Volodymyr Artiukh Research Associate, Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy after (Post)Socialism


Volodymyr is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the ERC-funded project Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy after (Post)Socialism; he will take up his Postdoctoral Researcher post in March 2021.

Volodymyr completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University in 2020. His dissertation is an historically-informed analysis of labour in Belarus centred on workers’ agency in the context of bureaucratic labour control. He has also written on the circulation of populist idioms in the dominant and opposition ideologies in Belarus in 2017-20.

Within the EMPTINESS project, Volodymyr is studying the movement of Ukrainian migrants between Donbass and Belarus. His project situates their laboural and migratory experiences in the divergent political economic trajectories of the two countries.

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.

Visit the Emptiness project website.

Recent publications

Artiukh, Volodymyr (forthcoming, 2021). The Anatomy of Impatience: Exploring Factors behind 2020 Labour Unrest in Belarus, Slavic Review

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


Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy After (Post)Socialism

Dace Dzenovska, Michelle Chew, Volodymyr Artiukh and Dominic Martin | Sept 2020 – Aug 2025