The partners for the two editions of Borderland Summer School 2012-14 were:

The Arts Research Institute at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia, aims at studying arts theories and practices both in Georgia and the world through research projects, promotion of Georgian culture in the world and to familiarise Georgia with the world cultural heritage through conferences, round table discussions, open lectures, exhibitions, debates, festivals, various creative projects and publications.

The Institute should turn into an important international center in arts theory and practice studies, attract foreign colleagues to participate in joint research, working with leading universities and arts schools. Research process envisages the participation of BA, MA and PhD students. Projects of the Arts Research Institute of Ilia State University are carried out in the following academic directions:

  • Theory and practice of performing arts, including drama and directing
  • Cinema and media communication
  • Management of Culture and Cultural Policy

Group leader: Levan Khetaguri

Graduated from Shota Rustaveli Georgian State University of Theatre and Film in 1986. In 1990 graduated from Moscow GITIS high school, Foreign Theatre Department and received PhD in Arts Science. In 1996-1997 he undertook Amsterdam Summer University courses on Cultural Management and in 2007 course in Cultural Policy at the Central European University.  He is Director and Professor of Arts Research Institute of Ilia State University and member of academic board of University. He is member of different international institutions, advisers and scientific boards.

He is a president of Stichting Caucasus Foundation/The Netherlands. Since 1997 Secretary General of ITI Georgian National Center and Director of the European Theatre Research Institute in Georgia. Member of FIRT. 1997 Member of Gulliver/European Intellectuals Network. Since 1981 author over 80 publications as editor and translator, in the magazines and newspapers (Georgian, Russian, English, Azerbaijanian, Slovak, Polish, German). Author of more than 15 books. In 2000 he was awarded by Swedish Writers Guild. Since 2008 member of European Cultural Parliament and strategic group of Soul for Europe movement. Since 2008 Secretary General of Georgian Regional Theatre Network and since 2011 Secretary General of UNIMA Georgia, member of EeP programing council of Cultural Congress. Since 2012 member of advisers board of EU EeP cultural program.

The BELARUSIAN COLLEGIUM, Belarus, is an initiative of a number of independent Belarusian institutions and private individuals, made its appearance in November 1997 and as an educational establishment started its activities on October 1st 1998. It is also a forum for public lectures and discussions, a place for intellectual, cultural and artistic dialogue, contact and cooperation with colleagues from East, Central and West European countries. The Collegium unites scholars, researchers, intellectuals, people of the arts and culture, journalists and public figures. The aim is to revive the multicultural Belarusian tradition, to promote the democratic transition of Belarusian society within the European civilization and pan-European integration processes.


– Education and research will be conducted within the context of West and Central European cultural practices.
– Critical thinking and education will be rooted in the Belarusian cultural tradition and applied to contemporary situations.
– Contemporary European training techniques and practices will be used.
– Comparative approaches will be used in interpreting democratic transition in post-Soviet countries and Belarusian society.
– The Collegium’s values will be those of an open and democratic society.


  • Supplementary Bachelor/Master’s degree training in these specializations:
  • Philosophy/Literature
  • Journalism
  • Modern History

The curriculum is aimed at producing students who will have the ability to think and write critically, carry out research projects, be involved in the activities of Belarusian civil society, academia and non-State media;

Training cycles are three years long. Successful graduates from the Collegium are awarded a special Bachelor/Master’s degree certificate. Collegium certificates do not substitute university diplomas. The teaching programme of the BC is, as far as possible, the latest development in the relevant fields. Collegium students are selected by interview. Final year art/social sciences students and recent graduates are invited to apply. In exceptional cases, first/second-year students may be accepted.


  • systematic courses of lectures, workshops and tutorials;
  • special teaching projects aimed at developing professional skills.


  • conducts research projects;
  • organizes international conferences and workshops.

Group Leader: Ales Antsipenka
alesAles Antsipenka is a philosopher and media analyst, PhD. He is the author of numerous publications in Belarus and abroad. Among the most important books are “To Be Present” (in Belarusian), “Media and Communication” (in Belarusian), “Unknown Belarus” (in Belarusian, Czech and Russian).

He is Board member of the Belarusian PEN, of the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, member of the Commission on Ethics of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, head of the Belarusian Collegium.

Additional partner for 2012 edition:

The Democracy Through Culture Centre, Ukraine, was founded in 2000 by a group of cultural managers, practitioners, public officials and independent experts. The objectives are: to promote implementation of European and global cultural policy principles and approaches; support reforms in culture (legislation, financing, administration); develop international partnership and information and cultural exchange conduct training and instructive activities on the national and local level. The Centre realized a set of international projects supported, in particular, by the Council of Europe, Swiss Cultural Programme – Pro Helvetia, British Council in Ukraine, Swedish Institute, Polish Institute and the European Cultural Foundation. Centre’s experts, trainers and partners are located in various regions and cities throughout Ukraine.

Group Leader: Olexandr Butsenko
olOlexandr Butsenko is a director of the Development Centre “Democracy through Culture”, NGO/think tank located in Kyiv (Ukraine), member of European Cultural Parliament; associate professor (project and programme management) of the National Academy for Managers in Culture and Art (Kyiv).

Writer, researcher, trainer, coacher, journalist, translator, lecturer. Expert on cultural policies and development strategies, adviser of parliament and ministerial committees; author of a set of essays and articles in national and international media on cultural policy, cultural diversity and intercultural issues. Initiator and coordinator of various international projects in Ukraine, including Creating Cultural Capital, Model 21, “Kyiv Initiative”, ICC and other, curator of different art exhibitions. Recent exhibition, “Wind of the People” by Antoni Miro dedicated to A. Gades, has moved over Ukraine and Lithuania.


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