The time of self-isolation is frightening for us, accustomed to the rhythm of life that our studies, work, meeting with friends asked us. Left alone, you involuntarily wonder: were we less alone before the epidemic? In the books from this collection, experts in various disciplines talk about how important it is to re-learn how to live (and not survive) together with people, animals and inanimate objects around - for the sake of a different scenario of the future, in which there will be a place for each and every one of us.

Sex, Food and Strangers: Religion as Everyday Life

Graham Harvey
What will remain of our understanding of religion if we remove God from it? Knowing about the shamans of the northern peoples, Indian totems, Trobriand magic and the mythology of the Australian aborigines, for some reason we continue to think that to be religious means to revere the humanoid God who looks at us from heaven. Harvey invites us to throw the โ€œProtestant veilโ€ out of our eyes and see something new and surprisingly down to earth in religion: the etiquette of coexistence with the whole world around, where everything and everyone is interconnected: people, forests and even sweet potatoes, for planting of which this forest needs to be cut down. In addition to the text of the book, its referential apparatus is remarkable: Harvey formulates his theory based on the work of many feminist researchers, such as Karen Barad, Donna Haraway and Val Plumwood.

"Notes on the performative theory of assembly"

Judith Butler
An underrated lecture series by the American philosopher best known for his 1990 book Gender Trouble. In Notes, Butler tries to apply his theory of the performativity of gender (that is, the need for its constant reproduction, "acting out" among others) to public gatherings of people using the examples of the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street social movements and Black Lives Matter. The spectrum of the problems raised by the author includes the right of the population to a voice and space, the ethics of coexistence with others, corporality in joint meetings and, finally, the fact of our common vulnerability due to the economy and politics of states - something that we should think about now.

Urban Commons: Urban Communities Beyond State and Market: Collected Articles

This collection of articles from the conference by a group of urban, geography, sociology and philosophy researchers continues the theme of the right to vote, but places it in the context of the city. Developing the concept of "urban community", the authors of the articles talk about private experiences of life outside the capitalist logic imposed by the city, in which the only option that is given to the townspeople is consumption. The spectrum of analyzed cases, from the joint arrangement of an abandoned area of โ€‹โ€‹Berlin to the tent cities of the homeless in the United States, allows one to see a different picture of cohabitation, where the basis of the system is not a hierarchical distribution of benefits from the center, but mutual assistance, empathy and a compromise of interests not imposed from outside.


Olivia Erlanger, Luis Ortega Govela
The novelty, published by Strelka in cooperation with the Moscow Institute of Information Technologies Garage, and falsely referring to the latter by its name, is in fact devoted to the garages of American suburbs, which over the past century have lost their function of sheltering a car from bad weather, becoming a shelter for its owner - an American who grew up among the cult of the nuclear family, where the woman is the mother-housewife, and the father is the breadwinner and patriarch of his house. The biographies of self-taught outsiders who made their careers behind the door of their father's garage turned out to be the story of how a teenage rebellion against surrounding conformity became the beginning of a new conformism, but in the old way focused on consumption and individualism.