Vemund Aarbakke


Vemund Aarbakke
Vemund Aarbakke left PRIO in 2002. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.


Languages spoken:

Norwegian, English, Turkish

Working experience:

After completing my Master Thesis I worked for 3 months as research assistant for Astri Suhrke at the Chr. Michelsens Institute in Bergen, in the autumn of 1992.

In January 1993 I started to work on my doctoral thesis on "The Muslim minority of Greek Thrace" at the University of Bergen, Department of History, where I have been a Research Associate since this time. At the University of Bergen I have also been associated with the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and the International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) programme. In this connection I organised recently the series of lectures at IMER in spring 2001.

In the academic year 1994–95 I held a Fulbright scholarship and spent 10 months at the University of Princeton. While working on the thesis I spent 2 months in Munich during the autumn of 1995, using the research facilities at the Südostinstitut and the University of Munich.
I also visited the University of Utrecht and the library of Leiden for shorter periods.

In 1997 I participated in a research project on minority education led by Anna Frangudaki of the University of Athens. In 2000 participated in a project on Balkan refugees in historical perspective organised by Vasilis Gunaris who is director of the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle in Thessaloniki. I have at times been consultant to both the Norwegian and Danish Helsinki Committee on questions related to minorities in the Balkans.


Balkan Studies, University of Copenhagen, 1989-92; Modern Greek, University of Copenhagen, 1988; Turkish, University of Bergen, 1987; Ancient Greek, University of Bergen, 1985-87; General Linguistics, University of Bergen, 1985; History of Religion, University of Bergen, 1983-84; Philosophy, University of Bergen, 1981-83.

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All Publications

PRIO Report

Aarbakke, Vemund (2002) Mutual Learning - Facilitating Dialogue in Former Yugoslavia, PRIO Report, 2. Oslo: PRIO.

Conference Paper

Aarbakke, Vemund (2001) Strategies and Dilemmas of Marginal Language Groups, presented at the International conference ‘Language-Society-History: The Balkans’, Thessaloniki, 11–12 November.
Aarbakke, Vemund (2001) Refugees and Refugee Organisations in Bulgaria, 1940-1990, presented at the International Conference ‘Refugees in the Balkans: Memory and Integration’, Thessaloniki, 20–21 December.