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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Russian Studies

Staff in the Department of Russian

Dr Konstantin Zamyatin, PhD Humanities (Helsinki)

COFUND Junior Research Fellow in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Room number: ER254, Elvet Riverside II

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Dr Zamyatin joined the Cross-Language Dynamics (OWRI) project in April 2018 as COFUND Junior Research Fellow. His research project focuses on transnational ethnopolitics along the EU-Russia border.

Before this, Dr Zamyatin was Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, Finland. In 2017-2018 he worked on a project that examined the impact of policies of language revivalism in Russia’s ethnic republics. In 2014-2016 he worked on a project focused on the internationalization of minority politics in Mari El, one of the ethnic republics in the Russian Federation. He holds a PhD in Finno-Ugrian Studies from the University of Helsinki. His PhD thesis was about the official status of minority languages, based on the empirical case of Russia’s Finno-Ugric republics.

Dr Zamyatin is currently completing a monograph with the working title Language Policies in the Finno-Ugric Republics of Post-Soviet Russia: When Language Revival Fails? He is the author of An Official Status for Minority Languages? A Study of State Languages in Russia’s Finno-Ugric Republics (2014). He has co-authored (with Janne Saarikivi and Annika Pasanen) a popular monograph entitled Why and How Languages of the Peoples of Russia are to be Maintained (in Russian, 2012).

Research Interests

  • • Nationalism studies, ethnopolitics, indigenous rights and minority rights in international law.
  • • Language policy, sociology of language, sociolinguistics minority language education, minority language politics.
  • • Russian and East-European studies
  • • Finno-Ugrian studies

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • 2018 'A Russian-Speaking Nation? The Promotion of the Russian Language and Its Significance for Ongoing Efforts at the Russian Nation-Building', in Grin, F. & Kraus, P.A. (eds.), The Politics of Multilingualism: Linguistic Governance, Globalisation and Europeanisation, John Benjamins.
  • 2018 'Language Policy of Russia: Uralic Languages', in Laakso, J, Skribnik, E & Bakró-Nagy, M (eds.), Oxford Guide of Uralic Languages, Oxford University Press.
  • 2017 'Indigenous Peoples and Education in the Russian Federation', in (ed.), State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Vol. 3. Education, United Nations, pp. 187-206
  • 2016 'Russia’s Minority Education and the European Language Charter', in Saarikivi, J. & Toivanen, R. (eds.), Linguistic Genocide or Superdiversity: New and Old Language Diversities, Multilingual Matters, pp. 249-283

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Selected Grants

  • 2018: Durham International Junior Research Fellowship
  • 2017: Postdoc Scholarship granted by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finland
  • 2014: Postdoc Scholarship granted by Kone Foundation, Finland
  • 2013: Doctoral Scholarship granted by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finland
  • 2011: Research Associateship on project funded by Academy of Finland, Finland
  • 2010: Doctoral Scholarship granted by Finno-Ugrian Society, Finland
  • 2010: Doctoral Scholarship granted by Society of Swedish Literature in Finland, Finland