The biweekly research colloquium of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research at Ilia State University will host Prof. Adrian Brisku’s online seminar on March 22, at 7 pm Tbilisi time. Adrian Brisku will give a talk under the title “Dealing with Smallness in Habsburg Bohemia, Ottoman Albania and Tsarist Georgia in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries”.
Drawing largely on a recently published chapter under the same tittle in an edited volume entitled, The Politics of Smallness in Modern Europe (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022), this talk historically reconstructs, compares, and contrasts the language of being a small nation among intellectuals and political activists/statemen in late imperial Habsburg Bohemia, Ottoman Albanian and Tsarist Georgia. Irrespective of differing historical trajectories and political and economic development of the three cases, which will be highlighted in the discussion, the talk will suggest that there was a similarity in the meaning behind the discourse of smallness and in the strategies to be pursued in dealing with it.
Adrian Brisku is Associate Professor in Modern History at Charles University and in Comparative History at Ilia State University. He is the author of several peer-reviewed and impact-factor articles, two monographs: Bittersweet Europe: Albanian and Georgian Discourses on Europe, 1878–2008 (Berghahn Books, 2013), Political Reform in the Ottoman and Russian Empires: A Comparative Approach (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), as well as two edited volumes: Sto let česko(slovensko)-albánských vztahů: vzájemné sympatie a rostoucí interakce (Karolinum, 2022) and The Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic of 1918: Federal Aspirations, Geopolitics and National Projects (Routledge, 2021, co-edited with Timothy K. Blauvelt).
The event will take place in English via Zoom. Registration is required.