Professor Craig Brandist

BA (CCAT), MA, Dphil (Sussex)

School of Languages and Cultures

Professor of Cultural Theory and Intellectual History

SLC Craig Brandist
c.s.brandist@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 7413

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Professor Craig Brandist
School of Languages and Cultures
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Profile

I began work on Cultural Theory as a graduate student in the late 1980s. After completing my doctorate, which included a considerable amount of time and research in Russia, I spent a period as Max Hayward Research Fellow at St Antony´s College, Oxford.

I joined the department at Sheffield in January 1997, originally as a Research Fellow working on a project to uncover the intellectual sources of the ideas of the Bakhtin Circle. From 2003-2009 I directed the AHRC-funded project The Rise of Sociological Linguistics in the Soviet Union, 1917–1938: Institutions, Ideas and Agendas.

I am also President of Sheffield UCU.

Research interests

My research is currently focused on the history of cultural theory, particularly as it was affected by the Russian Revolution and its subsequent degeneration. I am particularly interested in highlighting the continuing relevance and influence of early Soviet intellectual history for social and cultural theory today.

I have long been interested in the interaction between Marxism, phenomenology, Gestalt Theory and various forms of linguistic and cultural theory within the specific context of early-Soviet Russia. I am also interested in the changing institutional contexts within which these figures worked and the way in which the shaped the development of the fields to which they contributed. This has developed into work on the parallels between Stalinist and neo-liberal reforms in the public sector and in Higher Education in particular, and the ways in which they affect language, intellectual labour and research.

Most recently I have been working on the relationship between the anti-imperial policies of the revolutionary movement and early Soviet state and the development of an ideology critique of the main trends in European philology and oriental studies. This has significant implications for understanding the origins of post-colonial scholarship and the way in which ideas such as 'hegemony' are employed today. This has resulted in my latest monograph The Dimensions of Hegemony: Language, Culture and Politics in Revolutionary Russia, and in some ongoing research on early Soviet Oriental Studies.

I have also been researching the years Antonio Gramsci spent in Russia, which will result in a collection of articles and archival materials co-edited with Peter Thomas of Brunel University.

Publications

Books

Edited books

  • Brandist C, Gardiner ME, white J & Mika C (Eds.) (2020) Bakhtin in the Fullness of Time: Bakhtinian Theory and the Process of Social Education. London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Brandist C & Lahteenmaki M (2020) Os primordios da Linguistica Sovietica e os ensaios de Mikhail Bakhtin sobre o romance dos anos 1930 In Zandwais A & Vidon L (Ed.), A Pesquisa sob o enfoque dos estudos do Cirulo de Bakhtin (pp. 41-72). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2019) Bakhtin’s Idealism and What it Means for Applications of his Ideas In de Paula L & Stafuzza G (Ed.), Círculo de Bakhtin: concepções em construção (pp. 237-254). Campinas: Mercado de Letras. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2019) O idealismo de Bakhtin e o que ele significa para as aplicações de suas ideias In de Paula L & Stafuzza G (Ed.), Círculo de Bakhtin: concepções em construção (pp. 117-136). Campinas: Mercado de Letras. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2018) Language, Culture and the Politics of Delimitation in Revolutionary Russia: Some Forgotten Origins of Postcolonial Theory In Bharucha N, Rajeswaran S & Stierstorfer K (Ed.), Beyond Borders and Boundaries: Diasporic Images and Representations in Literature and Cinema (pp. 19-36). New Delhi: Navvishnu. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2018) From Indo-European Philology to the Bakhtin Circle In Bandlamudi L & Ramakrishnan EV (Ed.), Bakhtinian Explorations of Indian Culture: Pluralism, Dogma and Dialogue Through History (pp. 21-36). Springer: Springer. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2015) 'Zhivoe slovo', Isegoria and the Politics of Deliberation in Revolutionary Russia, Zhivoe slovo: Logos-golos-dvizhenie-zhest (pp. 66-75). Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Serezhnikov VK (2015) Otchet o deitel'nosti gosudarstvennogo instituta slova v sviazi s istoriei ego vozdniknoveniia In Brandist C (Ed.), Zhivoe slovo: Logos-golos-dvizhenie-zhest (pp. 87-104). Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist CS (2015) The Marrist Critique of Indo-Europeanism Revisited: Reconsidering Its Roots and Heritage In E.I. Riekhakainen EI & Slepokurov, NA (Ed.), K 150-letiiu kafedry obshchegoiazykoznaniia Sankt-Peterburgskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta: sbornik statei (pp. 12-20). St. Petersburg: SPBGU. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2012) Rhetoric, agitation and propaganda: Reflections on the discourse of democracy (with some lessons from early Soviet Russia), Language, Ideology, and the Human: New Interventions (pp. 94-112). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2012) Linguistica sociólogica em Leningrado: O instituto de Estudos Comparados das Literaturas e Línguas do Ocidente e do Oriente (ILJaZV) 1921-1933 In Campos MIB & Hohlenwerger Schettini R (Ed.), Repensando o círculo de Bakhtin: novas perspectivas na história intellectual (pp. 155-182). Editora Contexto RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bostad F, Brandist C, Evensen LS & Faber HC (2004) Introduction: Thinking Culture Dialogically, Bakhtinian Perspectives on Language and Culture (pp. 1-19). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C & Tihanov G (2000) Introduction: Appropriation in History, Materializing Bakhtin (pp. 1-2). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C () Introduction, Politics and the Theory of Language in the USSR 1917-1938 (pp. 1-16). Anthem Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C & Lähteenmäki M () Early Soviet Linguistics and Mikhail Bakhtin's Essays on the Novel of the 1930s, Politics and the Theory of Language in the USSR 1917-1938 (pp. 69-88). Anthem Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C () Psychology, Linguistics and the Rise of Applied Social Science in the USSR: Isaak Shpil'rein's Language of the Red Army Soldier, Politics and the Theory of Language in the USSR 1917-1938 (pp. 151-168). Anthem Press RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • Brandist C (2016) Soviet Orientalism and Anti-Imperialism. In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies John Wiley & Sons Limited. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Brandist C (2016) The Soviet System, Neoliberalism and British Universities. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2016) Back in the USSR: The risks of Soviet-style managerialism in UK universities. Times Higher Education, 30-30. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2015) Interview with Prof. Craig Brandist. Frontier. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brandist C (2014) My rallies of endeavour will ensure the impact our dear leaders desire (A very Stalinist management model). Times Higher Education(2154). RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Research students currently supervised

  • Julia Allison
  • Elena Platonova
Teaching activities
  • MDL103 Introduction to European Cinema
  • MDL6001 Research Methods for Modern Languages
  • MDL6002 Dissertation Support
  • RUS117 The Soviet Union 1917-1991
  • RUS120 Introduction to Russian Culture
  • RUS312 Politics and Culture in the USSR 1917-38
  • MDL6700 Critical Theory I
  • MDL6710 Critical Theory II
Professional activities

President of Sheffield UCU