WiP: Sarah Slye on “Creeping Authoritarianism in Higher Education and Research in Georgia”

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are pleased to announce the 6th talk of the Spring 2024 Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series!

The talk will take place in hybrid format in-person at CRRC Georgia and online through Zoom through this registration link*

“Creeping Authoritarianism in Higher Education and Research in Georgia: What A Difference A War Makes?”

Dr. Sarah Slye, Independent Researcher

Date: 21 February 2024, at 18:30 Tbilisi time

The piece argues that the creeping authoritarianism manifest today in the political, civic, media-information and arts-cultural spheres under Georgian Dream is also taking place in the academic sphere, albeit ‘under the radar’. This subtle shift is part of a general regression – which intensified after Russia launched its fullscale invasion of Ukraine in late-February 2022 – back to the dysfunctional patterns inherited from the Soviet Union.

Sarah Slye, independent researcher. PhD in History, MAs in Russian Studies and Near Eastern Studies. Interested in the history of the Caucasus region, the Russian Revolution and other things. Dr. Slye will discuss her recent article on Creeping Authoritarianism in Academia in Georgia and invite participants to share their views on this topic.

*This week the speaker will be online, but an in-person audience is invited to gather at CRRC Georgia

Works-in-Progress is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the CRRC office at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1 and online. 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.

In observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule, the talks will not be recorded, and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing recordings 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.