Professor Andy Byford, MA, DPhil
(email at email@example.com)
Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)
Andy Byford is Co-I on a large multi-institutional programme of research, Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, led by Professor Stephen Hutchings (University of Manchester) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as part of its Open World Research Initiative. Together with Professor Anoush Ehteshami (SGIA), he is responsible for the Transnational Strand of the project, which investigates political, social and cultural interactions across communities sharing a single language, but dispersed across multiple states and cultures, with emphasis on Russian, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese.
Science of the Child in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia (1881-1936)
The project investigates how children became objects of scientific study, professional expertise and public interest in modern societies, focusing on Russia as a key example. It explores the historical contingencies of the rise and fall of a multiprofessional/crossdisciplinary movement that claimed child development and socialisation as a territory of specialist investigation, including: developmental and educational psychology; child psychiatry and special education; hygiene and pediatrics; juvenile criminology and the social anthropology of childhood. This is a case study in the social history of the human sciences and professions in the distinctive context of late 19th- and early 20th-century Russia, a period of rapid modernization, socio-political restructuring, and cataclysmic revolutionary upheaval. Further more detail see the project website.
An Ontology of Animal Minds: A Cultural History of Russian ‘Zoopsychology’ (1890s-1990s)
This project looks at the history of Russian research in comparative psychology, ethology, animal neuroscience and behavioural ecology. It examines the work of figures such as Vladimir Vagner (1849-1934), Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), Nadezhda Ladygina-Kots (1889-1963), Vladimir Durov (1863-1934) and many others. The focus is on different ways in which Russian scientists constructed animal mentality, a phenomenon that they ambivalently both troubled over and assumed, denied and kept returning to, skirted around and yet could not do without. As part of this project Professor Byford co-organised an interdisciplinary symposium on the Evidence of Animal Minds, under the auspieces of Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study.
I welcome enquiries from those wishing to pursue a Masters by Research (MAR) and/or a PhD on topics related to the social and cultural history of the intelligentsia, professions, sciences and education in 19th- and 20th-century Russia. At present I would especially encourage proposals on topics relating to human-animal relations in Russia.
- History of the biological, human and social sciences in Russia
- History of the Russian intelligentsia, professions, and education
- History of humanities scholarship in Russia
- Human-animal relations in Russia
- Russia-related migrancy and diaspora
- Byford, Andy (2020). Science of the Child in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Byford, Andy. (2007). Literary Scholarship in Late Imperial Russia: Rituals of Academic Institutionalization. Oxford: Legenda.
- Byford, Andy, Doak, Connor & Hutchings, Stephen (2020). Transnational Russian Studies. Transnational Modern Languages. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
- Obukhov, Aleksei S., Fedoseeva, Anna M. & Byford, Andy (2014). Vvedenie v professiiu: Psikholog obrazovaniia. Iurait.
- Bullock, Philip Ross, Byford, Andy, Nun-Ingerflom, Claudio, Ohayon, Isabelle, Rubins, Maria & Winestein, Anna (2013). Loyalties, Solidarities and Identities in Russian Society, History and Culture. Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe, No. 9. London: UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES).
- Byford, Andy & Bronnikova, Olga (2018). Special Issue: Enjeux politiques des migrations post-soviétiques = Politics in Post-Soviet Migration. Revue d'Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest, 49 (4): Presses Universitaires de France.
- Byford, Andy & Jones, Polly (2006). Special Issue: Making Education Soviet, 1917-1953. History of Education, 35 (4-5): Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.
Chapter in book
- Byford, Andy (2021). Pedology as Occupation in the Early Soviet Union. In A History of Marxist Psychology: The Golden Age of Soviet Science. Yasnitsky, Anton London: Routledge. 109-127.
- Byford, Andy, Doak, Connor & Hutchings, Stephen (2020). Introduction: Transnationalizing Russian Studies. In Transnational Russian Studies. Byford, Andy, Doak, Connor & Hutchings, Stephen Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 1: 1-34.
