Creative Cities

Creative Cities will explore theories of urban life in the past century, while taking a creative approach to how we live together today in our city, Tyumen. We will ask questions about how the city around us has changed in recent decades, and how it operates as a space for encounter, creativity, production, and community in the current moment. Along the way, we will explore wider international debates in urban history and theory, representations of cities as both utopia and inferno in art and literature, and philosophical attempts to occupy cities in surprising ways, from Baudelaire’s nineteenth-century flâneur to Iain Sinclair’s twenty-first-century psychogeographer.

Thanks to a COIL grant, this course will also introduce a unique international dimension. Alongside students at Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada, you will be involved in a collaborative experiment, including weekly inter-university group discussions and presentations. Sharing a pool of readings and materials with your Canadian colleagues, you will work to dialogue about their international implications, and their applications to life in Toronto or Tyumen. As well as being an opportunity to build global connections, this will be a chance to learn to see our city anew, to discover the life of students who may be confronting similar challenges thousands of miles away, and to expand all of our horizons of how the world is working in 2021.

Project Themes

SAS students will work in groups of three, collaborating with a partner group of 3–5 students in Toronto. Each international group will work on a shared theme, choosing from the following list:

  • Movement / Transfer 
  • Recreation / Leisure
  • Nature / Green Space
  • Commerce / Exchange 
  • History / Memory
  • Boundaries / Thresholds 
  • Social / Connection

Daniel Kontowski:

Daniel Kontowski has recently defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Winchester (UK). Daniel was also a Fulbright Scholar at Wagner College and later stayed at The Endeavor Foundation. In 2019, Daniel received the Semyonov Award for a research stay at the Laboratory of University Development, Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow). Daniel gave keynotes at conferences in Brussels, Utrecht, Hangzhou, Luneburg and Brno, was invited for roundtables in Bologna and Amsterdam, convened a panel at the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society launch conference in Aarhus, and delivered over two dozen individual presentations for a range of academic audiences across the world. His scholarly works about different educational frameworks appeared in English, Polish, Russian, and Chinese. In 2016, Daniel obtained his teaching qualification and became a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He taught sociological courses in Warsaw nand co-organised Academic Writing Clinic in Kassel. He also reviews journals in education, sociology, and organisational theory. Daniel is an Associate Member of Centre for Higher Education Futures (Aarhus University and a Section Editor at the Early Career Higher Education Researcher’s blog (ECHER). He was also a visiting scholar at Center for International Higher Education at Boston College.

Peter Jones:

Peter Jones is a cultural historian, specializing in the religious, political, and intellectual life of medieval Europe (c.500–1500). After completing a BA and MA at the University of Bristol, Peter received his PhD in History from New York University in 2014. From 2014–16 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, and from 2016–17 he worked as a visiting scholar at the Pembroke Center, Brown University. He has also been a Frances A. Yates Long Term Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London, and a teaching fellow at University College London. He has been a professor at SAS since 2017.