South Caucasus: Seeking for New Identity
In addition to the research presentations, the Summer School featured lectures, seminars and workshops to sharpen the scholars’ skills in academic writing, research structure, qualitative social survey methods, presentation and project planning. This training is part of the program’s overall goal of bringing scholarship in the Southern Caucasus up to European and international standards. Another ongoing aspect of the Summer School series is to strengthen contacts and networks among scholars in the Southern Caucasus, between disciplines and across national borders. The 2009 group included researchers in sociology, anthropology, political science, urban studies and psychology. Discussions went beyond the research presentations and included first-hand reports on public and political transformation processes in each of the region’s three countries.
As part of the 2009 Regional Scholarship Program, the fellows will participate in a conference in the autumn in cooperation with Duisburg University and the German Academic Exchange Agency. In early 2010 they will present the results of their year’s work at a closing symposium. Afterward, they will join the network of Heinrich Böll Foundation alumni, who continue the work of internationalizing scholarship in the Southern Caucasus and increasing exchanges with the rest of Europe.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation has supported the Regional Scholarship Program since 2004.