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.

 

New publication: Endangered Languages of the Caucasus and Beyond

Recently published: Endangered Languages of the Caucasus and Beyond, edited by Ramazan Korkmaz and Gürkan Doğan. Brill Publishing , 2016.

The volume is based on the 2014 International CUA Conference on Endangered Languages, organized by the Caucasus University Association (CUA) at Ardahan University, Turkrey. Prof. Karina Vamling, Malmö University, contributes with an article on Megrelian.
Read more about the publication:
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/…/9789004328693;jse…

Exploring the Caucasus in the late 1980s and early 1990s

img_1555 A workshop was held on November 24-25 at the Section for Caucasus Studies (Malmö University), with support from the research platform RUCARR. The focus of the workshop was to discuss perspectives on fieldwork in the Caucasus during the period shortly before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Participants in the workshop were (photo, from the left) Märta-Lisa Magnusson, Søren Theisen, Lars Funch Hansen, Helen Krag and Karina Vamling, who all conducted research in different parts of the Caucasus during this period of transition (Ib Faurby and Vibeke Sperling were not present at the workshop).fem

Open lecture on defence towers in Georgia

the-tower-at-parsma_-768x576Welcome to attend historian Søren Theisen‘s open lecture on the theme “North Caucasian defence towers in Georgia“.

The event is organized jointly with the research platform “Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research” (RUCARR) at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University.

Photo: Søren Theisen.