The Works in Progress Series

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The Works-in-Progress (W-i-P) series is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the International School of Economics (ISET) building (16 Zandukeli Street). It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public, and are in English unless otherwise announced. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region. The project began in January 2010, and is currently in its 4th year.

Regular announcements of upcoming Works-in-Progres talks can be found by joining the W-i-P open group on





W-i-P Talks of the 2014-15 series

W-i-P Talks of the Spring 2013 series:


WiP: The Radical Reproduction of Transitions in Georgia since Independence.

June 26, 2013

WiP: Constitutional Design and Democracy: Georgia in Comparative Perspective

June 18, 2013

WiP: The Jury Trial as Legal Translation: The Case of Georgia.

June 10, 2013

WiP: Roundtable on Language Purity and Language Policing.

June 3, 2013

WiP: Addressing Past Injustices: How to Deal with Georgia’s Painful Past?

May 28, 2013

WiP: Mediocracy or Politocracy? The Case of Social Media in Georgia.

May 16, 2013

WiP: The Impact of the Aid Wind-Fall on Political Regime Dynamics in Post-War Georgia.

May 14, 2013

WiP: Openness in State Universities in Georgia.

May 13, 2013

WiP: The Informal Post-Socialist Economy.

April 29, 2013

WiP: Benchmarking the Workforce Development System in Georgia.

April 10, 2013


WiP: Coverage of Political Subjects in News: Major Findings of Television Monitoring during Parliamentary Elections 2012.

April 3, 2013


WiP: Elections in de facto states: Abkhazia, Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh

March 27, 2013


WiP: The Structure of Georgian Blogosphere and Implications for Information Diffusion

March 20, 2013

WiP: Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Urban Areas of Georgia – A New Way of Spatial Segregation?

March 13, 2013

WiP – The Role of the Orthodox Church in the formation of the Georgian Identity

March 6, 2013


WiP – Evolving Perceptions of the West in the Societies of the South Caucasus States

February 27, 2013





WiP – A New Chance for Georgian Democracy?

February 20, 2013





WiP – Endurance of the Soviet Imperial Tongue: The Russian Language in Contemporary Georgia

February 6, 2013


WiP: Stalin in Georgia Today

January 30, 2013



Works-in-Progress Series for the Fall 2012 Season:


WiP: Georgia’s March 1956 and Soviet Nationalism

December 19, 2012


WiP: Georgia’s State Formation and Geographical Imaginaries: Georgian Policy-Making Practices in the Global Community

December 4, 2012


WiP: Integrated Conservation: Heritage Management and Urban Planning in Tbilisi

November 27, 2012


WiP: Features of Ioane Petritsi’s commented translation of Proclus’ “Elements of Theology”

November 14, 2012


WiP: Political Discourses and Voting Behavior in Georgia

November 5, 2012


WiP: Public Attitudes towards NGOs in Georgia

October 30, 2012


WiP: Mixed Marriage and Ethnic Boundaries in Georgia

Otoeber 24, 2012


WiP: South Caucasus- Ancient Near Eastern Connections in the Bronze and Iron Ages

October 17, 2012


WiP: Do ‘Caucasian’ languages really exist?

October 10, 2012

WiP: Cleavage Theory and the Electoral Geographies of Georgia

October 3, 2012


WiP: CRRC: Resources and Opportunities

September 26, 2012


Works-in-Progress Extra Session: Euro-Atlantic Discourse and Symbolism in Georgia

September 3, 2012




Works-in-Progress Series for Summer 2012


WiP – Home Ownership and Internally Displaced Persons

July 25, 2012


WiP Extra Session: NGOs and Georgia’s Rose Revolution

July 11, 2012


Works-in-Progress Extra Session: Critical Junctures, Institution Building, and Regime Survival in Armenia and Georgia

July 3, 2012




Works-in-Progress talk of the Spring 2012 season


WiP: Data Driven Advocacy in Georgia: A Grassroots Perspective

April 18, 2012