Research & Studies

Blue Sky Conference by iASK in Budapest: November 7-10, 2019

The Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK)

in association with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the

UNESCO MOST Program organises

The 4th European Blue Sky Conference

Faultlines and Frontlines of European Transformation 

7-10 November 2019, Budapest

Institute of Musicology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences



What possible futures await Europe and the EU? Are we moving towards more just and cohesive societies, or towards further breakdown and fracture? What and where are European values today? What is democracy today? Europe is in flux as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 15 years of EU expansion eastward. There is a lack of consensus on European values that underpin European institutions, and the question is whether we can reach a consensus today for a new European social contract or a European New Deal. Faultlines in Europe, East and West, North and South, are growing aggravating social upheaval, insecurity, and political polarization. Has Europe lost its chance for global leadership in this new age and become increasingly irrelevant on the world stage? What are your visions for Europe’s future?

The 4th Annual Blue Sky Conference addresses these questions and many more. This event offers participants an opportunity to exchange views amidst increasing global and local, economic, political, and social turbulence. In the panel discussions, perspectives from Africa, Russia, Turkey, and the Balkans will be especially highlighted.




7 November Thursday                                                                         venue: Bartók room*

15.30 – 16.00 Registration

16.00 – 16.15 Opening

16.15 – 18.00 The Future of Europe in a Global Context

Opening remarks: Jody Jensen: Angels and Demons: The Fight for the Soul of Europe 

Keynote: Albrecht von Müller: The Future of Democracy in Europe

George Schöpflin: Europe’s Many Skies, Colorblind or Varifocal

Emil Brix: What Lies Beyond the Crisis? Europe’s Chances in an Age of Geopolitics

                               Chair: Ferenc Miszlivetz          

18.30 Piano concert by Anna Nagy                                                                     venue: Bartók room

19.30 Opening Dinner                                                                                         venue: Haydn room


8 November Friday

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.20 – 10.50 Unity in Diversity? European Democracy, Citizenship and the Question of Shared Values

                 Szabolcs Takács: Is there Europeanness After Brexit?

       Rafal Smoczynski: Moral Panics Today – Far from the Le Bonian Thought

Ferenc Miszlivetz: Re-Enchanting Europe – A New Beginning after Failure

Vidia Negrea: Increasing Social Trust Through Restorative Practices 

                 Chair: Anikó Magasházi

10.50 – 11. 10 Coffee Break

11.10 – 12. 30 Fortress Europe? From State Security to Human Security – debates and dilemmas

Keynote: Peter Schulze: Multipolarity and Multilateralism: Cooperative or Rival Cornerstones of a New World Order 


Toni Haastrup: The Martial Politics of Europe’s Migration Regime

James M. Skelly: Climate Change and the Emergence of a Human Security Regime

Juozas Kasputis: States & Civil Societies – The Hollow Laugh of Hegel

Chair: Izabella Agárdi

12.30– 14.30 Lunch Break and sightseeing tour                                                        venue / meeting point: Haydn room


14.30 – 16.30 The EU and its External Relations – Russia, Turkey and China

Keynote: Andrei Kortunov: Possibilities for Cooperation Between Russia and Europe

Ahmet Evin: Europe: Dynamics of Centre and Periphery in a Historical Context

Márta Bartha-Rigó: Chinese Presence in Europe and the EU in the Far East

Mariia Popova: The Maintenance of Russian Linguistic Minorities in the Baltic States

Mária Bábosik: The Role of EU Aid in Supporting Transition and Sustainable Development in Central Asia

                             Chair: Attila Pók

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break

17.00 – 18.30 New Centre, New Peripheries: The Role of Central Europe in the Changing Political Landscape

Roundtable discussion with Iván Bába, Zbigniew Bujak, Erhard Busek and Lyubov Shishelina

Moderator: Iván Bába



9 November Saturday

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 10.30 Sustainable and Resilient Societies in and Beyond Europe

Keynote: Daniel R. Brooks: Focusing the DAMA Protocol in a Time of Climate Triage: EU Policies on Migration and Disease 

Guido Caniglia: What knowledge can help humanity overcome the climate crisis? 

