Dr Timofey Agarin
Lecturer in Politics and Ethnic Conflict
(PhD Aberdeen, MA Marburg)
+44 28 9097 3659
Minorities in Europe; National and Ethnic Conflict Management;
Skills and Methods of Political Research; Approaches to Research Design
I am interested in relationships between the state and society, interrelations between the majority and the minority, issues relating to non-discrimination in the wider Europe and the impact of European integration broadly conceived on societal change and dynamics in political institutions. Any proposal for a research project that deals with aspects of ethnic politics and from a comparative perspective is warmly welcome.
My research interest is in ethnic politics and their impact on transition from communism in Central Eastern European states. I am particularly interested in the interplay of social and institutional change in postcommunism in issue areas of non-discrimination, minority protection, migration and civil society. In the past I looked at the dynamic relations between national identity, power relations and ethnic conflict across the postcommunist region and particularly at institutions of the nation-state. Using the cases of institutions tasked with minority protection, I investigate how democratising states cooperate with one another as well as with international organisations to reduce ethnic tensions domestically and ensure peace and stability in postcommunist states.
I am the Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, http://go.qub.ac.uk/CfSoEC I also convene the UK Baltic Study Group, sponsored by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES), http://go.qub.ac.uk/baltic I am the co-founder (with Matthew Kott, Uppsala) of the collaborative research network “Romanis in Europe: Probing the Limits of Integration”, sponsored by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), http://romanis.eu/
I am a member of University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), International Political Science Association (IPSA), British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) and Political Studies Association (PSA). I regularly review papers for Journal of Baltic Studies, Ethnicities, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, European Security, Journal of Social Science Education, Journal on Ethnic and Minority Issues in Europe and Journal of Contemporary European Research
- ‘Unpacking the Roma Participation Puzzle: Presence, Voice and Influence’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies with Aidan McGarry (forthcoming)
- ‘Travelling without moving? Limits of European governance for Romani inclusion’, Ethnicities (forthcoming)
- Review essay ‘Angels with dirty faces? European identity, politics of representation and recognition of Romani interests’ for Ethnicities (forthcoming)
- Editorial ‘Citizenship and civic education in postcommunist countries’ for a special issue of Journal of Social Science Education with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, 2013, 4
- ‘Resident aliens? Explaining Minority Disaffection with Democratic Politics in the Baltic States’, Ethnopolitics 2013, 12 (4), pp.331 – 351 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8MfZEHIvoc-TnNOd21fYkZ1YkE
- ‘The Implementation Trap? Trajectories of Minority Rights Issues in Europe. Introduction’ Special Issue of Perspectives on European Politics and Society 2012, 13 (4) with Malte Brosig.
- ‘Which Is the Only Game in Town? Minority Rights Issues in Estonia and Slovakia During and After EU Accession’. Perspectives on European Politics and Society 2012, 13 (4) pp. 443-461 with Ada-Charlotte Regelmann https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8MfZEHIvoc-VVd0VnFlU1NWVjg
- Hornsby, Michael, and Timofey Agarin. 2012. ‘The End of Minority Languages? Europe’s Regional Languages in Perspective’. Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe 11 (1). http://www.ecmi.de/fileadmin/downloads/publications/JEMIE/2012/HornsbyAgarin.pdf
- ‘Civil Society versus Nationalizing State? Advocacy of Minority Rights in the post-socialist Baltic States.’ Nationalities Papers 39, 2011, pp. 181-203. (https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8MfZEHIvoc-OTFiOTQ0ZTQtM2M5ZS00NTAwLWIyOGItNjU0NjFiYjM3ZjI5)
- ‘Status Quo Multiculturalism: The Crux of Minority Policies in Central Eastern Europe’s EU Member-states,’ (with Ada-Charlotte Regelmann) Journal of Minority Studies 5, 2011, pp. 69-98. (https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8MfZEHIvoc-YmUwNjk2MzktODRhOC00MzM5LWI2ZDUtOGZjOWFjMzA5YmY4)
- ‘Redessiner la frontière: des politiques ethniques cohérentes ou une décentralisation s´lective en Estonie, Lituanie et Slovaquie,’ (with Ada-Charlotte Regelmann) Informations et commentaires : Le développement en questions 155, avril-juin 2011, 53-60
- ‘Where Have All the Environmentalists Gone? Baltic Greens in the mid-1990s,’ Journal of Baltic Studies, 3, 2009, pp. 285-305. (https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8MfZEHIvoc-ZjBjOWQyMjctOTc0OS00MGYyLWExMDEtZWIwOGRjMWY2Mjli)
- ‘Categories of Membership: Employing Social Identity Theory in Analyses of Integration of Russian-Speaking Communities in the Baltic Societies,’ Socialo Zinatnu Vestensis (Latvian Journal of Social Sciences), 2, 2007, pp. 124-146.
- A Cat’s Lick. Democratisation and Minority Communities in the post-Soviet Baltic (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2010)
- Edited When stereotype meets prejudice: Antiziganism in European Societies (Stuttgart: Ibidem 2014)
- Edited with Malte Brosig 2014. Trajectories of Minority Rights Issues in Europe. London: Routledge.
