Summer School — 2020

(01) The theme of the school

The 2020 summer school Endless futures and Human Limitations for high school students graduating from 9th or 10th grade will take place from 15-21 June at the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) in Tyumen. The main language of the school is English.

Julie Reshe, a philosopher, blogger, and professor at the School of Advanced Studies, is the creative director of summer school ’20. Under her guidance, SAS will turn into a Monster Laboratory for one week.

Monsters are weird, they surprise and amaze you. They are more like mutants, aliens, cyborgs or pokemon rather than ordinary people.

Philosopher Antonio Negri defines monsters as those who, while belonging to the established order that generated them, radically differ from it. Monsters are characterized by a terrifying excess of creative powers. Society is trying to domesticate monsters, make them suitable for living in the existing community with its well-established attitudes and practices. But it is precisely the “abnormality” of monsters that points toward an alternative that would allow us to break out of the established order, beyond which the real future begins.

The mission of the summer school is to create a safe space for monstrosity, where for a week we will shape, accelerate and implement alternative futures.

What new quirky and wonderful ideas can these “monsters” generate when brought together? Will they be able to come up with a future world in which each of them will find a place? Will it be a world of environmental and technological utopia, horizontal network communities, freedom and empathy? Or will they be able to invent something really radically new?

(02) What will happen?

As part of an experiment during a week-long Monsters School, participants will work with professors from different countries who have graduated from the best universities in the world and are now employed at the School of Advanced Studies (SAS). The Monsters 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.

The educational formats of the summer school will include seminars, workshops, project work, discussions on the same topic approached from different perspectives in different disciplines and practices, film screenings, games, etc.

Seminars will include:

(03) The preliminary program

June 15, 2020 (Monday)

Registration, accommodation of nonresident participants

14:00–15:00 Lunch

15:00–16:30 Opening ceremony

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–19:00 Quest on acquaintance and self-determination

19:00–20:00 Dinner

20:00–21:30 Monster Party

June 16, 2020 (Tuesday)

9:00–10:00 Breakfast

10:00–10:50 Morning discussion

11:00–12:30 Seminars with professors

12:30–13:30 Lunch

13:30–15:00 Arts & Crafts

15:00–16:30 Game-experiment Monster Lab

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–19:00 Workshops from SAS students

19:00–20:00 Dinner

20:00–21:30 Film Screening

June 17, 2020 (Wednesday)

9:00–10:00 Breakfast

10:00–10:50 Morning discussion

11:00–12:30 Seminars with professors

12:30–13:30 Lunch

13:30–15:00 Arts & Crafts

15:00–16:30 Project work

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–19:00 Workshops from SAS students

19:00–20:00 Dinner

20:00–21:30 Game

June 18, 2020 (Thursday)

9:00–10:00 Breakfast

10:00–10:50 Morning discussion

11:00–12:30 Seminars with professors

12:30–13:30 Lunch

13:30–16:30 City as a text: Tyumen

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–19:00 Workshops from SAS students

19:00–20:00 Dinner

20:00–21:30 Presentation of mini-projects “City as a text”

June 19, 2020 (Friday)

9:00–10:00 Breakfast

10:00–10:50 Morning discussion

11:00–12:30 Seminars with professors

12:30–13:30 Lunch

13:30–15:00 Arts & Crafts

15:00–16:30 Project work

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–19:00 Workshops from SAS students

19:00–20:00 Dinner

20:00–21:30 Game

June 20, 2020 (Saturday)

9:00–10:00 Breakfast

10:00–10:50 Morning discussion

11:00–12:30 Seminars with professors

12:30–13:30 Lunch

13:30–15:00 Arts & Crafts

15:00–16:30 Project work

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–19:00 Workshops from SAS students

19:00–20:00 Dinner

20:00–21:30 Film Screening

June 21, 2020 (Sunday)

9:00–10:00 Breakfast

10:00–12:30 Presentations of the final projects

12:30–13:30 Lunch

13:30–15:30 Presentations of the final projects

16:30–17:00 Coffee break

15:30–17:00 Closing ceremony

19:00–20:00 Dinner

Departure of nonresident participants

(04) How to apply

The school welcomes high school students graduating either from 9th or 10th grade in 2020.

In order to apply, please send your application to sas-summerschool@utmn.ru by April 1, 2020.

The application should include:

  • 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?
    • or

    • Describe an unrealistic future

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

Additionally, participation in the summer school gives you an opportunity to get additional Unified State Exam points for admission to SAS.

(05) Summer school — 2019