Understanding the New Cultural, Political and Economic Realities
27th June – 1st July 2022
Online from Kőszeg, Hungary
The event is organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK), in cooperation with the Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES Foundation), the University of Pannonia, the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability in Kőszeg under the patronage of the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO.
As new geopolitical realities are producing multiple security threats and fears of new armed conflicts throughout the world, collaboration on other global problems that pose existential threats to humanity is increasingly challenging. The 27th International Summer University focuses on global transformations and examines how shifts of power influence politics, economy, ecology, technology, and culture. Where are the new battlefields redefining the global geopolitical order? What factors unite and divide us and shape contemporary politics? How do history and memory affect the future?
The Summer University will be organized around these main themes:
- Russia and the New Global (Dis)Order
- Human Security and Migrations in a New Geopolitical Context
- Power & Discourse: Information Wars, Algorithms & Democracy
- Between Germany and Russia: The Future of Enlargement + V4
- Fragmenting or Banding Together? Future Scenarios for the Western Balkans
- Global Crises and Sustainable Futures?
- Memory in Transition
- Education for the Future
Readings for ISU 2022:
- Recommended reading – Coming soon!
- Selected bibliography on Central Europe – Coming soon!
– June 12, 2022
Participation fee: 0 EUR
Applicants should send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org :
- completed application form
- A 300-word motivational letter
Eligibility: Advanced MA and PhD students and young researchers, as well as social entrepreneurs, who have a keen academic or professional interest in the topics.
Kőszeg is called “The Jewel of Pannonia”. This beautiful medieval town borders 5 countries (Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary). This provides a rich cultural and regional added value, and the opportunity for strong cross-border cooperation. In a region where the iron curtain was built, developing a regional knowledge center is exceptional and contributes to supporting opportunities furthering cooperation in an age of increasing uncertainties.
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All events of the ISU 2022 will be held in Central European Time (CET)
Monday, 27th of June
Moderator: Ivana Stepanovic
09:30 – 11:00 Participants’ introductions
Moderator: Anikó Magasházi
11: 05 – 11:10 Musical performance by Dániel Váczi
11:10 – 11:30 Ferenc Miszlivetz, Welcome Speech
11:30 – 11:50 Béla Básthy Mayor of Kőszeg, Welcome Speech
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00 AFTERNOON SESSION: Panel Discussion
Russia and the New Global (Dis)Order
The “special military operation” that the Russian President Vladimir Putin started in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, is reshaping the world order in political, economic, and security terms. The views on this armed conflict vary across political and business circles and elites, dramatically effecting not only Ukraine but also the European Union and Russia. While new division lines between variously perceived political and economic interests become acute, some major questions remain unanswered: what is Putin’s endgame? What are the short-term and long-term impacts of the war on Ukraine, Europe, and Russia? Panelists will discuss these and related questions.
14:00 – 16:00 Panel Discussion
- Jozef Hrabina
- Jody Jensen (chair)
- Jelena Jurišić
- Andrey Kortunov (keynote)
- Marco Puleri
- Ljubov Shishelina
16:00 Musical performance by Dániel Váczi
Tuesday, 28th of June
Registration and login: 9:30 – 10:00
Moderator of the day: Tamás Tófalvy
MORNING SESSION: 10:00-12:00
Human Security and Migrations in a New Geopolitical Context
Recent developments related to the emergence of the global pandemic, the threat of global warming, and the rise of global military conflicts have resulted in unprecedented concerns around the concept of security. Taking these questions seriously, the panel interrogates the contemporary constellation of new and old, human and non-human, and military and communicational threats, and explores measures and initiatives that could be taken by states and civil society organizations to secure a global system where citizens can regain a sense of certainty and a credible future.
- Rozita Dimova
- Nidhi Nagabhatla
- Csaba Olay (chair)
- Ryszard Praszkier
- Orsolya Racz
- Nataliya Zubar
12:00-13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:30 AFTERNOON SESSION: Panel Discussion
Power & Discourse: Information Wars, Algorithms & Democracy
Conflicts have expanded to include the virtual worlds where algorithmic data surveillance guides the production and consumption of narratives. Social media are the new battlefields where political actors are fighting for power and dominant discourses. They also emerge as platforms where killings, bombings, refugee crises and nuclear threats are being commodified and gamified through classic media sensationalism or funny TikTok videos. Can we still talk about the “truth” amid the propaganda wars mediated by the algorithms and what are the implications for democracy?
- Zdenek Kavan (keynote)
- James M. Skelly
- Ivana Stepanović (chair)
- Muhammad Yunas Fitra
15:30 Musical performance by Károly Binder
Wednesday, 29th of June
Registration & Login: 9:30
MORNING SESSION: 10:00-12:00 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jody Jensen
Between Germany and Russia: The Future of Enlargement + V4
The rise of Russian military intervention in Europe, the increasing economic relevance of China, and the changing power of the Global West have all impacted the position of Central and South-East Europe within the global geopolitical order. Thinking from the region towards the ever-changing shape of international order, the panel evaluates the position of Central and South-East Europe within a re-awakened cold-war scenario of increased global tensions. Taking seriously the effects that current international repositioning might have on the region, the panel asks how Central and South-East European states and their citizens may be affected in terms of their position in Europe, their stance within the NATO alliance, their capacity to ensure energy security, and their potential directives regarding international economic cooperation and development.