- Edited with Karl Cordell and Alexander Osipov 2013. Institutional Legacies of Communism: Change and Continuities in Minority Protection. London: Routledge.
- Edited with Malte Brosig, Minority Integration in Central Eastern Europe: Between Ethnic Diversity and Equality (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2009).
- ‘The Root Cause of Romani Exclusion and the European National Roma Integration Strategies’ In When stereotype meets prejudice: Antiziganism in European Societies. 2014. Stuttgart: Ibidem
- ‘The Dead Weight of the Past? Institutional Change, Policy Dynamics and the Communist Legacy in Minority Protection’. In Institutional Legacies of Communism: Change and Continuities in Minority Protection, eds. Karl Cordell, Timofey Agarin, and Alexander Osipov. London: Routledge 2013
- ‘Language Sectarianism: Europe’s regional languages and their revival.’ (with Michael Hornsby) in László Marácz and Mireille Rosello (eds.) Multilingual Europe and Multicultural Europeans (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012)
- ‘Climate change and Tourism in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region,’ (with Jens Jetzkowitz and Andreas Matzarakis) in Christian Schott (ed.) Tourism and the Implications of Climate Change: Issues and Actors (Bingley, Emerald, 2010).
- ‘Caught in the Middle: Regional Languages Between the National Past and a European Future,’ (with Michael Hornsby) in Jolan Roka (ed.) Concepts and Consequences of Multilingualism in Europe (Budapest, Budapest College of Communication and Business, 2010).
- ‘Where Have All the Environmentalists Gone? Baltic Greens in the mid-1990s,’ in David J. Galbreath (ed.) Contemporary Environmentalism in the Baltic States (Routledge, 2010)
- ‘Cooptation as Integration? National Programme “Integration of Society in Latvia” on Minority Participation’, in Timofey Agarin and Malte Brosig (eds.) Minority Integration in Central Eastern Europe: Between Ethnic Diversity and Equality (Amsterdam, 2009). Pp.199-223.
- ‘Minority Integration in Central Eastern Europe: An Introduction’ (with Malte Brosig) in Timofey Agarin and Malte Brosig(eds.) Minority Integration in Central Eastern Europe: Between Ethnic Diversity and Equality (Amsterdam, 2009). Pp.7-23.
- ‘Multicultural Solutions for Central and Eastern Europe? Concluding Observations’ (with Malte Brosig) in Timofey Agarin and Malte Brosig(eds.) Minority Integration in Central Eastern Europe: Between Ethnic Diversity and Equality (Amsterdam, 2009). Pp. 441-474.
- ‘Divided Societies? Public Opinion on the State and Economic Change in Estonia and Latvia’, in Elena Nõmm (ed.) Ethnic Images and Stereotypes - Where is the borderline? Russian-Baltic Cross-Cultural Relations (Narva, 2007).
- ‘Post-Soviet Community Building in the Baltic States’, in Aileen Pearson-Evans and Angela Leahy (eds.), Intercultural Spaces: Language, Culture, Identity (New York, 2007).
- ‘Gesellschaftliche Resonanz des Systemwandels in den baltischen Gesellschaften im intergenerationellen Vergleich’, in Arbeitspapiere und Materialien – Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, Bremen. Nr.77: Osteuropaforschung – 15 Jahre danach (Bremen, 2006).
- ‘Russian Speaking Communities and Democratic Consolidation in the post-Soviet Baltic Societies’, in Andres Kasekamp and Heiko Pääbo (eds.), Promoting Democratic Values in the Enlarging Europe: The Changing Role of the Baltic States from Importers to Exporters (Tartu, 2006)
- ‘Zugehörigkeit trotz Exklusion: Anerkennung zwischen den Minderheiten und Mehrheiten im post-sowjetischen Baltikum’, in Arbeitspapiere und Materialien – Forschungsstelle Osteuropa, Bremen. Nr.70: Integration und Ausgrenzung im Osten Europas (Bremen, 2005).
- ‘Citizenship and Processes of Social Exclusion in the Baltic States. Rearranging Identities’, in Bogdan Voicu and Horatiu Rusu (eds.), Globalization, European Integration, and Social Development in European Postcommunist Societies (Sibiu, 2003)
- ‘Demographic and Cultural Policies of the Soviet Union in Lithuania from 1944 to 1956. A Post-Colonial Perspective’, in Olaf Mertelsmann (ed.), The Sovietization of the Baltic States, 1940-1956 (Tartu, 2003).
- Stroschein, Sherrill Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2012) For Ethnopolitics
- Karolewski , Ireneusz Pawel Citizenship and Collective Identity in Europe (Abingdon: Routledge, 2011) For Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
- Anghel, Remus Gabriel Romanians in Western Europe: Migration, Status Dilemmas, and Transnational Connections. Plymouth: Lexington Books (2013) for Journal of Migration Studies
- Commercio, Michele E., Russian Minority Politics in Post-Soviet Latvia and Kyrgyzstan: The Transformative Power of Informal Networks. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010. In Central Asian Survey.
