Ideological Origins of the New Political Class in Post-Communist Georgia

Thursday January 31 from 12:00 to 13:00 at Lögberg, room L-103

Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and

Ideological Origins of the New Political Class in Post-Communist Georgia

In the deranged era of communist disintegration, the hegemony of Soviet Bolshevik discourse was replaced by the hegemony of neoliberal discourse to form a new social and political order. Over the past two decades, the liberal capitalistic transformation and the new cultural purification of post-communist Georgia has gained the form of political-ideological rituals and cultural exorcisms. This lecture will critically explain the story of neoliberal elite formation in Georgia, including its cultural and political trajectories. Moreover, the lecture will also shed light on the major reasons and factors that have provoked a communist nostalgia in post-communist Georgia.  

Bakar Berekashvili, Lecturer in Politics and Critical Theory, Georgian American University 

Moderator: Jón Ólafsson, Professor at the Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all.

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