The RUCARR seminar on March 26 will welcome three presenters from the Department of History, Lund University:
- Klas-Göran Karlsson: “The Armenian genocide: An interpretive framework”;
- Maria Småberg: “Giving voice to Armenian and Yazidi women – the transnational life stories of Alma Johansson and Maria Anholm”
- Maria Karlsson: “Genocide denial: the Armenian example”
Klas-Göran Karlsson is Professor of History, working with genocide studies and several other areas within international contemporary history. Maria Småberg, PhD in History and Assistant Director of Studies at the National Graduate School of History, works with a project on the Swedish missionary and genocide eyewitness Alma Johansson. Maria Karlsson has written a PhD thesis on genocide denial, “Cultures of Denial: Comparing Holocaust and Armenian Genocide Denial”, and works within the research project “The Lessons of Communist and Nazi History”, conducted by Klas-Göran Karlsson. They all represent the Department of History, Lund University.
When: March 26, 15-17 (for external participants, please come to the reception at 14.45)
Where: Room C0929, Niagara building, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö
Armenian Genocide Memorial complex of Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan, Armenia
Photo: Flickr David Stanley
RUCARR seminar on February 14
Dr. Mikhail Suslov: Fantasy and Politics in Contemporary Russian Science Fiction
When: February 14, 13.15
Where: Niagara Building, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Room: NIC:1029
This talk inquires into the ways in which utopian narratives interact with political discourses and facilitate identity-making in post-Soviet Russia. The paper brings together various academic perspectives, including literature studies, cultural studies, and studies of ideologies and politics in order to comprehensively analyze the syncretic genre of science fiction. Works of science fiction condense political myths, metaphors, concepts and emotions, thereby giving us a better understanding of Russian political culture. I argue that the study of sociopolitical science fiction and utopias exposes the ideational tracks on which Russian society in Putin’s third presidency glided smoothly into the annexation of Crimea, the war in Donbas, and confrontation with the West. At the same time, post-Soviet science fiction addresses such issues of international pertinence as the rise of nationalism, right-wing populism and imperial revanchism and attempts to strike a balance between modernization and cultural authenticity.
Mikhail Suslov is Assistant Professor of Russian History and Politics at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on Russian intellectual history, conservative, right-wing and religiously-motivated political ideas, geopolitical ideologies and socio-political utopias. His most recent papers dealing with (geo)political imagination include “The “Russian World” Concept: ‘Spheres of influence’ in the post-Soviet geopolitical ideology,” Geopolitics 23, no. 2 (2018) and “The Production of ‘Novorossiya’: A Territorial Brand in Public Debates,” Europe-Asia Studies 69, no. 2 (2017). Recently he edited Digital Orthodoxy in the Post- Soviet World: The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0 (Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2016) and co- edited (with Mark Bassin) Eurasia 2.0: Post-Soviet Geopolitics in the Age of New Media (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016).
Thank you to all participants at the conference ‘Promoting International Dialogue and Protecting Cultural Heritage in the Caucasus’ December 5-6 at 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.
The Malmö-based LUPSRUSS (Legitimacy, Urban Planning and Sustainability in Russia and Sweden) project held its dissemination conference in Stockholm on 29-30 November 2018.
There were researchers, municipal representatives and several organisations and NGOs represented from 14 towns, including Aramil, Ekaterinburg, Kostomuksha, Petrozavodsk, St Petersburg (Russia); Gällivare, Halmstad, Karlskrona, Malmö, Stockholm (Sweden); Ballerup, Odsherred, Copenhagen (Denmark); and Dublin (Ireland), RUCARR researchers took part along with their other colleagues in the research group.
