Roundtable on Georgian and Swedish literature, Oct 22

Join us for a Roundtable: Georgian literature in Sweden – Swedish literature in GeorgiaPoetry and children’s literature are in focus, as well as challenges in translating culture specific features. Participants are Kristian Carlsson, publisher, writer and translator; Tamara Tchikovani, translator, Manana Kock Kobaidze, lecturer, translator and writer and Hanna Sandborgh, PhD Candidate at Tbilisi State University with a special interest in translation theory.
October 22, 3.15-5.00 pm (Sign-up here) (in Swedish).
The event is part of series of seminars and events “Meet Georgian Culture at Malmö University” (program). This year the Georgian capital Tbilisi has been appointed “World book capital“.

Kristian Carlsson is a Swedish writer and translator. His publishing house Smockadoll has contributed to the translation of a number of Georgian books into Swedish. His poetry is also translated into Georgian.

Tamara Tchikovani, born in Georgia, moved to Sweden in 1992 and has translated several books by Astrid Lindgren into Georgian: Ronja Rövardotter (Diogene 2002, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing 2019); Bröderna Lejonhjärta (Diogene 2005, Bakur Sulakauri Pablishong 2020) och Lotta på Bråkmakargatan (Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2012) 

Manana Kobaidze was born in Georgia and moved to Sweden in 1996. She is a lecturer in Georgian at Malmö University, and also a writer and translator. Her recent collection of poetry is Akhali agvisto (Den nya augusti) gavs ut i Tbilisi 2018. She has translated poetry from Swedish into Georgian (bl.a. Tomas Tranströmmer 2012, Karin Boye 2013) and Georgian into Swedish (Lia Liqokeli 2015, Den Kaukasiska fallenheten, 2018 (28 Georgian poets).

Language and Society in the Caucasus

New publication: Language and Society in the Caucasus. Understanding the past, navigating the present – a collection of articles presented as a festschrift for Prof. Karina Vamling at a zoom seminar, May 25 (below). Editors of the volume are Christofer Berglund, Katrine Gotfredsen, Jean Hudson and Bo Petersson. Read the book

Caucasus Studies at Frankfurt Book Fair

New publication – Basque–Georgian-Russian Dictionary

Congratulations to Dr. Revaz Tchantouria, Caucasus Studies at Malmö University, who has published a Basque–Georgian-Russian Dictionary. The book was on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair October 11-14, 2018, in a series of dictionaries published by Saba Publishers, Tbilisi. The Basque-Georgian-Russian Dictionary is edited by Prof. Merab Chukhua and has been published with kind support from Prof Marina Beridze. At the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair, Georgia was the “Guest of Honour”, and  books from Georgia were widely exhibited at the Fair.

Apart from the trilingual dictionary, the Basque–Georgian-Russian Dictionary includes a grammar sketch of Basque and a Georgian index.


New publications by Erasmus Mundus PhD Candidates

 Agil Valiyev (Odlar Yurdu University, Baku) and Elnur Aliyev (Tbilisi State University), both Erasmus Mundus PhD candidates at the Section for Caucasus Studies in Malmö, have recently published conference papers.  Congratulations!

Elnur  Aliyev (left) published a conference paper on the North Caucasian Dagestan language Budukh: “Genetic Map of the Budukh Nation”, in the section “Regional Cultures and its Researchers” at the VI International Scientific Conference, January 25-26, Prague, pp. 38-47.

The title of Agil Valiyev‘s (right) publication is “The understanding of cultural diplomacy, its history and Azerbaijan model” at the same conference but in the section “Informatization and Features of the Development of Dialogue between Cultures”, pp. 58-66.


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:…/9789004328693;jse…

New publication on mega events

IMG_0861Professors Bo Petersson and Karina Vamling (Malmö University) are the authors of the chapter “Vanished in the Haze: White Elephants, Environmental Degradation and Circassian Marginalization in Post-Olympics Sochi” that recently appeared in a topical volume on mega-events in the series Mega Event Planning.

As the text on the cover states: “The edited volume explains why sport mega events can be discusssed from the viewpoint of politics and power, and what this discussion can add to the existing scholarship on political regimes, international norms, national identities, and cultural narratives.”IMG_0860

Editors of the book Megaevents in Post-Soviet Eurasia. Shifting Borderlines of Inclusion and Exclusion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) are Andrey Makarychev (Tartu University, Estonia) and Alexandra Yatsyk (Kazan University, Russia). More info about the book.

Manana Kobaidze translates Georgian poetry into Swedish


Work of the young Georgian poet Lia Liqokeli is now available in Swedish thanks sto the translators Manana Kock Kobaidze (photo) and Kristian Carlsson. The book Så skrattade jättens fru (How the Giant’s wife laughed) was published at the end of 2015 by Smockadoll Publishing House.

The book is presented and reviewed in the Swedish journal Tidningen Kulturen

Georgia Today writes about the Georgian-Swedish cultural event: Modern Georgian Writer Admired by Swedish Critics



Special issue of “Sport in Society” on developments in Sochi and Russia after 2014

spinsoc (1)The journal Sport in Society. Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics has recently published the special issue When the party is over: developments in Sochi and Russia after the Olympics 2014, edited by Bo Petersson (Malmö University), Karina Vamling (Malmö University) and Alexandra Yatsyk (Kazan Federal University).

Contributions include:

  • Andrey Makarychev and Alexandra Yatsyk: From Sochi – 2014 to FIFA – 2018: A Fading Sovereignty?
  • Bo Petersson and Karina Vamling: Fifteen Minutes of Fame Long Gone: Circassian Activism before and after the Sochi Olympics
  • Jonathan Grix and Nina Kramareva: The Sochi Winter Olympics and Russia’s Unique Soft Power Strategy
  • Johan Ekberg and Michael Strange: What Happened to the Protests? – The Surprising Lack of Visible Dissent During the Sochi Winter Olympics
  • Ray Taras: Putin’s Sochi Hubris: Righting the Ship of Sport, Wronging the Ship of State?