The RUCARR seminar on March 26 will be happy to 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 TBA, Niagara building, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö
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 (for external participants, please come to the reception at 13.00)
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.
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
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-/
Photos: Elnur Aliyev
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
|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
|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
|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
|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
||Dr. Katrine Gotfredsen, Malmö University (TBC)
Dr. Lars Funch Hansen, Malmö University
|16:15 – 17:00
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
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