The full programme and photo gallery can be seen at http://wpmu.mah.se/rucarr/research/lupsruss/dissemination-conference-2018/
For more information on LUPSRUSS, see the project website at: http://wpmu.mah.se/rucarr/research/lupsruss/
Strengthening internationalsation in a new project: New horizons of internationalisation – a partnership between universities in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine (funded by the Swedish Institute for 2019). Partner universities are:
- Aleco Russo Balti State University, Balti, Moldova
- Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Batumi, Georgia
- Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden
- Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, Odessa, Ukraine
- Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia
Project leader: Dr. Tom Nilsson, Dept. of Global Political Studies. Other members of the Malmö team are Cecilia Christensson, Pro Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for Global Engagement and Challenge based Learning; Dr. Tobias Denskus, School of Arts and Communicaton; Prof. Karina Vamling, Co-Director of the research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR); Niklas Nannskog, Malmö University International Office.
We were very glad to see one of our Caucasus Studies II students at the recent Third Annual RUCARR conference.
Joseph Schloesser came all the way from Arizona:
It was an honor to be invited to participate in this third RUCARR conference. To be alongside with passionate academics and to hear them share their knowledge was quite humbling and truly inspiring. Being able to hear from the several speakers expound upon the various issues concerning the Caucasus region allowed me to gain new perspectives on the issue that affect the region today. Having among those present and among the key speakers, representatives of the Caucasus region helped create an engaging atmosphere with a palpable dialogue.
Thank you very much to all participants at the Third Annual RUCARR Conference, Malmö University, for joining us on November 8-9, 2018, and for all great presentions and lively discussions!
PROGRAMME — Book of Abstracts
Video Intro & Keynote 1, Prof Ghia Nodia — Video Keynote 2, Prof Madina Tlostanova
Student of Caucasus Studies, Joseph Schloesser
Samir, Henrik, Natia
Special thanks to interns Samir Salimzade and Henrik Johnsrud Odden, joined by PhD candidate Natia Gamkrelidze
Dr. Yulia Gradskova: “Where all the rights for women are embodied in laws”. Soviet “emancipation of woman of the East” and WIDF’s work for rights of women in the Third World
Dr Natalia Paulovich: A breadwinner or a housewife: Agency in everyday image of the Georgian woman
Ekaterina Markovich: The Special Path or censorship in a name of protection?
Dr. Eleonora Narvselius: Bandera Debate II: Scrutinizing Lessons of the Authoritarian Past in Post-Maidan Ukraine
Prof. Madina Tlostanova
During the discussion
Question from Ghia Nodia
During the discussion
Prof. Madina Tlostanova: “Democracy” -“Authoritarianism” – “Decoloniality”: A Decolonial Reflection on the Post-Truth World
Prof. Bo Petersson
Chair Prof. Bo Petersson introduces keynote speaker Madina Tlostanova
Aneta Strzemżalska: Traditional Music and Nationalism. Dual Nature of Contemporary Azerbaijani Meykhana
Aneta and Katrine
Dr. Katrine Gotfredsen and Aneta Strzemżalska:
During the discussion
Chair Christofer Berglund and Prof Ghia Nodia during the discussion
Klaudia Kosicińska: Participatory budget in Georgia between democracy and authoritarianism – discourse analysis
From paper by Turkay Gasimova: Transmission of the democratic ideas from Europe through Russia to the Caucasus: Nineteenth century Muslim intellectuals in South Caucasus.
Arpi Muradyan: Russia’s South Caucasian Structural Policy in the Context of Democratization Tendencies from 1991 to 2018
Natia Gamkrelidze: Georgia’s transition from ENP to EaP and the challenges associated with Georgia becoming a candidate State
Karli Storm: “‘Who are We and Where Do We Belong?’ Contesting Labels, Landscapes, and Memory in the Georgian Region of Kvemo Kartli”
Chair, Dr Derek Hutcheson
Svetlana L’nyavskiy: Battle for Language Rights: the case of Russian speakers in Ukrainian social network’s discussion
Dr. Alexander Osipov: The Soviet legacies in diversity policies vs European standards of minority protection – is there a dichotomy?
Prof. Ghia Nodia
Keynote speaker, Prof. Ghia Nodia: Common Past and Divergent Futures: Democracy and Autocracy in the Post-Communist Area
Dean of the Faculty, Rebecka Lettevall, opens the conferenece
Welcome to RUCARRs 3rd Annual Conference, – Co-director, Prof Karina Vamling