At the Crossroads of Empires

History and Culture of the Mediterranean Powers in the Classical Era and Middle Ages: International summer school

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About program
The course consists of lectures, workshops & debates on the exciting contemporary issues that have helped shape within the context of problems of historical continuity and discontinuity in the developments of the great powers of antiquity (Hellenistic monarchies, Roman Empire) and subsequent imperial formations (Byzantium, Sasanian Persia, Arab Caliphates, Ottoman Turkey). In doing so it provides reflection of objective conditions, driving forces, concrete historical contexts, general patterns and specific features of the formation of imperial states in the pre-modern era, from classical antiquity to the early modern period. Specific topics investigated include historical characteristics of various models of empires and imperialism developed in certain environmental and geographical conditions and based on different ethnic, socio-cultural, religious and ideological grounds; ways to legitimize and exercise dominance, manage resources, peoples, and spaces, to reify imperial practices in legislation, administrative and political orders, in physical and symbolic violence. The central part of the course examines imperial identities, self-representation and self-awareness of empires, their perceptions "from within" and "from outside", from subordinate and external actors, in visual images, narratives and stereotypes; imperial (barbarian) periphery in its relations with imperial centers, cross-border influence of empires in politics, material and spiritual culture; "imperial" nations, natives, aliens, colonizers and invaders, resistance and cooperation; integration and infrastructure of empires: borders, land and sea routes, means of communication.

Besides, the special module focuses on the analytical reading of Ancient Greek and/or Latin texts reflecting imperial and national ideologies in the sociocultural practices of the Mediterranean powers.

The classes are conducted be the leading academics from both more

Program details

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Program details

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Program language: English

Requirements: English level B2

Dates: July 11 - July 29, 2023

Costs: 30 000 RUB (on-campus learning) 15 000 RUB (virtual learning)

Duration: 2 weeks

Program syllabus

How to apply
Make sure you meet all the program requirements

You should have at least English level B2 (CEFR)

Submit an application in electronic form on the University website and attach all the necessary documents

Wait for a reply from the university about the acceptance of your document for consideration.

Usually, it takes 1-2 weeks.

If you received a positive reply, the university will send you an Acceptance Letter and the Agreement

Sign the last page of the Agreement and send the scan to the university representative

Invoice will be sent to you to pay your tuition. Pay at the bank and send the check to the representative of the university.

The University will prepare and submit documents for your Invitation

Usually, it takes 20-30 days.

Send the University representative medical certificates on the absence of HIV and tuberculosis

An invitation will be sent to you electronically. Print it and contact the Russian Embassy for a visa

As soon as you receive a visa and purchase a ticket, fill out the Arrival form

The Arrival form is available here

Application deadline

Please, note that you should submit your application before application deadline.
EU countries - 20.06;

Other countries - 20.05

Online - 01.07.

On-campus &visa free countries - 01.07.

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