Seminar – Declarations of Independence in the Caucasus 100 years

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 Mountain republic.
RUCARR seminar May 22: “Declarations of Independence in the Caucasus – 100 years Anniversary”-

Photos: Elnur Aliyev

Preliminary programme for the 100 years anniversary seminar

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.

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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 Refreshments
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 Lunch break
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 Refreshments
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 Summation Dr. Katrine Gotfredsen, Malmö University (TBC)

Dr. Lars Funch Hansen, Malmö University

16:15 – 17:00 Mingling

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).

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Seminar with Dr. Minna Lundgren

Dr. Minna Lundgren, Mid Sweden University, Department of Social Sciences, TEMAG: Abkhazia: Migration Memories and Contested Belongings.


Abkhazia, de jure an autonomous republic within the Georgan Republic, proclaimed independence in 1999 and is today functioning as a de facto independent state under Russian patronage. Abkhazia has been an object of study in numerous studies from several disciplines such as political science, peace and conflict studies, law, and economics. However, apart from reports from international organizations, only a few studies have a micro level focus on the people who are living in Abkhazia today. People whose lives are affected by unresolved conflict, unrecognized statehood, political isolation, economic blockade, and restricted mobility. In this presentation Minna Lundgren will therefore aim to explore three interconnected themes connected to everyday life experiences of people living in Abkhazia or claiming a right to do so: 1. Abkhazia as a migration nexus – a point of departure and of return; 2. Abkhazia as a locus of disputed belongings, and 3. Abkhazia as a riskscape, a landscape embedded with different layers of risk, that affects people differently depending on an unequal distribution of power. I will draw on material from fieldwork in the region from 2012 to 2017.

When: May 21, 15.15-17.00

Where: Malmö University, Nordenskiöldgatan 1, Niagara building, Conference room on the 9th floor. Since this seminar will take place in a part of the building with limited public access, RUCARR personnel will be available in the lobby area on the bottom floor of the Niagara building (in front of the C elevators) at 15.00 sharp, to meet and accompany you to the location.