Project Design Sessions

SAS's research groups are formed through an innovative faculty search procedure whereby finalists get together in Tyumen for the Project Design Session (PDS), where they develop and refine interdisciplinary projects.

Faculty Search: Interdisciplinary Research Project Design Session. Faculty candidates from 12 countries. 10-13 December 2021. Live broadcast.

SAS’s research program is based upon interdisciplinary research projects that are integrated into global academic networks; the project groups replace traditional disciplinary departments and ensure intensive communication among faculty members within and across disciplines.

This year’s project design session introduces a new format that includes both job candidates and current SAS faculty. While in previous years, the PDS was focused on the formation of new research projects, this year the candidates will also have the opportunity to join existing projects.

The first day will be dedicated to current research projects, while days 2 and 3 will be dedicated to the formation of new groups and, possibly, the transformation of current projects with the addition of new researchers.

Join our live broadcasts at the end of each day, when the current and proposed research projects will be interrogated by a panel of experts.

December 10, Friday

  • 9:30–10:00 — Opening Ceremony
  • 10:00–11:00 — Presentations about the Current Research Project
  • 11:20–16:00 — Group Work
  • 16:00–18:00 — Plenary Session: Exploring How the Addition of New Researchers Would Impact Current Research Projects

December 11, Saturday

  • 10:15–15:00 — Group Work
  • 15:00–18:00 — Plenary Session: Formation of New Research Projects — Live broadcast. Click to watch

December 12, Sunday

  • 11:30–16:00 — Group Work
  • 16:00–19:00 — Plenary Session: Formation of New Research Projects — Live broadcast. Click to watch

Expert Board

Alexander Didenko
Institute of Business Studies (IBS-Moscow, RANEPA)
Andrew Wachtel
Compass College, Bishkek
Olga Bychkova
European University at Saint Petersburg

Faculty Candidates

Aleksander Sedzielarz
Country: USA
PhD: Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota (USA)
Research Interests: Comparative Literature; Film and Media Studies; Cultural Studies
Carlos Yebra López
Country: Spain
PhD: Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, New York University (USA)
Research Interests: Literature; Сulture; Сritical Theory; Philosophy; Digital Humanities
Country: Canada
PhD: Cultural Studies, Trent University (Canada)
Research Interests: Sociological Theory; Psychoanalysis; Anarchist Theory; Continental Philosophy
Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed
Country: Netherlands / Colombia
PhD: Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University (UK)
Research Interests: Media and Identity; Multilingualism; Global Media Studies; Qualitative Research; Political Economy of Communication; Cultural Translation; Adaptation; Videogames; Comics; Digital Transformation
Country: Hungary
PhD: Biology, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)
Research Interests: Evolutionary Ecology; Coexistence Theory; Speciation; Evolutionary Principles; Life-history Optimization; Adaptive Dynamics; Description of Complex Dynamic Systems; Population Regulation; Evolutionary Adaptations
Ksenia Gerasimova
Country: Russia
PhD: Land Economy, Cambridge University (UK)
Research Interests: Economics; History of Science; Technology and Sociology
Manca Bajec
Country: Slovenia
PhD: Sculpture, Royal College of Art (UK)
Research Interests: Art; Visual Culture; Art; Monuments; Memorialization; Europeanization
Country: Croatia
PhD: Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Research Interests: Higher Education; Teaching and Learning; Academic Profession; Teaching Competencies; Well-being in Academia; Intercultural and European Education
Mazen Diwani
Country: Syria
PhD: Models for Economics and Finance, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
Research Interests: Development Economics, Economics and Finance, Bank Profitability
Country: Slovenia
PhD: Film and Media Studies, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
Research Interests: World Cinema; Adaptation Studies; Documentary Cinema; Media Archaeology; Media Studies; Visual Cultures; Ecocriticism; Trauma Studies; Critical Theory
Sang-Keun Yoo
Country: South Korea
PhD: English, University of California (USA)
Research Interests: 20th Century American Literature; Asian American and Asian Literature; Visual Media
Scott Anthony
Country: UK
PhD: History, University of Oxford (UK)
Research Interests: Public Relations, Propaganda, and Cultural Diplomacy; The Role of Artists and Intellectuals in Public Life; Public History, History, and Heritage as a Tool of Activists, Campaigners, and Policy Makers
Country: Bulgaria
PhD: Comparative Gender Studies, Central European University (Hungary)
Research Interests: Philosophy; History of Philosophy; History of Ideas; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Plato and Platonism; Neoplatonism/Late Antique Philosophy; Ancient Cosmology; Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism; New Realism; Embodiment and Disembodiment; Autonomism
Tyler Dupont
Country: USA
PhD: Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo (USA)
Research Interests: Subcultures; Deviance; Sport

Faculty Search: Interdisciplinary Research Project Design Session. Faculty candidates from 15 countries. 12–16 March 2020. Online broadcast.

