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Discussion / Lecture 31 May 2018

SOVIET TACTICS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE AND RELIGIOUS AWAKENING IN GEORGIA TODAY

16:15 Location: Jena Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Fakultät: Kaukasiologie, Seminarraum der Kaukasiologie, Jenergasse 8 (Acchouchierhaus) / 1. Etage, 07743 Jena, Germany Organizer: Georgian National Book Center, SOVLAB, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena Speaker: Ketevan Gurchiani
Moderator: Dr. Diana Forker
 
In her lecture, Ketevan Gurchiani takes a look at a few aspects of everyday piety/religiosity from a genealogical point of view. The field research was conducted in Georgia as a ‘multi-sited’ ethnography. The subsequent lecture (and article) analyses the use of everyday tactics in informal dealings between priests and the faithful. The author views the discussions that dominate in domestic piety and in the epitomised practices as a continuation of Soviet day-to-day tactics, especially the informal networks (Blat) and la perruque (Khaltura). The author examines important characteristics of the Georgian Orthodox Church as they came about in their specificity and locality to understand how these proceedings lead to greater control and increased religiosity. Ketevan Guchiani comes to the conclusion that tactics in this specific context strengthen the strongest and cultivate more dependency.