Call for Papers “Citizen and Civic Participation in Georgia: 23 Years since Independence”

With USAID financial support and within the framework of IFES Georgia’s Strengthening Electoral Processes (SEP) Program, the Civic Education Lecturers Association (CECLA) is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the conference on the theme of

“Citizen and Civic Participation in Georgia: 23 Years since Independence.”

Following the break-up of the Soviet Union, the promotion of civic participation has been regarded as one of the main challenges in Georgia’s transition to democracy, while the development of political culture has been approached by some as a precondition for the country’s new social order.  In this regard, analyzing the changes, possible achievements, and challenges in this direction in Georgia since the restoration of the country’s independence is of utmost importance.  

Conference Main Themes:

• Democratic institutions and local self-government
• Civic Education
• Civil Society and Citizen/Civic Participation
• The concept of “Open Government”, limiting power, accountability, and transparency
• Elections and high voter turnout
• Social capital
• Youth Engagement/Activism and Volunteering
• Minority integration
• The role of traditional and social media
• Other
The conference is open to all researchers working on related topics and, particularly, those who have been teaching a civic education course on Democracy and Citizenship. 

In order to be considered, please submit your CV and an abstract to the following email: by November 24, 2014.  In the subject line of the email, please put
“Citizen and Civic Participation in Georgia: 23 Years since Independence.” 
Late submissions will not be considered.
The working language of the conference will be Georgian.
Please, email your abstracts (minimum 300 words - maximum 500 words) in MS Word (.doc) format. Those selected for participation will be notified by November 28, 2014.  
The conference will be held on December 19, 2014.

All accepted papers will be published as conference proceedings.
For more information, please contact Milena Oganesian at