The ECMI held meeting at the University of Georgia in Tbilisi and donated books to the newly established CSEM Library.
We are pleased to share that the ECMI donated the complete series of the European Yearbook on Minority Issues to the newly established Library of the Centre for the Studies of Ethnicity and Multiculturalism in Tbilisi. The library is initiated by Prof. Giorgi Sordia (Director of CSEM). The Library of the Centre for the Studies of Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CSEM) was opened on 12th of June 2017 in cooperation of the University of Georgia (UG).
Dr. Zora Popova (ECMI Senior Research Associate) and Ms. Tamari Bulia (ECMI Communications and Outreach Coordinator) visited the library and the University of Georgia and held a cooperation meeting with Mr. Konstantin Topuria (Rector of the University of Georgia). The ECMI and the UG count over 7 years of established cooperation. During the meeting both sides expressed a wish to strengthen the collaboration and work together on a number of research and teaching initiatives. “ECMI has already established a good name in Georgia when it comes to minority rights and ethnic issues. We are happy to support them in upcoming initiatives,” said Mr. Topuria.
The Library is located in the premises of the University of Georgia (UG).
Address: Kostava str. 77a, Room #707
About the ECMI work in Georgia
ECMI has been operating a representation in the Caucasus, based in Tbilisi, since 2003. The office was actively involved in building stable and inclusive democracies throughout the region, particularly in Georgia. ECMI Caucasus has worked to improve the competencies of minority organizations and assist governments in building institutional capacities to develop and implement policies on national minority issues.
ECMI Caucasus has supported the establishment of the Council of National Minorities (CNM), functioning under the aegis of the Public Defender, as well as the Javakheti Citizens’ Forum (JCF) and the Tsalka Citizens’ Forum (TCF) to encourage dialogue and permanent, institutionalized structures for minority-state consultation. In addition to the establishment of consultative bodies, the ECMI representation in Georgia has undertaken a range of efforts with regard to minority issues, such as assisting in the process of repatriation, conducting research on a number of issues relating to national minorities throughout the region while publishing books and working papers, both in hardcover and online.
ECMI Work in Georgia and Caucasus region has followed five main directions:
- Minority-Majority Relations
- Dialogue and Consultation
- Capacity Building and Policy Formation
- Governmental and Institutional Support
- Research and Documentation
For inquiries regarding the ECMI work in Georgia, please contact Tamari Bulia.
About the European Yearbook on Minority Issues
The European Yearbook of Minority Issues provides a critical and timely review of contemporary developments in minority-majority relations in Europe. It combines analysis, commentary, and documentation in relation to conflict management, international legal developments and domestic legislation affecting minorities in Europe.
Apart from providing a unique annual overview of minority issues for both scholars and practitioners in this field, the Yearbook is an indispensable reference tool for libraries, research institutes as well as governments and international organizations.