Helen Petrovsky 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. She is the author of a number of books devoted, among other things, to a theoretical exploration of the image. Her most recent book is Disturbance of the Sign: Culture against Transcendence (Vozmushchenie znaka: Kul’tura protiv transtsendentsii, 2019), for which she was awarded the Alexander Piatigorsky Literary Prize (2020–2021). She is also editor-in-chief of the theoretical and philosophical journal Sinii divan.