Workshop "Ethnic identities, state institutions and stateness in the Yugosphere", Dec 13

Since the demise of the Yugoslav socialist federation, borders of republics became boundaries of nation-states, with an increasing number of sub-state regions striving for regional autonomy and/or independence. The workshop explores whether we witness a process resulting from the Yugoslav SFR ethnoterritorial proliferation policies that contemporary political actors mobilise. Is the situation in which ethnic, linguistic, religious kin groups carve out political entities on a scale smaller than the existing multi-ethnic states relevant for processes taking place elsewhere, eg in the course of UK devolution? We look at the case of ex Yugoslavia to discuss challenges posed by “tribal politics” under conditions of social and economic change elsewhere in Europe. The envisaged focus on political institutions’ mitigating impact on ethnopolitical mobilisation in “divided societies” will aid our understanding of origins of ethnic conflicts in contemporary Europe.

The workshop brings together younger scholars to present on conceptual/theoretical perspectives on the relationship between institutional mechanisms that mitigate intergroup conflict and social perceptions of ethnic identities as drivers of conflict in the ex-Yugoslav context. The workshop will explore a range of topics related to inter-communal tensions across the region.

Speakers and topics are:

  • Ovo nije moj mir!/This is not my peace! Institutionalised ethnicity and acts of citizenship in post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina (Dr Maria-Adriana Deiana, QUB)
  • Romani Minorities and the Construction of the Post-Yugoslav Citizenship Regimes (Dr Julija Sardelic CITSEE Edinburgh)
  • Identity, Inclusion and the Kosovo Assembly (Michael Potter, QUB PIS PhD student)
  • It takes three to tango? Re-examining ethnic bargaining in rump-Yugoslavia (Laura Wise, Graz/ PIS MA CEC graduate)
  • For kin, not for country: Minority participation in Macedonia and Kosovo in the light of EU accession (Dr Timofey Agarin, QUB)

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The Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict regularly hosts international research conferences and workshops, highlighting critical moments in the life of Northern Ireland, UK, European Union and regularly address questions of ethnic stabilty and conflict in transforming national and international environments.

Call for papers, Perspectives on Transitions: Inter-Communal Conflict and Paths to Democratisation

Existing conceptual/theoretical perspectives on the relationship between transition (to democracy among others) and inter-communal conflict so far have not offered much perspective on the Arab Spring, let alone has there been a systematic comparative investigation of these relationships across different waves of transition. This is despite the fact that inter-communal conflict (in a broad sense conflict between distinct ethnic, religious, regional identity groups) has been an important feature of transition processes in countries like Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria, and that there are a number of striking similarities between the dynamics of transition previous waves of democratisation in Latin America, post-communist states and the Arab Mediterranean, including the fact that these transition processes have a significant dimension of international involvement. Moreover, comparative perspectives exist on the second and third waves. Thus, there is both a need and an existing framework for comparing different waves of transitions and the outcomes of such transitions with regard to democratisation from the perspective of ethnic conflict.

We invite submissions that propose to address these issues from theoretical/conceptual perspectives and through single and comparative case studies. The conference will explore a range of debates and topics related to transition and inter-communal conflict/tensions. It is open to those who wish to present work on country specific transitions, on broader patterns of regime consolidation, and on historical perspectives as well as contemporary challenges. Papers presented for publication will be considered for publication in Civil Wars, Ethnopolitics and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

The conference will take place at the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast on 13 September 2013. The conference is being organised by School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict Queen’s University Belfast, the PSA Specialist Group on Ethnopolitics, the Centre for Sustainability, Leadership and Governance Plymouth University, the School of Government Plymouth University, Routledge, publishers of Civil Wars, Ethnopolitics and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, published by Taylor & Francis. 

Paper proposals of no more than 500 words, complete with author contact details and institutional affiliation, should be submitted via, by July 20. Please indicate in your submission whether you wish to be considered for conference support. Should you have any questions, please email both, Karl Cordell ( and Timofey Agarin (

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Workshop on State-Society relations in Central Eastern European EU member States

School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict held a one day workshop on Monday, June 10.


Presentations included:

  • Zsuzsa Csergö (ASN President, Queen’s U, Canada), “Politics versus Institutions:  Ethno-cultural contestations in Central and Eastern Europe”
  • Ada-Charlotte Regelmann (QUB) “Ambiguous signals: EU minority policy and minority participation in CEE”
  • Laura Wise (MA programme Comparative Ethnic Conflict, PISP QUB), “It takes three to tango: re-examining ethnic bargaining in rump Yugoslavia”
  • Licia Cianetti (UCL SSEES), “Non-citizens' voting rights and minority representation in Estonia and Latvia”
  • Timofey Agarin (QUB), “If the kids are united: Why European Framework for Romani inclusion wouldn’t work?”

The workshop is a one day event availing of the newly elected President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities travelling to Belfast and will be used to strengthen sets of existing cooperation triads: between The Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict(QUB), Political Studies at Queen's University Canada and UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (Agarin & Regelmann/ Csergö/ Canetti); among scholars working on EU impact on society integration (Regelmann/ Csergö/ Canetti), and impact of the EU on Baltic States’ democratisation (Agarin/Regelmann/Canetti). The idea of the workshop is largely to exchange ideas on changes in state-society, particularly minority relations in the CEE within the EU framework. Each of participants focused on different aspects of this theme, presented their work in progress.

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Meeting of the UK Baltic Studies Group

Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy hosted an annual meeting of the Baltic Study Group, sponsored by British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) on May 3 2013. Presentations included: 

  • Timofey Agarin and Ada-Charlotte Regelmann (Politics, QUB), Baltic Studies in the light of developments in European and Postcommunist Area Research,:
  • Pete Duncan (SSEES UCL) and Alexander Titov (History, QUB): Russia’s identity and perspectives on the Baltic States 1992-2012
  • Nikolay Mitrokhin (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, Universität Bremen): Between the sea and a hard place? The long view on Russian Orthodox Church in the Baltic States
  • Tina Tamman, (Independent scholar, London): Soviet Ideas of Estonian as perceived through the 1920s reorganisation of the Petrograd Naval Academy 

The UK Baltic Study Group is an informal and interdisciplinary forum, meeting annually, to foster greater discussion, collaborative research, interaction with policy practitioners and other non-academic partners and – potentially – joint activities in teaching. Membership of the group is open to UK academics and postgraduates from any discipline with an interest in the Baltic who are conducting research relevant to the area. Information on the UK Baltic Studies Group is here

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Peace and conflict studies

Politics in Deeply Divided Societies By Adrian Guelke

"A distinguished expert in deeply divided societies, Guelke skilfully unpacks the challenges facing societies divided by ethnicity, religion, and race and tackles the critical dilemmas encountered by those seeking to design durable conflict-mitigating institutions. The Politics in Deeply Divided Societies will stimulate current scholarship and nurture the next generation of students."
Neophytos G. Loizides, University of Kent

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The World of Political Science - The development of the discipline

The Study of Ethnicity and Politics: Recent Analytical Developments
Adrian Guelke and Jean Tournon, eds.

“To those interested in a sober analysis of identity politics, costs of ethnic conflict and promotion of civilized coexistence, reading this book is a must. Policymakers, politicians and statesmen can immensely benefit from the insights offered in this book.”
Dev Raj Dahal, FES, Kathmandu

For further information see:

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