- Geiger, Martin and Antoine Pécoud (eds.) The Politics of International Migration Management (Migration, Minorities and Citizenship). Hampshire, New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2010. In Antropološki zvezki – Slovene Journal of Anthropology.
- Stewart, Michael and Márton Rövid (eds.). Multi-disciplinary approaches to Romany studies. Selected papers from Participants of Central European University’s Summer Courses 2007-2009. Budapest. Central European University, 2010 In Romany Studies
- Golubeva, Maria and Robert Gould (eds.) Shrinking Citizenship: Discursive Practices that Limit Democratic Participation in Latvian Politics, Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2010. In Journal of Baltic Studies
- Kockel, Ullrich. Re-visioning Europe Frontiers, Place Identities and Journeys in Debatable Lands, Palgrave Macmillan 2010. In Journal of Contemporary European Research
- Epstein, Rachel A. In Pursuit of Liberalism. International Institutions in Postcommunist Europe, Baltimore, MA: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. In Canadian Slavonic Papers
- King, Charles. Extreme Politics: Nationalism, Violence, and the End of Eastern Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. For Europe-Asia Studies
- Pål Kolstø (ed.) Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflicts: Representations of Self and Other, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. In European Security
- Latour, Bruno. The Making of Law. An Ethnography of the Conseil D’Etat (translated Marina Brilman and Alain Pottage). Malden: Polity Press, 2010. In Antropološki zvezki – Slovene Journal of Anthropology.
- Leonidas Donskis (ed.) A Litmus Test of Modernity: Examining Modern Sensibilities and the Public Domain in the Baltic States at the Turn of the Century Frankfurt am Main/New York, Lang, 2009 In Journal of Baltic Studies
- Henry E. Hale, The Foundations of Ethnic Politics. Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008). In Ethnopolitics.
- Mathijs Pelkmans, Defending the Border: Identity, Religion, and Modernity in the Republic of Georgia (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2006). In Europe-Asia Studies.
- Walter Richmond, The Northwest Caucasus: Past, Present, Future (London and New York, Routledge, 2008). In Europe-Asia Studies.
- Aurel Braun (ed.), NATO-Russia Relations in the Twenty-First Century (New York and London: Routledge, 2008). In Ethnopolitics.
- Lefort, Claude, Complications: Communism and the Dilemmas of Democracy (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007). In Europe-Asia Studies.
- Oldfield, Jonathan D., Russian Nature: Exploring the Environmental Consequences of Societal Change (Ashgate Studies in Environmental Policy and Practice), (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005). In Environmental Politics.
- Rindzeviciute, Egle (ed.), Re-approaching East Central Europe: Old Region, New Institutions? Baltic and East European Studies 7. Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (Huddinge: Södertörns Högskola, 2006). In Europe-Asia Studies.
- Ieva Zake, Nineteenth-Century Nationalism and Twentieth-Century Anti-democratic Ideals: The Case of Latvia, 1840s to 1980s. (Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008). In Europe-Asia Studies
- Morton, Adam David, Unravelling Gramsci. Hegemony and Passive Revolution in the Global Political Economy (London: Pluto Press, 2007). In Antropološki zvezki – Slovene Journal of Anthropology.
- Gammer, Moshe, The Lone Wolf and the Bear: Three Centuries of Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule. (London: C. Hurst & Co., 2005). In Ethnopolitics.
- Jenne, Erin K., Ethnic Bargaining. The Paradox of Minority Empowerment (London and Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007). In Ethnopolitics.
- Weller, Marc (ed.), The Rights of Minorities in Europe. A Commentary on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005). In Ethnopolitics.
- Barany, Zoltan and Robert G. Moser (eds.), Ethnic Politics after Communism (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005). In Ethnopolitics.
- Zisserman-Brodsky, Dina, Constructing Ethnopolitics in the Soviet Union: Samizdat, Deprivation, and the Rise of Ethnic Nationalism (New York and Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). In Ethnopolitics.
- Budryte, Dovile, Taming Nationalism? Political Community Building in the post-Soviet Baltic States (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2005). In Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
- Coppieters, Bruno and Robert Legvold (ed.), Statehood and Security: Georgia after the Rose Revolution, (Cambridge, Ma., The MIT Press, 2005). In Ethnopolitics.
- Silova, Iveta, From Sites of Occupation to Symbols of Multiculturalism. Reconceptualizing Minority Education in Post-Soviet Latvia (Greenwich, CT, Information Age Publishing, 2006). In Journal of Baltic Studies.
- Žižek, Slavoj, Interrogating the Real. Edited by Rex Butler and Scott Stephens (London and New York: Continuum, 2005). In Post-Structuralism and Radical Politics.
- Mazur-Stommen, Susan, Engines of Ideology. Urban Renewal in Rostock, Germany 1990-2000 (Münster, LIT Verlag, 2005). In Soyuz.
- Freire, Maria Raquel, Conflict and Security in the Former Soviet Union: The Role of the OSCE (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2003). In Ethnopolitics.
- Galbreath, David J. , Nation-Building and Minority Politics in Post-Socialist States: Interests, Influence and Identities in Estonia and Latvia (Stuttgart, ibidem Verlag, 2005). In Osteuropa.