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 […]

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 […]

9 April 1990

Remembering the first anniversary of the 9 April tragedy. One year earlier the Soviet army had brutally dispersed a peaceful anti-Soviet demonstration in front of the Parliament of the Georgian SSR, killing 20 demonstrators. Only two years later, on April 9 1991, the Republic of Georgia declared the […]

2019

Friends, family, colleagues, thank you all for 2019! Wishing all a good start on the New Year 2020 and the new decade with many memorable events and success in your endeavors – and, of course, good health! When looking back at 2019, this year will probably for me […]

Award for contributions to the Georgian language abroad

At the annual event “Georgian Brand Day” creative and innovative persons and organisations were awarded for their contributions to the development of Georgia and Georgian society in entrepreneurship, culture, design, media and research. It was a great honour to receive an award for my contributions to Caucasology and […]

Language and Modern Technologies Conference

Three institutions organized the international conference Language and Modern Technologies in Tbilisi on December 15-17, 2019: Tbilisi State University, Sokhumi State University and Circassian Culture Center. The special theme this year was Issues of historical and etymological lexicography. Thank you so much for hosting this interesting meeting!