Second Annual RUCARR and Circassians conferences, Malmö, 22-24 November 2017

I have been invited, also as a representative of the Association for the study of EthnoGeoPolitics (, to participate in, and present a paper at, the following two conferences at Malmö University, Sweden (following text taken from, last acc. 26-11-2017):

Second Annual RUCARR Conference, November 22-23, 2017


The Second Annual RUCARR Conference will be held at Malmo University, Sweden, on November 22-23, 2017.

The research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research’ (RUCARR) is an intellectual hub for scholars at the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University. Established as late as in 2016, RUCARR builds on an established and well-recognized area studies tradition at the University which connects with an extensive research networks nationally and internationally.

As the name of the platform, suggests, Russia and the Caucasus are the geographical areas of primary concern. RUCARR’s research focus is on political, social, cultural, economic and other dynamics and processes of significance within its geographical delimitations. Areas of interest include, but are not restricted to, contemporary politics, history and nationalism, ethnic and national identity, security issues, democracy and civil society development, authoritarianism and post-authoritarian transition and transformations.

Focus on ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism issues

This year’s conference will have its specific focus on ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism issues. On this topic, we are very happy to great Dr. Paul Goode, Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath ( as our keynote speaker with the presentation Nationalism, Patriotism, and Legitimacy in Post-Soviet Russia.

For the paper sessions contributions all across RUCARR’s sphere of activities are warmly welcome.

In connection with this year’s special focus, RUCARR organizes a thematic conference, directly following the Second Annual Conference: Circassians in the 21st century: Identity and Survival – in the homeland and diaspora, November 23–24, 2017 – read more.


Me having a question during the 2nd annual RUCARR conference.    © photo Elnur Aliyev


Circassians in the 21st century: Identity and Survival in the homeland and diaspora  

November 23-24, 2017

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Welcome to the conference “Circassians in the 21st century: Identity and Survival” hosted by RUCARR at Malmö University, Sweden, November 23-24, 2017.

The aim of this conference is to focus on the ongoing Circassian revival or mobilisation following the international attention on the Circassians in relation to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games and the 150-year anniversary of the forced exile from the Caucasus in the same year. This importantly included a mobilisation of youth and a stronger use of the Internet in these processes. This is significant, especially among the diaspora, where many belong to the first generation that have lost the Circassian language, perhaps the most important part of Circassian identity. During the last ten years, Circassian associations have been supplemented by a new form of NGO’s using different methods in promoting Circassian revival and survival, including use of new Internet and social media related tools, including many cases of new cross-border linking and cooperation. It is the aim of this conference to take stock of these developments among the Circassians as a geographically highly dispersed people in a increasingly volatile region.

We invite presentations on the following interrelated subthemes:

  • Homeland and Diaspora – Minority Conditions. Status, Trends, Perspectives.
  • Circassian civil society mobilisation and organisation.
  • Survival of Circassian Culture and Traditions in the Era of Globalisation.
  • Circassian language. The role of language in contemporary Circassian revival

Invited speakers and participants: Dr Zeynel Besleney, Author, Editor of Journal of Caucasian Studies-JOCAS  (Turkey), Prof. Merab Chukhua,  Tbilisi State University & Circassian Culture Center (Georgia), Dr Amjad Jaimoukha, Author and Publicist (Jordan) – see programme below, Professor Walter Richmond, Occidental College, Los Angeles (USA), Dr Sufian Zhemukhov, Senior Research Fellow, The George Washington University, Washington DC (USA).



© photo Elnur Aliyev