CCC5 day #6 (10.04.2016)

One could simply state that all groups continued with their research in their respective fields. But it would be too easy. This time the participants did not only discover something new, they also helped the locals to learn something.

One of the group of CCC5 went to Sarpi, at the Georgian-Turkish border to get an impression of place. Some of them even crossed the border to Turkey. One participant of the students from the Marburg-group comes from Ecuador. Both border posts, on the Georgian and the Turkish side, needed a while to find out what to do with the passport from Ecuador. They first did not know where Ecuador is and the student was apparently the first person from Ecuador to pass this border.

In the evening the co-organizer Tamta Khalvashi, Assistant Professor at the Free University in Tbilisi, spoke about the neo-liberal transformation of Batumi at the example of activists of the Facebook-group “Batomo”, who are documenting and discussing the important changes in the urban landscape of Batumi since 2008. Tamta’s presentation is based on some parts of her PhD thesis.

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