Congratulations to Tamar Lomadze on the successful defense of her PhD thesis. Tamar spent the period August 2014 – February 2016 as an exchange PhD candidate (Erasmus Mundus) at the Section for Caucasus Studies in Malmö.
The title of Tamar Lomadze’s thesis is: “Cognitive Aspects of Communicative Influence on Public Opinion.”
The dissertation was defended at the Department of Kartvelology and Sociolinguistics, School of Humanities of Saint Andrews Georgian University (Tbilisi, Georgia) on June 27.
Opponent was Prof. Teimuraz Gvantseladze (photo to the right) and supervisor Prof. Manana Tabidze. Second supervisor was Prof. Karina Vamling (Malmö University).
The thesis was defended and passed with distinction by the decision of the dissertation committee.
Of course, this gave good reason and time to celebrate with Tamar and her colleagues, friends and family…
Prof. Tariel Putkaradze (standing, photo to the left), was chairing the dissertation procedure and continued now in the capacity of tamada or toastmaster.
The new PhD. Tamar Lomadze (to the right) with her two proud supervisors Manana Tabidze (center) and Karina Vamling at the dissertation supra:
At the end of the event, Tamar’s friend, Georgian-Swedish singer-song-writer Sabina Chantouria performed some of her songs.
Maka Tetradze, PhD Candidate at Chikobava Institute of Linguistics and visiting researcher at Malmö University, and Prof. Karina Vamling (Malmö University) have visited archives in Oslo, an active center for research on the languages of the Caucasus in the mid 1920s up to the beginning of the 1980s. For several decades the Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture in Oslo hosted a programme on Caucasology. The most prominent researchers were prof. Hans Vogt (1903-1986), Alf Sommerfelt (1892-1965) and later Fridrik Thordarson (1928-2005), who were also working at Oslo University. Prof. Hans Vogt is most known as the author of “Dictionnaire de la langue oubykh” (1963) and “Grammaire de la langue géorgienne” (1971), whereas Prof. Alf Sommerfelt focused on North-East Caucasian Languages and Fridrik Thordarson devoted most of his research to Ossetic.
Natallia 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.
Laz 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
A post-workshop seminar was held on May 12, where Maka Tetradze, Erasmus 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.
PhD candidate Maka Tetradze, Tbilisi State University & Eminence Erasmus Mundus exchange PhD candidate at Malmö University, outlines her findings on loanword typology on the basis of data collected on the Lezgian language (Northeast Caucasian, Dagestan languages).
When? December 10, 10.15
Where? Malmö University, Gäddan8, Citadellsvägen 7
Prof. Zaal Kikvidze, Chikobava Institute, Tbilisi State University (Georgia): Alphabet Shift in the Caucasus: Motivations and Implications. Visiting lecturer Aytan Sadigova, Azerbaijan Technical University, Baku (Azerbaijan), discusses Alphabet shifts in Azerbaijan.
When? October 1, 16.00–ca 17.30.
Where? Kranen studio
You will be able to follow the seminar on video at the course site. Join us on skype caucasusstudies, where you will be able to pose questions to the lecturers.
Participation on campus
Students and staff in Malmö/Lund are welcome to attend the web seminar at Malmö University campus. We will meet at the entrance to “Kranen” at 15.45 and go to the studio together.
How to get there: Walk from the Central station or take bus no 5 (stop Ubåtshallen, 5 stops from the railway station).
News article at Malmö University Web
EDUCATION. The field of Caucasus studies is growing stronger at Malmö University. A new course with case and field studies is introduced, and the university has been playing host to three visiting experts specialising in Caucasus.
The trio are made up of Georgian professors Alexandre Kukhianidze and Zaal Kikvidze who have been joined by Aytan Sadigova, a lecturer from Azerbaijan. Getting the three together is quite a feat as the courses themselves are taught completely online.
“As our courses are multi-disciplinary covering politics, culture and history it is very important for us to have strong contacts with scholars from the region. For area studies and to establish connections for field work then it is vital,” says Karina Vamling, Professor of Caucasus Studies, at the Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University.
Read the whole story:
Alexandre Kukhianidze is professor in political science of Tbilisi State University, Georgia. His visit to Malmö University and Caucasus Studies at the Faculty of Culture and Society is funded by a Linneaus-Palme grant.
Professor Kukhianidze has been a frequest visitor to Caucasus Studies in Malmö and this time he stays for three weeks (September 1–23).
During his visit he has given the web/campus seminar: Georgia after the Soviet collapse. What is Georgia today?
Tamuna Lomadze is exchange PhD candidate within the Erasmus Mundus Eminence program. Her area of studies is sociolinguistics and the topic of her thesis is “Cognitive Aspects of Communicative Influence on Public Opinion”.
Tamuna is visiting Malmö University for 18 months during the academic years 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Her home institution is the Department of Kartvelology and Sociolinguistics, School of Humanities of Saint Andrews Georgian University, Tbilisi, Georgia (link).