Volodymyr Artiukh

Postdoctoral Researcher, Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy after (Post)Socialism

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Volodymyr Artiukh is a Postdoctoral Researcher at COMPAS with the ERC-funded project EMPTINESS: Living Capitalism and Democracy after (Post)Socialism.

Volodymyr completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University in 2020. His dissertation is a historically informed analysis of labour in Belarus centred on workers' agency in the context of bureaucratic labour control. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation. He also wrote on the circulation of populist idioms in Belarus's dominant and opposition ideologies in 2017-20.

Within the EMPTINESS project, Volodymyr studies migration in the context of war-induced destruction in Ukraine. His project situates their laboural and migratory experiences in Ukraine, Romania, and Moldova's changing political and economic situations.

His research interests include the anthropology of work and labour organisations in post-Soviet countries, the anthropology of populism, and the comparative study of hegemonic practices in Eastern Europe.

Recent publications

Dzenovska, Dace; Artiukh, Volodymyr, and Dominic Martin. 2023. ‘Between loss and opportunity: The fate of place after postsocialism,’ Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 96, 1-15
Artiukh, Volodymyr. 2023. ‘Racial Affinity or Selective Securitisation?’ (a contribution to Forum: Russia's Invasion of Ukraine), Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, 31(2), 119-156.
‘Emptiness, War and Migration,’ The Migration Oxford Podcast (7 November 2023), https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/emptiness-war-and-migration
‘Destruction of signs, signs of destruction,’ Emptiness, 9 May 2022, https://emptiness.eu/field-reports/destruction-of-signs-signs-of-destruction/

Artiukh, Volodymyr (2021). "The Anatomy of Impatience: Exploring Factors behind 2020 Labour Unrest in Belarus," Slavic Review 80 (1), 52-60.

Artiukh, Volodymyr (2020). "Partisans or Workers? Figures of Belarusian Protest and Their Prospects" in Left East, August 15

Artiukh, Volodymyr (2020). "More contagious than coronavirus: electoral unrest under Lukashenka's tired rule in Belarus" in Open Democracy, August 4.

Artiukh, Volodymyr (2020). The People against State Populism: Belarusian protests against the 'Social parasite law', Schweizerisches Archiv für Volkskunde, 116/1, 101-116.