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)
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.
The afternoon will start with the opening of a photo exhibition and short documentary film about the Budukhs, a Dagestani minority group in northern Azerbaijan. Organiser: Elnur Aliyev.
14.15 – Mahama Tawat: “What’s new in the Russian academic landscape? Insights from Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow”
Mahama Tawat is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He is also a research associate at the Malmö Institute for the Study of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden
13.00 – Elnur Aliyev: “Ethno-linguistic portrait of the Shahdagh people – minorities of Azerbaijan”
Elnur Aliyev is a PhD Candidate of Tbilisi State University and an Erasmus Exchange PhD Candidate at the Dept. of Language and Linguistics, Malmö University
14.00 – Svetlana L`Nyavskiy: “From language to war: Language policy debates in English-Medium Ukrainian and Russian News Agencies. The effects of Ukrainian events on language policy in Estonia.”
Svetlana L`Nyavskiy is a PhD Candidate at Central and Eastern European Studies, Lund University
When: May 18, 13-15.15
Where: Niagara C 0929
Giorgi Omsarashvili (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Caucasus studies): Militant Jihadist movements in the North Caucasus
Discussant: Niklas Bernsand, Coordinator at Centre for European Studies, Lund University
Elnur Aliyev (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Caucasus studies):
Trilingual Electronic Dictionary (Kryz-Azerbaijani-English)
Discussant: Prof. Jean Hudson, SPS, Malmö University
Agil Valiyev (Odlar Yurdu University, Faculty of International Relations, Economics and Social Sciences, Department of International Relations): Cultural Diplomacy of Azerbaijan
Discussant: Prof. Bo Petersson, RUCARR/GPS
Tinatin Gvenetadze (Tbilisi State University, Department of Sociology): Female Labour Migration: Socio-Economic Impacts on Migrant’s Families in Georgia.
When: May 16, 10-14.30
Where: Niagara C0929
Special thanks for insightful comments by Ambassador Malkhaz Kakabadze, who also took active part in the workshop.
Prof. Kerstin Tham, Vice-Chancellor of Malmö University.
Ambassador Ingrid Tersman, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chair of RUCARR Advisory Board.
RUCARR Co-directors, Prof. Bo Petersson and Prof. Karina Vamling
Keynote1 – Prof. Vladmir Gel’man (European University at Saint-Petersburg & University of Helsinki): Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes.
Discussant: Dr. Carolina Vendil Pallin (Swedish Defence Research Agency, Stockholm)
Keynote 2 – Prof. Stephen Jones (Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts): Can the South Caucasian States Break with their Past?
Discussant: Senior lecturer, Dr. Märta-Lisa Magnusson (Malmö University)
Roundtable discussion – Authoritarianisms Past and Present: What Prospects Ahead?
Prof. Vladmir Gel’man, Prof. Stephen Jones, Dr. Märta-Lisa Magnusson, Dr. Carolina Vendil Pallin, Dr. Jeremy Morris (Aarhus University), Dr. Derek Hutcheson (Malmö University) and others. Moderator is Dr. Katrine Gotfredsen (Malmö University).
A workshop was held on November 24-25 at the Section for Caucasus Studies, with support from the research platform RUCARR. The focus of the workshop was to discuss perspectives on fieldwork in the Caucasus during the period shortly before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Participants in the workshop were Lars Funch Hansen, Helen Krag, Märta-Lisa Magnusson, Søren Theisen and Karina Vamling, who all conducted research in different parts of the Caucasus during this period of transition (Ib Faurby and Vibeke Sperling were not present at the workshop)..