Maka 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.
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.
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).
The 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).
Congratulations to Emil Edenborg, who defended his doctoral thesis “Nothing more to see: contestations of belonging and visibility in Russian media” today (Lund University & Malmö Univeristy, April 8, 2016).
One of the case studies in the dissertation is Caucasus-related – Sochi: The nation on display
More info: https://dspace.mah.se/handle/2043/20224
Online courses Caucasus Studies I and II (Fall 2016) are open for application – deadline April 15!
– No tuition fee for EU students.
– Instruction in English.
– Flexible: no mandatory meetings on campus.
– Web/campus seminars – see video
More info and application: http://www.mah.se/caucasusstudies/courses