Silence as a Narrator: The Case of the Georgian History Textbooks
Guranda Bursulaia, PhD Candidate at Free University in Tbilisi (Georgia) and Swedish Institute visiting researcher at Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, will give the presentation: “Silence as a Narrator: The Case of the Georgian History Textbooks” at the Caucasus Studies web & campus seminar on May 7.
Where: Glocal Classroom C0502 (http://bit.ly/2UKX1fg), 5th floor, Niagara Building. Please, write to firstname.lastname@example.org in case you are interested in following the seminar online. When: 15.15–17.00, May 7.
The seminar is about the construction of collective memory about the 1992-1993 war in Abkhazia in the Georgian school history textbooks. Guranda will discuss the transformation of the textbooks throughout the last 25 years marked with major political and social changes in the country. Besides, silencing, as an instrument of major narrative formation, and masterminds behind it will be analyzed using the example of the Georgian textbooks.
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.
A group of students following the course “Caucasus Field and Case Studies” this spring have presented their project reports.
The title of Shane’s project was “Tbilisi Flood Disaster 2015. How social media is influencing disaster response and recovery in Georgia“, based on his field work. Jeanne was interested in the development of relations between Georgians and Abkhazians after the 2008 war. Jacques’s research project work centered around gender studies and the position of women in the South Caucasus. Björn conducted fieldwork in Batumi and presented his interview study “Muslims in Ajara. Identity, belonging and marginalization”. Clayton went to Ingushetia in North Caucasus for his field study: “Promotion of Tourism in Ingushetia Rebranding the Branded”.
Many thanks to Mikale Rundberg who helped us with the technical side of the semianr and presenations.
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 email@example.com (external participants)
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.
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)
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
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.
Welcome to our Web/campus seminar at Caucasus Studies, Malmö University: March 8 2016. Hamed Kazemzadeh, Senior researcher at the Center for East European Studies at University of Warsaw, will give a presentation at our seminar at, 3.15 pm (Swedish time), on the topic Georgian and Circassian immigrants in Persia and their current situation.