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Ephraim Nimni

Dr Ephraim Nimni

Visiting Fellow, 2016 to present

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Research Interests

Before my retirement from Queen’s University Belfast, I was a Reader in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict. I remain research active and my research follow two interrelated directions. I study comparative ethnic conflicts, theories of nationalism and minority rights, models of national self-determination that do not require separate nation states, multiculturalism and the applicability of the national cultural autonomy model to contemporary multination states. The second direction is the study of the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the perspective of conflict resolution. I am a member of the board of the journal Nations and Nationalism and Politikon.

Research Supervision

Democratic theory, Postructuralism, theories of ethnicity and nationalism, ethnic minorities, multiculturalism, Zionism and post Zionism, Islamic minorities in Europe, the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, National Cultural Autonomy, extra-territorial self-determination and new modalities of ethnic conflict resolution.

Research Grants Received since 2012

University of Glasgow School of Social and Political Studies, £1,500

European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany, £5,000

Ikerbasque, Basque Academy of Science, Bilbao, £21,672

British Council Researcher Links with the University of Ankara, £27,850


"Shared Sovereignty in Israel-Palestine, Towards NTA for Israel’s Palestinians" in, Non-Territorial Autonomy and Decentralization: Ethno-Cultural Diversity Governance Editors: Tove H. Malloy And Levente Salat, Routledge, November 2020

"The Twilight of the Two-State Solution in Israel-Palestine: Shared Sovereignty and Nonterritorial Autonomy as the New Dawn". Nationalities Papers, 1–18.

“Nations Minorities and Democratic theory” in Olgun Akbulut & Elçin Aktoprak (eds), Brill, Minority Self-Government in Europe and the Middle East, From Theory to Practice, Brill, Leiden, September 2019 pp. 32-61  Please create hiperlink to here:

“The Twilight of the Two-State Solution in Israel-Palestine: Shared Sovereignty and Non-Territorial Autonomy as the new Dawn”.  Nationalities Papers, 2019

Democratic Representation in Plurinational States: The Kurds in Turkeywith Elcin Aktoprak (eds),  Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018

"Liberal Nation States and the Antinomies of Minority Representation: The Impact on the Republic of Turkey," in Nimni & Aktoprak (eds) Democratic Representation in Plurinational States, The Kurds in Turkey, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018, pp. 11-39

“The liberal democratic deficit in minority representation: the case of Spain”, with Lucia Payero in G. Pentassuglia (ed.), Ethno-Cultural Diversity and Human Rights (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden (2017).

“Minorities and the Limits of Liberal Democracy: Demoicracy and Non-Territorial Autonomy”, in Tove H. Malloy and Francesco Palermo (Eds) Minorities and Territory: Rethinking Autonomy as Strategy, Oxford University Press, 2015

“Uluslar, bölgesel Azınlıklar, Demokratik Teori ve Ulusal kendi kaderini Tayin hakkı.” in Yüzyılda Milliyetçilik: Teori ve Siyaset. ed. / Elçin Aktoprak; A. Celil Kaya. Iletisim, 2016. p. 175-209. [Original in Turkish: Nations, regional Minorities, Democratic Theory and the right of national self-determination. In Nationalism in the 21st Century: Theory and Politics, Elçin Aktoprak; A. Celil Kaya. (eds.)] Istanbul, 2016. p. 175-209. ISBN-13 978-975-052032-7

“Democratic Theory and the Autonomy of Non Christian Religious Courts in the UK”, Chapter 10 of Johan Leman (ed.) New Multicultural Identities in Europe, Religion and Ethnicity in Secular Societies, Leuven University Press, December 2013

“The Conceptual Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy”, in Nimni, E., Osipov, A. & Smith, D. J. (eds.), The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy Theory and Practice, in Peter Lang, p. 1-24. (Series Nationalisms across the Globe), August 2013

“Empowering Minority Communities while Not Dismembering States”, in S Kavak and S Garner (eds.), Debating Multiculturalism, London, Dialogue Society, p. 41-56 2012

Cultural Minority Self Governance, in Marc Weller and Katherine Nobbs (eds.), Political Participation of Minorities: A Commentary on International Standards and Practice, Oxford University Press, 2010

Featured Article: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Self-Determination: A Paradigm Shift?, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Blackwell, October 2009, pp. 1-14. To be also published in: Keith Breen and Shane O’Neill (eds.), After the Nation? Critical Reflections on Post-Nationalism, Palgrave MacMillan 2010

Stateless Nations in a World of Nation States, in Karl Cordell and Stefan Wolff (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict, Routledge, London, 2010

Collective Dimensions of the Right to take Part in Cultural Life, United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (eds), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Publications, E/C.12/40/17, Geneva, May 2008.

Multicultural Nationalism, London, Routledge, 2010

National Cultural Autonomy as an Alternative to Minority Nationalism, in Ethnopolitics, Vol. 3 No.3, pp. 345-365, September 2007 also published in David Smith and Karl Cordell (eds.) Cultural Autonomy in Contemporary Europe, Routledge, London, 2008 pp. 9-28

Constitutional or Agonist Patriotism? the Dilemmas of Liberal Nation-states, in Per Mouritsen & Knud Erik Jørgensen (eds.) Constituting Communities, Political Solutions to Cultural Conflict , Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2008 pp. 94-116, February 2008

National Cultural Autonomy as an Alternative to Minority Nationalis m, in Ethnopolitics, Vol. 3 No.3, pp. 345-365, September 2007

National-Cultural Autonomy and its Contemporary Critics (Routledge, London Series Innovations in Political Theory, 2005), pp. 240.

“Wada'an to a Jewish Palestinian, appreciation of Edward Said”, Theory & Event, 7:2 (2003): pp. 1-14.

“Post Zionism,” Borderlands e-journal, 2:3 (2003)

The Challenge of Post-Zionism (London: Zed Press, 2003), Series Post-Colonial Encounters Arabic translation by Ahmad Thabt, Tahadiat Ma Baad Al- Sahyonia, with an introduction by Mohammad Hashim, Cairo 2005

"National Autonomy" in A. D. Smith and A. Leoussi (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Nationalism, (New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2001), pp. 203-209. Volume editor of the first English translation of Otto Bauer, The Question of Nationalities and Social Democracy (Nationalitätenfrage und die Sozialdemokratie) (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001), pp. xlviii + 494

"Introduction to the English Reading Audience," in Otto Bauer, The Question of Nationalities and Social Democracy (Nationalitätenfrage und die Sozialdemokratie) (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001), pp. xv-xlviii

"Nationalist Multiculturalism in Late Imperial Austria as a Critique of Contemporary Liberalism: The Case of Bauer and Renner," Journal of Political Ideologies, vol. 4 (1999), pp. 289-314