CITY
AS A TEXT — 2021

From April 20 to 30, 2021, all first-year students at the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) will study the core course The City as a Text. It is a unique educational experience that allows students to implement the skills and knowledge gained throughout the first three quarters at SAS.

The City is a complex and multilayer research object. It can be studied and conceptualised only at the intersection of various disciplines, methods and formats, which largely reflects the specifics of the SAS multidisciplinary educational model.

Exploration of Tyumen, Yalutorovsk and the village of Nizhnyaya Tavda is coming. Each location is unique and requires close analysis. Comparison of the features of these three territories, the substance and disruption of the urban structure, everyday practices and residents’ ambitions, self-description languages and the cities’ semantics will allow students not to be limited to review one case only, but to continue searching for a universal answer to the question “What makes a city a city?”.

WORK FORMATS

We will use several work formats throughout the course:

  • lectures from the leading professors, researchers, and specialists in the sphere of urban and territorial development;
  • field work in various urban/non-urban sites;
  • Urban Reading Boot Camp: students will spend the whole day in a place with no Internet but lots of books;
  • group work;
  • plenary sessions where groups will present the results of their research.

EXPERTS: Elina Ermakova (SotsGum), Artyom Gebelev (founder of BrandUrbanStudio) , Dara Melnyk (SAS), Marko Turk (SAS), David Dusseault (SAS), Nadya Khort (culturologist, urbanist), Peter Jones (SAS), Alisa Prudnikova (commissioner at Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art), Dmitriy Bezuglov (interpreter, co-curator of the public programs at Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art).

CURATORS

The curators of the group work are SAS 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year students who completed this course in previous years: Anna Banyukevich, Valeria Orlova, Julia Khabibulina, Arseniy Osokin, Nikita Mogilnikov, Olesya Krakovetskaya, Valeria Sidorenko.

COURSE DESIGNERS: Anastasia Rusakova, Ahmed Elghandour, Elina Ermakova, Daniel Kontowski.

April 20 (Tuesday)

  • 10:0010:30 Set-up session of The City as a Text course 
  • 10:3013:00 What Makes a City a City? Artyom Gebelev
  • 13:0019:00 Field work, group work

April 21 (Wednesday)

The trip to the village of Nizhnyaya Tavda

  • 9:00 Bus departure (6 Volodarskogo St.)
  • 11:00 Arrival in the village of Nizhnyaya Tavda
  • 11:0018:00 Field work
  • 18:00 Departure to Tyumen
  • 20:00 Arrival in Tyumen

April 22 (Thursday)

  • 10:0013:00 University in the City, (Dara Melnyk, Marko Turk)
  • 13:0017:00 Field work, group work
  • 17:3021:00 Plenary session

April 23 (Friday)

  • 10:0013:00 Money in the City, (David Dusseault)
  • 13:0019:00 Field work, group work

April 24 (Saturday)

Urban Reading Boot Camp in the Lukashino university camp (Nadya Khort)

  • 9:00 Bus departure (6 Volodarskogo St.)
  • 9:4510:00 Arrival in the Lukashino university camp
  • 19:00 Departure to Tyumen
  • 20:00 Arrival in Tyumen

April 25 (Sunday)

Day off

April 26 (Monday)

  • 10:0013:00 Urban History: Cities through Time, (Peter Jones)
  • 13:0017:00 Field work, group work
  • 17:3021:00 Plenary session

April 27 (Tuesday)

The trip to Yalutorovsk

  • 9:00 Bus departure (6 Volodarskogo St.)
  • 11:00  Arrival in Yalutorovsk
  • 11:0020:00 – Field work
  • 20:00 Departure to Tyumen
  • 22:00 Arrival in Tyumen

April 28 (Wednesday)

Local Crafts (Elina Ermakova, Shakhlo Makhmudova)

  • 10:3014:00 - Field work
  • 14:00–18:00 - Group work

April 29 (Thursday)

April 30 (Friday)

11:0017:00 Plenary session (final presentations)

17:3018:30 Closing meeting

You are welcome to follow the events of The City as a Text course on the SAS Instagram page @sas_utmn and by using the hashtag #sas_city2021