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Presentation and discussion of Cyclonopedia by Reza Negarestani

11 November 2019


Presentation of Cyclonopedia—a Russian translation of the novel by the Iranian philosopher published by the Nosorog publishing house.

Over the past decade, Cyclonopedia has acquired cult status and significantly influenced the specificity of contemporary intellectual production. Often defined as theory fiction, hiding behind these genre contours are different phenomena, including horror, speculative theology, political samizdat, and the history of oil.

The book is also full of anxiety about the future of Earth, both in terms of planetary survival of earthly creatures and global cosmic co-existence. Reflections on Oil, Earth and the Sun suggested by the book have become an integral part of the ecological discourse, providing a solution to a number of complications inherent in eco-critical thinking.

Joining the author of Cyclonopedia Reza Negarestani (via a video call) in the discussion accompanying the presentation of the book will be philosophers Polina Khanova, who worked on the Russian translation of the novel, editor Yoel Regev, Alexander Pisarev, and Nikita Sazonov.


Reza Negarestani is a philosopher and writer, representing new speculative philosophy and neo-rationalism. A pioneering figure in the history of “theory fiction”—a genre introduced by his 2008 book Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials, listed by ArtForum magazine in the best of 2009. Negarestani is the author of multiple papers on horror, decay, inhumanism and intelligence. His recent books include Intelligence and Spirit (2018) and Abducting the Outside (2019). Head of the program Critical Philosophy at the New Centre for Research and Practice (Seattle).

Nikita Sazonoiv is a philosopher, curator of Posthuman Studies Lab whose academic interests are focused on speculative philosophy, inhumanism, and inhuman politics. Author of multiple writings addressing the issue of economy of light and enlightenment and the critical study of the “dark”, among other subjects. Curator of the project Russian Ferations exploring post-Soviet inhuman policies. The second episode of the project was dedicated to oil and ran at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art within the research platform organized as part of the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100 (2019).

Polina Khanova is an interpreter, editor, assistant at the Philosophy Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University, editorial board member at Logos magazine. A graduate of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2012), she has a master’s degree in Continental Philosophy from the University of Warwick (UK) (20125). She has translated into Russian the works of John Lo, Steve Fuller, Graham Harman, etc., and published her own writings in the magazines Logos, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie (New Literary Observer), and Pli. Since 2017, Khanova has been teaching at the Philosophy Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. She reads lectures on contemporary postcontinental philosophy, dark ecology, and pop culture and is currently preparing a dissertation about the performative mediums of self-reasoning in philosophical texts.

Yoel Regev, PhD (Jewish University in Jerusalem), is an associate professor at the European University in St. Petersburg (Social and Political Philosophy program). Author of the books Coincidentology: A Short Treatise on the Method (2015) and Nevozmozhnoe i sovpadenie: o revolyutsionnoy situatsii v filosofii (The Impossible and Coincidence: On the Revolutionary Situation in Philosophy (2016).

Alexander Pisarev is junior research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy at the Russian Academy of Sciences, editorial board member at Logos magazine, editor, and interpreter. Graduate of the Department of Ontology and Cognition Theory of the Philosophy Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. He has taught at MSU, RANEPA, and BAZA Institute and read lectures at NCCA Moscow, Winzavod’s Philosophical Club (Moscow), ZIL Cultural Center (Moscow), and Moscow College of Philosophy. Pisarev reviews intellectual periodicals for the magazine Neprikosnovenny zapas.


Free admission with registration.

The discussion will be held in Russian with simultaneous interpretation into English.


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