Day 1, 22. November 2017


21 Nov, 4 pm






Orkanen entrance hall


Welcome and introductory words


Dean Rebecka Lettevall, Ambassador Ingrid Tersman -  Chairman of RUCARR’s Advisory Board, Professors Bo Petersson & Karina Vamling – Co-directors of RUCARR


Keynote Speech: Nationalism, Patriotism, and Legacy in Post-Soviet Russia


Keynote Speaker: Prof. Paul Goode, University of Bath




Coffee Break

Session 1 – 15:00-17:00


Panel 1

Panel 2

Panel 3

Panel 4

Location/room numbers

Orkanen E239

Orkanen F415

Orkanen C127

Orkanen B404



Nationalism & Memory

Post-Soviet Developments: Theoretical and methodological perspectives

Grounding Studies of Nationalism and Patriotism in RUCARR Region

Ethnicity and Nationalism in the RUCARR Region


Bo Petersson, Malmö University

Derek Hutcheson, Malmö University

Mahama Tawat, Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow

Karina Vamling, Malmö University

Shota Kakabadze, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu : “Christian Stalin;” The Paradox of the Contemporary Georgian Politics

Ketevan Bolkvadze, Quality of Government Institute/Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden: To Reform, or to Resist? Incentives for fighting judicial corruption in hybrid regimes

Jeremy Morris, Aarhus University: Approaching everyday nationalism and patriotism in Russia after the Ukraine conflict

Nino Abzianidze, NCCR Democracy, Dep. of Political Science, University of Zurich: Us vs. Them as Structural Equivalence: Analyzing the Structure of Nationalist Appeals in Georgian Print Media

Eleonora Narvselius, Lund University: The 1943-44 Volhynian massacres in the Polish-Ukranian-Russian “triangle of Memory

Kyle Marquardt, V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg, Sweden: Ethnic conflict in the Soviet Union, with and without ethnicity

Martin Demant Frederiksen,  University of Copenhagen & Katrine Gotfredsen, Malmö University:  Rose Revolution: The Soldier and the Hoax - Patriotism, Fake News and Ambivalence in Postwar Georgia

Sahar Nejati Karimabad, Middle East Technical University, Ankara: Post-Soviet Azerbaijani Ethnic Identity and Post-Revolutionary Iranian Azeri Ethnic Identity: Overlaps and Interactions    

Alexander Osipov, International Centre for Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity Studies, Prague: ‘The rehabilitation of repressed peoples’ – how it mirrors the Russian nationalities policy and why does it make troubles

Kazim Azimov, Dep. of Sociology, Baku State University, Azerbaijan & Ganbarov Baldadash, Dep. of International Relations, Belorussia State University, Minsk: Cultural Capital, Modernization, and Education in Azerbaijan


Tova Höjdestrand, Lund University: Social welfare or moral warfare? Conservative popular resistance against neoliberal social policy in Russia

Eleonora Minaeva & Petr Panov, Perm University, Russia: Ethnic Republic in Russia: Spatial Localization of Ethnic Groups and Linguistic Policies

Olga Zabalueva, Applied Cultural Analysis, Lund University:

Exhibiting the Nation: Russian Cultural Policies and Nationalism



Hanna Vasilevich, International Centre for Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity Studies (Prague): “Russian World” and compatriots' policies


Break – refreshments


Panel Discussion:

‘New Authoritarian Tendencies in Europe and Eurasia’



George Mchedlishvili, International Black Sea University/Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Eleonora Narvselius, Lund University

Petr Panov, Perm State University, Russia




Orkanen Restaurant


Day 2, 23. November 2017

Session 2, November 23, 09:30-11:30


Panel 1

Panel 2

Panel 3

Panel 4

Location/room number:

Niagara BOE 15

Niagara C0826

Niagara C0929

Niagara C1029


Strategic Perspectives in the RUCARR Region

Local Perspectives on Conflict and Nationalism in the Caucasus Region

Religion and Identity in the Russian Federation

Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Caucasus Region


Bo Petersson, Malmö University

Katrine Gotfredsen, Malmö University

Derek Hutcheson, Malmö University

Karina Vamling, Malmö University

Babak Rezvani, University of Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen: The Syrian and Iraqi Conflicts’ Ethnogeopolitical Consequences for the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East 

Vadim Romashov, Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere: Local Peace and Conflict: Narratives and Practices of Armenian-Azerbaijani Rural Communities in Georgia

Kiryl Kascian, International Centre for Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity Studies, Prague: A spiritual ministry: the Russian Orthodox Church as a tool of Russia’s foreign policy

Nana Janashia, Georgian Technical University, Georgia: Human problems in the conflict zone

Natalia Taksami, Karelian Institute University of Eastern Finland: Silk Road on a long run: China’s presence in Russian Far East

Vera Skvirskaja, Dep. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen: National Borders and Transnational Languages: Nationalism and Trader-Cosmopolitanism in Georgia

Hamed Kazemzadeh, Centre for East European Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland: Islamic identity formation & the roots of ethnic conflicts – religious crisis in Russia

Klaudia Kosicinska, University of Warsaw: Situation of Azerbaijanis in Georgia as the largest national minority of the country

Mahama Tawat & Yana Zdanovich, Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow: Economic Sanctions and Foreign Policy Change.

A Comparative Analysis of Russia and Iran

Oleksandr Polianichev, Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa, Leipzig: Colonial Entanglements: The Expulsion of the Adyghe as a Challenge to the Russian Nationality

Sufian N. Zhemukhov & Robert W. Orttung, George Washington University: Urban Islam in Russia

Alexandre Kukhianidze, Dep. of Political Science, Tbilisi State University: Lost Opportunities in the Georgian-Ossetian Conflict




Caspar ten Dam, Leiden University, Netherlands: The Tragic Tale of the Chechen Independence Struggle

Aram Terzyan, Dep. of Political Science, Yerevan State University/ Dep. of Global Political Studies Malmö University: Russia vs. EU in the foreign policy discourse of Armenia: Between European identity and Russia-led trajectory




13:00 à

Beginning of Circassian Conference