Oslo’s Caucasological traditions

IMG_0591 - version 2Maka Tetradze, PhD Candidate at Chikobava Institute of Linguistics and visiting researcher at Malmö University,  and Prof. Karina Vamling (Malmö University) have visited archives in Oslo, an active center for research on the languages of the Caucasus in the mid 1920s up to the beginning of the 1980s. For several decades the Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture in Oslo hosted a programme on Caucasology. The most prominent researchers were prof. Hans Vogt (1903-1986), Alf Sommerfelt (1892-1965) and later Fridrik Thordarson (1928-2005), who were also working at Oslo University. Prof. Hans Vogt is most known as the author of “Dictionnaire de la langue oubykh” (1963) and “Grammaire de la langue géorgienne” (1971), whereas Prof. Alf Sommerfelt focused on North-East Caucasian Languages and Fridrik Thordarson devoted most of his research to Ossetic.

Collaboration with Circassian Cultural Center

thumbnailProf. Merab Chukhua met with Karina Vamling and Revaz Tchantouria (Malmö University) at Circassian Cultural Center in Tbilisi.

Several issues were discussed – a forthcoming joint event at the Center in June and a project application to a Swedish research foundation.

Furthermore, Karina Vamling met with two Georgian PhD candidates, who will spend the academic year 2016/2017  on Erasmus Mundus scholarships at the Section for Caucasus Studies at Malmö University.


Conference – Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic Way

IMG_0562Prof. Karina Vamling (Malmö University) attended the conference Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic Way, organised by Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic Forum IMG_0546 (1)at Nato Liason Office Georgia on April 19, 2016.

One of the speakes at the one-day conference was Laura Thornton, senior director at National Democratic Institute (NDI), who presented results from the recent public opinion poll in Georgia that notes high support for Nato and EU (https://www.ndi.org/March-2016-Public-Opinion-Issues-Press-Release-Georgia).

IMG_0542The conference was attended by politicians, diplomats and researches. Among the participants – to the left: Professors Valentina Teosa (Moldova State University, Interntional Relations Department), Karina Vamling and Alexandre Kukhianidze (Tbilisi State University, Department of Political Science).