International Network Research Conference "PHENOMENOLOGY OF OIL / PETROLEUM"

 

Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences

Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Russia

Labont (University of Turin), Italy 

Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe  (CAS – SEE), Croatia

University of Belgrade, Serbia

 

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International Network Research Conference

PHENOMENOLOGY OF OIL / PETROLEUM

May, 2018

 

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Oil is the most popular object of worship, and this cult unites representatives of many different religious groups, confessions, and sects. It brings together almost all social strata, people of any income level, belonging to all possible classes and castes. And - as it is common for any genuine religious cult - its adherents experience unconscious addiction to it.

“Oil dependence” greatly influences both oil exporters and importers economic, political, and cultural life. Overall world economy is based on the oil cost. Classical economics and political economy should make some adjustments to current theory or offer a new one. But isn’t this new model some kind of new (oil) mercantilism based on “black gold”?

What is the connection between raw materials dependency of economy, degradation of social and political institutions, and diffusion of values? How the mechanism of oil dependency shapes a new kind of thinking - oil dependent thinking? And why oil dependent states inevitably go down the path of demodernization leading to the condemnation of social world based on the exploitation of natural resources? How can we evade the “resource damnation”?

Oil consumption defines cultural situation, global ecological problems, and the value of unobservable. The phenomenon of “black gold” is reflected by current art (Vitaly Kasatkin, Denis Prasolov, Mattia Biagi), folklore, literature (e. g. Dmitry Bykov’s novel “ZhD”), cinema (”Target” (2010) by Vladimir Sorokin and Alexander Zeldovitch, “Black Lightning” (2009) by Alexander Voytinsky and Dmirty Kisilev), everyday life, and virtual reality. Nevertheless, oil hasn’t really been an object of philosophical reflection (Pasolini, Etkind, Kalinin).

 

Taking into consideration peculiarity of the object for discussion, the Organizing committee suggests:

1) take the notion of “phenomenology” in as broad sense as possible, i. e. as a call for the search of the very essence of oil dependent thinking and the phenomenon of oil as such;

2) organize the conference in a floating and decentralized manner, without any single center, so that different universities and academic institutions of the world host its events simultaneously.

 

Suggested topics for discussion:

 

- sociology of oil: oil worshipers, oil-addicts, social dystopias;

- oil in art and oil as art;

- linguistic analysis (oil as an object of worship);

- phenomenology of oil (phenomenon of oil, phenomenon of oil dependent thinking, Dasein of oil-defined existence);

- oil as a cultural phenomenon: resource curse and demodernization of culture;

- oil and classical political economy;

- psychological features of oil-addict and the image of oil-addict.

 

GLOBAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF THE CONFERENCE

 

Prof. Dr. Petar Bojanic, PhD (University of Belgrade, Serbia; Centre for Advanced Studies University of Rijeka, Croatia)

Prof. Dr. Tiziana Andina, PhD (University of Turin, Italy)

Dr. Natalia A. Artemenko (Institute of Philosophy, Saint Petersburg State University; Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences)

Dr. Ilya Kalinin (Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University; Journal “NZ”)

Dr. Zhanna V. Nikolaeva (Institute of Philosophy, Saint Petersburg State University; Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences)

Dr. Sergey A. Troitskiy (Institute of Philosophy, Saint Petersburg State University; Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences)

 

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

An application containing applicant’s full name, affiliation, contact information (e-mail, phone, post address) as well as an abstract of presentation (recommended length is 300–500 words) or full text of a paper (not exceeding 40000 characters) in Russian or in English should be send to the Organizing committee’s e-mail: sergtroy@yandex.ru.

The Organizing committee reserves the right to select papers for participation in the Conference.

Submissions deadline is the 1st of February, 2018.  Acceptance will be communicated to authors by the 15th of February, 2018. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to select papers for publication and edit them. The papers are not reviewed or sent back.

On submission of an application a letter is sent to an applicant with confirmation of submission and invitation (if needed).

 

In the design of this announcement a reproduction of “OIL” by Denis Prasolov (sculpture, 2013; ERARTA Museum, Sank-Petersburg) is used.

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