CSS International Conference – Europe in Georgia

International Conference – "Europe in Georgia"

December 12, 2013

Center for Social Sciences [CSS]

The Conference is dedicated to the 10th year anniversary of Center for Social Sciences

Conference Venue: Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, I block, room #107

Since its independence from the Soviet Union Georgia has declared its aspiration towards European Union and Euro-Atlantic space. For twenty years the country has been promoting the idea of the Western integration within its own boundaries. In 1999 Georgia became a full member of the European Council. However, the question is whether these aspirations, European values, structures, institutions, and requirements are reflected in the Georgian state-building, as well as in the country’s lifestyle. How visible is Georgia’s Europeanization process?

The conference explore the abovementioned issues. Its main focus was on the following areas: International Relations and Security, Gender Equality, Socioeconomic and Political Issues, Values, Education, and Development. Scholars and practitioners in the social science disciplines with an interest in the mentioned areas were welcome to participate. The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach was  encouraged.

The conference was accompanied with the supplementary events, including coffee breaks, light lunch, a closing reception (for additional fee) on Thursday, December 12, and two keynote speakers (Professor S. Neil MacFarlane, University of Oxford; Professor Stephen Jones, Mount Holyoke College).

Press Release

Conference Programme:

Louis Maheu, Recent Science, Technology and Innovation Policies: the European Union Example and the Role of Higher Education Training and Research

Salome Minesashvili, How European are We? Explaining Georgia's Westward Aspiration

Nani Bendeliani, Mariam Amashukeli, Irina Osepashvili, Sopo Vasadze, Gender Related Perceptions and Labor Divisor in Georgian Urban Young People

Nikoloz Samkharadze, European Concept of Border Management in Georgia

Lela Rekhviashvili, What Does Corruption Decrease Really Mean for Georgian Citizens?