Summer School, 2011

"Creative industries and creative economy: developing applied research and projects"

Duration of the project: 2011 – 2012

In the last three 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.

General subject areas of the Summer School are the implementation of interdisciplinary educational and project programmes related to the development of creative industries and the creative economy in Russia. The programmes 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.

In 2008-2009, German, British and French cultural managers and scientists (representatives of Emscher Park project in Ruhr (Germany), Tom Fleming (Creative Consultancy), University of Leeds (Great Britain), French Cultural Center, and Interarts agency from Spain took part in the School's activities.

Summer Schools` results have shown efficiency of Oxford fellows` research and practical activities support together with further promotion of project work and interdisciplinary studies. Project development according to the estimated guideline will introduce contemporary ideas to students, teach them project work and help them to form a separate field of activity at home universities. All this will allow project participants to develop their own projects in research and practical fields.

Today, students of Russian universities have vaguer ideas of activities in humanities; methods of course work and essays are based on outdated material. One of the key problems is the lack of opportunities to conduct advanced research, write articles, discuss results and integrate them to scientific, public and media fields. There has been a lack of student conferences at universities; most of them are quite weak in terms of the level of submitted works and in terms of opportunities for fruitful professional discussion.

Project goals: to form a research and project field in the area of modern humanities (interdisciplinary academic and applied research and projects in the creative economy, creative industries).

Aims: the promotion of research and project work, carrying out a number of studies in regional universities; conducting Summer School, dedicated to creative industries, creative economy and contemporary humanities; organizing conferences for the presentation of the best works and the publication of a compendium.


1. Competitive selection of participants of Summer School on the basis of an essay contest.

2. Conducting Summer School in July 2011.

3. Advice and monitoring of studies and projects.

4. International Conference and Forum in Moscow in February 2012 to introduce the best works.

5. Publication of a compendium of materials in Russian and English.

Selection of participants for the Summer School

The selection will be held on the basis of an essay contest. The topic of the essay is determined as "Prospects of practical applications of humanities and current topics of scientific and practical research." Students will be required to carry out a research (students will be asked to provide goals, objectives and a plan for future research) as well as a project (goals and objectives of the future project will be required).

The Summer School programme is interdisciplinary and addresses to senior, MA and post-graduate students and young professors supported by Oxford Russia Fund in different Russian regions. The number of students of the Summer School – will make in total 31 (including 26 students and 5 teachers). The Summer School in 2011 welcomes teaching staff of universities. Their selection will be based on consultation with universities and Oxford Russia Foundation.

Conducting Summer School (July 2011, Moscow - Solnechnaya Polyana. 7 days, 62 academic hours)

The School programme, as in previous years includes lectures and presentations from leading experts in the area of humanities, group work to develop projects, discussions and business games. Group work with trainers and moderators will be organized into a set of seminars, project workshops, discussions and round-table conferences to discuss and elaborate on the material presented in the lectures. During the Summer School, visits to art spaces, companies and organizations related to the sector of the creative economy are planned.

Topics for the Summer School

Several topics will be offered:

  • Contemporary issues in humanities and higher education in Russia: problems and perspectives of an applied approach;
  • From complex analysis to creative project. Scientific and applied research as a resource to shape regional development programmes;
  • Creativity and creative technologies in science, culture, business, and politics;
  • Creative economy. Developments in creative industries in European countries and characteristics of Russian practice;
  • Creative consumption. New interdisciplinary presentation and discussion spaces as a resource for regional development;
  • Transformation of humanitarian scientific knowledge within the system of public communications. Scientific tasks and public opinion.

Individual work. Apart from the essays sent together with the application forms, the participants' individual work will include presentations, development of a plan for degree research and the shaping of individual projects. The active participants will get certificates from Oxford Russia Fund and will get an opportunity to complete their projects in order to present them during the conference in January, 2010

Consultations, monitoring and selection of conference participants

After the end of the Summer School participants will finalize the projects, both independently and as a part of the creative research groups (the opportunity for cooperation within universities and university cooperation).The participants will be able to get online expert advice to complete their works. Research results will be monitored in October - November, 2011. According to the results of the monitoring the expert committee will select members for the international conference and forum in Moscow in December. Twelve project finalists of the project will have the opportunity to present their projects. Five lecturers from regional universities will be invited to participate in the conference. The selection of participants among teachers will be conducted in consultation with universities and Oxford Russia Foundation.

International Conference and Forum in Moscow – Performing the best works

An international conference will be held in Moscow in January. The conference is considered to be one of the major academic sites in Moscow. Russian and foreign specialists will be a part of the conference panel. It is assumed that the conference will have a high academic status and set a precedent, when the first students from the regional universities will be a subject of discussion with representatives of the international academic and expert community. The conference will motivate students to complete their projects and serve as a benchmark for universities in shaping the standards of conference events in the regions. During the conference, the panel will discuss the results of the research. Results of the best works will be published in conference digests. The number of regional participants: 17 people (students, graduate students, teachers) Number of international experts: 5-6 Total number of participants: 50-60.

Among the participants: Representatives of the scientific and cultural community, researchers, curators, designers and representatives of international organizations.

The Conference will be held over two days. The first day will be dedicated to reports of foreign experts, and work presentations by finalists. The second day will also be opened by reports and will be continued by a series of panel discussions.

Conference Program will include:

  • Reports of Russian and foreign experts;
  • Presentation of the best research and design works by students from the regional universities;
  • Panel discussions on topics of work and on mainstreaming human studies in Russia and international integration.

Publication of a compendium of conference materials in Russian and English

The digest will sum up the work done during the project. It will include expert articles and materials from the best student projects.

The digest will be sent to university libraries in Russia and abroad and circulated among specialists in the area of the humanities.