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.

About Khalil

My name is Khalil Mutallimzada and I study Peace and Conflict Studies. The study that I plan to conduct will explore the motivations of people who voluntarily decide to join various military battalions. The purpose of my study is to get a better insight about the incentives of volunteers who travel to fight in the Eastern Ukraine. I would like to deepen my understanding about possible motivations to join the voluntary battalions, as well as the attractiveness of these military congregations for future recruits. My study aims to reveal the factors that attract and pull people to become volunteer combatants, as well as the push factors of their decisions to travel to the conflict zone in Donbass. The study will be designed in accordance with the case study methodology. During my free time, I love to play basketball and read political literature.
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