Call for Abstracts for the Fourth Student Scientific Conference “Civic Activism in Georgia”

The Civic Education Lecturers Association (CELA) invites the submission of abstracts for the fourth student scientific conference “Civic Activism in Georgia”.

The roots of Georgia’s history extends deep into centuries, but there have been periods of long interruption when in the 19th century Georgia was part of the Russian empire and then later part of the Soviet Union. The absence of statehood for a long time led the society to the alienation of its state. That caused the serious problems after the restoration of independence and still hinders the development of the country. The history of new Georgian statehood counts less than three decades. We still haven’t finished the process of arrangement of the country. The issue of state development makes the responsibility of the citizens towards their country even more urgent.

After the restoration of the independence of Georgia promoting the involvement of citizens in the civic activities was seen as one of the major challenges and development of political culture was declared as a precondition for progress. That is why it is important to analyse what has changed in this regard since the restoration of independence of Georgia, what can be considered as the success and what remains a challenge.

  • Democratic institutions and local self-government
  • Civic Education
  • Civil Society and Citizen Participation
  • Gender and Women’s Participation
  • The concept of “Open Government” - Limiting the Power
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Elections and High Voter Turnout
  • Social capital
  • Youth Activism and Volunteering
  • Minority integration
  • The role of Traditional and Social Media
  • Other

The conference is open to all students interested in related topics and, particularly, those who have been studying a civic education course on Democracy and Citizenship. 

In order to be considered, please submit your abstract and the application form to the following email: by March 26, 2017. In the subject line of the e-mail, please put “Civic Activism in Georgia”.

Late submissions will not be considered.

The working language of the students’ scientific conference will be Georgian.

The papers will be reviewed by the commission. Those selected for participation will be notified by March 31, 2017. In the case of plagiarism, the paper will be removed from the contest.  

The conference will be held on April 22, 2017. 

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The conference participants will be awarded participation certificates. Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed for the representatives of regional universities.

CELA’s fourth student scientific conference is held with the financial support of USAID in the framework of the project Strengthening Electoral Processes (SEP), implemented by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).