Program: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 7pm -

e-flux lectures: Oxana Timofeeva, "Materialist Dialectics of Oil"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 7pm          e-flux, 311 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002, USA

e-flux lectures: Oxana Timofeeva, "Materialist Dialectics of Oil"

Oil from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig floats in the Gulf of Mexico near Orange Beach, Alabama, June 18, 2010. Photo: Kari Goodnough—Bloomberg/Getty Images

The lecture starts from mapping a variety of philosophical materialisms to raise the question of possibilities for a philosophy of nature today. An outline refers to one particular case, namely, oil, that is taken not only as substance but also as subject. The circulation of oil and money is analyzed within the framework of both political economy and political ecology, but also in its relation to the idea of revolution. 

Oxana Timofeeva is a senior lecturer on contemporary philosophy at the European University in St. Petersburg, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy at the Russian Academy of Science, a member of the artistic collective Chto Delat? (What is to be done?), a deputy editor of the journal Stasis, and the author of the books History of Animals: An Essay on Negativity, Immanence, and Freedom (Maastricht, 2009), and Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille (in Russian, Moscow, 2009).

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