3rd Annual RUCARR Conference 8-9-Nov

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 NodiaVideo Keynote 2, Prof Madina Tlostanova

Invitation to student conference in Copenhagen

Invitation to take part in ”Young Russia Experts”:
Second International Student Conference, 22-23 November 2018

Time: 22-23 November
Place: ToRS, University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixen plads 10, Copenhagen

We are glad to invite you to the Third International Student Conference, which will take place on 22-23 November at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Area Studies, University of Copenhagen. The conference will bring together future Russia experts and professors from four universities: University of Copenhagen, Århus University, Lund University and the University of Malmö. This event is the continuation of the First Student Conference in Århus in November 2017, which was the result of successful collaboration between the universities of Copenhagen and Århus. In this year, on top of the collaboration between these two Danish universities, we are inviting Russia students from the Swedish side as well.

The purpose of this event is to introduce you to each other, to enhance your future professional networking, and to give you the possibility to receive feedback for your ongoing research/study projects from both your peers and your teachers. This is, however, a conference of students and for students, and we will only arrange and structure the event.

Presentations can be made in two forms. First, it can be an oral paper of 10-15 minutes with or without a PowerPoint, followed by 5-10 minutes of questions and answers. Second, it can be a ‘poster presentation’, that is an A3 format poster, on which you lay out and visualize your research problem and main results.  Poster presentations will also be discussed in groups. The conference will have four ‘official’ languages: English, Danish, Swedish and Russian, while the ‘by default’ language is English, so, for example, if you chose to present your paper in Danish, please prepare your PowerPoint slides in English.

If we have too many applications, we may not be able to accommodate everyone, so we kindly ask for your understanding.

The deadline for submitting your applications is 1 November.

Mikhail Suslov, Vera Skvirskaja (Copenhagen University)
Tomas Sniegon (Lund University)
Bo Petersson (Malmö University)

In order to apply for the conference participation, please send us the following questionnaire:

  1. Name:
  2. University:
  3. Study program:
  4. Email address:
  5. Mobile phone:
  6. I want to: ___ present a paper

___present a poster

  1. Title of your paper/poster:
  2. I need an overnight stay in Copenhagen 22 to 23 November, yes or no:
  3. I am from Copenhagen, and I can offer a possibility to stay overnight in my place for ____(number of) student/s, yes or no:

Please send your questionnaire to Mikhail Suslov (mikhail.suslov@hum.ku.dk ) and Vera Skvirskaja (bdq883@hum.ku.dk) with a cc to the responsible person(s) at your university:

Århus University:  Birgitte Beck Pristed birgitte.pristed@cas.au.dk and  Jeremy Morris jmorris@cas.au.dk

Lund University: Tomas Sniegon tomas.sniegon@eu.lu.se

University of Malmö: Bo Petersson bo.petersson@mau.se


Preliminary Program

Thursday, 22 November

Arrival in Copenhagen
11.30-12.00 keynote by Gigi Gigiadze, Georgian ambassador in Denmark
12.00-13.00 lunch
13.00-14.30 4 papers
14.30-14.45 coffee break
14.45-16.15 4 papers
16.15-16.30 coffee break
16.30-18.00 6 posters

Friday, 23 November
09.00-11.00 Excursion in Copenhagen / free time
11.00-12.15 lunch
12.15-14.00 4 papers
14.15-15.00 guest lectures: Jeremy Morris and Maria Guzikova
15.10-17.00 film screening

Departure from Copenhagen

Visit to University of Kabardino-Balkaria

University of Kabardino-Balkaria (KBSU) is one of the major universities in Russian North Caucasus and the State University of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.

Prof. Karina Vamling, Malmö University, had meetings with Rector of KBSU, Professor Yuri K. Altudov and colleagues at the Department of Kabardian language and literature. She visited the sections for language and culture of the three main ethnic groups of the Republic – the Kabardians, Balkars and Russians. At the Kabardian section Prof. Madina Ezaova showed a Kabardian ethnographic exhibition prepared by the students. The final meeting during the visit to KBSU was with students of Kabardian Philology, including a musical performance of Kabardian songs and a declamation in Kabardian.

Take a virtual tour of the https://eng.kbsu.ru/3d-tour-virtual-tour/


Putins fjärde presidentperiod – och sedan då?

RUCARR på Almedalsveckan – 6/7 2018 14:00 – 15:20

Program, mer info. (gemensamt med Statsvetenskapliga förbundet)

Moderator: Eleonora Narvselius, docent, Lunds universitet

Deltagare: Kjell Engelbrekt, professor, Försvarshögskolan. Kalle Kniivilä, journalist, Sydsvenska. Bo Petersson, professor, Malmö universitet. Anke Schmidt-Felzmann, forskare, Foreign Policy Research Institute.

