Dr Timofey Agarin
Lecturer in Politics and Ethnic Conflict
(PhD Aberdeen, MA Marburg)
+44 28 9097 3659
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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
- Minority Rights and Minority Protection in Europe (Rowman & Littlefield 2016) with Karl Cordell.
- Extraterritorial Citizenship in Post-Socialist Europe (Rowman & Littlefield 2015) with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski (eds).
- Trajectories of Minority Rights Issues in Europe The Implementation Trap? (Routledge 2015) with Malte Brosig (eds).
- When stereotype meets prejudice: Antiziganism in European Societies (Stuttgart: Ibidem 2014) (ed.).
- Institutional Legacies of Communism: Change and Continuities in Minority Protection (London: Routledge, 2013), with Karl Cordell and Alexander Osipov (eds).
- Minority Integration in Central Eastern Europe: Between Ethnic Diversity and Equality (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2009) with Malte Brosig (eds).
- A Cat’s Lick. Democratisation and Minority Communities in the post-Soviet Baltic (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2010).
Refereed Journal Articles
- ‘Unpacking the Roma Participation Puzzle: Presence, Voice and Influence’, with Aidan McGarry Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2014, 40 (12) pp.1972-1990.
- ‘The Work of Sisyphus: Squaring the Circle of Roma Recognition’ with Annabel Tremlett and Aidan McGarry. Introduction to special issue of Ethnicities, 2014, 14 (6), pp.727-736.
- ‘Travelling without moving? Limits of European governance for Romani inclusion’, Ethnicities, 2014, 14 (6), pp.737-755.
- ‘Angels with dirty faces? European identity, politics of representation and recognition of Romani interests’ Review essay, Ethnicities, 2014, 14 (6), pp.849-860.
- ‘Flawed Premises and Unexpected Consequences: Support of Regional Languages in Europe.’ Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 2014, 20 (3), pp.349-369.
- ‘Citizenship and civic education in postcommunist countries’ Special issue guest editor with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski, Journal of Social Science Education, 2013 (4), pp.2-5.
- ‘Resident aliens? Explaining Minority Disaffection with Democratic Politics in the Baltic States’, Ethnopolitics 2013, 12 (4), pp.331-351.
- ‘The Implementation Trap? Trajectories of Minority Rights Issues in Europe.’ with Malte Brosig introduction to special Issue of Perspectives on European Politics and Society 2012, 13 (4), pp. 385-389.
- ‘Which Is the Only Game in Town? Minority Rights Issues in Estonia and Slovakia During and After EU Accession’ with Ada-Charlotte Regelmann. Perspectives on European Politics and Society 2012, 13 (4), pp. 443-461.
- ‘The End of Minority Languages? Europe’s Regional Languages in Perspective,’ with Michael Hornsby Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe 2012, 11 (1), pp. 88-116.
- ‘Civil Society versus Nationalizing State? Advocacy of Minority Rights in the post-socialist Baltic States.’ Nationalities Papers 2011, 39 (2), pp. 181-203.
- ‘Status Quo Multiculturalism: The Crux of Minority Policies in Central Eastern Europe’s EU Member-states,’ with Ada-Charlotte Regelmann, Journal of Minority Studies 2011 (5), pp. 69-98.
- ‘Redessiner la frontière: des politiques ethniques cohérentes ou une décentralisation sélective en Estonie, Lituanie et Slovaquie,’ with Ada-Charlotte Regelmann, Informations et commentaires : Le développement en questions 155, avril-juin 2011, pp. 53-60.
- ‘Where Have All the Environmentalists Gone? Baltic Greens in the mid-1990s,’ Journal of Baltic Studies, 2009 (3), pp. 285-305.
- ‘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), 2007 (2), pp. 124-146.
Edited Journal Special Issues
- ‘Practices of citizenship in postcommunist Eastern Europe,’ Communist and Post-Communist Studies 2016. Guest editor with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski.
- ‘Europeanization in the Western Balkans: Transformative power of Europe no more?’ Südosteuropa 2015. Guest editor with Gözde Yilmaz.
- ‘Political and Social Mobilisation: Squaring the Circle of Roma Inclusion,’ Ethnicities, 2014, 14 (6). Guest editor with Annabel Tremlett and Aidan McGarry.
- ‘The Implementation Trap? Trajectories of Minority Rights Issues in Europe,’ Perspectives on European Politics and Society 2012, 13 (4). Guest editor with Malte Brosig.
- ‘Citizenship and civic education in postcommunist countries,’ Journal of Social Science Education, 2013 (4), Guest editor with Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski.
- Challenge to state sovereignty? Free movement of the European Roma.
- Permissible versus desirable: Continuity and change in minority policies after the 2004 enlargement.
- Dynamics in European Union’s Minority Protection Legislation (with Dimitry Kochenov).
- Ethnic identities, state institutions and stateness in the Western Balkans: The case of Kosovo.
- ‘For kin and country: Russia’s involvement on behalf of its citizens as Russia’s “responsibility to protect”?’
- ‘Ethnic tolerance and conflict prevention in sovereign democracy: Lessons from Russian regions’
- ‘Political activism and participation of migrant communities: Explaining the weakness of Russia’s civil society groups’
- ‘Popular attitudes towards political elites and support for democracy in Russia’
Chapters in Edited Volumes
- ‘The Root Cause of Romani Exclusion and the European National Roma Integration Strategies’ In T Agarin (ed.) When stereotype meets prejudice: Antiziganism in European Societies. Stuttgart: Ibidem 2014, pp. 223-247.
- ‘The Dead Weight of the Past? Institutional Change, Policy Dynamics and the Communist Legacy in Minority Protection’. In Karl Cordell, Timofey Agarin, and Alexander Osipov (eds) Institutional Legacies of Communism: Change and Continuities in Minority Protection. London: Routledge 2013, pp. 114-130.
- ‘Identifying the Nature of Legacy: Establishing the Context’ with Karl Cordell. In Karl Cordell, Timofey Agarin, and Alexander Osipov (eds) Institutional Legacies of Communism: Change and Continuities in Minority Protection. London: Routledge 2013, pp. 1-13.
- ‘Conclusion’. with Karl Cordell. In Karl Cordell, Timofey Agarin, and Alexander Osipov (eds) Institutional Legacies of Communism: Change and Continuities in Minority Protection. London: Routledge 2013, pp. 232-239.
- ‘From one union into another: Western scholars on ethnopolitics of Baltic states before 2004,’ in Poleshchuk, V. and Stepanov, V. (eds), Ethnic politics in the Baltic States (in Russian: Ètnopolitika v stranakh Baltii) (Moskva: Nauka, 2013) , pp.258-293.
- ‘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), pp. 159-187.
- ‘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) , pp.261-281.
- ‘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) , pp.160-186.
- ‘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), pp.293-303.
- ‘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), pp.111-126.
- ‘Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania’ Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, forthcoming.
- ‘Country Focus: Russia’ in Political Insight, September 2014.
- ‘What future for Baltic studies?’ in Lennuk: Journal of the British Estonian Association, Spring/Summer 2014 Volume 3, Number 8.