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Georgian Foodways
Global Pathways/Local Contexts

Although Georgia is only about the size of West Virginia, the tiny country is home to several distinct cultures. Each of these cultures has contributed to Georgia's legendary culinary traditions and many have developed their own variations of dishes now often collectively known as "Georgian."

On this unique travel seminar, you will spend two weeks in an interdisciplinary exploration of Georgian national identity and history through its national cuisine. Using a variety of critical academic approaches, explore issues like climate change and state agricultural policies within the context of such issues as food security, the place of food in social justice and ethnic identity, and the role of Georgian foodways in the current global tourism economy. 

Learn the history, preparation, and traditions of regional dishes that make up Georgian cuisine: khinkali, khachapuri, lobio, suluguni, satsivi, and others while giving special attention to Georgian viniculture (winemaking) and viticulture (grape growing). Vegetarians and even vegans are welcome - while Georgian cuisine offers many tasty meat dishes, it also abounds in dishes that are meat-free and high-protien (from beans, dairy, and nuts). This travel seminar includes most meals so as to fully introduce you to the diverse, rich, traditions of Georgia's foodways. 

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- Dates and Costs -

Summer: $2,800
June 16 - June 29, 2019 (Apply by May 15, 2019)
2018: As enrollment in this program has so far been exclusively alumni and other not needing credit, it will run as a non-credit program.

Add this program to any SRAS RSL program at a reduced rate.


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- Curriculum -

REES 390: Georgian Foodways
Students will be assigned several readings before their arrival to Georgia to prepare them for class discussions on the relevant issues. For convenience, travel will begin and end in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. Currently planned stops include: Mtskheta, one of the oldest cities of Georgia; Sighnaghi, known for its ancient wine traditions (since the 5th Century BC) and for its khinkali (traditional meat dumplings); Borjomi, a resort town in a picturesque gorge whose unique mineral waters are now bottled and are so famous that they are Georgia's number one export product; Akhalkalaki, a city mostly populated by Armenians, where we will meet with local people to discuss everyday life of ethniс minorities and explore Armenian foodways; Svaneti, a mountainous province known for winter sports, hiking trails through striking landscapes, and "Svan salt," an traditional mix of spices that can be added to almost anything to enhance flavors; and, lastly, Batumi, Georgia's the second largest city and a Black Sea resort town. It is the capital of Adjaria, home to the famed Adjarian Khatchapuri, a bread filled with cheese and butter, with an egg baked into its center that can be eaten at any meal. 


- Housing and Hosting -

Students will be accommodated in guest houses while on this program. All least two meals per day will be included.

This program is hosted by The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and the staff of SRAS partner, NovaMova Language School.


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Program Details

*Costs: Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, pre-departure materials, local orientation, accommodations in home stay or guest houses, health and accident insurance, round-trip airport transfers, in-country travel while on program, approximately two meals per day, all transport costs in Georgia, and in-country support.

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