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Prof Mikhail Epstein

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Awards and Prizes

  • 2000 Liberty Prize for contribution to the development of Russian - U.S. cultural relations (New York) 
  • 2000 The prize of Zvezda, the leading St.-Petersburg literary journal 
  • 1999 The International Essay Contest (Berlin – Weimar) 
  • 1995 The Social Innovations Award from the Institute for Social Inventions (London) 
  • 1991 Andrei Belyi Prize (St.-Petersburg)


Mikhail N. Epstein is Professor of Russian and Cultural Theory and Director of the Center for Humanities Innovation. He was born in Moscow (Soviet Union) where he worked as a researcher at the Institute of World Literature and directed the Laboratory of Modern Culture. In 1990 he moved to the USA and for twenty years taught at Emory University (Atlanta) as S. C. Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature. He has authored 31 books published in English and Russian and 17 books translated into German, Serbo-Croatian, Hungarian, Slovenian, Lithuanian and Korean. He has authored more than 700 articles and essays, many of which have been translated and published in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Serbo-Croatian, Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Estonian, and Ukranian. Full list of publications includes about 750 items. 

His latest projects are devoted to the development of new approaches in the humanities and their impact on humanity's future.

Research Interests

  • Cultural and literary theory
  • Genres and methods of intellectual creativity
  • Literature, philosophy and religion in Russia
  • New directions in the humanities and their practical applications
  • Postmodernism and after
  • Semiotics, language evolution, and neologisms

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Selected Grants

  • 2011: Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. Project: The Future of the Humanities
  • 2002: Senior Fellow, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University. Project: The Future of Human Sciences: Paradigmatic Shifts and Emerging Concepts
  • 1992: National Council for Soviet and East European Research, Washington D.C. Research: Russian Philosophical and Humanistic Thought since 1950
  • 1990: Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC. Research: Soviet Ideological Language