Seminar with Prof. Madina Tlostanova

Prof. Madina Tlostanova, Linköping University, Department of thematic Studies, TEMAG: Decolonizing knowledge, being and sensing: Caucasian resistance and re-existence.
We will focus on the trajectories of  Caucasian identities, sensibilities and subjectivities  in modernity/coloniality – Russian/Soviet/post-Soviet/global (neo)liberal. Starting and departing from the core decolonial concepts such as coloniality of being, of knowledge, of gender, of sensing, the geopolitics and corpo-politics of knowledge, the decolonial aesthesis, and re-existence, we will reflect on how they  are rethought and remade in art and/as activism of the contemporary Caucasus (and particularly in the works of Dagestani artist Taus Makhacheva and Chechen artist Aslan Gaisumov), and what is the potential liberating role of art and artivism in decolonization of knowledge, being, sensing and gender in the Caucasus.
When: March 13, 15.15–17.00

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Guest lecture by Aram Terzyan

Dr. Aram Terzyan, guest researcher at the Department of Global Political Studies (GPS), Malmö University, and Assistant Professor at Yerevan State University will give a lecture for staff and students on February 27. The title is: Explaining the evolution of Armenia’s foreign policy.

Welcome to attend on campus or online!

When: February 27, 15.15–17 (Swedish time).
Where: Niagara building, 5th floor, Glocal Classroom
The lecture will also be available on streaming video/Youtube:

Circassians in the 21st century, Conference November 23-24

The conference Circassians in the 21st century: Identity and Survival – in the homeland and diaspora was hosted by Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR) and the Section for Caucasus Studies, Malmö University, November 23-24 2017. Thank you to all presenters and other participants!



(Photos: Elnur Aliyev & Karina Vamling)

Poster presentations – Circassians in the 21 century

Circassian organisations and research materials were showcased in the poster presentations at the conference Circassians in the 21st century: Identity and Survival – in the homeland and diaspora, hosted by the research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR), Malmö University, November 23-24.

Circassian Women Solidarity Association in Turkey – Gunsel Avci & Didem Baş Bilge
Circassian Culture Association of Nuremberg Germany – Faidi Mahmoud Barsbai
Book presentation: Circassia Born to be Free – Adel Bashqawi (not present)
Federation of Caucasian Associations (Kaffed) – Ufuk Çevik
Circassian Cultural Centre, Tbilisi, Georgia – Merab Chukhua
The Association for the Study of EthnoGeoPolitics – Caspar ten Dam
Circassian Charity Association in Jordan – Zuhdi Janbej Janbek
Circassian Repatriation Organization – Basel Katt & Tina Abzakh
Caucasus Studies at Center for East European Studies, Warsaw – Hamed Kazemzadeh
Archive materials – Walter Richmond
Circassian Congress and Circassian Union – Avraham Shmulevich

(Photos: Elnur Aliyev & Karina Vamling)

Second Annual RUCARR conference 22-23 Nov

The Second Annual RUCARR conference was hosted by the research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR) at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, November 22-23, 2017. The specific focus of the event was on ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism issues, with keynote speaker Dr. Paul Goode of Bath University. The conference included the panel discussion “New authoritarian tendencies in Europe and Eurasia?” (co-organiser: Europe Direct)

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Research project on urban planning in Russia and Sweden

RUCARR researchers Bo Petersson and Derek Hutchesson are embarking on a new research project Legitimacy, urban planning and sustainability in Russia and Sweden with funding from Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD).

The project seeks to examine the processes of urban planning in Sweden and Russia, with a focus on the input, control and output legitimacy of that process. The concept of input legitimacy will be examined through an examination of the actors in the processes of urban planning. Control/throughput legitimacy will be examined through examination of the processes of urban planning. Output legitimacy will focus on the policy outputs of the process.
Through paired comparison of different examples of urban planning, this project will give insight into the quality of governance at the local level. Moreover, the focus will be on the politics and processes behind sustainable planning and development in a number of comparable regions in each country. Finally, the project will also be capacity-building, building on existing networks and fostering new ones between scholars and local government units in Sweden and Russia

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