Summer school, 2014

City research. Humanities in Professional and Social Contexts

Moscow, July 04-11, 2014

In recent years, Creative Industries Agency in collaboration with a number of partner organizations has carried out summer schools inviting Oxford Russia Fund scholarship holders from Russian regional Universities, with the participation of students and professors.

The overarching theme of the Summer schools – implementation of interdisciplinary educational programs and projects aimed to promote creative economy in Russia, to increase professional and public awareness of the importance of the humanities. The programs were developed so that they could include the aspirations of the participants and also provide active support to the representatives of different study areas – historians, linguists, economists, sociologists, philosophers and students of law. In addition, one of the most important tasks of the School is to introduce current practical opportunities to convert academic knowledge into practice using project technologies.

Summer School 2014 took another step towards expanding the range of students’ knowledge and skills beyond their narrow specialization. At the same time, new approaches were applied in the Summer School of 2014, aim at research of the city problems in terms of different disciplines – economic, law studies, sociology, cultural studies – and Interdisciplinary approaches. Approaches used in the Summer School of 2014, aim at strengthening practical orientation of learning, and demonstrating opportunities to solve academic, social, cultural and economic problems of a territory.

The Summer School 2014 was an educational platform where students developed, formulated and presented interdisciplinary projects and researches in various fields demanded by a modern Russian city.

Competitive selection of the participants and formation of research and development teams

The selection procedure was based on essays, presentations or multimedia essays – Me and My city. Twenty three students were selected as a result of the competition. Participants were divided, depending on the content their essays, into three different project and research groups.

The Summer School

The Summer School was held for eight days and included a number of research, educational, discussion, game, practical and presentation activities.

The School’s program, as in the previous years, included lectures of the leading Russian and foreign experts in humanities, group work to develop project proposals and researches. Among the School lecturers were Cany Ash (Architect, Founder of the Ash Sakula Architects); Elena Zelentsova (Deputy Head of the Department of Culture of Moscow); Elena Melvil (Director of the ZIL Cultural Centre); Nadezhda Nilina (Architect, urbanist); Victor Misiano (Curator of exhibitions on contemporary art) and many others.

In addition to lectures and talks, the general formats for all School participants included seminars and plenary sessions and professional games.

The research and project initiatives Forum at the ZIL Cultural Centre concluded the project of Summer School. The Forum was an integrated presentation and discussion event. It combined the presentations of projects and researches, communications with experts in the frame of the special workshop and the lecture of an International expert on branding territories Jose Torres.