WiP: Jeff Sahadeo on Rivers in late Soviet Georgia

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are pleased to announce the 13th talk of the Spring-Summer 2022 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!This WiP presentation will be offered in hybrid in-person/online format! For those in Tbilisi the talk will be in-person at CRRC Georgia. For those (wherever they may be) who prefer to join virtually, the registration link is: https://us06web.zoom.us/…/tZUldOqoqTMiGdyI4cxU4RgjOcgnV…

“The River Must Flow? The Future of Georgia’s Water at the End of the Soviet Union”

Jeff Sahadeo, Carleton University

Date: 29 June 2022, 18:30 Tbilisi time

Rivers assumed a critical role in dreams and debates over Georgia’s future in the late Soviet era. Soviet officials balanced growing environmental awareness with the belief that the construction of large dams was vital to power the republic’s economy. Citizens witnessed growing pollution in waterways that they equated with their childhoods and their nation. As a post-Soviet future became possible, how to treat their rivers became a central question for a new Georgian nation.

Jeff Sahadeo, Professor at the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), is the author of Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865–1923 (2007) and Voices from the Soviet Edge: Southern Migrants in Leningrad and Moscow (2019). He co-edited Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present (2007) with Russell Zanca. He is currently working on the intersection of nature and society in tsarist and Soviet Georgia through a study of rivers.

Although this presentation currently take place in virtual format, 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. The opinions expressed in WiP talks are those of the speakers alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of CRRC, ARISC or of American Councils.

WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that normally 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.