Researching Civic Activism

This picture by the journalist Onnik James Krikorian was shot during the protests in Vake Park, Tbilisi in 2014. Numerous activists protested against the construction of a hotel inside the central park in the Georgian capital. Social activism like this will be the focus of this year’s student research project Caucasus Conflict Culture (CCC6).

This increasing number of such micro-mobilizations can be found in various places in the South Caucasus like for example in Yerevan (‘Electric Yerevan’). Civic activists are protesting against neoliberal urban development, state corruption or for civil rights have often been inspired by alter-globalization and Occupy movements or by guerrilla gardening.

The project will take place in the second half of August 2017 in Georgia. The organizers from Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi and Marburg are already looking for their participating students.

We started with CCC in 2011. Who would have thought that we would continue this project until 2017? We are thankful to the DAAD who supported us during the last years.

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