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Infrastructure in East and Southeast Europe in Comparative Perspective: Past, Present and Future

8th Annual Conference of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS).

: Donnerstag, 23.09. bis Freitag, 24.09.2021
Zeit: siehe Programm
Ort: Online via Zoom (Meeting-ID: 884 439 7929, Kenncode: 337230) / Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS), Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 319).
Gäste sind online willkommen, der Besuch der Tagung vor Ort ist diesmal leider nicht möglich.

: dienstags, 5.10., 12.10., 19.10.2021, jeweils um 16 Uhr
Zeit: siehe Programm
Ort: Online via Zoom (Meeting-ID: 824 5820 1575, Kenncode: 797053).

Call for papers: State Descriptions Revisited: Historical Forms of Territorial Representations, 18-21th centuries

Organizers: Borbála Zsuzsanna Török (Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen) and Guido Hausmann (IOS Regensburg).
Dates: 20-21 January 2022
Location: Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg, Germany
Call for papers
Submission deadline: 30 September 2021

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Liana Kupreishvili

Arbeitsbereich Geschichte
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


Tel.: 0941-943-5474
Email: kupreishvili(at)


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Historian Liana Kupreishvili examines processes of marginalization and self-empowerment of prostitutes in the Georgian capital Tbilisi from the 1980s until today. The individual project can thus make a substantial contribution to the general goal of the DFG research group "Urban Ethics", which investigates ethical discourses on the good and right life in cities in local and global contexts.

Liana Kupreishvili's doctoral thesis at the State Ilia University of Tbilisi, which she completed, explored marginal groups in Tbilisi around 1900, including prostitutes. She was able to draw a dense picture of the practice of taxation and licensing of brothels, health controls, multiple experiences of violence, and the social life of prostitutes in the urban space of Tbilisi around 1900. In this respect, the new research project follows on from her previous research and can also place the contemporary historical phenomenon of prostitution in Tbilisi in a larger historical context.

The research project aims to investigate four processes in more detail. 1. discussions and processes of decriminalisation and recriminalisation and legal protection of prostitutes (in Tbilisi since the end of the 1980s until today); 2. Social and cultural (self-) localisations of prostitutes in the urban order and space of Tbilisi; 3. New institutional arrangements as a result of negotiation processes of different local actors such as associations, NGOs, the city of Tbilisi and the Orthodox Church; and 4. The interplay between local and global constellations and actors.

Her current research project is titled: Prostitution in Tbilisi. Marginalization and Empowerment of Prostitutes in moral Discourses und urban Practice in the 20iest und early 21st century (2018-2021)