Thursday, January 27, 2011

CALL: CfP: Political Transformation and Social Change in the South Caucasus', GE 24.-25.6.2011 (

ASCN Annual Conference (pdf >>>)

"Political Transformation and Social Change in the South Caucasus: The Case of Georgia", 24-25 June 2011, Georgia

Call for contributions

Interested young researchers (PhD candidates) are invited to apply to participate in the ASCN Annual Conference that will take place in Georgia from 24 to 25 June 2011.

The main objectives of the conference are to:

. provide opportunities for researchers dealing with Georgia to meet, network, exchange and discuss their research projects, results and ideas

. discuss the challenges, the contradictions and ambivalences of the transformation process with which social sciences are confronted in Georgia

Eligible candidates

. PhD students dealing with Georgia, and eager to present and discuss their research work with colleagues from the region and beyond (especially current PhD projects and/or research results) that can be related to the topic "Political Transformation and Social Change in Georgia".

. The contributions to be presented must deal specifically with Georgia. Contributions with a comparative dimension may be accepted.


Proposals must be linked to one of the following themes:
- identities, ethnicity and conflicts
- civil society, social networks and social capital
- state structures, elites and governance
- economic and social development

The selected candidates will be able to present and discuss their work in one of the thematic workshops. Researchers financed by ASCN will also present their research projects, methodology-related issues and results. For more information about the ASCN current research
projects, please go to the ASCN website, section Research.


All interested candidates should submit their short CV (1 page), an abstract of their contribution to be presented at the conference (300 to 500 words) and a short motivation letter by 14 March 2011 at the latest, through All documents need to be merged into a single pdf file. The selection process will be completed and announced by 8 April 2011.

For those accepted, the University of Fribourg will cover travel and accommodation expenses, and/or provide
opportunities for co-financing if the costs in individual cases exceed the average expenses per participant coming to the conference. The selected participants will be informed about the programme and specific workshops of the conference, as well as the technical details in due time. The organisers reserve the right to limit the number of applicants accepted to participate in the conference.

About ASCN

The Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) is a programme aiming to promote social sciences and humanities in the South Caucasus. The different activities foreseen in the programme aim to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of talented researchers. Promising
junior researchers are supported through research projects, capacity-building trainings and scholarships. The emphasis of the programme is on the promotion of individuals. In order to ensure sustainability, the ASCN programme puts emphasis on international networking and thus promotes cooperation between scholars based in the South Caucasus and scholars in Switzerland.

Website, "Events" section

Further Information
Denis Dafflon, ASCN Programme Coordinator;


Denis Dafflon
Programme Coordinator
University of Fribourg / Interfaculty Institute for Central and
Eastern Europe (IICEE)
Bd de Pérolles 90
1700 Fribourg/Switzerland
Phone: +41 26 300 79 82
Mobile: +41 79 303 43 44

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