Elena Petrovskaya, PhD, is Head of the Department of Aesthetics at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her major fields of interest are contemporary philosophy, visual studies, North American literature and culture. Among other books, she is the author of The Unapparent: Essays on the Philosophy of Photography (2002), Anti-photography (2003), and Theory of the Image (2010). She is the compiler, editor, and co-translator of Jean-Luc Nancy’s Corpus (1999) and Gertrude Stein’s selected writings (The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Picasso. Lectures in America. Moscow, 2001). Since 2002 she has been editor-in-chief of the biannual theoretical journal Sinii Divan.