5th BGS Seminar in Cambridge 15 June 2018
Details of the Panel Members:
H.E. Tamara Beruchashvili, Georgian Ambassador to the UK
Tamar Beruchashvili has been the Georgian Ambassador to the United Kingdom since March 2016. She was previously was the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2014-2015), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2013-2014), Minister of Euro-Atlantic Integration (2004), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000- 2003) and Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations (1998-2000). In addition, from 2000 to 2010 she was a professor at Tbilisi State University.
David has an MBA from Warwick Business School, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and speaks Georgian and Russian. A former Royal Navy Officer, he has led companies in developing markets since 1990. He was the CEO of Magticom, the largest telecommunications company in Georgia (2004-2016) and President of American Chamber of Commerce (2008-2012). He is currently the CEO of Lee LLC, the CEO of the European Business Association Georgia, Chair of the Europe Foundation and of the Caucasus Research Resource Centre.
Mark Pritchard MP
Mark has been the MP for The Wrekin (a semi-rural seat in Shropshire) since 2005. He studied theology, holds two Masters Degrees (in International Diplomacy and in Marketing & Management) a Post-graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Diploma in Public Relations. He currently serves on the Chairman's Panel of the House of Commons, which chairs and oversees Bills and Debates. He was appointed by the Prime Minister to the UK delegation to the Council of Europe in 2015. In 2017 he was appointed as the UK's first Trade Envoy to Georgia and Armenia.
David is a British academic and politician. He was the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge from 2005 to 2010. He is currently Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. He is theauthor of “Textbook on Tort”, “Law as Engineering: Thinking about What Lawyers Do” and variousarticles in academic journals and chapters in academic books. He has also been the Leader of Cambridge City Council and a member of the Liberal Democrats' Federal Policy Committee.
Kornely is Professor of Political Science at Tbilisi State University and Director of the Tbilisi based think-tank The Georgian Institute of Politics. His current research focuses on Georgian domestic and foreign policy, security issues of the wider Black Sea area and comparative party politics. He was arecipient of IREX and OSI fellowships and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Black SeaSecurity program (2009–2010), the Harriman Institute, Columbia University (2011) and The JohnsHopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Hubertus Jahn (Chair)
Hubertus is Reader in the History of Russia and the Caucasus in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He holds a PhD from Georgetown University and a second higher doctorate from the University of Erlangen in Germany. He has taught at universities in the USA, Germany, and the UK. His research covers much of Russian history, with a focus on social and cultural aspects, as well as the history of Georgia and the South Caucasus.
The Book Of Tbilisi Authors Talk May 23 2018
The Book of Tbilisi. Wednesday, May 23d. Doors open at 5.45 for a 6.00pm start
Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ
The British Georgian Society is delighted to welcome Becca Parkinson from Comma Press with Zviad Kvaratskhelia and Bacho Kvirtia, two of the young writers featured in the Book of Tbilisi. The book is published by Comma Press and the publisher, Becca Parkinson, will talk about the project.
As Gvantsa Jobava writes in his introduction to the book: “The ten stories selected for this book offer a kind of literary guidebook to an outside world that used to be very remote. They tell you about the human challenges of living in a small country struggling to maintain its place on the map…..The stories selected are from a generation that grew up in decades of hardship but managed to adapt to an almost endless series of changes; a generation that contributed to the collapse of the old system, coped with the consequences of that collapse and invested all its energies in the building of a new one. Furthermore, these authors in particular struggled and survived as representatives of a new, open society, in order to hold a mirror up to the city and the country they live in.”
Comma Press has kindly offered the book to all BGS members at a massively reduced price! £8 inc P&P. Please indicate your BGS membership.
Payment can be made by cheque to ‘Comma Press’ and posted to Studio 510a, Hope Mill, 113 Pollard Street, Manchester, UK M4 7JA. Or by BACS. Make payment to: Comma Press. Account holder: R K Page. Bank: Santander. Commercial Bank PLC. Branch address: Bridle Road, Bootle, Merseyside L30 4GB. Account number: 0 249 4817. Sort code: 090150. BIC: ABBYGB2LXXX
"Twenty Five Years In The Caucasus" by Arnold Zisserman 20 February 2018
With many thanks to the Georgian Embassy for their kind hospitality, British Georgian Society is delighted to welcome back Peter Skinner, author of Georgia, The Land Below the Caucasus, to talk about his newly published Twenty five Years in the Caucasus by Arnold Zisserman.
