Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities
The Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities is co-organized by the Fulbright Alumni Association of Russia, the American Studies Association of Russia and Moscow State University.
The XII Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities theme is - "Imagination in Media"; the Summer School will run from June 15-20, 2009.
The imagination – as the base ability of a person and a strong cultural force – long since determined to be more than just a scientific notion, the imagination is discussed from philosophy of Kant up to the newest neuropsychology. Traditionally treated as a strictly subjective ability, today it is considered in correlation within a wide social context and the developing technologies of image and text reproduction. In particular, it is important to investigate those changes which occur within the human imagination and at its course of movement from century of printed press to an electronic century, from the national level to a global context and from a literary empire (existing up until recent times as one of the central cultural institutes) to the power of the new developing types media.
The present situation in Russia (and not only) can be described as the hard compromise or the direct conflict between traditional domestic scene representations of literature and both aggressive popularity and the scope of visual and electronic media. All this plays a role in becoming and transforming the "imagined communities": national, sub- and transnational. What is the nature of these occurring changes? What are their possible and real consequences?
Process this, quite often described as the "Americanization" of the imagination, having both attractive and repellent aspects, changes the people of the modern world. This will be discussed in a wide comparative international prospective during the discussions of this year's school.
Those eligible to participate (on a competitive basis) include post-graduate students and young teachers in the humanities with experience of independent innovative work (research, pedagogical or organizational).
If you have any questions, please contact the Summer School Coordinator, Maria Sukhotina at email@example.com
More information can be found on Moscow State University's website.