Visit to Yerevan State University

In the framework of the SI project “New Horizons of Internationalization” a group from Malmö University visited Yerevan State University, together with partners from the universities from Batumi, Odessa and Balti – summing up the year’s work on how to strengthen and find new approaches to internationalization in education and research. Project leader Dr. Tom Nilsson, Dept. of GPS.

Seminar on May 7 with Guranda Bursulaia

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.

Welcome!

Where: Glocal Classroom C0502 (http://bit.ly/2UKX1fg), 5th floor, Niagara Building. Please, write to caucasus.studies@mau.se 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.

 

 

Roundtable discussion on translating Georgian and Swedish literature

A roundtable discussion with translators of Georgian literature into Swedish and Swedish literature into Georgian was organized on March 7. Panel participants:

  • Dr. Manana Kock Kobaidze, Senior lecturer in Georgian, Malmö University, and also translator and writer
  • Dimitri Gogolashvili, based in Tbilisi and working as a translator in Swedish/Georgian
  • Tamara Tchikovani, based in Sweden and working as a translator in Swedish/Georgian, specializing on children’s literature and Astrid Lindgren
  • Kristian Carlsson, publisher (at publishing house Smockadoll) and writer, translator English/Swedish and also working on translations from Georgian into Swedish.

The discussion was moderted by Teresa Tomasevic, Malmö University

Seminar on Georgian literature

Welcome to a seminar on Georgian literature –
Due to unforeseen circumstances the first part of the seminar has been rescheduled to March 6:

– March 6, 15.00-16.00
Part I Kakhaber Loria’s guest lecture
– March 7, 15.15-16.30
Part II Roundtable on Georgian/Swedish literary translations

Prof. Kakhaber Loria, Tbilisi Sate University, will give a guest lecture on central lines of development in the Georgian literature from earlier periods up to today,  followed by a round-table discussion with translators of Georgian literature into Swedish and Swedish literature into Georgian (the seminar will be held in Swedish/Norwegian).

(1)  Gästföreläsning med Prof. Kakhaber Loria. Hovedlinjer i den georgiske literaere prossesen fra de eldste tider til og med dagens literatur. Kakhaber Loria är professor i litteraturvetenskap och ledare av Centret för skandinaviska studier vid Tbilisis statliga universitetet (TSU)

(2)  Rundabordssamtal kring georgisk litteratur i Sverige och svensk litteratur i Georgien.
I samtalet deltager Dimitri Gogolashvili, Manana Kock Kobaidze, Tamara Tchikovani och Kristian Carlsson, alla verksamma som översättare av skönlitteratur mellan georgiska och svenska. Samtalet kommer att hållas på svenska/norska. Moderator: Teresa Tomasevic.

  • Dr. Manana Kock Kobaidze, universitetslektor i georgiska vid Malmö universitet, författare och översättare 
  • Dimitri Gogolashvili, verksam som översättare mellan bl a svenska/georgiska
  • Tamara Tchikovani, verksam som översättare mellan svenska/georgiska
  • Kristian Carlsson, förläggare och verksam som översättare mellan bl a svenska/georgiska

Plats: Niagara vån 10, C1029 (Nordenskiöldsgatan 1)
Tid: Del 1. mars 6, 15.00-16.00
Tid: Del 2. mars 7, 15.15-16.30 (externa deltagare: 15.00 vid Receptionen på bottenvån)
Anmälan till Teresa Tomasevic senast mars 6 kl 12 (teresa.tomasevic@mau.se)

Evenemangen ordnas i samband med lärarutbyte inom ett Linnaeus-Palme-projekt för samarbete mellan Centret för skandinaviska studier vid Tbilisiuniversitetet och Svenska som andraspråk samt Kaukasusstudier vid Malmö universitet (projektledare Teresa Tomasevic).

International Dialogue and Protecting Cultural Heritage in the Caucasus

Thank you to all participants at the conference ‘Promoting International Dialogue and Protecting Cultural Heritage in the Caucasus’ December 5-6 at the research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR), Malmö University. It has been two days of most interesting presentations and engaging discussions and comments with participants from all parts of the Caucasus! And many thanks to the Swedish Institute for making this event possible.

Programme

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International Symposium of Linguists-Caucasologists

On Nov. 22-24 the Arn. Chikobava Institute of Linguistics, TSU and the Georgian Academy of Sciences organized the V International Symposium of Linguists-Caucasologists, in memory of the 120 years anniversary of Academician Arnold Chikobava.

One of Academician Arnold Chikobava’s former PhD candidates, professor Issa Abdullaev from Makhachkala participated in the conference – here reading his paper (photo, left).

Prof. Karina Vamling, Malmö University, participated in the conference with the paper “On postpositions in Circassian in a typological perspective”. In 1998, she was awarded the Arnold Chikobava prize of the Georgian Academy of Sciences.

 

 

Presentation of a new book by Manana Kobaidze

Manana Kobaidze, Senior Lecturer in Georgian at Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, had a presentation on November 5 of her book of poems “axali agvist’o” (Publ. Intelekti). This is a collection of Manana’s poetry from different periods. Congratulations to the new book!

The presentation took place in the Tbilisi bookstore “Shakro Babua (below, photos: Nino Kobaidze).

 

Conference in Nalchik for Prof. Mukhadin A. Kumakhov

The memorial conference “Caucasian Philology – Perspectives and History” was organised in Nalchik on October 19 on the occasion of Prof. M.A. Kumakhov’s 90th birthday. So many former colleagues and friends gathered at the meeting organized by the Institute of Studies in the Humanities at the Research Center of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Kumakhov was originally from Nalchik but worked most of his professional career at the Institute of Linguistics at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow and was an associate of the Institute in Nalchik and supervisor of many members of its staff.

The conference was attended by many presenters from Kabardino-Balkaria but also Adygeya, Karachaevo-Cherkessia, Abkhazia and others. The conference was opened by Director Kasbolat Dzamikhov and Prof Boris Bizhoev. Prof. Karina Vamling, Malmö University, who had a close and fruitful collaboration with Prof. Kumakhov during many years, gave the prenary presentation О зарубежной научной деятельности профессора Мухадина А. Кумахова (Professor M.A. Kumakhov’s academic visits and work abroad).