Ilan Chabay: Learning to Design for Change to Sustainable Futures in Diverse Societies

Comments: Norbert Kroó

                         Chair: Jody Jensen


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions:

Session A: Navigating in Networks with Narratives on Sustainability – Interactive workshop on Sustainability

Moderator: Ilan Chabay       


Session B: New Scenarios for Europe’s (Dis)integration – interactive workshop

Moderator: Dion van den Berg


12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break                                                                                              venue: Haydn room                                                       

13.30 – 15.30 Europe and Africa: Towards a Sustainable Equal Partnership I. Topic: Development (keynote and roundtable)

Keynote: Edward Kirumira: Unequal Siamese Twins


Sean Cleary: Africa in a Global Context


Zsuzsánna Biedermann: Europe and Africa – Economy and Development

Péter Poczai: Europe and Africa – Environment and Natural Resources

                Chair: János Bogárdi


15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break


16.00 – 18.00 Europe and Africa: Towards a Sustainable Equal Partnership II: Migration (Roundtable)

                          Panelists: Tamer M. Afifi, Augustin Nguh, Ildikó Szilasi, István Tarrósy

                           Moderator: János Bogárdi



10 November Sunday

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 12.00 Faultlines and Frontlines of European Integration – Notes from CEE and the Balkans                        

Panelists: Sanja Angelovska, Marija Ivanovic, Dimitar Nikolovski, Astrea Pejovic, Igor Stipic, Leda Sutlovic, Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu          

Moderator: Ferenc Miszlivetz

12.00 The conference ends


The Museum of Music History on the ground floor is open daily between 10-16.

* The venue for all conference events is the Bartók room of the Institute if Musicology unless otherwise indicated.

The conference is organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg

Contacts: Izabella Agárdi: [email protected] , Izabella Szász: [email protected]

Co-organizers: Hungarian Academy of Sciences ▪ UNESCO

Register for the conference at: [email protected]


List of Speakers:

Tamer M. Afifi – Former Associate Academic Officer/Senior Scientist, UNU-EHS

Gabin Ananou – DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn

Sanja Angelovska – Research Fellow, iASK

Iván Bába – Deputy Director, iASK

Mária Bábosik – Senior Economic Analyst, Central Bank of Hungary; doctoral student, University of Pécs

Márta Bartha-Rigó – Lecturer, International Business School, Budapest

Zsuzsánna Biedermann, MTA Institute of World Economy

Dion van den Berg – PAX for Peace, Utrecht

János Bogárdi – Scientific Advisor, iASK;

Professor, University of Bonn

Emil Brix – Director, Diplomatische Akademie, Wien

Daniel Brooks – Research Fellow, iASK; Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Zbigniew Bujak – Research Fellow, iASK

Erhard Busek – Member of Advisory Board, iASK;

Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Vienna

Guido Caniglia – Scientific Director, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg

Ilan Chabay – Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

Sean Cleary – Member of Advisory Board, iASK;

Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd.

Ahmet Evin – Professor and Founding Dean, Sabanci University

Toni Haastrup – Associate Professor, University of Stirling

Marija Ivanovic – Research Fellow, iASK

Jody Jensen – Research Fellow, iASK; Jean Monnet Professor, University of Pannonia, Kőszeg

Juozas Kasputis – Research Fellow, iASK

Edward KirumiraDirector, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Andrei Kortunov – Director, Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow

Norbert Kroó – Member of Advisory Board, iASK; Vice-President, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Ferenc Miszlivetz – Director, iASK; University Professor, University of Pannonia

Albrecht von Mueller – Director, Parmenides Centre for Thinking and LMU, Munich

Vidia Negrea – Doctoral student, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj

Augustin Nguh – Research Fellow, iASK

Dimitar Nikolovski – Research Fellow, iASK

Astrea Pejovic – Research Fellow, iASK

Péter Poczai – Research Fellow, iASK; Associate Professor, University of Helsinki

Mariia Popova – Doctoral student, University of Pannonia, Veszprém

György Schöpflin – Chair of iASK Advisory Board;

Former MEP

Peter Schulze – Professor, Georg-August University, Göttingen

Lyubov Shishelina – Head of the Department for the Studies of Central and Eastern Europe, the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Europe

James M. Skelly – Research Fellow, iASK; visiting lecturer, University of Pannonia Kőszeg Campus

Rafal Smoczynski – Research Fellow, iASK

Igor Stipic – Research Fellow, iASK

Leda Sutlovic Research Fellow, iASK

Ildikó Szilasi – Coordinator, African-Hungarian Union, Budapest

Szabolcs Takács – Government Commissioner

István Tarrósy – Associate Professor, University of Pécs

Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu – Former Prime Minister of Romania


Organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg

Contacts: Izabella Agárdi: [email protected] , Izabella Szász: [email protected]

Co-organizers: Hungarian Academy of Sciences ▪ UNESCO

Register for the conference at: [email protected]