Aidan McGarry is Professor of International Politics and Associate Dean for Research at Loughborough University, London. He has taught courses on nationalism, international relations theory and social movements. At Loughborough University, London, he teaches courses on ‘Media, Social Movements and Politics’ and ‘Diplomacy in the Digital Age’. His research focuses on the political voice of minority and marginalised communities, particularly Roma across Central and Eastern Europe but also LGBTIQ communities.
‘Political Voice’ advances an important argument, namely, that some sections of society are routinely ignored or actively excluded from mainstream politics. In order to be rendered visible and present in public life, agency must come from those who are considered marginalized to speak up and speak out, often through protest. As marginalized groups articulate their collective voice through protest, they simultaneously lay claim to belonging to the demos, challenge the status quo, and paradoxically, constitute democracy, an institution which frequently excludes them.
The book taps into a key debate in the zeitgeist: issues of voice and ‘speaking up’ are incredibly prevalent today in the context of rising populism as well as debates on freedom of speech, ‘cancel culture’, and democratic expression. Political Voice is focused on the agency of marginalized people by uncovering rich empirical research in India and Europe with a lively discussion on two of the most vulnerable and excluded groups in the world.
NIAS Fellows Association
Joining the NIAS Fellows Association (NFA) is a great way to continue your journey as part of the wider NIAS Community.
The NFA is an alumni network of over 1300 former fellows from 50 years of NIAS history as an Institute for Advanced Study. It provides a forum to maintain and deepen the connection within each year group and also provides a mechanism to allow fellows from across year groups to get in contact with each other.
The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study is an intellectual haven for international researchers, writers, journalists and artists to pursue their research or projects, to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to share their knowledge with society.
Every year it offers a diverse year-group of about 50 NIAS Fellows the opportunity to devote themselves to an independent research project. NIAS is the oldest Institute for Advanced Study in Europe whose founding mission is to foster curiosity-driven research. It is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is located in Amsterdam.