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As the name of the platform, ‘Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research’ (RUCARR), suggests, Russia and the Caucasus are the geographical areas of primary concern. The platform is an intellectual hub for scholars at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, building on an established and well-recognized area studies tradition that attracts a wide array of researchers and students both locally and internationally.
RUCARR has its research focus on political, social, cultural, economic and other relations of significance within and between Russia and the Caucasus, on the one hand, and with neighboring states, on the other. Areas of expertise include, but are not restricted to, political, social and cultural dynamics and history, nationalism, ethnic and national identity, security issues, civil society development, authoritarianism and post-authoritarian transition and transformations.
At the Faculty of Culture and Society, there is a strong constellation of scholars, who hold area-studies expertise on Russia and the Caucasus. RUCARR researchers have long experience in conducting field research in the region, benefiting from solid knowledge of cultures and Russian and Caucasian languages, as well as a rich network of local research contacts. Initiators of RUCARR are professors Bo Petersson and Karina Vamling, who have worked together for many years and who now share the responsibility of being co-directors of the platform.