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CRRC Announces Methodological Conference on Transformations in the South Caucasus and its Neighborhood




Methodological Conference on Transformations in the South Caucasus and its Neighborhood

Tbilisi, June 26, 2015


About the Organizer: The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) is a network of research and research support centers in the capital cities of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Established in 2003, CRRC’s goal is to strengthen social science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus. CRRC is funded largely by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, but it also implements project-specific activities for other donors. Over the last ten years, CRRC has become a nexus of activity for the social science community in the South Caucasus by providing open access to scholarly literature, data and professional training for social science researchers. For more information about CRRC, please visit:

About the Conference: The socio-economic and political climate in the South Caucasus and its neighborhood changes constantly. This transformation process has different manifestations in each of the emerging post-Soviet democracies. Our goal is to explore national and international dimensions of post-Soviet transformations in the South Caucasus and its neighborhood and to discuss new approaches to analyzing the trends of regional and international policies of the emerging democracies, while promoting methodological innovation.

The conference will focus on constructive “how-to” discussions, thus offering researchers the opportunity to discuss and compare their methods and findings. To achieve high quality discussion and feedback for presenters, a limited number of papers will be accepted. Young and more established scholars from around the world will be given equal opportunity. Scholars and researchers from all social science disciplines (e.g., economics, demography, sociology, political sciences, and psychology) are eligible to apply.

Possible Topics: We invite papers that explore a range of topics related to transformations in the Region and methodological approaches to study its different aspects. We welcome work with a wide range of empirical approaches, such as case studies, comparative research projects, ethnographies and surveys. We equally welcome papers that apply quantitative or qualitative research methods, as well as a combination of both. Presenters will be expected to emphasize innovative methods used in their research projects and to highlight the following aspects:

• Innovation and challenges in social sciences
• Theory and practice of exploring challenges to economies and societies
• Big data on societal developments in the Caucasus – collection, analysis and communication.

Abstracts will be selected based on three criteria: focus on research methodology, innovative approach and relevance to the region.

Submission: Researchers desiring to present their work at this conference are required to submit an abstract online via the abstract submission form by March 10, 2015. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words long, and should include the following:

• Title of the presentation;
• Three to five keywords;
• Contact person's name, title, organization affiliation, address, telephone, and email address;
• Co-authors’ names and affiliations.

Important dates:

Submission of abstracts – March 10, 2015
Notification of pre-acceptance – March 17, 2015
Submission of full papers – April 30, 2015
Notification of final acceptance – May 20, 2015

Language of the conference – English

Financial Support: CRRC will provide 2 nights of lodging, lunch and dinner at the conference venue to all participants. Group transportation by road will be provided for participants from Armenia and Azerbaijan. The cost of airfare will not be covered. However, CRRC offers a limited number of scholarships covering travel and accommodation expenses to support postgraduate students and early career researchers who are in need of financial support in order to attend the conference. Scholarships will be granted based on the quality of submitted papers.

If you have any further questions concerning the submissions of abstracts, please contact us:
Address: 3 Kavsadze Street, 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: (995 32) 225 27 78 (ext.415; 109)

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