From the left: Alexandre Kukhianidze (TSU), Revaz Tchantouria, Karina Vamling, Jean Hudson, Nana Janashia, Revaz Diasamidze
Prof. Jean Hudson and Ass.prof Lali Tavadze
Meeting at the Department of European Studies
In front of Batumi Shota Rustaveli University (from the left: Nana Janashia, Nino Dolidze, Alexandre Kukhianidze (TSU) and Revaz Diasamidze)
On October 26 Malmö University researchers Karina Vamling, Jean Hudson and Revaz Tchantouria visited Batumi Shota Rustaveli University (https://bsu.edu.ge/). During the contact visit they met with colleagues Lali Tavadze at the Dept. of European Studies, Rector’s advisor Revaz Diasamidze at the Dept. of Public Affairs and Political Studies and Nino Dolidze, Head of Press Service of Batumi University.
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
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).
Welcome 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.
Prof. Bo Petersson, Malmö University, visited the Circassian Cultural Center in Tbilisi together with Prof. Karina Vamling.
At the meeting with Director of the Circassian Center, prof Merab Chukhua they discussed recent pubications and prospects for future workshops and other activities.
Сегодня в ЧКЦ состоялась встреча с Бо Петерсоном
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.
Prof. 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.
Abkhaz is one of the languages targeted in the research project LUNDIC “Lund Digital Atlas of Language and Culture” (http://project2.sol.lu.se/lundic/). Prof. Teimuraz Gvantseladze at the Institute for Abkhazology, Sokhumi State University (Georgia) http://sou.edu.ge/index.php discusses the process of data collection and the upcoming workshop with prof. Karina Vamling.
We often think about the Caucasus as the crossroads of Asia and Europe. Add another ancient road to this: Africa! At archealogical excavations in Dmanisi 1.75 million years old Hominid remains have been discovered. (reconstructions below).
As noted in the UNESCO World Heritage description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5225/), this is the earliest Hominid remains beyond Africa.
Visit Dmanisi: http://dmanisi.ge/?lang=en
Dmanisi is located 85 kilometers south-west of Tbilisi. The site includes remains from the most ancient period of settlement as well as later stone, bronze and historical Middle ages.