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24 September Event: Russia’s Hydrocarbon Culture in the Making

Russia’s Hydrocarbon Culture in the Making

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018, 4 – 5 PM

VENUE/ROOM Voesar Conf. Room, Suite 412
BUILDING ADDRESS Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street, NW
SPEAKERS Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, University of Helsinki
EVENTS SERIES Not part of a series
SPONSORED BY Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Russia’s high economic and political dependence on oil and gas pushes the Putin regime to build a “hydrocarbon culture” to legitimize this very dependence. This construct seeks to convince Russians that, via hydrocarbons, Russia will be able to modernize domestically and expand its influence internationally, and therefore Russians should venerate energy and accept hydrocarbons as part of Russian identity. The lecture also discusses how this hydrocarbon culture links to the Arctic, Energy-Superpower discourse, energy as leverage in the domestic context, as well as Russia’s 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 University. He leads several academic research projects and a team ( that focuses 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).


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