Seminar – The Caucasus in the Post-Covid Multi-Polar World

You are invited to attend the online seminar on October 6  The Caucasus in the Post-Covid Multi-Polar World with Dr. Lincoln Mitchell, affiliated to Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University (bio below).

When: October 6, 3.15-5.00 pm (Swedish time)
Where: Zoom platform
The seminar is open to staff and students as well as other interested. Welcome to sign-up at rucarr@mau.se.

Abstract

Dr. Lincoln Mitchell

One of the results of the mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic by the American government has been to accelerate the movement towards a truly multi-polar world. Instead of controlling the pandemic within its own borders and offering assistance to the rest of the world, the US suffered more loss of life and greater damage to its economy that most countries. One of the effects of this has been to damage not just America’s standing in the world, but also limit its ability to impact political events in the rest of the world. This development will be felt acutely in the Caucasus.

The three South Caucasus countries as well as the Russian regions in the North Caucasus have long had to navigate a path between major political powers, but the nature of that challenge began to change in 2017, when Donald Trump became President of the US, and has accelerated in recent months. These polities now find themselves in a very different world, one where the American footprint will be lighter and China’s almost certainly heavier. Additionally, the possibility of the world becoming less globally integrated will have major impact on a region that has long been a crossroads between different regions. These developments will have an impact on the domestic politics of the countries in the region on issues ranging from democracy and human rights to domestic stability as well as their relations with each other and the rest of the world including with regards to questions of trade, fighting terrorism and national security.

This seminar will explore these questions and probe how the Caucasus will be changed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bio

Lincoln Mitchell is a political analyst, pundit and writer based in New York City and San Francisco. Lincoln works on democracy and governance related issues in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also works with businesses and NGOs globally, particularly in the former Soviet Union. Lincoln was on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International Affairs from 2006-2013. He retains an affiliation with Columbia’s Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and teaches in the political science department as well. In addition, he worked for years as a political consultant advising and managing domestic political campaigns. […] Continue reading: http://lincolnmitchell.com/about

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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Fall semester 2018

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.

Ongoing work on “Audio/Video Archive of the Budukh Language”

Today’s Caucasus seminar was special. PhD Candidate Elnur Aliyev gave a presention to colleagues of Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, and Linguistics at Lund University about ongoing work on his project “Audio/Video Archive of the Budukh Language.

Elnur is soon returning to Tbilisi State University after two years at Malmö University (thanks to funding from Erasmus Mundus and the Swedish Institute).

We look forward contunued cooperation and wish Elnur good luck in his thesis work and other ongoing projects on endangered Dagestani languages.