10:00 – 10:30 Keynote Speech
Ferenc Miszlivetz: Afghanistan Forever?
10:30 – 12:00 Panel Discussion
- H.E. Mladen Andrlic, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Hungary-online
- H.E.Goran Stevchevsky Ambassador of the Republic of North Macedonia to Hungary-online
- H.E. Andor Nagy, Hungarian Ambassador to Austria in person
- Klaus Wölfer, former Austrian Ambassador, former Special Envoy for the Western Balkans in person
12:00-13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 15:30 AFTERNOON SESSION: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Izabella Agárdi
Fragmenting or Banding Together? Future Scenarios for the Western Balkans
As the countries of the Western Balkans face multiple geopolitical, economic, humanitarian, and social challenges, it is possible to imagine very different scenarios from total fragmentation to the creation of new, stronger alliances in the region. This panel will endeavor to predict the future by mapping potential trends and outlining possible outcomes for the Western Balkans. Presentation of the publication: “The Future of the Western Balkans: Five Scenarios for 2030” – collaborative endeavor between V4 and WB experts.
- Spasimir Domaradzki
- Dimitar Nikolovski
- Tetiana Poliak-Grujić (chair)
- Krassen Stanchev
- Svetlana Stefanović
- Albin Sybera
15:30 String Concerto by Bernadett & Uwe Scheer
Thursday 30th of June
Registration & login: 9:30
MORNING SESSION: 10:00-12:00 Panel Discussion & Video Presentation
Moderator of the day: Attila Pók
Memory in Transition: Remembering the Past and Paving Ways for a Shared European Memory Culture
The panel asks the question about the possibility of shared European memory culture. The systematic editing and officialising of collective memory inform many memory regimes in Europe today, which produces deeply divided and polarized memory communities. While cold-war notions of east and west still persist, traditional delineations of the community such as nation, culture, or “volk” seem to be overwritten by politicised memory, and new markers of difference defining ‘us’ and ‘them’ are being forged. At such a degree of dividedness, is there hope for finding shared, common elements of European memory anytime soon? In this process how can the sense of individual and collective vulnerability so aptly described by traumatic memories of genocides of the past century be put to our advantage?
10:00 – 10:30 Video Presentation
To Remember or to Forget? Video presentation about the local memory of the Holocaust in Hungary.
A series of videotaped focus group conversations about the local memory of the Holocaust in Hungary with participants recruited from Ricse (village)l Kőszeg (small town), Oradea (Hungarian town outside present-day Hungary), and Budapest. Three age groups were asked questions like “Who are the Jews”, “Why have they been systematically persecuted?” “What happened in Hungary after March 19?” “What are the local traces of the Jews in your settlement?” and “Should we remember or forget this history?”
10:30 – 12:30 Panel Discussion
- Izabella Agárdi
- György Csepeli (chair)
- Tímea Jablonczay
- Mónika Mátay
- Richard Papp
- Astrea Pejovic
- András Surányi
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
AFTERNOON SESSION: 14:00 – 16:00 Panel Discussion
Global Crises and Sustainable Futures?
The war in Ukraine has caused a major global energy crisis while the world is struggling to find solutions for climate change, increasing pollution and risks related to nuclear waste storage as well as other environmental problems. Europe is striving to become independent from Russian gas and oil and China’s lithium, and other resources but this strategy comes with new challenges. How are current economic, ecological, and political issues interrelated and what are sustainable solutions?
- Daniel Brooks
- János Bogárdi (chair)
- Timothy Yaw Achaempong
- Tamás Pesuth
- Sanja Tepavcevic
16:00 Musical performance by Zoltán Mizsei
Friday 1st of July
Registration & login: 9:30
MORNING SESSION: 10:00 – 12:00 Panel Discussion
Moderator of the day: Ivana Stepanovic
Education for the Future
New frontiers of knowledge, the rapid development of technology and ever-changing job markets are challenging the classic idea of a university. Do the fast-paced transformations of the world threaten the foundations of traditional science or are the old learning systems obsolete? Is it time to radically redefine education? What should future universities look like?