- Byford, Andy (2014). Pamiat' o "repressirovannykh naukakh" v istorii Rossii: Sluchai pedologii. In Istoricheskaia pamiat’ Rossii proshloe i nastoiashchee materialy Mezhdunarodnoi nauchnoi konferentsii, 11-13 aprelia 2014 goda. Lobacheva, G. V. Saratov: Saratovskii gosudarstvennyi tekhnicheskii universitet. 16-29.
- Byford, Andy (2014). Performing ‘Community’ Russian Speakers in Contemporary Britain. In Rethinking ‘Identities’ Cultural Articulations of Alterity and Resistance in the New Millennium. Cairns, Lucille & Fouz-Hernández, Santiago Bern: Peter Lang. 115-139.
- Byford, Andy & Obukhov, Aleksei S. (2014). Razvitie psikhologo-pedagogicheskikh nauk. In Vvedenie v profesiiu: Psikholog obrazovaniia. Obukhov, Aleksei S., Fedoseeva, Anna M. & Byford, Andy Moscow: Iurait. 23-190.
- Byford, Andy. (2009). "The Last Soviet Generation" in Britain. In Diasporas: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Fernandez, Jane. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. 54-63.
- Byford, Andy (2020). Studying Those Who Study Children: Children’s Subjectivity between Epistemology and Ethics. Forum for Anthropology and Culture 16: 28-37.
- Byford, Andy (2019). Izuchenie tekh, kto izuchaet detei: detskaia sub"ektivnost' mezhdu epistemologiei i etikoi. Antropologicheskii forum 42: 12-22.
- Morgunova, Oksana & Byford, Andy (2018). Between Neo-nationalizing Russia and Brexit Britain: The Dilemmas of Russian Migrants’ Political Mobilizations. Revue d’Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest 49(4): 129-161.
- Byford, Andy (2018). Lechebnaia pedagogika: The Concept and Practice of Therapy in Russian Defectology, c. 1880–1936. Medical History 62(1): 67-90.
- Byford, Andy & Bronnikova, Olga (2018). Transnational Exopolities: Politics in Post-Soviet Migration. Revue d'Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest 49(4): 5-25.
- Byford, Andy (2017). The Imperfect Child in Early Twentieth-Century Russia. History of Education 46(5): 595-617.
- Byford, Andy (2016). Imperial Normativities and the Sciences of the Child: The Politics of Development in the USSR, 1920s-1930s. Ab Imperio 2: 71-124.
- Byford, Andy (2016). Sozdavaia "modernost"' = Doing "Modernity". Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 140(4): 65-67.
- Byford, Andy (2016). Trauma and Pathology: Normative Crises and the Child Population in Late Tsarist Russia and the Early Soviet Union, 1904-1924. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 9(3): 450-469.
- Byford, Andy (2016). V. M. Bekhterev in Russian Child Science, 1900s-1920s: “Objective Psychology” / “Reflexology” as a Scientific Movement. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 52(2): 99-123.
- Byford, Andy & Mondry, Henrietta (2015). Love, Service and Sacrifice: Narratives of Dogs and Children in the Soviet 1930s. Australian Slavonic and East European Studies Journal 29(1-2): 63-89.
- Byford, Andy (2015). Poniatiia subnormy i patologii v istorii rossiiskoi nauki o rebenke. Voprosy psikhologii 1: 111-122.
- Byford, Andy (2014). Razygryvaia «soobshchestvo» Russkoiazychnye migranty sovremennoi Britanii = Performing "community": Russian-speaking migrants in contemporary Britain. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 127(3): 377-395.
- Byford, Andy (2014). The Mental Test as a Boundary Object in Early-20th-Century Russian Child Science. History of the Human Sciences 27(4): 22-58.
- Byford, Andy (2013). Parent Diaries and the Child Study Movement in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia. The Russian Review 72(2): 212-241.
- Byford, Andy (2013). Roditel', uchitel' i vrach: k istorii ikh vzaimootnoshenii v dele vospitaniia i obrazovaniia v dorevoliutsionnoi Rossii. = Parent, Teacher, Doctor: Towards a History of their Interactions in Matters of Upbringing and Education in Pre-revolutionary Russia. Novye rossiiskie gumanitarnye issledovaniia 8.
