Public Debates on "Rethinking Soviet Past" After the Empire: Russia’s Revolutions of 1917 and the political project of Georgia On November 8, 2017, hbs South Caucasus organized public discussion After the Empire: Russia’s Revolutions of 1917 and the political project of Georgia. Understanding the Cult of Personality: The Deconstruction of Stalin’s Myth “For Georgians, Stalin is more of a national icon rather than a political ideal,” stated sociologist Iago Kachkachishvili with regard to his evaluation of his research results. Understanding Stalin’s Cult of Personality in Today’s Reality Stalin still evokes sympathy decades and generations later, as more time passes. What do schools teach pupils about Stalin, why does the new generation feel sympathy for Stalin’s image? Figures of the National in the Soviet Empire: Perception of Georgia in Russian Literature, 1920-1930 At the first convention of Soviet writers in 1934, Titsian Tabidze and Paolo Iashvili were strongly criticized. However, during this period their essays were also translated, events were organized in their honor, and their poems were widely read. By Franziska Thun-Hohenstein Human Beings and Space for Humanity in Totalitarian Uniformity: What Kind of Knowledge do Archives Provide? This discussion held at HBF’s South Caucasus Regional Office concerned archives. What is the knowledge that can be generated, or what is the knowledge preserved by, archives? How can researchers or regular citizens find information and read case materials? What are the problems regarding this issue in Georgia and Russia? Coming to Terms with Georgia’s Soviet Past On Wednesday, 15 December 2010, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted a public debate on “Coming to Terms with Georgia’s Soviet Past”. The Soviet Past and Problems of Understanding Stalinism Public debates have been dedicated to the presentation of a new book “Portraits of prisoners of ALZHIR: from the history of Stalinism” issued by the South Caucasus Regional Office of Heinrich Boell Foundation.