Summer school, 2013

Creative Economy and New Creative Spaces

Moscow, July 06-14, 2013

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.

In 2012, the summer school’s organizational process has undergone significant structural changes. In particular, the ‘paper’ competition has been replaced by a competition of videos and media presentations and the School itself – Humanities and creative economy: Humanities knowledge and visual encoding methods in interdisciplinary studies – was held as a ‘total translation’ of humanitarian competences into practical activities.

An important feature of the Summer School 2013 is that it has developed the theme of multimedia and communications as a significant part of contemporary science and practice. The Summer school participants were advised to prepare and present their project proposals and researches not only in the text form, but also in video and multimedia formats.

New approaches were applied in the Summer School of 2013, aim at strengthening practical orientation of learning, and demonstrating opportunities to solve academic, social, cultural and economic problems of a territory. Interdisciplinary approaches, usage of different description languages, the ability to switch from research to development mode were focused on the theme - Humanities in Professional and Social Contexts. Creative Economy and New Creative Spaces.

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

The selection procedure was based on essays, presentations or multimedia essays – My Project after the University Graduation. Competition’s special condition was stimulating creation of inter-university teams – the participants were encouraged to create a project team including the students from the same faculty, University or from different Universities.

Twenty five students and lecturers were selected as a result of the competition.

The Summer School

The Summer School was held for nine days and included a number research, educational, discussion, practical and presentation activities. The School’s program, as in the previous years, included talks of the leading experts in humanities, group work (laboratories and workshops) to develop project proposals. The research and project initiatives Forum at the ZIL Cultural Centre concluded the project of Summer School. The Forum became an integrated presentation and discussion event. It combined the presentation of projects and researches, discussions on the exhibited materials, communications with experts in the frame of the special workshop and the lecture on social entrepreneurship trends. Also the Forum offered a compact exposition in the ZIL Cultural Centre presenting major aspects of the projects developed by the participants of the Summer School