Caucasus Studies at Frankfurt Book Fair

New publication – Basque–Georgian-Russian Dictionary

Congratulations to Dr. Revaz Tchantouria, Caucasus Studies at Malmö University, who has published a Basque–Georgian-Russian Dictionary. The book was on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair October 11-14, 2018, in a series of dictionaries published by Saba Publishers, Tbilisi. The Basque-Georgian-Russian Dictionary is edited by Prof. Merab Chukhua and has been published with kind support from Prof Marina Beridze. At the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair, Georgia was the “Guest of Honour”, and  books from Georgia were widely exhibited at the Fair.

Apart from the trilingual dictionary, the Basque–Georgian-Russian Dictionary includes a grammar sketch of Basque and a Georgian index.

 

Kartvelological Congress at the Georgian Academy of Sciences

On September 26-29 the Georgian Academy of Sciences organized the II International Kartvelological Congress, celebrating ‘100 years of Tbilisi State University’, with sections on language, history, archeology, literature, art etc. It was opened by the President of the Academy, Prof. Giorgi Kvesitadze.

pptProf. Karina Vamling, Malmö University, gave the plenary presentation: ‘A Swedish travelogue from a journey to Georgia in 1920’ about the book Min dotters bröllopsresa till Kaukasien (My daughter’s wedding trip to the Caucasus, in Swedish) by Hugo Wachtmeister.

Two presentations  that could be mentioned from the Linguistics’ session were given by Prof. Alice C. Harris (Massachusetts, USA): ‘Why Linguists Love the Georgian Language’ and Dr Alessandro Maria Bruni ( Venice, Italy): The Old Georgian tradition of the book of Esther and its value for the criticism of the Bible’.

Fall semester 2018

The fall semester 2018 started with an introductory web seminar today for the new students of Caucasus Studies.

We are happy to welcome our visiting PhD candidate from Free University in Tbilisi, Guranda Bursulaia (to the left), who has come on a grant from the Swedish Institute. It’s great to have Samir Salimzade and Henrik Odden (back row, to the left) joining Caucasus Studies as interns this fall.

Natallia Paulovich defended her PhD thesis

Warm congratulations to Natallia Paulovich, former visiting PhD candidate at Caucasus Studies, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation Women’s Position in the Context of Socio-Cultural Changes in Western Georgia from the Perspective of the Anthropology of Food today, June 20 2018.

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences.

Photo: Natallia is presenting her research at a Caucasus Studies seminar, Malmö University, during her research visit in 2016.

 

Ongoing work on “Audio/Video Archive of the Budukh Language”

Today’s Caucasus seminar was special. PhD Candidate Elnur Aliyev gave a presention to colleagues of Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, and Linguistics at Lund University about ongoing work on his project “Audio/Video Archive of the Budukh Language.

Elnur is soon returning to Tbilisi State University after two years at Malmö University (thanks to funding from Erasmus Mundus and the Swedish Institute).

We look forward contunued cooperation and wish Elnur good luck in his thesis work and other ongoing projects on endangered Dagestani languages.

Seminars: Declarations of Independence in the Caucasus – 100 years

RUCARR and Caucasus Studies, Malmö University (Sweden) are celebrating the 100 years’ Anniversary of the Declarations of Independence in the Caucasus on May 22 with participation from all three South Caucasian republics – Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Sign up by tomorrow, May 17. Welcome!
Programme and sign-up link: http://wpmu.mah.se/rucarr/2018/05/15/preliminary-programme-100-years-anniversary-seminar/

 

Visit to TSU Department of Caucasology

During Tbilisi University’s Anniversary conference, Prof. Karina Vamling and Dr. Revaz Tchantouria, Malmö University, were invited to meet Head of Department, Prof. Tsira Baramidze, and other colleagues at the Department of Caucasology.

Congratulations to Tbilisi State University – 100 years

Tbilisi State University, named after Ivane Javakhishvili, one of its founders, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The establishment of a Georgian national university in 1918 during the short period of independence after the Russian revolution and before the Bolshevik takeover was of huge importance for the development of science and culture in Georgia.

 

 

 

Media comments on the conference ‘Circassians in the 21st century’

The conference “Circassians in the 21st century: Survival and Identity – in the homeland and diaspora”, hosted by RUCARR and the Section for Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, received attention on some news sites and blogs:

November 23
Circassian Culture Center – Черкесский (Адыгский) Культурный Центр участвует на встречах в Швеции. Read the article

November 24
Кавказ.РеалииЧеркесская конференция проходит в Швеции. Read the article.

November 25
Caucasus Times – Итоги конференции в Швеции: Черкесский этикет и язык сохранят черкесов в 21 веке. Read the article

November 26
Adyg Afisha/Адыгэ мэкъэгъэIу – Адыгэ лъэпкъым фэгъэхьыгъэ шIэныгъэ зэхахьэ Швецием щыкIуагъ. Read the article

November 26
NatPress – Итоги конференции в Швеции: Черкесский этикет и язык сохранят черкесов в 21 веке. Read the article

November 29
Кавказ.Реалии – Веха в черкесоведении. Read the article