Maxim Fomin


  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom


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Bio: Dr Maxim Fomin completed a doctoral thesis on the topic of righteous kingship in Early Ireland and Ancient India having graduated with 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 vice chair 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 and appointed Visiting Professor in Celtic Studies at CRBC in September 2021.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University College Cork

19 Mar 20002 Jun 2003

Award Date: 19 Dec 2003

External positions

Visiting Professor, Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique (UBO, Brest)

1 Sep 2021 → …

Associate Member, Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique (UBO, Brest)

30 Nov 2019 → …

Fellow (Experienced Researcher), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

1 May 201630 Sep 2017


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  • Highlights in Celtic and Slavic: Comparanda and Inspirations

    Maxim Fomin (Organiser & Speaker), Seamus Mac Mathuna (Speaker), Sabina Asmus (Chair) & Sylwester Jaworski (Member of programme committee)

    26 Oct 202229 Oct 2022

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

  • Maritime Twists & Tales at the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

    Maxim Fomin (Participant) & Seamus Mac Mathuna (Participant)

    2 Jun 20223 Jun 2022

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

  • Celtic Languages and Cultures in Contact (Event)

    Maxim Fomin (Member of editorial board), Seamus Mac Mathuna (Editor in chief), Gary German (Editor) & Dafydd Johnston (Member of editorial board)

    22 Jun 201824 Jun 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

  • 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 20067 Dec 2021

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