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#Georgian Perspektives

The article series „Georgian Perspectives“ provides insights (via Twitter: @doinggeography) and analyses of contemporary Georgian social life from a geographical viewpoint. This means that all articles examine the social space and the practices taking place within it. This includes both the built space and the non-built space and all communications about places and spaces. It is important to underline that the insights given here must always include views from the outside, as the author is neither a native speaker nor permanently living in Georgia.


Georgian Perspectives | Georgia in Europe – Constructions of the National using the Example of the Independence Day

Georgia’s way leads to Europe In the summer of 2019, the governing party Georgian Dream had promised to introduce full proportional representation for the parliamentary elections in November 2020 instead of the previous mixed system. In November 2019, however, the reform had failed in parliament. This was followed by renewed strong protests nationwide. Since the…



Georgian Perspectives | Borjomi. Water with history from Georgia

Borjomi is legendary for the mineral water of the same name, whose career began after the Caucasus War of 1864, of all times, when the Russian viceroy made Bordji his summer residence. From 1892 to 1895, the two-storey wooden palace was extended for the Russian Tsar. Photographs from the historical museum in Borjomi (Applis 2015).…


Georgian Perspectives | Controversial World Culture – Conflicts over Georgia’s Architectural Heritage Using the Example of the Bagrati Cathedral in Kutaisi

Georgia has three World Heritage Sites, which are of great importance for the worldwide recognition of Georgian history and culture. However, all three sites are the subject of intense conflicts between state, religious and economic actors and UNESCO. As a result of these conflicts, another 15 sites and regions in Georgia have been on the…

Georgian Perspectives | On Stalin in today’s Georgia

One cannot travel to Georgia without encountering evidence of a still present Stalin worship among some Georgians. Perhaps one shouldn’t write texts about Georgia without at least cautiously touching on this subject. The following statements represent my attempt to do so. I would not have dared to write about this issue without the reflections of…


The bazaar of Tskaltubo (Georgia) shows everyday life behind the facade of nostalgia for Soviet times’ architecture

Tskaltubo is located 15 km northwest of Kutaisi, Georgia’s second-largest city. The town’s history as a spa resort in the Soviet period has given it a repository of tourist experience to fall back on. An ongoing complication in this development arises from the occupation of the now-decaying Soviet-era sanatoria by internally displaced Georgians fleeing the…


Georgian Perspectives | Georgia could lose its world heritage site in Svaneti

Svaneti is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations within Georgia and is best known for the village community of Ushguli, one of the highest situated permanently populated places in Europe. It is the architecture that fascinates visitors from all over the world to the most photographed spot in Georgia. Due to the Georgian state’s…

Georgian Perspectives | Tbilisi – Archive of Transition

Collecting narratives of change in Georgia In a way, the Georgian capital wakes up every morning with a new face. Ambitious construction projects and major foreign investments are continuously changing the cityscape of Tbilisi. Among residents, this unstoppable development leads to an ongoing debate: What should be preserved and what should be allowed to undergo…

Georgian Perspectives | On the problem of giving ideological artwork a voice – Mosaics of Soviet Modernity (Georgia)

No matter how bad the Soviet system was, it’s part of our past. A destruction of the related forms and images cannot and will not erase it. Nini Palavandishvili: Soviet Modernist Architecture 2019, p. 12 The article series „Georgian Perspectives“ provides insights and analyses of contemporary Georgian social life from a geographical viewpoint. This means…

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