Women’s position in the context of sociocultural changes in Western Georgia

IMG_0445Natallia Paulovich, PhD candidate at the Polish Academy of Sciences, presents her dissertation work:

Women’s position in the context of sociocultural changes in Western Georgia. Perspective of the anthropology of food.

Natallia is currently on a research visit to Caucasus Studies at Malmö University, funded by a scholarship from the Swedish Institute.

Center for Caucasus Studies at Øresund University – 10 years

We have an environment of competence on the Caucasus region on both sides of the Øresund strait between Denmark and Sweden that dates back for several decades. There are probably few regions where so many researchers were interested in the Caucasus at such an early date, long before the collapse of the Soviet Union – Ib Faurby, Helen Krag, Lars Funch Hansen, Märta-Lisa Magnusson, Vibeke Sperling, Søren Theisen, Karina Vamling, to mention some.

They conducted field research in the Caucasus already in the 1980s and 1990s, closely following the development in  the region: the struggle for independence and democracy, through wars and ethnopolitical conflicts. In November 2005 the “Center for Caucasus Studies at Øresund University” was founded as a platform and research network (http://www.caucasusstudies.org/center/activities/founding-meeting-in-2005.html). On the basis of this collaboration the first Caucasus Studies courses were developed at Malmö University (https://youtu.be/-khXAXXP1jI).

Photos from the anniversary workshop and seminar on November 26, 2015.

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Laz language in focus

IMG_1257IMG_1263Laz was in focus at today’s web & campus seminar on Caucasian languages in Turkey with visiting researcher Betul Emgin Cogal (Bilgi University, Istanbul). Betul has conducted field research with Laz communities in north-eastern Turkey.

Below – after the seminar: Staff, visiting researchers and some of our students at Caucasus Studies

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Third Caucasus-related PhD defense in Copenhagen in 3 years

Congratulations to Dr. Tamta Khalvashi, who has successfully defended her PhD dissertation at the Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University (September 11, 2015). The title of the thesis is Peripheral Affects. Shame, Publics, and Performance on the Margins of the Republic of Georgia.

IMG_0204This was the third Caucasus-related doctoral dissertation in Copenhagen in three years, and we are very happy to note this growing competence and interest around the Caucasus in the Øresund region.

Dr. Katrine Gotfredsen (to the left) congratulates Tamta Khalvashi after the defense act.

 

Seminar on cultural vocabulary in Lezgian

A post-workshop seminar was held on May 12, where Maka Tetradze, IMG_0510Erasmus Mundus exchange PhD
Candidate, and Prof. Nadezda Alipulatova, Faculty of Foreign Languages Dagestan State Pedagogical University, Makhachkala, Russian Federation, discussed their findings and observations on cultural vocabulary in Lezgian. Prof. Alipulatova was invited as an expert on Lezgian and guest researcher by the Lundic project – Lund Atlas of Language and Culture.

Lundic workshop on Caucasian Languages

On May 4-6 the workshop Lexical and typological diversity in Caucasian languages. Methods and models for coding of big data was held at Linguistics (Center for Language and Literature, Lund University) and Caucasus Studies (Dept. of Language and Linguistics. Malmö University), as a part of research cooperation within the project LUNDIC – Lund Digital Atlas of Language and Culture (http://project2.sol.lu.se/lundic/). Project leader: Gerd Carling, Lund University.

Invited participants: Prof. Merab Chukhua, Tbilisi State University and Circassian Cultural Center, Georgia; Prof. Madzhid Khalilov, Institute of Language, Literature and Art, Dagestan branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Makhachkala, Russian Federation; Prof. Nadezda Alipulatova, Faculty of Foreign Languages Dagestan State Pedagogical University, Makhachkala, Russian Federation; Dr. Leila Avidzba, Scientific Research Center of Georgian-Abkhazian Relationships, Tbilisi State University, Georgia; Dr. Zarina Molochieva, Institute for Media, Language and Culture, Regensburg University, Germany.

Organisers: Gerd Carling (Lund University), Karina Vamling (Malmö University), Maka Tetradze (Malmö University)

Workshop: Sochi one year on

Sochi One Year On: Workshop on the Aftermath of the Winter Olympics of 2014

Malmö, Sweden, 12-13 February 2015MAH_ENG_CMYK_300dpi
Organizers: Bo Petersson & Karina Vamling, Malmö University
Venue: Malmö City Museum, Linnaeus Room

workshopThursday 12 February
Alexandra Yatsyk (Kazan/Tartu): Abrading Russia’s sovereignty: from Sochi 2014 to the World Cup 2018
Martin Müller (Zürich): Value for money? Costs and benefits of the most expensive Games ever
Lars Funch Hansen (Copenhagen): Impressions after two field-visits to the Sochi Black Sea coast during 2014: Circassians and ethno-tourism

Friday, 13 February
Bo Petersson & Karina Vamling (Malmö): Fifteen Minutes Long Gone: The Circassians after Sochi
Sergei Akopov (St. Petersburg): Sochi-2014: how Olympics became a magnifier and source of competing symbolic politics
Concluding discussion

(Funding: Åke Wiberg Foundation and Malmö University)