- Mohammad Al Dabbas
- Emil Brix
- Katalin Galambos
- Elene Jibladze
- Laszlo Karvalics (chair)
- Icaro de Lima Barroso Cavalcanti
12:00-12:20 Closing remarks: Ferenc Miszlivetz
- Izabella Agárdi (Hungary) Research Fellow at iASK
- Mladen Andrlic, Ambassador of Croatia
- Timothy Yaw Acheampong (Ghana) Research Fellow at iASK, PhD student at the University of Szeged
- Béla Básthy (Hungary) Mayor of Kőszeg
- Károly Binder (Hungary) pianist, composer, Research Fellow at iASK
- János Bogárdi (Germany) Professor at University of Bonn, Research Fellow at iASK
- Daniel Brooks (Canada) Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, research fellow at the Royal Society of Canada
- György Csepeli (Hungary) Professor at ELTE, Research Fellow at iASK
- Icaro de Lima Barroso Cavalcanti, Federal University for the Latin American Integration
- Rozita Dimova (Macedonia) University of Ghent
- Muhammad Yunas Fitra (Indonesia) Research Fellow at iASK
- Katalin Galambos (Hungary) Research Fellow at iASK
- Goran Stevchevsky, Ambassador of the Republic of North Macedonia to Hungary
- Misha Glenny, Award-winning Author (UK)
- Anja Grabovacz, Visegrad Insight
- Tímea Jablonczay (Hungary), Research Fellow at iASK, Professor at the University of Milton Friedman, the Department of Media and Cultural Studies
- Jody Jensen (Hungary) Director of the Polanyi Centre at iASK, Jean Monet Professor at University of Pannonia
- Elene Jibladze (Georgia) Education Policy Specialist at Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Jelena Jurišić (Croatia) Professor at the Department for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb
- Kavan, Zdenek, University of Sussex
- Andrey Kortunov (Russia)
- Anikó Magasházi (Hungary) Research Fellow at iASK
- Mónika Mátay (Hungary) Associate Professor at the Institute of History at Eötvös Loránd University and a permanent fellow at iASK
- Ferenc Miszlivetz, Director of iASK, Jean Monet Professor at the University of Pannonia
- Zoltán Mizsei (Hungary) musician, Research Fellow at iASK
- Nidhi Nagabhatla (Germany) Senior Research Fellow at UNU
- Ferenc Németh (Hungary) Research Fellow at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Nepop Ljubov, Ambassador of Ukraine
- Dimitar Nikolovski (Macedonia) Associate Fellow at iASK, Director of Eurothink
- Csaba Olay (Hungary) Professor at Eötvös Loránd University
- Konrad Pawlowski, Instytut Europy Srodkowey
- Tamás Pesuth, Corvinus University of Budapest
- Attila Pók (Hungary) Research Fellow at iASK
- Tetiana, Poliak-Grujic, Visegrad Insight
- Marco Puleri (Italy) University of Bologna
- Orsolya Racz (Slovakia) Deputy Director at GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Research Fellow at iASK
- Miklós Réthelyi (Hungary) Professor Emeritus at Semmelweis University and President of the National Committee of UNESCO
- Jacques Rupnik, CERI-Sciences Po
- Lilia Shevtzova, Chatham House
- James M. Skelly (USA) Research Fellow at iASK, Director of the Centre on Critical Thinking
- Krassen Stanchev (Bulgaria) Sofia University
- Ivana Stepanovic (Serbia) Research Fellow at iASK and Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research
- Igor Stipic (BiH) Research Fellow at iASK
- András Surányi (Hungary) Film Director
- Sándor Szabó (Hungary) European Commission
- Ravid Taghiyev (Azerbaijan) Research Fellow at iASK
- Sanja Tepavcevic (Hungary) Research Fellow at iASK
- Oleg Tulea, Ambassador of Moldova
- Dániel Váczi (Hungary) musician, inventor, Research Fellow at iASK
- Klaus Wölfer (Austria) former Ambassador
Since 1996, the International Summer University has been a great opportunity for social scientists, policymakers, researchers and students to meet and discuss the current challenges of the times and the most important issues in international cooperation.
The aim of the Summer University is always to create a dialogue between speakers and students and the general public, where not only different views are brought together, but also substantive proposals for solutions to localized global problems that affect us today.
2021: The 26th International Summer University titled, The Global Entangoment of Central Europe , in view of the epidemic situation, took place in hybrid form in Kőszeg.
Judit Varga, Hungarian Minister of Justice, was invited to speak for the first time. Speakers included Katalin Bogyay, former Hungarian Ambassador to the UN, Klaus Wölfer, retired Austrian diplomat, Mladen Andrlić, Croatian Ambassador to Budapest, Tibor Bial, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Hungary and Andor Nagy, Hungarian Ambassador to Austria.
The first day of the International Summer University focused on Central Europe’s position in Europe and the Visegrad 4, where invited guests discussed the region’s unique identity and the future of Central European cooperation.
The next day, the Covid-19 epidemic and the new dimensions of governance: the role of the state was discussed, and on Wednesday, the crucial role of Western states in sustaining democracy and the challenges it faces, such as populism and the Euroscepticism that often goes with it.
Thursday’s theme was international communication strategies and the use of soft power in diplomacy. The course was concluded with a panel discussion on „The Future University – The Future of Education: A New Chance for Central Europe?”
On this topic, Ferenc Miszlivetz, Director, has previously said that rethinking the role of universities and the cooperation of cities could bring a revolutionary breakthrough. iASK is a good example: an open, horizontally collaborative type of institution that supports the achievement of new university research-strategy-development goals in the region.