WiP: Lika Tsuladze on “A Monocrat’s Hobby”

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“A Monocrat’s Hobby & its Power: On Shadow Politics in Georgia

By Lika Tsuladze, Tbilisi State University and the Center for Social Sciences

Date: March 31, 2021, at 18:30 Tbilisi time

This project focuses on the enactment of shadow politics in Georgia with a shadow actor setting the agenda from the political backstage, which is demonstrated based on two recent environmental cases. Dr. Tsuladze shows, on the one hand, how a shadow actor strategically uses both visible and invisible power for informal land appropriation and construction, including the purchasing and transportation of century-old trees, while on the other hand how the authorities challenge environmental NGOs and activists resisting the monocrat’s “hobby” by politicizing their protest actions.

Lia (Lika) Tsuladze is Associate Professor of Sociology at Tbilisi State University and the Executive Director of the Center for Social Sciences. She is the author of more than 25 publications and 3 textbooks. Her research interests involve Georgia’s Europeanization, issues related to national identity, and civil activism. Currently she heads a Research WP for a Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Actions project entitled “Mediatized EU: Mediatized Discourses on Europeanization and their Representations in Public Opinion,” targeting the elite-media-public triangle in seven countries of the EU and the EaP. Her new book Post-Visa Liberalization Discourses on Georgia’s Europeanization (co-authored with F. Esebua and I. Osepashvili) is published by Nekeri in 2021, and she has new articles in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, in B. Radeljić (ed.). The Unwanted Europeanness? Understanding Division and Inclusion in Contemporary Europe, and in Caucasus Survey (the latter is the basis for this presentation and was supported by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA-RISE) within the H2020 Programme under the grant SHADOW [no: 778118]; H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.).https://www.tandfonline.com/…/10…/23761199.2020.1871564

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