Maxim Fomin


  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom


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Bio: Dr Maxim Fomin gained his Masters degree in History and Theory of World Culture from Moscow State University in 1998. In 2003, he has gained PhD in Cultural Anthropology, History and Theory of World Culture and History of Religion at Moscow State University by public defence of the doctoral thesis on the topic of righteous kingship in Indo-European societies, and he also graduated with a PhD in Early and Medieval Irish from University College Cork. Specialisms: Irish folklore and oral culture, comparative studies of folk beliefs and cultural practices in European and Oriental traditions, Irish oral narrative, international folktales and migratory legends, public celebrations and calendar festivals, Celto-Slavic parallels in language, medieval narrative literature and folklore, Irish-Indian connections and cultural parallels, comparative linguistics, digitisation and linguistic computing in Celtic Studies, bibliography of Celtic scholars in the 19th and early 20th cc. Affiliations: He is Secretary and Equality and Diversity Officer of the Learned Association Societas Celto-Slavica, as well as its Founding Member and General Editor of Studia Celto-Slavica series. He is board member of the Irish Humanities Alliance (RIA, Dublin). He is Fellow of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung research network, supported by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, having worked at the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen in 2016-7. He was elected Associate Member of Centre for Research in Breton and Celtic (CRBC) at the University of Western Brittany, Brest (UBO) in 2019.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University College Cork

19 Mar 20002 Jun 2003

Award Date: 19 Dec 2003

PhD, Moscow State University

1 Nov 199822 Feb 2003

Award Date: 22 Feb 2002

Master, Moscow State University

1 Sep 19931 Jun 1998

Award Date: 1 Jun 1998

External positions

Associate Member

30 Nov 2019 → …

Visiting Lecturer in Irish Folklore, Universite de Bretagne Occidentale

1 Sep 2017 → …

Fellow (Experienced Researcher), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

1 May 201630 Sep 2017


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  • Studia Celto-Slavica (Journal)

    Maxim Fomin (Member of editorial board), Séamus Mac Mathúna (Member of editorial board), Dafydd Johnston (Member of editorial board), Tatyana Mikhailova (Member of editorial board), Jadranka Gvozdanovic (Reviewer) & Gary German (Reviewer)

    17 Sep 200617 Dec 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review