The Budukhs – photo exhibition and documentary film

Welcome to the opening of a photo exhibition and the screening of a short documentary film about the homeland of the Budukhs, a North Caucasian minority group in the mountains of northern Azerbaijan.
When: May 23, 1 pm
Where: Niagara building 8th floor (0826)

The film project “Homeland” about the Budukhs was created by Orkhan Hajiyev.
The photo exhibition is based on photos by three photographers: Zaur Mirzayev, Taleh Valehov, Elnur Aliyev

Organiser of the event: Exchange PhD Candidate Elnur Aliyev (contact: elnur.vugarli@gmail.com).

Prominent political analyst and journalist Vibeke Sperling dies in Copenhagen

The mournful news has reached us that Vibeke Sperling, a prominent Danish journalist, political analyst and writer has passed away in Copenhagen on 13 May.  As a foreign correspondent to Moscow for leading Danish newspapers and later the Danish Radio she reported on the final years of the Soviet Empire and post-Soviet developments in the newly independent states. She travelled extensively to the Caucasus and wrote numerous articles and a book based on personal observations and experiences about the complexities of the Russia-Chechnya conflict. 

We have lost an excellent specialist on post-Soviet Russia and an irreplaceable source of knowledge about developments in post- Soviet North Caucasus. We have also lost a dear and highly esteemed colleague and a friend of Caucasus Studies at Malmö University. 

Märta-Lisa Magnusson         

 

Photo: Märta-Lisa Magnusson

Planning visit to Tbilisi University

 

Students conducting fieldstudies

Students following this semester’s course “Caucasus Field and Case Studies” are returning from fieldwork. The course includes individual project work and students are encouraged to conduct this in the Caucasus region.

The photo to the left shows Shane, returning from Tbilisi (with his family), where he was studing the 2015 flooding catastrophy that, among other things, effected the city zoo and nearby areas.

 

Clayton (to the right) selected the North Caucasian republic of Ingushetia as his fieldwork site (holding the republic’s flag on the photo).

 

Björn went to the Black Sea city of Batumi in Georgia to conduct his study, and is seen with some of the city’s spectacular modern buildings.

 

 

Read more about the course: http://edu.mah.se/en/Course/IM115L

 

Seminar on recent archaelogical findings in Azerbaijan and the Medieval Town of Agsu

Next web/campus seminar will  be devoted to recent archaelogical findings in Azerbaijan. Prof. Fariz Khalilli at the Social Organization in Support of Studying of Cultural Heritage (MIRAS) will give the the presentation: Recent archaeological research in Azerbaijan and the Medieval Town of Agsu.

Photo: Prof. Fariz Khalilli at the excavations

Welcome to the seminar on April 26, 3.15 pm (Swedish time)

Campus: Niagara C0502
Web: Live Lecture (Malmö University)
Web: Sign up at caucasus.studies@mah.se (external participants)

More info

During independence years numerous archaeological expeditions have been carried out by researches in various regions of Azerbaijan in collaboration with researchers from Europe, America and Asian countries, studying different periods of history (Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Antique and Middle Ages).

The Agsu Archaeological Expedition explored settlements and necropolis of four historical sites of the Agsu region, i.e. Nargizava (4th century B.C. – 6th century A.D.), Mehravan (3-8th centuries), Shikhmazid (13-17th centuries) and Agsu (18th century) in 2010-2015.

Circassian refugees from Syria

Web/campus seminar “Circassian refugees from Syria” on March 29. Introduction by Dr. Lars Funch Hansen, Section for Caucasus Studies.

Presentation by Sola-Samar 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)

Short background
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

 

 

Participating in memorial conference for Akaki Shanidze

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.

Seminar on Pro-Western and Pro-Russian Tendencies in Georgia’s Foreign Policy

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.

When
3.30 pm (Swedish time)

Where
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/

New publications by Erasmus Mundus PhD Candidates

 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 is participating in Caucasus Studies colloquium in Munich

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.