CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 18th talk of the Spring/Summer 2019 Works-in-Progress Series!
“Challenges to Tourism Development in Upper Svaneti”
By Michael Long, Baylor University
Date: July 3, 2019, at 18:30 pm
Venue: CRRC Georgia, 5 Chkhikvadze Str. (Former 5 Chavchavadze ave.), I floor.
Based on results of a field study conducted in Svaneti in 2016, Prof. Long will discuss the attitudes of the Svan toward rapid tourism development. Protection of indigenous cultural traditions and characteristics, protection of the environment, and climate change present challenges to tourism not only in Svaneti but other regions of Georgia as well.
Prof. Long is Professor of Russian and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Baylor University. His research interests in Georgia are twofold: the restoration of cultural monuments, primarily churches and monasteries, and the impact of tourism development on indigenous cultures relative to the loss of cultural traditions and the challenges posed by climate change. Research on the latter is a collaborative effort with Prof. Sara Alexander, Prof. of Anthropology, also at Baylor University.
W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at 5 Chkhikvadze Str. 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. The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.