Prof Mikhail Epstein
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.
- 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
- Epstein, Mikhail (2015). Ironia Ideala. Paradoksy russkoi literatury. (The Irony of the Ideal: Paradoxes of Russian Literature). Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2015). Ot sovka k bobku. Politika na grani groteska (From Homo Soveticus to the Bobok Character: Politics on the Edge of Grotesque). New York: FrancTireur-USA.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2014). Fatherhood: A Novel-Diary. Moscow: Nikea.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2014). Kleikie listochki: Mysli vrazbros i vopreki. (Leaves in Bud: Scattered Untimely Reflections). Moscow: Arsis Books.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2013). Religion after Atheism: New Possibilities for Theology [in Russian]. AST-Press.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2012). The Transformative Humanities: A Manifesto. New York and London: Continuum.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2011). PreDictionary: An Exploration of Blank Spaces in Language. San Francisco, USA: Atelos.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2011). Russian Spirituality and the Secularization of Culture. FrancTireur.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2011). Solo Amore: Liubov' v piati izmereniiakh (Solo Amore: Love in Five Dimensions). Moscow: Eksmo.
- Kabakov, Ilya & Epstein, Mikhail (2010). Katalog. German Titov.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2007). Amerussia: Selected essay (parallel texts in English and Russian). Moscow: Serebrianye niti.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2007). Stikhi i Stikhii. Priroda v russkoi poezii 18 – 20 cc. (Verses and Elements: Nature in Russian Poetry of the 18-20 cc.). Samara: Bakhrakh-M.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2006). Filosofiia tela (Philosophy of the Body). St Petersburg, Russia: Aleteia.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2006). Slovo i molchanie. Metafizika russkoi literatury (Word and Silence: The Metaphysics of Russian Literature). Vysshaia Shkola.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2005). Postmodern v russkoi literature (The Postmodern in Russian Literature). Moscow: Vysshaia shkola.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2005). Vse esse (All Essays, or All is Essay): Vol 1: In Russia, 1970s-1980s; Vol 2: From America, 1990s-2000s. Ekaterinburg: U-Faktoriia.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2004). Znak probela: O budushchem gumanitarnykh nauk (Mapping Blank Spaces: On the Future of the Humanities). Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2002). Cries in the New Wilderness: from the Files of the Moscow Institute of Atheism. Paul Dry Books.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2001). Filosofiia vozmozhnogo. (The Philosophy of the Possible). St Petersburg, Russia: Aleteia.
- Epstein, Mikhail, Genis, Alexander & Vladiv-Glover, Slobodanka (1999). Russian Postmodernism: New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books.
- Epstein, Mikhail & Berry, Ellen (1999). Transcultural Experiments: Russian and American Models of Creative Communication. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1995). After the Future: The Paradoxes of Postmodernism and Contemporary Russian Culture. Amherst, USA: University of Massachusetts Press.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1994). Vera i obraz. Religioznoe bessoznatel'noe v russkoi kul'ture XX veka (Faith and Image: The Religious Unconscious in Twentieth Century Russian Culture). Tenafly, New Jersey: Hermitage Publishers.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1991). Relativistic Patterns in Totalitarian Thinking: An Inquiry into the Language of Soviet Ideology. Washington DC, USA: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1988). Paradoksy novizny. O literaturnom razvitii XIX-XX vekov (The Paradoxes of Innovation: On the Development of Literature in the l9th and 20th Centuries). Moscow: Sovetskii Pisatel.
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- Epstein, Mikhail (Published). Fateful Crossings [On Russian–Jewish Art]. In MAGMA: The Museum of Avant-Garde Mastery. Kantor, V. 309-330.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2013). Technology as a New Theology: From "Atheism" to Technotheism. In Evolution and the Future: Anthropology, Ethics, Religion. Lorenz Sorgner, Stefan & Jovanovic, Branka-Rista Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang. 115-128.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2011). Hyper-Authorship: The Case of Araki Yasusada. In Scubadivers and Chrysanthemums: Essays on the Poetry of Araki Yasusada. Freind, Bill Bristol, United Kingdom: Shearsman Books. 58-75.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2010). Creativity in Philosophy: Toward Cultural Proteism and Philosophy of the Possible. In Philosophy After Hiroshima. Demenchonok, Edward United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 477-512.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2010). Ideas against Ideocracy: the Platonic Drama of Russian Thought. In In Marx's Shadow: Knowledge, Power, and Intellectuals in Eastern Europe and Russia. Bradatan, Costica & Oushakine, Serguei Langham, USA: Lexington Books. 13-36.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2009). From Post- to Proto-: Bakhtin and the Future of the Humanities. In Critical Theory in Russia and the West. Renfrew, Alastair & Tihanov, Galin Routledge. 173-194.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2007). Methods of Madness and Madness as a Method. In Madness and the Mad in Russian Culture. Britlinger, Angela & Vinitsky, Ilya Toronto, Buffalo, London: University of Toronto Press. 263-282.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2006). Russian Philosophy of National Spirit from the 1970s to the 1980s. In Re-ethnicizing the Minds? Cultural Revival in Contemporary Thought. Botz-Bornstein, Thorsten & Hengelbrock, Jurgen Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi. 185-218.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2003). Angelism as a Postmodern Religion. In Experimental Theology. Public Text 0.2. Corbett, Robert & Brown, Rebecca Seattle, USA: Seattle Rsearch Institute. 86-92.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2003). Glocalism; Neurosociety; Noocenosis; Postatheism; Proteism; Transculture; Chronocide. In Globalistics. Encyclopedia. Moscow: 268, 687-688, 706-707, 811-812, 863-64, 1027-28, 1133.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2003). Russo-Soviet Topoi. In The Landscape of Stalinism. The Art and Ideology of Soviet Space. Dobrenko, Evgeny & Naiman, Eric Seattle, London: University of Washington Press. 277-306.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2000). Main Trends of Contemporary Russian Thought. In Intercultural Philosophy, Volume 12 (The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy). Dawson, Steven & Iwasawa, Tomoko Bowling Green State Univ, Ohio. USA. 12: 131-146.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2000). Postmodernism, Communism, and Sots-Art. In Endquote: Sots-art Literature and Soviet Grand Style. Balina, Marina, Condee, Nancy & Dobrenko, Evgeny Northwestern University Press. 3-31.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1999). The Irony of Style: The Demonic Element in Gogol's Concept of Russia. In Gogol: Exploring Absence Negativity in 19th Century Russian Literature. Spieker, Sven Bloomington, Indiana, USA: Slavica Publishers. 55-71.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1997). Daniil Andreev and the Mysticism of Femininity. In The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture. Glatzer, Bernice Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. 325-355.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1995). The Origins and Meaning of Russian Postmodernism. In Re-entering the Sign: Articulating New Russian Culture. Berry, Ellen & Miller-Pogacar, Anesa Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press. 25-47.