I mars 2018 valdes Vladimir Putin till Rysslands president för fjärde gången. Landet har under hans snart tjugo år vid makten utvecklats i alltmera auktoritär riktning. Utåt har Ryssland allt oftare talat ett hårdhänt maktspråk såsom vid annekteringen av Krim samt krigen i Ukraina och Syrien. Landet gör nu tydligt anspråk på att utmana USA och spela en global roll. En förklaring till Putins starka stöd på hemmaplan är att han upplevs som garant för Rysslands starka ställning i världen och för intern stabilitet. Samtidigt är hans position i rysk politik så unik att frågor uppkommer om vad som kan hända när han lämnar presidentposten. Enligt konstitutionen måste så ske senast 2024, men presidentvalet visade att det knappast finns några trovärdiga utmanare idag. Inte heller har Putin pekat ut någon efterträdare. Vilket agerande kan förväntas av Ryssland under kommande år? Och hur påverkas Sverige och dess närområde av allt detta?

Arrangör: Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research, RUCARR, Malmö universitet (Bo Petersson, 0722-464660).










Foto: Hugo Holmkrantz

Seminar – Declarations of Independence in the Caucasus 100 years

Thank you to all presenters and participants for a very interesting and rewarding day with the whole Caucasus present – Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the North Caucasus Mountainm republic.
RUCARR seminar May 22: “Declarations of Independence in the Caucasus – 100 years Anniversary”-
Read the news article: https://www.mah.se/english/News/News-2018/Ambassadors-attend-100-year-anniversary-of-independence-in-the-Caucasus-/

Programme: http://wpmu.mah.se/rucarr/2018/05/15/preliminary-programme-100-years-anniversary-seminar/
Photos: Elnur Aliyev

Preliminary programme for the 100 years anniversary seminar

Declarations of Independence in the Caucasus – 100 years Anniversary, May 22. PROGRAMME

Following the disintegration of the Russian Empire and the turbulent political development during the end of the First World War, several entities that had been part of the Russian Empire, declared their independence in 1918. In the Caucasus this applies to Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as the North Caucasian Mountain Republic. Hundred years have passed since these events and RUCARR will devote a one-day seminar commemorating this period and discussing the contemporary role and importance of these short-lived periods of independence.

See the LIVE FEED from the event here

Compulsory registration no later than May 17 by https://form.jotformeu.com/72362326539358

For more information, please contact rucarr@mah.se 

9:30 – 10:00 Greeting and introductory speech Prof. Karina Vamling, Malmö University
10:00 – 11:00


Prof. Bo Petersson, Malmö University

Georgia in focus


Malkhaz Kakabadze,Ambassador of Georgia to Sweden and Finland

Natia Gamkrelidze, Executive Director, Special issue of the Diplomat magazine

11:00 – 11:15 Refreshments
11:15 – 12:15

Chair: Dr. Katrine Gotfredsen (TBC)

Azerbaijan in focus Adish Mammadov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Sweden

Dr. Ziyad Amrahov, Baku State University

12:15 – 12:25 Information regarding afternoon sessions and lunch break
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:45 – 14:45

Chair: Dr. Aram Terzyan, Yerevan University

Armenia in focus Artak Apitonyan, Ambassador of Armenia to Sweden

Prof. Alexander Markarov, Yerevan University

14:45 – 15:00 Refreshments
15:00 – 16:00

Chair: Dr. Minna Lundgren, Mid Sweden University

North Caucasus Mountainous Republic in focus Dr. Lars Funch Hansen, Malmö University

Cem Kumuk, United Caucasus Association, Istanbul

16:00 – 16:15 Summation Dr. Katrine Gotfredsen, Malmö University (TBC)

Dr. Lars Funch Hansen, Malmö University

16:15 – 17:00 Mingling

Time: May 22, 09:30-16:15

Venue: Malmö University, Niagara building, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1 (meeting-point on the 5th floor, in front of the C elevators).

Compulsory registration no later than May 17 by https://form.jotformeu.com/72362326539358

For more information, please contact rucarr@mah.se 



Seminar with Dr. Minna Lundgren

Dr. Minna Lundgren, Mid Sweden University, Department of Social Sciences, TEMAG: Abkhazia: Migration Memories and Contested Belongings.


Abkhazia, de jure an autonomous republic within the Georgan Republic, proclaimed independence in 1999 and is today functioning as a de facto independent state under Russian patronage. Abkhazia has been an object of study in numerous studies from several disciplines such as political science, peace and conflict studies, law, and economics. However, apart from reports from international organizations, only a few studies have a micro level focus on the people who are living in Abkhazia today. People whose lives are affected by unresolved conflict, unrecognized statehood, political isolation, economic blockade, and restricted mobility. In this presentation Minna Lundgren will therefore aim to explore three interconnected themes connected to everyday life experiences of people living in Abkhazia or claiming a right to do so: 1. Abkhazia as a migration nexus – a point of departure and of return; 2. Abkhazia as a locus of disputed belongings, and 3. Abkhazia as a riskscape, a landscape embedded with different layers of risk, that affects people differently depending on an unequal distribution of power. I will draw on material from fieldwork in the region from 2012 to 2017.

When: May 21, 15.15-17.00

Where: Malmö University, Nordenskiöldgatan 1, Niagara building, Conference room on the 9th floor. Since this seminar will take place in a part of the building with limited public access, RUCARR personnel will be available in the lobby area on the bottom floor of the Niagara building (in front of the C elevators) at 15.00 sharp, to meet and accompany you to the location.