Tuesday 20th February
4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ Doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm start
(Georgian wine will be served)
Zisserman’s Travels are a fabulous addition to the growing body of work about Georgia now available in English. Full of detail and insights into the culture, politics, ethnography and history of that fascinating country, enlivened with personal encounters and observations of life at all levels, this is essential reading for anyone with any interest in the Caucasus, Russian colonial expansion, and travel writing of the most immersive kind. Written with considerable narrative flair and wit, Zisserman’s account is especially valuable: an eye-witness to - and participant in - the Russian Conquest of the Caucasus, a Russian himself, still a teenager when he first arrived in Tbilisi as a lowly clerk, he was seized by the spirit of adventure. His book, written over his 25 years in the region, is filled with marvellous encounters and descriptions: of nobles & peasants, of soldiers and officials, of Russians and Georgians and as many tribes of mountain Tush, Khevsurs, Lesgians, Avars & Daghestanis, Chechens, Kists, Azeris and Tartars, as will delight the most demanding of ethnophiles.
Setting The Agenda For Tbilisi's Urban Development 9 January 2018
After graduating with a degree in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University in 2007, Joseph Alexander Smith pursued a brief career in Middle Eastern Studies Librarianship in London. A chance trip to Georgia in 2011 changed the course of his life, and he settled in Tbilisi in 2012. Through working as a multi-media journalist on environmental and cultural heritage issues, Joseph became involved in the flourishing urban activism scene in 2014-2015, particularly through the pedestrian-rights organisation Iare Pekhit. On the basis of this experience in civil activism, Joseph made a bid for a seat in Tbilisi's City Assembly in October 2017, becoming the first British-born Georgian citizen to run for elected office. Despite losing the election, Joseph has continued to be active on urban issues, hosting a weekly radio show specifically on urban development on Radio GIPA.
Tamada At Tamada 11 January 2018
A farewell party ‘Tamada at Tamada’ for Mr. Kakhi Kenkadze, Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Georgian Embassy to the UK
While performing the role of the Tamada (Toastmaster) Mr. Kenkadze will take us through the origin, value and format of the Tamada Institute. He will also perform Georgian songs and read his translation of some pieces of the British and Georgian poetry.
The format: the Georgian Supra
Price: £25 per person including Georgian wine (wine provided from the BGS cellar)
Location: Tamada, 122 Boundary Road, London NW8 0RH
Time: 11th of January at 19.00.pm.
Tamta's World - Book Presentation By Anthony Eastmond 6 October 2017
Tamta's World: The Life and Encounters of a Medieval Noblewoman From the Middle East to Mongolia
Friday 6th October 2017, 6.30pm, Research Forum,
Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand, WC2R 0RN
Tamta's World tells the compelling story of a Christian noblewoman in the thirteenth century. Born to an Armenian family at the court of Queen Tamar, Tamta was ransomed in marriage to nephews of Saladin, after her father was captured during a siege. Her tale stretches from the Mediterranean to Mongolia and reveals the extraordinary connections across continents and cultures that one woman could experience.
Antony Eastmond is A. G. Leventis Professor of Art History and Dean at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has published extensively on the world of eastern Christianity and its connections with the Islamic world around it, especially in Georgia and the Caucasus, and Trebizond.
Georgia In The Mountains Of Poetry Peter Nasmyth September 24 2017
The 4th revised and expanded edition of Peter Nasmyth's classic book first published in 1998.
Peter Nasmyth is a writer, photographer and former arts journalist published in most major UK magazines and newspapers, along with American publications such as the Washington Post. He has lived between Tbilisi and London for the last thirty years and co-founded the first English-language bookshop, Prospero, in Tbilisi. He is currently involved in forming the National Trust in Georgia.
Rustavi Choir and the Music of Georgia - The British Library 30 September 2017
BGS is delighted to support this special event being held at the British Library (96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB) on Saturday 30th September 2017. The world famous Rustavi Choir will perform in a concert at 7.15pm preceded by a series of illuminating talks from Professor Rezo Kiknadze, Rector of Tbilisi State Conservatory and Professor Anzor Erkomaishvili, the prominent singer and musicologist who helped establish the Rustavi Choir nearly fifty years ago. They are joined by British Library curator, Will Prentice, who tells the surprising story of the Gramophone Company and its recording expeditions in the Caucasus and Central Asia in the early 20th century and plays extracts from recordings now housed at the Library. Other presentations will be given by the British Georgian Society and the Georgian Chanting Foundation. For further details and how to purchase tickets please follow this link http://www.bl.uk/events/rustavi-choir
BGS Annual Supra 2017 at Tbilisi Restaurant 8 October
The 2017 BGS Annual Georgian Supra will be held at Tbilisi Restauarant (91 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LT) at 6pm on Sunday 8th October. A charge of £25 per person (excluding drinks) will be collected on the evening. You are welcome to order your drinks individually. A special theme for the Supra will be Tbilisi and ’Tbilisoba'. Please let us know if you are planning to join.
'A Conversation with the two Ambassadors' in Parliament 6 July 2017
Photos by Armand Wang from this event on Facebook available here