East Europe as a Multi-Cultural Space

deadline for submissions: 
June 25, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
contact email: 


Deadline extended 

 till 06/25/2018 


October 5-6, 2018

Batumi, Georgia


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The international Conference “East Europe as a Multi-Cultural Space” is held as a part of the research in the Humanities, and will focus on the post-soviet politics and its impact on the culture in Georgia. The conference will take place in Batumi, Georgia.


Keynote speakers: Tinatin Margalitadze, Edith Clowes, Lincoln Mitchell, Vasili Rukhadze

Proposals for panels are very welcome. They will be highlight at the conference.    

The conference will feature panels in the following areas:  

Politics and Governance in East Europe whichwill concentrate on the political reflections on the culture – literatures, language, translation, art, films, social culture etc. 


Following topics are offered but not limited to:


         1.         Language and language politics, the idea of nationality

         2.         Politics, writing, ideology: the Black Sea region.   

         3.         Construction of identities in literature and translation  - spanning from the classics to :the postmodern

         4.         Literature, translation and exile: writers and poets from ex-communist countries, postcolonial turn 

         5.         Ethnic conflicts involving Georgia and reflection on the culture 

         6.         Modern liberalism and conservatism in East Europe in the new cultural turn

         7.         Evolvement of the political thought in the post-communist space since 1991 and social and cultural development 



Translation Studies will be a one of the special focal points of the conference, as it has been part of the cultural and literary studies, apart from the linguistic approaches, not much has been contributed to the specifically to the texts of the minority languages of their translation into the dominant language of the Soviet Empire. Could we hear authentic voices in the translations? Can we now?


Scientific Committee

Edith Clowes, University of Virginia

Vasili Rukhadze, Jamestown Foundation. UPenn

Marine Giorgadze BSU

Tinatin Margalitadze TSU

Marine Beridze, A. Chikobava Institute of Linguistics

Lincoln Mitchell, Columbia University

Bela Tsipuria  Iliauni  

Khatuna Beridze BSU

Julia Trubikhina, Hunter College, CUNY

Ramaz Kurdadze TSU

Ramaz Khalvashi BSU 


Working languages – Georgian, English, Russian

We invite 300-word abstracts for 15-20 minute presentations. 

Please send an abstract in Georgian, English or Russian to the organizing committee

Email: beridze@bsu.edu.ge 

Deadline: 1 May 2018