Summer school, 2012

humanities knowledge and visual encoding methodsin interdisciplinary studies

Moscow and Moscow Region, June 30- July 07, 2012

In the recent five years Creative Industries Agency incooperation with its partners has been organizing Summer School with participation of the students and professors from regional Russian Universities supported by Oxford Russia Fund. General theme of the Summer School isrealization of inter-disciplinary educational and project programs contributing to the development of creative industries and creative economy in Russia. The School’s program is developed so that it provides opportunities to include andactuate the interests of the participants from different fields – historian andphilologists, economists and lawyers, sociologists and philosophers. In addition, one of the most important tasks of the School is to introducecurrent practical opportunities toconvert academic knowledge into practice using project technologies.

During this period of time the work of the School is focused on the issue of transformation of industrial spaces into cultural centers and clusters, which is important for scientific, cultural and social fields.

The Summer School 2012 specialty. The School was a floor for visual expression. A film recording everything that happens within the School was made. A special sector of The School was the School studio where video reflexionof educational process by participants took place. That was enable academic research to be integrated into acontemporary world through visual language learning.

Summer School Objective: to expose the role of creative economy as a factor of social and economic change; to contribute to professional development and self-determination of young specialists in different fields of the humanities.

Summer School Goals:

  • To integrate modern developments and concepts of humanitarian studies, including creative industries and creative economy, into a practical context;
  • To introduce basic development trends of creative economy;
  • To stimulate professional orientation and career development of the specialists from the field of humanities.

Participants: 22 students and professors from Russian Universities supported by Oxford Russia Fund.

Selection of the participants was made as a result of multimedia essay competition “What city problems can be solved with the help of my profession?”. During the selection process, organizers tried to form a team of young people who would be ready to think creatively, to understand applied aspects of humanitarian professions, and toput theoretical knowledge into practice.

The essays were evaluated according to the following criteria: visualization ofthe topic; combining shooting objects, interviews and the author's text; the author’s individual point of view, independence of the text.

The Summer School gathered 22 winners of the competitionfrom 12 Russian universities: Voronezh State University, Kazan State University, Irkutsk State University, Novgorod State University, Samara State University, Ulyanovsk State University, Saratov State University, Perm State University, Southern Federal University, Tomsk State University, Tver State University, Siberian Federal University.

Experts, lectors and group leaders:

Elena Zelentsova, Director of Creative Industries Agency, Director of ZIL Culture Centre,
Elena Melville
, Financial director of Creative IndustriesAgency, Executive director of ZIL Culture Centre,
Georgy Nikich, Curator,
Alexandr Alekseev, Executive director of Publicis United,
Konstantin Bogdanov, Leading Researcher of the Institute of Russian Literature (the Pushkin House), Russian Academy of Sciences,
Katrina Menshikova
, Curator,
Pavel Stepantsov
, Senior Researcher of the Centre for Social Researchof the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration,
Ekaterina Sachkova
, Project Manager of Creative Industries Agency,
Sergey Terentyev
, media-artist

The participants of the Summer School also included Boris Saltykov, Trustee, Oxford Russia Fund; Alla Sergievskaya, Executive Director, Oxford Russia Fund; Tatyana Sobol, Coordinator, Oxford Russia Fund, Natalia Blokhina, Coordinator of Creative Industries Agency, Olga Kizina, Manager of Creative Industries Agency.


The Summer School took place in Moscow and in Solnechnaya Polyana, Moscow region.The Moscow activities were held in ZIL Cultural Center, Art&Science Space Laboratory, Artplay and Winzavod Contemporary Art Center.