- Byford, Andy (2013). Zagrobnaia zhizn’ “nauki” pedologii: k voprosu o znachenii “nauchnykh dvizhenii” (i ikh istorii) dlia sovremennoi pedagogiki. Prepodavatel’ XXI vek 1: 43-54.
- Byford, Andy (2012). The Russian Diaspora in International Relations: “Compatriots” in Britain. Europe Asia Studies 64(4): 715-735.
- Byford, Andy (2010). Evraziia, prishedshaia v dvizhenie. Antropologicheskii forum 13: 317-323.
- Byford, Andy (2009). "Poslednee sovetskoe pokolenie" v Velikobritanii. Neprikosnovennyi zapas 64(2): 96-116.
- Byford, Andy. (2008). Psychology at High School in Late Imperial Russia (1881-1917). History of Education Quarterly 48(2): 265-297.
- Byford, Andy. (2008). Turning Pedagogy into a Science: Teachers and Psychologists in Late Imperial Russia (1897-1917). Osiris 23(1): 50-81.
- Byford, Andy & Jones, Polly (2006). Policies and Practices of Transition in Soviet Education from the Revolution to the End of Stalinism. History of Education 35(4-5): 419-426.
- Byford, Andy. (2006). Professional Cross-Dressing: Doctors in Education in Late Imperial Russia (1881-1917). Russian Review 65(4): 586-616.
- Byford, Andy. (2005). Initiation to Scholarship: The University Seminar in Late Imperial Russia. Russian Review 64(2): 299-323.
- Byford, Andy. (2005). The Rhetoric of Aleksandr Veselovskii’s “Historical Poetics” and the Autonomy of Literary Studies in Late Imperial Russia. Slavonica 11(2): 115-132.
- Byford, Andy (2004). Between Literary Education and Academic Learning: The Study of Literature at Secondary School in Late Imperial Russia (1860s-1900s). History of Education 33(6): 637-660.
- Byford, Andy. (2003). S. A. Vengerov: The Identity of Literary Scholarship in Late Imperial Russia. Slavonic and East European Review 81(1): 1-31.
- Byford, Andy. (2003). The Gogol Jubilee of 1909. Essays in Poetics 28: 124-157.
- Byford, Andy (2003). The Politics of Science and Literature in French and Russian Criticism of the 1860s. Symposium 56(4): 210-230.
- Byford, Andy (2002). The Figure of the “Spectator” in the Theoretical Writings of Brecht, Diderot, and Rousseau. Symposium 56(1): 25-42.
- Byford, Andy (2000). Art and Reality in Zamiatin’s Poetic Theory. Symposium 54(3): 139-158.
- Byford, Andy (2019). Russian Eugenics in Transnational and Transhistorical Perspective: From Comparison to Translation. Annals of Science 76(3-4): 355-364.
- Byford, Andy (2013). Cold War Entanglements of Social Science. Science as Culture 22(3): 401-406.
- Byford, Andy (2009). Mother Russia. Forum for Anthropology and Culture 5: 465-470.
- Byford, Andy (2007). Literary Academia under Soviet Power. Forum for Anthropology and Culture 4: 419-421.
- Byford, Andy (2006). The Russian Intelligentsia Now. Forum for Anthropology and Culture 3: 289-292.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Byford, Andy (2017). Revolution and Science under the Bolsheviks. Culture Matters
- Byford, Andy (2017). What's Left? A Century in Revolution. Culture Matters
- Byford, Andy (2012). Russia. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies
- Byford, Andy (2005). Russian Literary Scholarship, 1830-1917. The Literary Encyclopaedia
- 2018: HEFCE GCRF (£27,500)
- 2016: AHRC OWRI (AH/N004647/1; £943,929)
- 2016: CREES Activity Grant (£400)
- 2015: BA MC Fellowship (MD140022; £97,336)
- 2015: Durham IAS Activity Grant (£1,980)
- 2015: Durham Seedcorn Award (£3,785)
- 2012: AHRC EC Fellowship (AH/J00362X/1; £41,973)
- 2012: Durham Seedcorn Award (£2,660)
- 2011: BA Small Grant (SG101445; £4,200)