As the weeks in early-Summer are progressing steadily, the next Marshrutka Workshop in Germany is approaching. From 5th to 9th of July 2017 13 Members of the marshutka-team will be travelling to Berlin to meet up and share a welcome dinner in the evening of 5th.
The actual Conference will take place just north of Berlin in the lovely little town Meseberg throughout July 6th-7th.
Focus will mainly be on the progress of PhD-Students, Cholpon Turdalieva, Darkhan Medeuov, Mikheil Svanidze, Rustam Abdunazarov and Tonio Weicker.  Florian Mühlfried, will hold a Keynote about: Sharing and Not-Sharing Beyond Public Transportation – A Perspective from Social Anthropology. The project coordinator Wladimir Sgibnev and post-doctoral researcher Lela Rekhviashvili will also present their co-authored paper on Informal transport workers and political logic(s) of governing mobility: The Marshrutka mobility phenomenon in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

On the final day of the workshop, the Marshrutka team will meet representatives of “Bürgerbus” and learn of this unique public transport that relies on unpaid volunteers for most of its tasks. In the afternoon we’ll join the “Bürgerbus” summer festival in Gransee.

Conference in Georgia – Pictures

Meanwhile you can see some pictures from the last Marshrutka workshop, held in Telavi, Georgia, during January 18-20, 2017. We thank Chiara Dazi for an insightful photography workshop and the keynote Giorgi Babunashvili for teaching us of the transformation of public transport in Tbilisi for more than a century.

(Almost) the whole team.
(Almost) the whole team

 

No Georgian feast goes without argument, and no argument goes without hand gestures.
No Georgian feast goes without argument, and no argument goes without hand gestures.

 

Renewed Cable Cars in Tbilisi – only the design is from 1960-70s, but the cars are constructed recently, or so they say.
Renewed Cable Cars in Tbilisi – only the design is from 1960-70s, but the cars are constructed recently, or so they say.

 

Emil Nasritdinov trying to work during the break. Unclear if the picture of Georgian King Erekle the Second was encouraging or distracting.
Emil Nasritdinov trying to work during the break. Unclear if the picture of Georgian King Erekle the Second was encouraging or distracting.

 

At an abandoned train station in Telavi.
At an abandoned train station in Telavi.

Lela Rekhviashvili, Henri Schauer                                                                                               28th of June, 2017

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