untitled video clip
Giga Uchaneishvili –  Nature of Georgia
Tekla Svimonishvili – Sorrows of little Levan
Levan Iremashvili – River Suramela

We kindly ask our winners to come to Caucasian House’s office to collect their prizes.

The video contest is ongoing and at the end of each month we will announce new winners.

We look forward to receiving new material.

Caucasian House Video Studio, May 31, 2017.

Video Contest

Caucasian House’s video studio would like to announce a video contest. Videos should reflect on environmental and social problems in Georgia. The aim of the contest is to show and help resolve social injustice and inequality and promote environmental consciousness.

Video materials can be recorded on various devices including smartphones and camera phones.

Video clips will be published on the official YouTube channel of Caucasian House.
Caucasian House will award the authors of the best videos.
The contest is open for all interested applicants.

Please send your video materials to the following e-mail address: info@caucasianhouse.ge
In the subject line please write ‘Video Contest’.

Videos can also be submitted to our office Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM till 17:00 PM.
Address: 20 G. Tabidze Str., 0105 Tbilisi

Caucasian House video studio.

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Open Call for Creating Street Art in the Regions

The project “street art as civic activism” is looking for participants.

If you are a young artist interested in street art as well as protecting the environment, want to raise civic awareness of environmental issues and live in Georgia (except Tbilisi), please send your application no later than the 30th of April.

As part of this project, three young artists will be selected and they given an opportunity to create street art in their hometowns. The street art should be related to environmental issues.

Please follow this link for detailed information on the project and application procedure.

Challenges of regional security and conflicts in South Caucasus

On the 17th of December at 13:00, the Marneuli Democratic Engagement Center will host a public discussion organized by Caucasian House and the Institute for the Study of Nationalism and Conflicts. The topic of discussion will be:

“Challenges of regional security and conflicts in South Caucasus”

Speakers:
Archil Gegeshidze – Political analyst
Beka Bajelidze – Head of Caucasus program at IWPR
Leyla Suleymanova –  Chairperson of the Azerbaijani Women Association

The discussion will focus on the Georgian-Abkhaz, Georgian-South Ossetian and Nagorno-Karabakh conflicts, which will be analysed from the perspective of regional security.

Address: Democratic Engagement Center, Giorgadze str 1, Marneuli

Attendance is free!

The discussion is being organized as part of the project “Building a new Peace, Security and Stability architecture in South Caucasus” with the financial support of the United Kingdom’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.

Caucasian House invites You to the Public Lectures of Professor George Derlugyan

On December 20-22, by invitation of Caucasian House, Professor George Derlugyan, who works on historical sociology in the USA, delivers three public lectures. During his lectures professor will talk about historical developments of Russia and Caucasus. Besides Mr. Derlugyan will make a comparative analysis of the different models of Modernization process that have been existing in different times in various parts of the world.  In addition to that, he will focus on the various stages of Modernization that took place in Russia and what impact this process had on its neighboring countries including Georgia; Professor will discuss the architecture of the modern political, economic and socio-cultural realities in Caucasus as well as globally.

Lectures will be held at Tbilisi State University; 1st block; Address: Chavchavadze Ave. #1.

Schedule:

December 20th

18:00

Room 214,

1st block

The Rise of the West, A.D. 1500–2020
December 21st

18:00

Room 214,

1st block

Rules for Followers: Winners and Losers of Modernization
December 22nd

18:00

Room 214,

1st block

Russia – the Modernizing Empire

 

Working language – English.

Admission is free!

For more information please contact Davit Kakhiani, project officer.

Mobile: 555 55 66 65; E-mail:david.kakhiani@caucasianhouse.ge

About Professor George Derlugyan

George Derlugyan studied African languages and history at Moscow State University. In Mozambique during the 1980s he saw his first civil war. Moving to America in 1990, he taught at various universities including Cornell, Michigan, and Northwestern and studied the evolution of human societies while also practicing expeditionary fieldwork mainly in the Caucasus. George Derlugyan is the author of «Why Adjaria is not Abkhazia, and Tatarstan is not Chechnya» (1994), «CheGuevaras in Turbans» (1999), «Bourdieu’s Secret Admirer in the Caucasus» (2005), «The Way This World Works» (Moscow, 2012) and «Does Capitalism Have a Future?» (Oxford, 2013) co-written with Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, and Craig Calhoun which is currently translated into 17 world languages. Since 2011 Prof. Derlugyan works at New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

For further information please follow the link.

Lectures are organized in the framework of the project: “Georgian-Russian Dialogue for Peace and Cooperation” with the financial support of the United Kingdom’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.