In the Caucasus We Count

WiP: Azerbaijan: Discourse and Self-Perception, June 17 - Chiara Loda


American Councils, CRRC Georgia and ARISC present the 19th talk in the Spring 2015 Works-in-Progress Series!

Chiara Loda, Dublin City University
"Azerbaijan: Discourse and Self-Perception"

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:30pm
EPF/CRRC-Georgia, Kavsadze St. 3, Tbilisi

In the last two decades the Azerbaijani narrative has dramatically transformed. In fact, while in 1993 state consolidation was the main concern of Baku, in the successive decade Azerbaijan has transformed into a self-confident actor who speaks in terms of “state Interest”, “energy strategy” and “non-interference”. In order to gain a better understanding of that, the various presidential inauguration speeches have been diachronically assessed. This study does not only provides evidence for the Azerbaijani case but also shows how discourse analysis can be an appropriate method for the investigation of anthropic features, such as self-confidence, whenever attributed to a state.

Chiara Loda is an ESR Marie Curie “Post-Soviet Tensions” ITN Fellow at Dublin City University. Her project focuses on foreign policy discourse and practice of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan within a framework of international relations. Currently she is based in Tbilisi where she cooperates with "Geowel Reserch" and conducts fieldwork.

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the Eurasian Partnership Foundation at Kavsadze St. 3. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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