WiP 10th Anniversary Keynote – Prof. Stephen Jones

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 10th Anniversary keynote speech of the 2020 Spring Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!

The Tbilisi Works-in-Progress Series this spring celebrates 10 years, and in order to observe this landmark we are inviting back several of those speakers who presented in the very first season back in 2010, and as a culmination of the anniversary season we have asked Prof. Stephen Jones, one of the world’s most prominent scholars on Georgia and the Caucasus and a frequent WiP presenter over the years (and the vice-president of ARISC), to give the anniversary keynote address!

“The Democratic Republic of Georgia, 1918-21: Europe Comes to Georgia”

Prof. Stephen Jones

Given the current COVID19 situation, we will once again hold the Works-in-Progress session virtually through Zoom.

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Date: May 13, 2020, at 18:30

Professor Stephen F. Jones received his Ph.D (Georgian Social Democracy in Opposition and Power, 1918-1921) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1984. He has taught at the University of California, the University of London, and University College, Oxford. He was a Research Fellow at Harvard University and a Senior Associate Member at St Anthony’s College, Oxford. Since 1989 he has taught at Mount Holyoke College in the US. Professor Jones has written over 70 articles and chapters on Georgian affairs. He published Socialism in Georgian Colors: The European Road to Social Democracy, 1883-1917 (Harvard University Press) in 2005; War and Revolution in the Caucasus: Georgia Ablaze, (ed.) in 2010; Georgia: A Political History of Independence, London: I.B. Tauris, 2012; and The Making of Modern Georgia: The First Georgian Republic and Its Successors, 1918–2010, (ed.) London, Routledge, 2014. Professor Jones has received grants and awards from, among others, the Fondation Maison des Sciences de L’Homme, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was the Marjory Wardrop Scholar in Oxford from 1980-1983, and in 2011, became a Foreign Member of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. He has worked for UNHCR and the World Bank, and has delivered presentations for the US State Department and universities around the world. He sits on a number of editorial boards, worked with Georgian libraries in the 1990s on the creation of electronic catalogues, has chaired Georgian NGOs, hosted Georgian programs for the State Dept., and is secretary of the Georgian Association in the USA. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Tbilisi State University. Currently, he is a Full Professor at Ilia State University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Although this presentation will be broadcast on Zoom, in observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule to which the series generally adheres, the talk will not be recorded and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing it as well.

WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. 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.