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Project Design Session 2019 at University of Tyumen: interdisciplinary teams to propose solutions to the most important global problems

February 22, 2019

University of Tyumen announced faculty candidates fr om 14 countries would take part at the 2019 completion for the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) third faculty search 7–11 March.

Research teams at the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) will be formed through an innovative faculty search procedure thereby finalists, PhDs currently working in research universities in 14 countries, will get together in March in Tyumen at a Multidisciplinary Research Project Design Session where they self-organized into multidisciplinary teams will design and defend multidisciplinary research projects. Core members of the best project teams whose projects may bring promise to the challenges and problems social sciences and humanities, life sciences and IT are facing now, will receive full-time faculty positions at SAS. In SAS either an administration staff, a teacher or a student everyone has strong beliefs about the role that multidisciplinary approach or mixed scientific disciplines may play in the breakthroughs. They think that by bringing together experts from different disciplines researchers can find the solutions for today’s global challenges.

SAS is a new and rapidly growing institution at the University of Tyumen. It is striving to revolutionize humanities and help people tackle complicated questions that many research institutions do not even ask. SAS educational programs offer students unique opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary studies across mixed scientific disciplines: social sciences and humanities, information technology and biological sciences mixed with interactive classroom format and even personalized learning paths.

In March, five teams, taking part at the 2019 SAS third faculty search competition, will explore and investigate e.g. links between citizenship and conflict, cultures of rationality, the concept of free will in natural sciences, material relations and competing temporalities spread within the late capitalism.

The team of the Citizenship Under Conflict project has redefined the conventional liberal model of citizenship, which tends to place a premium on shared values, rights, legal protections, and, to a lesser extent, civic engagement. According to the researchers, the rise of statelessness, refugee and migration crisis, along with global terrorism, the proliferation of civil conflicts and other emerging challenges, have led to the contemporary crisis of citizenship, which can only be solved by normative measures.

The Cultures of Rationality: Integral Politics in a Nonpolar World project focuses on education systems, social media, business logistics, international diplomacy, and other overlapping zones of encounter wh ere people with very different value-systems and structures of consciousness try to do business with together. The project aims at identifying these differences to achieve better understanding of why they tend to talk past each other.

The broad goal of the Free Will: Implications of State-Of-The-Art Research in Natural Sciences for Humanities and Social Sciences project is to critically investigate the concept of free will in natural science (neuroscience and physics), and to study the implications of an upgraded theory of free will for the most relevant disciplines of the social sciences and humanities

Material Relations: Nature, Subjectivity, and Love is a collaborative research project working between philosophy, political theory, anthropology, performance studies, and religious history. Its goal is to imagine new frames for ethical and sustainable engagements with nonhuman materials, bodies, and creatures for the twenty-first century e.g. environmental transformation, resource shortages, biotechnical engineering, and artificial intelligence. The Material Relations team is hoping to illuminate a strong alternative current in the history of critical discourse, one that considers amorous and erotic modes of relation between humans and nonhumans.

The Time and the Other Capitalism: The Pasts, Presents and Futures of Work project investigates the proliferation of competing temporalities within late capitalism. Engaging with the recent turn to using the term “financialization”, the project team approaches the problem of time and work using three disciplinary perspectives, in a project organized around three chronological motifs: ”The Transition from the Past”, “The Emerging Presents”, “Future Projections”. The expected outcome of the project is a mixed methodologies investigation that will inaugurate a new interdisciplinary approach to some of the most pressing questions about work and time.

The Project Design Session will take place on 7–11 March 2019; plenary meetings will be broadcast online on 8, 9, 10 March at 10:00am (GMT). Tune-in to the online broadcast of the plenary discussions!

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