Philosophy Cafe St.Petersburg
presents a discussion with local theorists.

organised by Alla Mitrofanova

Nomadism was among the main-stream theories of the 1990s. Nomadism: reshaping of identity, nomadic subjectivity (Deleuze, Braidotti), performative gender, etc. Presently many things; symbols, signs, identities, changed from their stable positions into floating fragments. Migration of people, migration of signs and values, plus the new communication tool, (internet) hardly reshaped the world.

The Nomad carries the whole system of symbolic and personal values in his/her pocket. A Nomad has to be operative, responsible for networks and communicative qualities within his/her network. Nomads can therefore not be destructive, for it could be also destructive for them. In this new day and age she/he has no settled (given) values within our structured system. Being nomad means building a personal and operative interface to the life process. For example: A Nomad in her environment would be less dependent on personal objects and a stable settled home life, than most people in our society. They would also be less likely to take marriage or career as seriously. Their stability comes from within themselves and from their loyalty and the loyalty of their friends and family. They appear to be more self- sufficient and stable, even neglecting standards of stability in our society -- autonomous beings producing an independent psychic pattern, self- sufficiency and the bare necessities to survive.

Social approach:
Some things are taken as new standards and given to young people as absolute values and rules of game. What nomadic features have been appropriated by contemporary culture? What meanings do they have? What can social philosophers say about nomadic changes in contemporary society?

Ethnographic approach:
But the status of things , signs, and symbols is now much less stable than before -- and they work differently. It makes the ethnographic analysis of nomadic societies (systems) more interesting. We need to compare basic values and structure of symbols in nomadic and settled societies.

Subjective (ethic, psychological) approach:
The stable and structured society has no autonomous functions. Society is now struggling to cope with its structure of values, consuming already produced desires, signs of subjectivity, of privacy, of freedom, in which people are tied and trapped.


Anatolij Vlasov - philosopher, economist, migrant and founder of Philosophical Café
Andrej Chlobystin - artist, author of the project "Tatschanka" dedicated to nomadism
Michail Gaillot - philosopher, author of the book on nomadism in techno-culture
Aleksandr Sekackij - philosopher, nomadic theory
German Preobrezhenskij - philosopher, a founder of the Tomsker Philosophical Club
Olga Suslova - philosopher, psychoanalyst
Alla Mitrofanova - theorist, has interest in nomadic theory and feminist theory
Valerij Savczuk - philosopher, critic, curator, artist.
Ekaterina Starikova - student, interested in "bodyness" in philosophy
Tatjana Shczepanskaja - historian, ethnologist.

Philosophy Café is a new initiative of private philosophers, cyber-femin-club, techno-art center and a gallery of experimental sound.