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.
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.
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…
Senior lecturer Märta-Lisa Magnusson, Caucasus Studies (Malmö University) delivered key points and concluding remarks by at the Seminar on State and Society Building in Georgia: Context and Challenges in Copenhagen September 28.
The event was organized by: Europe Foundation (Georgia), link and The Danish Foreign Policy Society, Copenhagen, link
Among the presenters were Dr. Anna Dolidze, Parliamentary Secretary of the President of Georgia, Prof. Daniel Tarschys, University of Stockholm and member of the Europe Foundation board, Erik Høeg (below to the left on the photo), Deputy Head of European Monitoring Mission (EUMM), David Lee, (to the right, below) President of Magticom and chairman of the board.
Several of the lecturers and exchange PhD Candidates from Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, attended the seminar (from the left on the photo below): Giorgi Omsarashvili, Elnur Aliyev, Katrine Gotfredsen, Märta-Lisa Magnusson, Karina Vamling, Tinatin Gvenetadze.
The conference Gelenek ve Gelecek. Türkiye Çerekeslerinin Günsel Sorunlari (Tradition and Future) was organized by Kafkas Dernekleri Federasyonu in Ankara on May 13. The second session focused on Circassian linguistic issues and how to teach Circassian and other minority languages in Turkey. This includes the development of study materials for the teaching of Circassian as an elective school subject (photo to the right).
On the photo above, Prof. Karina Vamling, Section for Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, together with co-panelists Assist. Prof. Dr. Yasemin Oral (above, to the left), Istanbul University Hasan Ali Yucel, and Ass. Prof. Sinem Vatanartiran (above, to the right), Bahçeşehir University. Photo below: preparing for the panel.
The time in Ankara included a visit together with Muhittin Unal and Erol Taymaz to the head-quarters of the organisation Kafkas Dernekleri Federasyonu, that had recently moved to a new address in the picturesque old town.
The centre holds an impressive library with Circassian and other North Caucasian books on different topics and in many languages.
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).
An international conference dedicated to the 110th anniversary of Prof Giorgi Rogava was organised by the Circassian Cultural Center in Tbilisi on December 12-13 2015. Prof Giorgi Rogava was an outstanding specialist on the Circassian language and the author of numerous works on this language. The theme of the conference was Issue of ethnic identity of Zichis/Jikis and Zichia/Jiketi in the history of Georgia (link). Read more about the opening of the conference, link.
Karina Vamling, Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, held a short opening speech and read the paper In Circassian captivity in 1845. From the Swedish doctor C.G. Fagergren’s memoirs.
Photos by Karina Vamling and Mariam Bezhitashvili.
The International Kartvelological Congress was held in Tbilisi on November 10-14, 2015. It was organized by the Georgian Acacemy of Sciences, Tbilisi State University and the Georgian Patriarchate.
Prof Karina Vamling, Caucasus Studies (Malmö University) participated with the paper “These wine wells are just as good as the old Goths’ vats of mead” – historic-ethnographical materials on Georgia in early Swedish newspapers.
Professor Karina Vamling participates in the 1st International Caucasus University Association (CUA) Conference on Endangered Languages, organized in Ardahan, Turkey, by Caucasus University Association, Ardahan University. Dates: October 13-16, 2014.
The title of her paper is “Internet as a tool for language development and maintenance?”, where she discusses Megrelian as a case in point.