HUH Environmental Humanities Forum, May 21 (Tuesday),
Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, University of Helsinki
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
we kindly invite you to the next Helsinki University Environmental Humanities Forum
May 21 (Tuesday), at 16.15- 17.45
University of Helsinki
“Hydrocarbon Culture in the making in Russia”
Kielikeskus (Language Center) sh.204 (Fabianinkatu 26)
Please kindly see Abstract and short Bio of Speaker below.
Looking forward to meeting/seeing you soon!
Helsinki Envhum new website: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/environmental-humanities
With kind wishes, Viktor Pál and Mikko Saikku
High economic and political dependence on oil and gas pushes the Putin regime to build ‘hydrocarbon culture’ to legitimize this very dependence. This construction tries to convince Russians that via hydrocarbons Russia is able modernize and have a greater influence internationally, and therefore Russians should venerate energy and accept hydrocarbons as part of Russian identity. The lecture discusses also the links of ‘hydrocarbon culture’ to the Arctic, Energy-Superpower discourse, energy as leverage in the domestic context, as well as climate discourse.
Veli-Pekka TYNKKYNEN is associate professor in Russian environmental studies at Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. He is also an adjunct professor in Russian energy and natural-resource policy, The Finnish National Defence U. He leads several academic research projects and a team of 14 researchers (blogs.helsinki.fi/tynkkynen) that focus on energy and environmental policies; energy security; energy, societal power and culture in Russia and the post-socialist space. His recent publications include: “The Environment of an Energy Giant – Climate discourse framed by ‘hydrocarbon culture’”, In Poberezhskaya & Ashe (eds.) Climate Change Discourse in Russia: past and present, Routledge (2018); Tynkkynen, V-P. et al. (eds.) Russia’s Far North: The Contested Energy Frontier, Routledge (2018); “Climate Denial revisited: (Re)contextualising Russian Public Discourse on Climate Change during Putin 2.0” (with N. Tynkkynen), Europe-Asia Studies, (2018);“Energy as Power—Gazprom, Gas Infrastructure, and Geo-Governmentality in Putin’s Russia”, Slavic Review 75, 2 (2016); “Sports fields and corporate governmentality: Gazprom’s all-Russian gas program as energopower”, in Koch (ed.) Critical geographies of sport, Routledge (2016); “Russia's climate policies and local reality” (with Skryzhevska & Leppänen), Polar Geography, 38: 2, 146-170 (2015); “Russian bioenergy and the EU’s renewable energy goals: perspectives of security”, in Oxenstierna & Tynkkynen (eds.) Russian Energy and Security up to 2030, 95-113. Routledge (2013).