Summer School

(01) When?

June 10–15th, 2019

(02) Where?

The School of Advanced Studies, The University of Tyumen, Siberia, Russia

(03) What we offer?

While the possibilities for the future seem limitless, novelty and innovation of human science and knowledge are constrained by historical successes, practical demands, and strong imaginary limitations. Humans are biologically limited. Human societies are constrained by the demands of these biological bodies and their socio-cultural habits and histories. We want to produce change and innovations, yet every field is constrained by practical requirements and obligations, “what is possible”, and what can be imagined to be possible. How can we assess possibilities when we cannot see them, be realistic but still creative?

What does it mean to be limited? What are the connections between limits, obligations, bonds, and action? It is always within a limited frame that action happens and can be recognized. Without the limits of gravity, our feet would never find traction. Without the limits of a politico-legal structure, many have argued we would be incapable of acting and living together. How does conceiving the future as "limitless" diminish our capacity to act in the future?

(04) Who takes this quest?

Taught by international professors trained at some of the best universities in the world, this summer school is a chance for students to try out world-class higher academic education and to take their English skills to the next level. Please note that you need at least an intermediate level, because the majority of school events are conducted in English.

David Dusseault is the creative director of summer school ’19.

(05) What else?

Besides lectures, workshops, and seminars, the summer school will have many formats including dual approaches taught by two or more teachers, mini-lectures on the same topics/readings from the vantage point of different fields and practices, evening salons, and theatre games.

Seminars will include:

  • Erika Wolf, “Avant-Garde Gambits”
  • Juliette Colinas, “Biology and Politics”
  • Anne Mulhall, “The Pasts Presents & Futures of Work”
  • Margret Grebowicz, “Whales & Marine Noise”
  • Zach Reyna, “Ecological Visions: Between Past and Future”
  • John Tangney, “Poetry of the Endless Future”
  • Fabio Grazioso, “Digital Revolution”
  • Louis Vervoort, “Scientific Revolutions”
  • David Dusseault, “Are People Necessary? Visions for the Post-human Future”

(06) How much does it cost?

Summer School is free for all students. Meals and accommodation for all out-of-state students are also provided by The University of Tyumen.

(07) How to apply?

The school welcomes high school students ages 15–18 years. (Grade matters! We’re happy to welcome all who plan to apply for university in 2–3 years. For instance, Russian students who will join you in this summer school would be graduating either from 9th or 10th grade in 2019).

In order to apply, please prepare an application which includes:

  • your brief CV (full name, birthdate, grade, school number, city, e-mail, phone number and a brief list of your achievements);
  • short video in English (up to 90 seconds max) in which you sketch out ideas on one of the following topics:
    • What kind of world do you want to live in?
    • Describe an unrealistic future.

Please send your application to