Tevfik Esenç, the last fluent speaker of Ubykh, and prof. Hans Vogt of Oslo University, could hardly have imagined during their fieldwork in Norway in 1959 that their grandson and son would meet in Oslo almost 60 years later to talk about their fieldwork on Ubykh….
Burcu and Burak Esenç, Tevfik Esenç’s granddaughter and grandson, are following in their grandfather’s footsteps, gathering materials and memories related to Ubykh and its last speaker. This is part of creating a documentary film. The Turkish film team has already visited Paris, focusing on Georges Dumezil’s work on Ubykh.
The team recently visited Oslo, which included a meeting and interview with Karina Vamling, professor of Caucasus Studies at Malmö University (photo below: Burak and Burcu to the left, Karina to the right).
The North-West Caucasian language Ubykh, well-known to linguists for its uniquely high number of consonants, became extinct in Turkey in 1992 with the death of its last speaker, Tevfik Esenç. He had learned the language from his grandparents, who were among the Ubykhs who were forced into exile in the mid 1860s when their lands on the Caucasian Black Sea coast had been conquered by the Russian Empire after fierce resistance.
A print editon has appeared of the special issue of Sport in Society: When the party is over: developments in Sochi and Russia after the Winter Olympics 2014.
Guest editors: Bo Petersson, Karina Vamling and Alexandra Yatsyk.
Vol. 20, No 4, April, 2017. Routledge.
This special issue of Sport in Society was published online in 2015.
Welcome to the opening of a photo exhibition and the screening of a short documentary film about the homeland of the Budukhs, a North Caucasian minority group in the mountains of northern Azerbaijan.
When: May 23, 1 pm
Where: Niagara building 8th floor (0826)
The film project “Homeland” about the Budukhs was created by Orkhan Hajiyev.
The photo exhibition is based on photos by three photographers: Zaur Mirzayev, Taleh Valehov, Elnur Aliyev
Organiser of the event: Exchange PhD Candidate Elnur Aliyev (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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:
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).
Members 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.
Senior 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.
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.
We 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). Agil 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.
Wishing all a fruitful research period in Sweden. The exchange visits are funded by the Erasmus Mundus programme.
Professors 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.”
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.