“In What and Whom Do We Trust? The Sustainability of Ideals and Re-evaluation of Values Across Continents”
Kőszeg, February 24 – 28, 2020
Call for Applications
The increasing complexity of global politics speeds up social transformations around the world. The tension between rapid changes and established beliefs and norms among citizens shake mutual and institutional trust. The dilemma is whether supra-national entities and global caretaker organizations or returning to national political solutions can better address these issues will be tackled by this Winter School.
Bridging the gap between citizens and bureaucratic institutions calls for a broad, global horizon, for opportunities to discuss value images in various parts of the world. This MOST School intends to offer such an opportunity by contributing to a better global understanding of new and emerging political and social fault lines that will likely mark political representation patterns for years to come.
The UNESCO MOST Winter School at iASK poses the question: Why are we seeing the rise of post-liberal regimes? And what impact does this have on institutional trust at the local, national, and supranational levels? Is this merely a temporary global ‘glitch’ that will deteriorate over time as new challenges emerge?
With lectures and presentations by experienced academic researchers, activists and religious experts with a broad, global horizon, the aim is to open discussions on visions for the establishment and re-establishment of trust on various levels of global, regional and lower levels of governance and politics. Participants will work together to produce a document with recommendations that answer the following questions:
- What is citizenship? How does citizenship compare to values connected to local and regional identities?
- What values are shared across cultures and countries? What values need to be conserved and what new values need to be defined?
- How can a new discourse be created to re-establish mutual trust within and among smaller and larger political entities?
- What trust-building tools can be employed by public and educational institutions and civil society?
The document will afterward be distributed to local governments, ministries, and media from the countries and supranational entities represented at the Winter School.
MOST Schools are capacity-building activities focused on strengthening competencies for evidence-informed decision-making. They help develop the capacity of researchers and decision-makers to translate knowledge into action. Their primary goal is to support long-term sustainable development in contexts where capacity gaps constrain translating research into action.
List of selected invited speakers:
Ferenc Hörcher – National University of Public Service, Hungary
Cecilia Güemes – Autonomous University of Madrid
András Edelényi – European Economic and Social Committee
Szabolcs Takács – Ministerial Commissioner for Brexit affairs at the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office (tbc)
Michal Vit – Prague Metropolitan University
Gábor Márki – Hungary Helps (tbc)
Кlaus Wolfer – Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ljupcho Petkovski – Independent policy consultant
Application deadline: 31 January 2020
Participation fee: 100 EUR
The organizers provide:
educational program and materials
lunch and dinner
visa invitation letters
travel costs to/from Kőszeg
visa + insurance costs
- completed application form
- motivation letter
Eligibility: Advanced MA and PhD students and young researchers, young professionals, policymakers, and social entrepreneurs, who have a keen academic or professional interest in the topics.
Full documentation and updated information may be found at the iASK website at https://iask.hu/en/2nd-unesco-most-winter-school-24-28-february-2020-at-iask/
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.