WiP: Challenges to Tourism Development in Upper Svaneti

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.

PRIVACY POLICY: In order to assure the free and open discussion of ideas and sensitive issues, unless otherwise specified the WiP series holds to the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed, without the explicit permission of said speaker(s) or participant(s) in the press or other public media. Journalists may attend the sessions, but the contents are not for publication or broadcast without the explicit permission of the speaker(s). This is to enable all involved to openly discuss their views in private while allowing the topic and nature of the debate to be made public and contribute to the broader scholarly and academic conversation.