- Epstein, Mikhail & Tulchinksy, G L (2003). Proektivnyi filosofskii slovar'. Novye terminy i poniatiia (A Projective Philosophical Dictionary. New Terms and Concepts). St Petersburg: Aleteia.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2015). Paradoxical Speech Acts: Transformatives and Counterformatives. Parallax 21(2): 134-142.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2014). Lyrical Philosophy, or How to Sing with Mind. Common Knowledge 20(2): 204-213.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2014). Philosophical Feelings. Philosophy Now. A Magazine of Ideas (101).
- Epstein, MIkhail & Perl, Jeffrey (2013). Idées Fixes and Fausses Idées Claires. Common Knowledge 19(2): 217-223.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2013). The Art of World–Making. Philosophy Now. A Magazine of Ideas 95: 22-24.
- Epstein, Mikhail & Crumey, Andrew (2011). A Dialogue On Creative Thinking and the Future of the Humanities. Insights 4: 12.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2011). On the Future of the Humanities. Insights 4: 13.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2011). Russkii iazyk: proektivnyi podkhod (Russian Language: A Projective Approach). Russian Literature 69(2-4): 393-421.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2010). " ". Common Knowledge 16(3): 367-403.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2010). The Philosophical Implications of Russian Conceptualism. Journal of Eurasian Studies 1(1): 64-71.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2009). Fatherhood: A Diary for Olga. Journal of Family Life
- Epstein, Mikhail (2009). The Interesting. Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences 18(1): 75-88.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2009). Transculture: A Broad Way Between Globalism and Multiculturalism. The American Journal of Economics and Sociology 68(1): 327-351.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2008). Hyperauthorship in Mikhail Bakhtin: The Primary Author and Conceptual Personae. Russian Journal of Communication 1(3): 80-90.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2008). Semiurgy: from Language Analysis to Language Synthesis. Russian Journal of Communication 1(1): 24-41.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2007). Between Humanity and Human Beings: Information Trauma and the Evolution of the Species. Common Knowledge 13(1): 18-31.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2006). The Demise of the First Secularization: the Church of Gogol and the Church of Belinsky. Studies in East European Thought 58(2): 95-105.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2004). The Unasked Question. What Bakhtin Would Say [on the future of the humanities]. Common Knowledge 10(1): 42-60.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2003). Chronocide: Prologue to the Resurrection of Time. Common Knowledge 9(2): 186-198.
- Epstein, Mikhail (2002). On the Totalitarianism of Ideas. New England Review 23(2).
- Epstein, Mikhail (2001). The Role of The Humanities in Global Culture: Questions and Hypotheses. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge 2.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1999). Cultural Theory after Multiculturalism: From Culturology to Transculture. Australian Slavonic and East European Studies. Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Slavists Association and of the Australian Association of Communist and Post-Communist Studies 13(2): 31-54.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1999). Judaic Spiritual Traditions in the Poetry of Pasternak and Mandel'shtam. Symposium. A Quartely Journal in Modern Literatures (Special Issue on Judaic Literature: Identity, Displacement, and Destruction) 52(4): 205-231.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1999). The Teachings of Iakov Abramov As Interpreted by His Disciples. Symposion. A Journal of Russian Thought 3: 29-66.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1998). On Hyperauthorship: Hypotheses on Potential Identities of Araki Yasusada. Sycamore Review 10(1): 71-81.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1997). Fugitive Russian Sects: A Handbook for Beginners. New England Review 18(2): 70-100.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1996). Hyper in 20th Century Culture: The Dialectics of Transition from Modernism to Postmodernism. Postmodern Culture 6(2).
- Epstein, Mikhail (1996). Symposion and Russian Filosofia. Symposion. A Journal of Russian Thought 1: 3-7.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1996). The Phoenix of Philosophy: On the Meaning and Significance of Contemporary Russian Thought. Symposion. A Journal of Russian Thought 1: 35-74.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1995). Ivan Soloviev's Reflections on Eros. Genders 22(Postcommunism and the Body Politic): 252-266.
- Epstein, Mikhail (1995). Response: From 'Post-' to 'Proto-' and Beyond. Forum: "Russian Critical Theory and Postmodernism: The Theoretical Writings of Mikhail Epstein". Slavic and East European Journal 39(3): 357-366.
- 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