About forum

On June 27, SAS held the Dare to Experiment in Higher Education forum, which acted as a discussion platform on the topic of the transformation of contemporary universities.

Tradition lies at the core of higher education. Yet, universities must keep changing to stay afloat intellectually and institutionally. Experimentation allows us to walk the line between stability and innovation. Unlike parachuting foreign models, it is a way to borrow ideas while also ensuring that the solutions we develop fit the context. 

Experiments are necessary for Russian universities to formulate their own answer to the key questions facing higher education. Who should control the educational design? Where does the educational vision come from? What should the role of a student really be? Does technology make a real difference? What determines universities’ transformation? 

  • Leading experts in the field of higher education transformation
  • Four moderated discussions
  • Experience in implementing the Experimental Higher Education MA program 

While concepts such as free will, consciousness, and cognition (FWCC) were initially studied by philosophers – including by almost all ‘big names’ –, nowadays these topics are actively investigated in several disciplines. Many contemporary researchers find inspiration in other disciplines than their home field to enrich their research. 

This conference brings together experts on free will, consciousness, and cognition from various disciplinary origins, notably philosophy, AI, neuroscience, and physics. 

Key topics at the workshop (this is not an exhaustive list): 

  • Contemporary scholarship on free will, consciousness, cognition in the mentioned disciplines, with special interest for cross-disciplinary research 
  • Artificial FWCC in AI-research and (quantum) physics 
  •  Artificial consciousness and ethics in AI and robotics. How far are we from artificial consciousness and superintelligence in AI? How to get there? 
  • Free will and (in)determinism: insights from various disciplines  

About symposium

Love is revolting. It both inspires revulsion and has revolutionary potential. From its sticky, intimate moments of boundary-crossing and home-making to its revolutionary potential in the arguments of Charles Fourier, Alexandra Kollontai, Martin Luther King Jr., and the ecosexuals, love strikes us as an ambivalent concept of pivotal importance to humans. In recent years, a growing number of thinkers have suggested that love be critically reinvigorated in both social and political thought and action. And yet, it continues to revolt (us), and this reinvigorating has yet to be done robustly and systematically.

Love is Revolting is a two-day interdisciplinary symposium at the School of Advanced Studies (SAS), University of Tyumen that invites scholars across the disciplines to engage in discussions about love. Among other topics, we encourage discussion about love and its connection to matter and bodies; its revolutionary potential for imagining new futures and modes of belonging; its ambivalence, slipperiness and grotesqueness as both a practice and concept; its relationship to power and subject-formation; and the emergence of new forms of loving in our techno-ecological age.


About forum

The forum will bring together scholars, teachers and administrators from leading colleges and universities in different countries to discuss the following issues:
  • How does the notion of critical thinking evolve historically, what is its (changing) relationship with the notions of critique, critical thought and disinterested scientific enquiry?
  • Can critical thinking thrive in the era of political polarization?
  • What does critical thinking involve beyond a set of analytic techniques, such as logic and argument analysis?
  • Is developing critical thinking still the major goal of multidisciplinary education and, if so, how can it be taught effectively to contemporary students? Does AI and digital technologies challenge us to change the way we conceptualize critical thinking?
  • Which lessons from psychology and cognitive science could give us some insights for teaching critical thinking?

About forum

The second annual Disciplinary Landscape forum will be devoted to the notion of truth in its historical and disciplinary dimensions. We will discuss the philosophical foundations of the notion of truth, including the opposition of modernist truth and “post-truth”, the various functions of the concept of truth in different political, social and cultural frameworks, and the permutations of the idea of truth effected by the Russian Revolution. On the second day of the forum we will group paper presenters and SAS faculty into disciplinary teams and invite them to reflect on the different notions of truth used in the contemporary disciplines of philosophy, history, cultural studies, and sociology.