Welcome to our next web/campus seminar: “Circassian refugees from Syria” on March 29.
Introduction by Dr. Lars Funch Hansen, Section for Caucasus Studies. Presentation by Sola Zakaria, herself a recent refugee from Syria, followed by discussion with participation of representatives from the new Circassian diaspora in Sweden.
- When: 15.15, March 29
- Where: Studio on the 5th floor, C0502 (Niagara)
Most of the Circassians in North Caucasus were displaced to the Ottoman Empire in the 1860s, following the Russian military expansion in the Caucasus. The largest Circassian diaspora is found in Turkey, but large groups live in many courtries of the Middle East. Before the war, an estimated 100,000 Circassians lived in Syria. Today, many Circassians have been displaced once more and have found refuge in different countries, including Sweden
(Map source: https://www.pinterest.se/hg184/circassian-history-and-archeology/)
A memorial conference celebrating the 130 anniversary of Prof. Akaki Shanidze, one of the most prominent specialists on the Georgian language, was organized at Tbilisi State University on February 27-28. link
A joint paper by Maka Tetradze – former visiting PhD candidate to Malmö University – and Karina Vamling was included in the program and book of abstracts: https://www.tsu.ge/data/image_db_innova/shanidze.programa.Tezisebi.pdf
ჰანს ფოგტის ქართველოლოგიურიკვლევის დასაწყისი და აკაკი შანიძე (p. 12). The topic of the paper is Hans Vogt’s early kartvelological studies and Akaki Shanidze.
Caucasus Studies web & campus seminar on February 28, 3.30 pm (Swedish time) presents Dr. David Matsaberidze, who will give a paper on the topic: “Pro-Western and Pro-Russian Tendencies in Georgia’s Foreign Policy”
David Matsaberidze is Assistant professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Social and Political Science, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
3.30 pm (Swedish time)
Campus seminar – Niagara building C0502. http://blogg.mah.se/caucasusstudies/about-us/contact/
Web seminar – for Caucasus Studies students & staff: LIVE Lecture & live chat
Follow the seminar online at: http://blogg.mah.se/caucasusstudies/video/
Agil Valiyev (Odlar Yurdu University, Baku) and Elnur Aliyev (Tbilisi State University), both Erasmus Mundus PhD candidates at the Section for Caucasus Studies in Malmö, have recently published conference papers. Congratulations!
Elnur Aliyev (left) published a conference paper on the North Caucasian Dagestan language Budukh: “Genetic Map of the Budukh Nation”, in the section “Regional Cultures and its Researchers” at the VI International Scientific Conference, January 25-26, Prague, pp. 38-47.
The title of Agil Valiyev‘s (right) publication is “The understanding of cultural diplomacy, its history and Azerbaijan model” at the same conference but in the section “Informatization and Features of the Development of Dialogue between Cultures”, pp. 58-66.
Katrine Gotfredsen, Senior lecturer in Caucasus Studies (Malmö University), is giving the paper “Soviet, National, Local? Representations and perceptions of Joseph Stalin as a political and cultural figure in Gori” at the colloquium Representations and Identities in Georgia in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
February 15-17, 2017. Historisches Kolleg, München.
In this paper, I explore official attempts at re-signifying Stalin in his birth-town Gori in order to tally with post Rose Revolution political visions and re-assessments of the (national) past. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in 2010 and 2011, and drawing on the case of the removal of the Stalin Monument and an effort to reframe the town’s Stalin Museum, I flesh out some of the local responses and attitudes to this effort, and to Stalin as a political and cultural figure in a wider sense.
A workshop was held on November 24-25 at the Section for Caucasus Studies (Malmö University), with support from the research platform RUCARR. The focus of the workshop was to discuss perspectives on fieldwork in the Caucasus during the period shortly before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Participants in the workshop were (photo, from the left) Märta-Lisa Magnusson, Søren Theisen, Lars Funch Hansen, Helen Krag and Karina Vamling, who all conducted research in different parts of the Caucasus during this period of transition (Ib Faurby and Vibeke Sperling were not present at the workshop).
Welcome to attend historian Søren Theisen‘s open lecture on the theme “North Caucasian defence towers in Georgia“.
The event is organized jointly with the research platform “Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research” (RUCARR) at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University.
Photo: Søren Theisen.
Members of the team working on Caucasian languages in the database project Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistics (earlier called Lundic) had a working session at the Circassian Cultural Center in Tbilisi (not all members were present). The project is based at Linguistics, Lund University (Sweden). Project leader: Gerd Carling. More information about the project.
On the photo below: (from the left) Teimuraz Gvantseladze, Revaz Tchantouria, Karina Vamling, Merab Chukhua, Maka Tetradze. Tamuna Lomadze.
Rector of Tbilisi State University, Dr. Giorgi Sharvashidze (second from the right) met today with Prof. Karina Vamling (Caucasus Studies, Malmö University), Prof. Stephen Jones (to the left), Mount Holyoke College, and Prof. Alexandre Kukhianidze (to the right), Tbilisi State University. Topics during the meeting were research cooperation and staff & student exchange.
At an information meeting about funding for study and research visits to Sweden for Georgian PhD Candidates and MA students – with prof Karina Vamling, Revaz Tchantouria (Malmö University) and prof Merab Chukhua (Circassian Cultural Centre, Tbilisi)
Programmes – Erasmus Mundus Ember, last additional call (https://emecw.gis.lu.se/info.aspx?oid=371042) and the Swedish Institute Visby Programme (https://eng.si.se/…/scholarships-and-grants/visby-programme/)