Perspectives on fieldwork in the Caucasus, late 1980s–early1990s

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)..

Roundtable – Academic freedoms besieged: Developments in Turkey and Russia

This is a RUCARR/GPS roundtable about the current troubling events in the two countries. Brief presentations on the subject will be made by Professors Umut Özkirimli (Lund University) and Bo Petersson (Malmö University) after which a general discussion on the wider implications of the developments will follow. The event will be moderated by Professor Oscar Hemer (Malmö University). Further participants may be added to the roundtable.

When? November 23, 1-3 pm
Where: NIC0826, 8th floor in the Niagara building (new room)

RUCARR – Erasmus Mundus PhD workshop

13.10 Welcome and Introduction. Prof. Karina Vamling and Gunilla Pfannenstill, former Head of Malmö University International Office

Part 1
13.20 Giorgi Omsarashvili (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Caucasus studies): Islamic Radicalization Process in Georgia (theoretical framework dilemmas)
Discussant: Kristian Steiner, Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies

13.50 Tinatin Gvenetadze (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Department of Sociology): Irregular Georgian Female Labor Migration
Discussant: Ingrid Jerve Ramsøy. PhD candidate at Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare

14.20 Tina Tskhovrebadze (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Department of Political Sciences): Using the History in the State-building process – Georgia before re-declaring independence (1988-1991 years)
Discussant: Bo Petersson, Professor of Political Science


Part 2
15.30 Elnur Aliyev (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Caucasus studies): The sociolinguistic situation of Budukh and problems related to endangered languages
Discussant: Arthur Holmer, Associate professor of Linguistics, Lund University

16.00 Agil Valiyev (Odlar Yurdu University, Faculty of International Relations, Economics and Social Sciences, Department of International Relations): Cultural heritage in occupied territories of Azerbaijan (Nagorno Karabagh)
Discussant: Lars Funch Hansen, PhD, Senior lecturer in Caucasus Studies

Where: Room Niagara C1029
Contact: Tina Tskhovrebadze


Seminar on the 2016 parliamentary elections in Russia and Georgia

d4RUCARR & Caucasus Studies will organize a joint web and campus seminar on November 8, 5 pm: The 2016 parliamentary elections in Russia and Georgia.
Dr. Derek Hutcheson, Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University will offer his perspective on the Russian elections and Prof. Alexandre Kukhianidze, Department of Political Sciencce, Tbilisi State University will analyse the outcome of the Georgian elections.
Students and staff are invited to attend the seminar, at Malmö University campus (NIC0502) or online

Sign-up: send your name, email and affiliation, mark: web or campus to

Visit from the Swedish Institute

Markus Boman and Madeleine Mattsson from the Swedish Institute visited RUCARR on September 20. Programme manager Markus Boman (to the right on the photo) gave a presentation about the Visby programme and interesting new developments in the coming year.

Version 2The programme includes a number of different types of scholarships (both to and from Sweden) for students, researchers and experts and targets the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine.