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Vibrant Spaces of Svaneti

Svaneti is a space in which the history of the Caucasus is visibly inscribed and lively enacted in the Svan culture and tradition. However, this spectacular space is increasingly showing traces of fatigue as tourists from all over the world come to the region.

Svaneti is searching for a new identity in a continuous field of tension between an emerging local economy and the region‘s rich traditions. This project intends to collect and archive the local narratives, document the region‘s rich culture, local practices and usage of space. In close cooperation with the Svans we aim to create a public sphere for the region‘s concerns to discover the benefits of both: tradition and the emergent economy.

Project Partners:

PD Dr. Stefan Applis works as associate professor of geography at the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen (Germany). In his work in Georgia, he is particularly interested in the impact on the local population of attempts to promote social development through tourism promotion.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pranz works as a full professor of journalism at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart (Germany). With the media NGO FROH! he has realized the German/Georgian project Archive of Transition that was presented on the Frankfurt Bookfair 2018.

Dr. Stéphane Voell is the coordinator of the Center for Conflict Studies of Philipps-Universität Marburg. He conducted research in Georgia, since 2011 he
organizes student research projects with Armeniens, Azerbaijanis and Georgians in the Caucasus.

Prof. Klaus Neuburg works as a Professor for Mediadesign at Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften – Hochschule Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel. 

Froh! e.V. is a non-profit association that has made its goal to stir the processes of social formation and develop journalistic formats that open discourses about human values. We organize an international workshop-series addressing journalists and self-publishers, develop international transmedia projects and publish magazines and websites. We collaborated with partners like German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Goethe Institute Georgia, DVV international and many others.

Cooperators from our value network:

Dr. Nino Tserediani, Director of the Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography (GEO)

Prof. Jesse Vogler, Assistent Professor of Architecture, Free University Tbilisi. (GEO)

Prof. Jochen Siegemund, Professor Faculty of Architecture, TH Cologne/Germany (GER)

#SvanetiSeries

#Svaneti Series is a article series, which is distributed via Twitter @doinggeography. It provides insights and analyses of the histoircal region of Svaneti in Georgia and its social spaces 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. The series of articles addresses English speaking tourists who visit Svaneti and are interested in more information about the culture, ecology and economic conditions in the region. The article series is puplished on my second blog https://stefan-applis-geographien.com/.

#Georgian Perspectives

The article series „Georgian Perspectives“ provides insights and analyses of contemporary Georgian social life from a geographical viewpoint (via Twitter: @doinggeography). 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. The article series is puplished on my second blog https://stefan-applis-geographien.com/.