Summer school, 2009


Moscow – Yasnaya Polyana
June 30 – July 7, 2009

When in contemporary Russia they discuss innovative economy in most cases they mean modernization in traditional sectors of industry and business. If a mention of cultural sector or humanitarian sciences occurs, they are described as conservative sectors for heritage preservation and academic research, which are not connected with practice and cannot be modernized. At the same time, existing practice demonstrates that culture and humanitarian knowledge have a growing role in social and economic development.

The interests of contemporary philosophers, historians, sociologists, philologists, economists, politologists, cover the most burning issues of contemporary world from global theories of historical evolution to local history of remote places, hardly noticed on historical and geographical maps; from studies on the changes brought to every day life by high technologies to development of new social and cultural practices; from studies on disappearing languages and cultures to the problems of cultural integration and global civilization.

The project is intended to present and discuss the creative industries phenomenon and its contribution to city regeneration and regional development processes. Central topic of the Summer School 2009 is development of creative industries as a new fusion of culture, economy and social policy. According to the results of questionnaire survey and experts' recommendations after the School 2008, the main focus of the following School would be on professional orientation and development of future specialists in humanitarian field.

The School programme includes lectures and discussions, and a special accent in the course of the School 2009 will be put on project development activities and business games, which help develop the participants' skills and competences necessary both for research and theoretical work and practical work in different professional areas.

Project Aim: revealing the role of humanitarian knowledge (and one of its most important trends - a cross-disciplinary complex, united in the concept of «creative industries») in the process of social and economic change, and assistance in professional development of young specialists, working in this field.


  • Transfer contemporary humanitarian knowledge, including the concept of creative industries, into practice context;
  • Presentation and promotion of the main trends in contemporary humanitarian studies and applied researches;
  • Assistance to the specialists in humanitarian field in their professional orientation and development.

Organizers and Partners:

  • Creative Industries Agency;
  • French Cultural Center;
  • Goethe-Institut, Moscow;
  • Garage Contemporary Art Center;
  • Proekt_Fabrika;
  • Winzavod Contemporary Art Center;
  • «Laboratoria. Art&Science Space»;
  • Cultural Management Faculty, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Project participants:


Cross-disciplinary programme of the Summer School is designed for senior and post-graduate students and young teachers of the 11 Russian universities supported by Oxford Russia Fund.

Selection of the Summer School students will be made through the essay competition (similar to the previous years).


The School programme includes lectures and presentations of leading specialists, group work to develop projects, panel discussions and business games.

Lectures and presentations:

  • Creative economy as a basis for post-industrial development: problems and perspectives in Russia;
  • History, strategies and practices of creative industries development in Russia and abroad;
  • From creative industries to creative economy: a role of creative industries in economic development;
  • Specific cumulative effects of cross-disciplinary interaction - applied and artistic aspects of arts and science fusion;
  • Scientific and applied researches - a component of regional development programmes: international experience and Russian perspectives;
  • Contemporary humanitarian knowledge and its creative converting;
  • Higher education in Russia - history, problems, perspectives;
  • Educational policy of foreign universities as a contribution to regional development: international experience;
  • New cultural spaces in Moscow: contemporary art as a resource for regional development.

Group work under stewardship of trainers and moderators, includes seminars, workshops, panel discussions and role-playing games aimed to discuss and master the material presented at the lectures.

Visits to the Moscow creative spaces. The Summer School programme provides an opportunity to visit the Moscow creative clusters and to have practical training there. The trainers are the Summer School lecturers together with art-directors and owners of the creative clusters, among them Garage Contemporary Art Center, Winzavod Contemporary Art Center and Proekt_Fabrika.

Individual work. Apart from the essays sent together with an application form, the students' individual work will include presentations and project development. The most active students will get certificates of OxfordRussiaFund.

Supported by the Oxford Russia fund


June, 30, Tusday

Theme of the day: «New cultural spaces»

Arrival of the Summer School participants, launching in «Izmailovo» hotel
14:00 – 15:00 – lunch in the café at «Project Fabrica»
15:00 – 16:20 – introduction of the participants, lecturers, trainers and the summer school programme
16:30 – 17:15 – excursion to «Project Fabrica»
18:00 – 19:30 – meeting at project «Art Science and Space»

July, 1, Wednesday

Theme of the day: «New cultural spaces»

10:00 – 11:00 – visit to the Design Center «Art Play 2»
11:00 – 12:00 – visit to the Center of contemporary art «Winzavod»
12:00 – 13:00 – lunch
13:00 – departure to Yasnaya Polyana
18:00 – 19:00 – arrival in Yasnaya Polyana
19:00 – 20:00 – dinner
20:00 – 22:00 – role-play activity

