The platform is primarily concerned with the geographical areas of Russia and the Caucasus. RUCARR was established in 2016 and is an intellectual hub for scholars at the Faculty of Culture and Society, building on an established area of study that attracts international researchers and students from a variety of backgrounds.

Our research

RUCARR's research deals with political, social, cultural, economic and other relations of significance within and between Russia and the Caucasus, as well as among neighbouring states.

Among others, areas of expertise include: political, social and cultural dynamics and history; nationalism; ethnic and national identity; security issues; civil society development; authoritarianism; and post-authoritarian transition and transformations.

There is an established constellation of scholars at the Faculty of Culture and Society who are experts in area studies on Russia and the Caucasus. Our researchers have extensive experience in conducting field research in the region, benefitting from solid knowledge of Russian and Caucasian cultures and languages, as well as a broad network of local contacts.

RUCARR was founded by professors Bo Petersson and Karina Vamling, who have collaborated together for many years and are now co-directors of the platform.

The Fourth Annual RUCARR Conference,
November 21-22, 2019, Malmö University

This year’s conference will approach the region from a variety of disciplines within the social sciences and the humanities through the unifying thematic lens of contemporary mass and social media.

Keynote speakers

Dr. Svetlana Bodrunova, Professor of Political Science, Department of Mass Media Management, Saint Petersburg State University (SPBU):Runet and connective action: The web that failed indeed?”

Dr. Maia Mikashavidze, Professor of Media and Journalism at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Tbilisi: “Youth mobilization on Facebook: No to politics as usual”

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: September 5, 2019
Outcome of reviewing process by: September 25, 2019
Registration opens on September 2, 2019
Deadline for registration and payment: November 1, 2019


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