Virtual WiP: Tiflis as an example of Imperial Modernization

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are pleased to announce the 11th talk of the Spring/Summer 2023 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!

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“Tiflis as an example of Imperial Modernization”

By Medine Rasimgil, Istanbul Technical University and Ilia State University

Date: 7 June 2023, 18:30 Tbilisi time

The modernization processes of 19th-century empires were impulses for their development. While “modernity” as an institutional setting is shared across different cases, this can take place in a variety of cultural frameworks, which might be better understood through the concept of “multiple modernities.” The modernization of the Russian Empire required a processing period to interpret and reshape the imported socio-cultural and technical experience. The construction of empires and their institutional transformations, which were at the intersection of the conflict between tradition and modernity, can be explained by imperial modernization, which generates indecision resulting from its contact with the West. The institutional framework of imperial modernization leads to physical transformations through new regulations. At the same time, the physical formations in the urban patterns reveal new paths of change and specific situations in urban structures. Tbilisi provides a suitable environment for tracing such situations, which constitute a primary feature of imperial modernization. In this presentation, which focuses on the changes in the physical structure of Tbilisi, Ms. Rasimgil will present the findings of her research conducted in the Georgian National Archives and in the Georgian National Parliamentary Library. This research derives from the speaker’s PhD dissertation, which is funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK).

Medine Rasimgil is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the architectural history program of Istanbul Technical University, where her research focuses on the modernization processes of empires, architecture, and urban forms during the 19th century. She graduated from the Architecture Department of Selçuk University in 2012 and completed her master’s degree in architectural history at Istanbul Technical University in 2017 with a thesis entitled “Construction of the Kars City and its Monumental Buildings during the Russian Administration”.

Works-in-Progress is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1 and online. 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.

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