concentration head,PhD in History
We live in an era of urbanization. If in 1900, 13% of the world's population lived in cities, in 2000, almost 47%, and today it is already 55%. According to the UN forecast, by 2050, townspeople will make up 68% of the world population. Does this mean that soon everyone will live in cities?
The modern city is an extremely complex system. As the author of the concept of universal law on the city, the French sociologist Henri Lefevre wrote, this is a place of differences, this is work and creation in which all its inhabitants took part and participate. Urban development is often determined by the points of influence, which are formed in unexpected places and turn out to be a source of forces that can change the balance in the system. According to American Jay Forrester, the author of the book “The Dynamics of the Development of a City”, a long-term reaction to an administrative innovation often turns out to be the exact opposite of the expected results.
concentration head,Fine art expert, art curator
concentration head,Master degree in Theatre art, theatre director
Contemporary art and theatre are complex and synthetic phenomena, which involve diverse forms of arts and expressive means. By now the boundaries between theater and contemporary art are obliterating, meanwhile traditional, "static" notions of its origins blur. The contemporary theater widely uses video-art and installations, multimedia and photography, as contemporary art absorbs theatrical practices, elements of contemporary dance and others.
Concentration "Contemporary Art and Drama Studies" is a synthetic and multidisciplinary experiment, which would combine theory and practice, analysis and practical realization of creative ideas. During the course the students would master the most notable theoretical works, participate in the ongoing discussions and gain practical skills.
concentration head,Master's Degree in Sociology
For a long time, it was thought that the biological nature of people predetermines their subsequent life. Gender as a category of analysis critically rethinks this idea, since it assumes that there is also a social construction of sex. Gender norms determine what values and rules of behavior are assigned to men and women in different societies. Creating ideas about "correct" (normative) gender does not occur exclusively at the level of individuals or families. In a society of any type, an inextricable link is formed between gender representations and social, cultural and political processes.
Public History is a relatively new field of studies which dwells on history practices outside of specialized academic settings. We focus on history representations in the public area: in pop culture and media, art, cinema, literature, museums etc.
In Belarus history is primarily connected to the idea of objectivity, supported by the existing intellectual tradition. However, today we have to both reconsider these representations and avoid the other extremity: the idea that we always face only arbitrary handling of the past. Moreover, most of the time we are lacking critical approach to the historical data we come across on a daily basis.
concentration head,PhD in Philosophy
In contemporary societies – the Belarusian one is not an exception to that rule – there is a bitter dispute on relations between traditions and modern ways of life; on nationalism and globalization paths, gene technologies and self-ownership rights. How to treat such discussions? How to see into the reasons of the arguing parties and form an opinion of your own?
Concentration Course "Contemporary Society, Ethics and Politics" focuses on introduction of these issues as well as the notions and theories which make the opponents’ views persuasive and up to date. Is it enough as philosopher Paul Ricœur stated to show love for one's neighbors? Or is it necessary to think about justice for everyone, i.e. reflect and care for the public dimension, plurality and publicity? In the opinion of Aristotle, Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas and many other philosophers, it is due to them that people come into their own and help others do it.
concentration head,PhD in Philology, Cultural Studies Scholar
Mass culture is one of the key concepts that determined the shape of the XX century. Reflections on its forms and structure allow for a deeper understanding of what happened to society in the XX century. How did mass culture absorb ideologies and how did they resist it? What was its specificity under totalitarian regimes and can we talk about "Soviet mass culture"? How did it translate and reinforce stereotypes and how to popularize meaningful philosophical ideas?