First Caucasus Studies conference in Malmö 2005

The first Caucasus Studies conference at Malmö University was held – now fifteen years ago – on June 17-19, 2005, on the topic Language, History and Cultural Identities in the Caucasus. Co-organisers were Karina Vamling, Märta-Lisa Magnusson, Jean Hudson and Revaz Tchantouria. Invited  keynote speaker Kevin Tuite gave […]

Georgian online at Netlearning 2006

A joint presentation together with Manana Kobaidze of our online course Georgian language and culture at the conference Netlearning 2006 , organized at Blekinge Institute of Technology (link) in Ronneby. It was an inspiring event with pedagogical and theoretical perspectives on e-learning and demonstrations of the latest online […]

Festschrift: Language and Society in the Caucasus

What an unforgettable surprise at our zoom seminar on May 25 – to be presented with a festschrift! Feeling so honored and thankful to my dear colleagues who initiated this and contributed to this exciting book (Read Festschrift: Language and Society in the Caucasus) (Universus Academic Press). My […]

April 9 seminar

Today on April 9, it was my pleasure to chair a seminar at the research platform Russia and the Caucasus Research (RUCARR), devoted to the process of restoration of Georgia’s statehood. The presentation by Prof Merab Chukhua was spanning from the tragic events of April 9 1989, when […]

Academician Tamaz Gamkrelidze

The distinguished and well-known Georgian linguist, Academician Tamaz Gamkrelidze, is no longer with us, he passed away on February 10, 2021, at the age of 91. Prof. Gamkrelidze’s fundamental work will continue to inspire many generations of linguists. Among his many publications the two-volume work “Indo-European and Indo-Europeans” […]

2020

Leaving 2020 behind us, I wish all friends and colleagues a brighter and happier year to come! When we returned to Sweden in the beginning of January (2020) from our New Year’s visit to Georgia, little did we know that this would be our last trip for many […]

Center for Caucasus Studies at Øresund University

In November 2005, the founding meeting of Center for Caucasus Studies at Øresund University, was opened by Bengt Streiffert, chairman of Øresund University. “Caucasus Studies – a jewel in our crown”, he said during the opening speech. Center for Caucasus Studies at Øresund University was a joint platform […]

Leuville Estate 1988

It was a memorable meeting with the Georgian emigré community at the Leuville Estate south of Paris and an honor to talk with representatives in exile of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia. I visited Leuville together with colleagues at the Caucasian Colloquium that was held in Paris […]

1 May 1987 in Tbilisi

The last Soviet style celebration of the 1st of May in Tbilisi was held in 1987. At Tbilisi University red banners and placards were being prepared for the university’s representatives in the march and the main building was decorated with flags of the 15 union republics and a […]