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.

Project group meeting on Caucasian languages in DiACL

14856014_1241615895895572_2524080238378967046_o-1Members of the team working on Caucasian languages in the database project  Diachronic Atlas of Comparative Linguistics (earlier called Lundic) had a working session at the Circassian Cultural Center in Tbilisi (not all members were present). The project is based at Linguistics, Lund University (Sweden). Project leader: Gerd Carling. More information about the project.
On the photo below: (from the left) Teimuraz Gvantseladze, Revaz Tchantouria, Karina Vamling, Merab Chukhua, Maka Tetradze. Tamuna Lomadze.

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Meeting with Rector of Tbilisi State University

img_4206Rector of Tbilisi State University, Dr. Giorgi Sharvashidze (second from the right) met today with Prof. Karina Vamling (Caucasus Studies, Malmö University), Prof. Stephen Jones (to the left), Mount Holyoke College, and Prof. Alexandre Kukhianidze (to the right), Tbilisi State University. Topics during the meeting were research cooperation and staff & student exchange.

Informing about calls for MA and PhD scholarships

14856028_1237731806283981_1315001442145557684_o-kopia-1At an information meeting about funding for study and research visits to Sweden for Georgian PhD Candidates and MA students – with prof Karina Vamling, Revaz Tchantouria (Malmö University) and prof Merab Chukhua (Circassian Cultural Centre, Tbilisi)

Programmes – Erasmus Mundus Ember, last additional call (https://emecw.gis.lu.se/info.aspx?oid=371042) and the Swedish Institute Visby Programme (https://eng.si.se/…/scholarships-and-grants/visby-programme/)

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Seminar: State and Society Building in Georgia

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img_3976Senior 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

See the full Program.

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.collage_fotor

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.

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Visit from the Swedish Institute

img_1038-1Markus Boman and Madeleine Mattsson from the Swedish Institute visited the Section for Caucasus Studies (Malmö University) on September 20. Programme manager Markus Boman (to the right on the photo) gave a presentation about the Visby programme and interesting new developments in the coming year.

The programme includes a number of different types of scholarships (both to and from Sweden) for students, researchers and experts and targets the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine.

New exchange PhD candidates

Version 2We are happy to have three new exchange PhD candidates visiting the Section for Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, during the academic year 2016/2017. Elnur Aliyev‘s field of research is Dagestani linguistics and Giorgi Omsarashvili is working on modern Islam in the Caucasus (photo: Giorgi Omsarashvili to the left and Elnur Aliyev to the right). Version 2Agil Valiyev‘s area of interest is cultural diplomacy (photo to the right).

PhD candidate Tina Tskhovrebadze, Tbilisi State University, will spend her third semester in Malmö this fall. img_1964-version-2

Wishing all a fruitful research period in Sweden. The exchange visits are funded by the Erasmus Mundus programme.