SAS research program relies on interdisciplinary research teams integrated into global academic networks; these teams replace traditional disciplinary departments and ensure intensive communication among faculty members within and across disciplines.

Research teams are formed through an innovative faculty search procedure thereby finalists get together in Tyumen for a project design session where they self-organize into interdisciplinary teams and propose research projects. Core members of the best project teams receive full-time faculty positions at SAS.

This year SAS is particularly interested in the following research directions, within which more concrete team projects will be designed:

  • The challenges posed by AI decision-making, machine creativity and technological objects becoming social subjects.
  • Ethical and societal implications of genome technologies and neuroscience, such as genetic engineering, resurrection of extinct species, and direct manipulation of cognition and emotion in the brain, including in new media.
  • Multilevel evolution and the possibilities and limitations of applying evolutionary theory and ‘the logic of chance’ to social, economic, and cultural structures in their historical development.
  • Arctic cities in the changing environment, ‘glocalization’ of the impact of environmental and technological changes on the economy, everyday urban experience, culture and society.
  • Implications of changing economic dominance of Global South vs. Global North, East vs. West, etc. for the economic, technological, social and national divides in the multipolar world. The possibilities of the creation of communities across these divides, including by means of storytelling and visual media.

Tune in to watch a live broadcast of the plenary discussions where their ideas will be tested on 13, 14, 15 March 2020, at 10:00am (GMT).

Online broadcast with synchronous Russian translation here.

Expert Board

philosophy of science
Alexei Grinbaum, Institut de Recherche sur les Lois Fondamentales de l'Univers, CEA/Saclay
economics
Barbara Igel, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
interdisciplinary Studies
Machiel Keestra, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam
computer science
Sasha Shapoval, National Research University Higher School of Economics
sociology
Victor Vakhshtain, The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences

Faculty Candidates

computer science and engineering
science, technology and society
higher education
biology and neuroscience
film and media Studies
law, political science
computer science
biology, physics
anthropology
Jonatan Kurzwelly
biology
computer science
philosopy and cognitive science
history
geography, environmental Studies
philosophy
sociology
Safi Shams
higher education
economics
psychology
philosophy
sociology
history and philosophy of science and technology

Faculty Search: Interdisciplinary Research Project Design Session. Faculty candidates from 14 countries. 7–11 March, 2019. Online broadcast.

SAS research program relies on interdisciplinary research teams integrated into global academic networks; these teams replace traditional disciplinary departments and ensure intensive communication among faculty members within and across disciplines.

Research teams are formed through an innovative faculty search procedure thereby finalists get together in Tyumen for a project design session where they self-organize into interdisciplinary teams and propose research projects. Core members of the best project teams receive full-time faculty positions at SAS.

Online broadcast with synchronous Russian translation here.

Faculty Candidates

film studies
environmental anthropology
sociology, economics
anthropology, history
sociology, media studies
media and cultural studies
philosophy, ethics
political science
social neuroscience
insect chemical ecology
anthropology
neuroscience
computer science
biomedicine
computer science

Faculty Search: Interdisciplinary Research Project Design Session. Faculty candidates from 10 countries. 8–11 March, 2018. Video, Selected Episodes.

SAS research program relies on interdisciplinary research teams integrated into global academic networks; these teams replace traditional disciplinary departments and ensure intensive communication among faculty members within and across disciplines.

Research teams are formed through an innovative faculty search procedure thereby finalists get together in Tyumen for a project design session where they self-organize into interdisciplinary teams and propose research projects. Core members of the best project teams receive full-time faculty positions at SAS.

Faculty Candidates

sociology
political science
international affairs
political science
art history
anthropology, GIS
political science
philosophy, art
comparative literature
comparative literature
political science & political economy
comparative literature

Faculty Search. Interdisciplinary Research Project Design Session. 28 faculty candidates, 21 universities, 9 countries. 3,4,5 March. Video, Selected Episodes.

In September 2017, teaching and research at SAS will commence with our first faculty starting their tenure. After reviewing over 300 applications and conducting many dozens of preliminary interviews, we invited shortlisted candidates to Tyumen to take part in an intensive 3-day project design session.

During the session, which took place on March 3-5, our candidates self-organized into interdisciplinary teams and proposed collective research projects to be realized at SAS. All the candidates, along with invited external experts, SAS staff and other stakeholders discussed the proposed projects thoroughly in order to find and help outline those most promising for the formation of SAS research agenda.

Faculty Candidates

political science
anthropology, performance studies
history, religious studies
media studies
media studies, cultural studies
media theory, cultural studies, aesthetics
philosophy, physics