July, 2, Thursday

Theme of the day: «Perspective spaces of modern humanities»

10:00 – 10:30 – opening session at Yasnaya Polyana. Welcome speeches by Alla Ser-gievskaya, Oxford Russia Found, Director; Boris Saltykov, Oxford Russia Found, trus-tee; Dominique Jambon, French Cultural Center, Director; Elena Zelentsova, Creative Industries Agency, director
10:30 – 11:30 – lecture by Boris Saltykov «Higher education in Russia – history, prob-lems, perspectives»
11:30 – 12:00 – break
12:00 – 13:30 – lecture by Dominique Jambon «Economical rise of the city and cultural development»
14:00 – 15:00 – lunch in «Preshpect» café
15:00 – 17:00 – visit to the Leo Tolstoy museum estate
17:30 – 19:00 – round table «Humanities in the space if innovation activities»
19:00 – 20:00 – dinner
20:00 – 22:00 – role-play activity

July, 3, Friday

Theme of the day: «Situation Analysis»

10:00 – 11:30 – lecture by Elena Zelentsova «Creative industries and modern humani-ties»
11:30 – 12:00 – break
12:00 – 14:00 – group work
14:00 – 15:00 – lunch
15:00 – 17:00 – lecture by Andrew Erskine «Creative industries and creative economy»
17:00 – 17:30 – break
17:30 – 19:00 – plenary session
19:00 – 20:00 – dinner
20:00 – 22:00 – role-play activity

July, 4, Saturday

Theme of the day: «Project ideas»

10:00 – 11:30 – lecture by Konstantin Bogdanov «Russian humanities in terms of their social benefit. Experience of past and future opportunities»
11:30 – 12:00 – break
12:00 – 13:30 – lecture by Claus Stiens «Culture as a resource of territorial develop-ment. Emsher park»
13:30 – 14:30 – lunch
14:30 – 17:00 – group work
17:00 – 17:30 – break
17:30 – 19:00 – plenary session
19:00 – 20:00 – dinner
20:00 – 22:00 – role-play activity

July, 5, Sunday

Theme of the day: «Humanities projects for territorial development»

10:00 – 11:30 – lecture by Georgy Nikich «Art expression and project»
11:30 – 12:00 – break
12:00 – 13:30 – lecture by Elena Melvil «Creative Industries Economy»
13:30 – 14:30 – lunch
14:30 – 17:00 – group work
17:30 – 19:00 – plenary session
19:00 – 20:00 – dinner
20:00 – 22:00 – role-play activity

July, 6, Monday

Theme of the day: «Socializing of the project»

10:00 – 11:30 – Round table «Creative industries – spaces for communication»
11:30 – 12:00 – break
12:00 – 13:30 – group work
13:30 – 14:30 – lunch
14:30 – 16:30 – projects preparation
16:30 – 17:00 – break
17:00 – 19:00 – conclusion session, project presentations. Presentation of certificates, closing of the Summer School
19:00 – 20:30 – gala dinner

July, 7, Tuesday
Departure to Moscow

Moderators, lectors and guests of Summer School:

Konstantin Bogdanov, doctor of philology, senior researcher of the Institute for Russian Studies («Pushkin’s House») of the Russian Academy of Science, visiting professor of the Konstanz University, Konstanz, Germany

Andrew Erskine, senior associate, «TF Creative Consultancy», (UK)

Alexey Goncharik, Creative Industries Agency, coordinator, Postgraduate of the Insti-tute of Scientific Information for the public science of the Russian Academy of Science

Dominique Jambon, French Cultural Center, director (France)

Elena Melvil, Creative Industries Agency, financial director; lecturer of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Science

Georgy Nikich, PhD in Arts, curator of the Moscow Forum of Cultural Initiatives; lec-turer of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Science

Darya Parchomenko, leader of the project «Laboratoria Art&Science Space»

Nickolay Pryanichnikov, head of department Experimental Research and Develop-ment institute, expert of Pushkin Library Foundation, expert New Eurasia Foundation

Boris Saltykov, PhD in economics, trustee, Oxford Russia Found

Alla Sergievskaya, Oxford Russia Found, director

Natalya Sergievskaya, Summer School, coordinator

Irina Sherbakova, interpreter, cultural manager

Claus Stiens, Foundation for Industrial Heritage, Dortmund (Germany)

Sofya Trotsenko, Center of Contemporary Art «Winzavod», head of the project

Elena Tupiseva, Contemporary dance Agency «Tsekh», director

Elena Zelentsova, PhD in cultural science, Creative Industries Agency, director; associated professor and head of specialization «Creative industries» at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Science