Principal investigator (Aston University, Birmingham – UK)
Dr Anton Popov is the CHIEF Project Coordinator. He is employed as a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University in Birmingham, U.K. He graduated from the History Departmenr of the Kuban State University in Krasnodar, Russia. He then studied anthropology in the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology (Moscow, Russia), cultural studies and Russian and East European studies at the University of Birmingham (UK). He received his PdD from Birmingham Universty based on the study of the cultural production of identify among Greeks in Southern Russia and North Caucasus. His research interests are in social anthropology (with a particular focus on post-socialist sociteies); identity and trans-nationalism; violence, ethnicity and (non-Western forms of) civil society; youth culture, qualitative research methods (ethnography, life history and family history); history and social memory. Anton conducted ethnographic research on nativist and ethno-cultural revivalist movements, migrant and ethnic minority communities in southern Russia, the Caucasus and Turkey. His past research was on Cossack youth and the role that violence, ethnicity, history and the sense of place play in their lives. Recently Dr Popov has studies transmission of historical memories about the traumatic periods of the past to the younger generation of Europeans and the impact of collective member on youth activism (including youngh people’s involvment in radical right groups). The locations of two ethnographic case studies for this research have been in the West Midlands (UK) and Kaheti (Georgia). Anton Popov has extensive experience of work in EU-funded projects as a Project Manager (FP6 RIME, 2004-2006), researcher (FP7 SAL, 2007-2008) and most recently as a WP leader at the Consortium in FP7 MYPLACE (http://www.fp7-myplace.eu/). In addition to his role as a Consortium Coordinator, Dr Popov will be ASTON UTeam Leader and also acting co-lead of WP 5 at the Consortium level. He will also be involved in research in WP 7 (ethnographic case study).