Informing about calls for MA and PhD scholarships

14856028_1237731806283981_1315001442145557684_o-kopia-1At 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/)

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Visit from the Swedish Institute

img_1038-1Markus Boman and Madeleine Mattsson from the Swedish Institute visited the Section for Caucasus Studies (Malmö University) on September 20. Programme manager Markus Boman (to the right on the photo) gave a presentation about the Visby programme and interesting new developments in the coming year.

The programme includes a number of different types of scholarships (both to and from Sweden) for students, researchers and experts and targets the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine.

Summer time and exchange PhD candidates

IMG_0771-2Summer has begun and this means saying goodbye to our exchange PhD candidates: Maka Tetradze (from Tbilisi State University; Erasmus Mundus program) and Natallia Paulovich (from Polish Academy of Sciences; Swedish Institute scholarship program).

Here we are gathered  on the rooftop garden of the faculty building Niagara. It has been great having you at the Section for Caucasus Studies!

Center for Caucasus Studies at Øresund University – 10 years

We have an environment of competence on the Caucasus region on both sides of the Øresund strait between Denmark and Sweden that dates back for several decades. There are probably few regions where so many researchers were interested in the Caucasus at such an early date, long before the collapse of the Soviet Union – Ib Faurby, Helen Krag, Lars Funch Hansen, Märta-Lisa Magnusson, Vibeke Sperling, Søren Theisen, Karina Vamling, to mention some.

They conducted field research in the Caucasus already in the 1980s and 1990s, closely following the development in  the region: the struggle for independence and democracy, through wars and ethnopolitical conflicts. In November 2005 the “Center for Caucasus Studies at Øresund University” was founded as a platform and research network (http://www.caucasusstudies.org/center/activities/founding-meeting-in-2005.html). On the basis of this collaboration the first Caucasus Studies courses were developed at Malmö University (https://youtu.be/-khXAXXP1jI).

Photos from the anniversary workshop and seminar on November 26, 2015.

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Workshop: Sochi one year on

Sochi One Year On: Workshop on the Aftermath of the Winter Olympics of 2014

Malmö, Sweden, 12-13 February 2015MAH_ENG_CMYK_300dpi
Organizers: Bo Petersson & Karina Vamling, Malmö University
Venue: Malmö City Museum, Linnaeus Room

workshopThursday 12 February
Alexandra Yatsyk (Kazan/Tartu): Abrading Russia’s sovereignty: from Sochi 2014 to the World Cup 2018
Martin Müller (Zürich): Value for money? Costs and benefits of the most expensive Games ever
Lars Funch Hansen (Copenhagen): Impressions after two field-visits to the Sochi Black Sea coast during 2014: Circassians and ethno-tourism

Friday, 13 February
Bo Petersson & Karina Vamling (Malmö): Fifteen Minutes Long Gone: The Circassians after Sochi
Sergei Akopov (St. Petersburg): Sochi-2014: how Olympics became a magnifier and source of competing symbolic politics
Concluding discussion

(Funding: Åke Wiberg Foundation and Malmö University)