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Seminarreihe des Arbeitsbereichs Ökonomie am IOS

Zeit: Dienstag, 13.30–15.00 Uhr
Ort: Leibniz-Institut für Ost-und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS); vorerst online via Zoom, Link wird mit den Einladungen verschickt!

Forschungslabor: „Geschichte und Sozialanthropologie Südost‐ und Osteuropas“

Zeit: Donnerstag, 14–16 Uhr (Lehrstuhl) oder 16–18 Uhr (Graduiertenschule und Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus)
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 017)

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Liana Kupreishvili

Department of History
Research Associate


Tel.: 0941-943-5474
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Current research project: Prostitution in Tbilisi. Marginalization and Empowerment of Prostitutes in moral Discourses und urban Practice in the 20iest und early 21st century (2018-2021)


Doctoral Project: Hidden voices: marginal groups of Tbilisi in the beginning XX century (1888-1917)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Oliver Reisner

Prostitution grew visible in Georgia by the second half of the 19th century and particularly after its legalization in the Russian Empire in 1843. This visibility was manifested by institutions like the one created by Nadzor which initiated the medical examination procedures and registration of Unamuso (street prostitutes) in Dukhans and the gardens of Tbilisi districts. Since research about marginal groups in Tbilisi during the rulership of imperial Russia is scarce, this work will analyze the origins and development of prostitution in Georgia primarily in Pre-Revolutionary Tbilisi. Historically, discussions related to women's sexuality and its manifestation within the boundaries of the Georgian society have caused irreconcilable reactions over the centuries. Thus, this research will further aim to explore this area by asking: who were those marginalized groups? How humans and urban spaces were marginalized? The work presents the materials of everyday life of prostitutes in Georgia, their interaction with neighbors, police and the dimmed space behind shuttered windows. Through these dynamics, the study will highlight the moral panic caused by the clash of traditional Georgian values and modern liberal thought. Throughout the dissertation, historical materialism, feminist theories and moral panic theory will be used as tools in proposed work. The thesis will lastly reveals and examines the previously unknown facts of the instrumentalities of gender in urban relations in the nineteenth century in Tbilisi and analyzes socio-sexual relations, the meaning of "political sexuality" and love.