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)
Read more: http://wpmu.mah.se/rucarr/research/secondannualconference/
(Photos: Elnur Aliyev, Karina Vamling)
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
Read more about the project and partners: http://icld.se/en/article/legitimacy-urban-planning-and-sustainability-in-russia-and-sweden
A print editon has appeared of 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.
Panel discussion at “Almedalsveckan” on the role of Putin’s Russia in world politics, dominated by Trump, Brexit and tension within EU
RUCARRs och Statsvetenskapliga förbundets panel om ‘Ryssland i ett nytt världspolitiskt läge’ drog fullt hus under fredagen den 7 juli i Almedalsveckan.
Inför c:a 150 åhörare diskuterades Putins Ryssland och dess roll i en politisk omgivning präglad av Trump, Brexit och spänningar inom EU.
Deltagare från höger i bild (nedan), Lena Bartholdson (FOI, moderator), Kalle Kniivilä (Sydsvenskan), Carolina Vendil Pallin (FOI), Kjell Engelbrekt (Försvarshögskolan) samt Bo Petersson (Malmö högskola, RUCARR).
“Geobranding and the Institutionalisation of Geographical Identity” was the title of Dr. Lars Funch Hansen’s paper at the recent conference in Kutaisi:
Geography in the Global Context: Achievements and Challenges.
The conference was organized by Akaki Tsereteli State University, Department of Geography, in partnership with Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Direction of Human Geography,
Kutaisi, 2-3 June, 2017.
Organiser of the event, Elnur Aliyev, PhD Candidate
Ingrid Tersman (left), Sweden’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan, opened the exhibition. Prof. Karina Vamling (right)
Dean Rebecka Lettevall and Ambassador Ingrid Tersman
On May 23 a photo exhibition about the North Caucasian minority the Budukhs opened at Caucasus Studies & RUCARR, Malmö University. The exhibition includes photos by three photographers: Zaur Mirzayev, Taleh Valehov, Elnur Aliyev. It was opened by Ingrid Tersman, Sweden’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan and also chairmaan of the Advisory board of the research platform “Russia and the Caucasus regional research (RUCARR).
In connection with the photo exhibition the film project “Homeland” about the Budukhs was shown, created by Orkhan Hajiyev.
Ambassador of Georgia to Sweden, Malkhaz Kakabadze, gave the presentation: “26 Year of the Independence of Georgia and 25 Year of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Georgia and Sweden” during his visit to Malmö University.
When: May 17, 11.00–12.00
Where: room 0826