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UNESCO MOST Winter School (2019) – Intercultural Heritage and the Complexity of Sustainability

Intercultural Heritage and the Complexity of Sustainability – A Future-Oriented Central European Approach

Management of Social Transformation (UNESCO MOST) Winter School in Kőszeg

11th – 14th February 2019

Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg, Hungary and The University of Pannonia

Intercultural Heritage and the Complexity of Sustainability: A Future-Oriented Central European Approach

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. The central issue this Winter School addresses is the relationship and interaction, between environmental change and social processes, smaller and larger scale social transformations. The MOST Winter School approaches sustainability studies as both a distinctive form of knowledge and a specific approach to mobilizing and applying knowledge. In both respects, the social and human sciences make decisive contributions to an improved understanding of complex systems that are driven inter alia by human beliefs, practices and institutions.

The main aim of the Winter School is to introduce the results of a large-scale research project on the preservation of cultural heritage implemented by the Institute of Advanced Study Kőszeg (IASK) in Hungary. The Creative City – Sustainable Region projectacronym: KRAFT, explores the possibility of exploiting the intercultural heritage of historic towns for better longer term economic, political, and social conditions. Most of the case studies are from Western Hungary, Macedonia and Slovakia. New perspectives and new methodologies aimed at measuring creativity and sustainability potential will be introduced in differing geographic, ethnic, social and economic conditions. This includes the application of the KRAFT-INDEX and the Talking Houses Initiative. The latter is an innovative approach to sustainable cultural heritage by retelling local histories. Presentations and workshops will also analyze West European and US experiences in the field. Special attention will be paid to the Kőszeg-Manhattan Project, a unique form of cooperation between students and professors from the City University of New York and their Kőszeg counterparts.

Most of the reading materials will come from iASK publications and from the works of other UNESCO Chairs in the region.

Expenses of this MOST School are to be covered by a modest fee, contributions from the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO, and the cooperating UNESCO Chairs.

Specific lecture topics:

  • Culture and Sustainability: International Politics and Scholarship
  • Global Political Aspects of Sustainability: Intercultural Encounters as an Asset and a Liability
  • Global Environmental Aspects of Sustainability, Epidemics and Water
  • Intraregional Migration in Central Europe: A Neglected Field of Research
  • Central European Aspects of Sustainability, the Impact of Migration
  • Local Aspects of Sustainability

Lectures are followed by intensive seminars moderated by experienced professors and practitioners. Participants will receive outlines of the lectures in advance and will be requested to react to specific issues of their own expertise. The results of this co-creation process will be integrated into policy proposals for public administrators and recommendations for further research projects.

Participants: Target groups include practitioners and advanced students and researchers.

Fee: 100 Euros. The fee includes school materials, lunches and dinners during the program. Travel and accommodation should be covered by participants or their sending institutions.  Organizers will assist with visa applications, where necessary.

Application: Please send your CV and completed application form (included) to [email protected]. no later than 31 January 2019 (for students needing a visa: 15 December 2018).

MOST Winter School Application Form

Program- and info-flyer is HERE!

List of lecturers to be invited in alphabetical order

Miloslav Bahna – senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Committee for UNESCO MOST Program (Slovakia)

Dan Brooks – Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto – iASK (USA)

Erhard Busek – Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria (Austria)

Ilan Chabay – Head of Strategic Science Initiatives and Programa, IASS, Arizona State University (USA)

Sean Cleary – Vice Chair of the Future World Foundation, iASK IAB (South Africa)

Tamás Fejérdy architect (ICOMOS) (Hungary)

András Gelencsér – Rector, University of Pannonia (Hungary)

Jody Jensen – iASK, Jean Monnet Professor, University of Pannonia (USA-Hungary) 

Miso Kapetanovic – Researcher, iASK – University of Rijeka (Croatia)

Sándor Kerekes – Senior Researcher, iASK (Hungary)

Anikó Magasházi – Researcher, Head of International Relations, iASK (Hungary) 

Ferenc Miszlivetz – Director, iASK, Professor, University of Pannonia (Hungary) 

Mario Neve – Professor of Geography, University of Bologna (Italy)

Augustin Nguh – Researcher, iASK (Cameroon)

Miklós Réthelyi – Former Minister of Human Resources, President of the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO (Hungary)

Mariann Szabó – Researcher, iASK-KRAFT (Hungary)

András Szöllősi-Nagy – Engineer, Hydrologist, Professor – Budapest University of Technology and Economics Hungary)

Dr. Yasmeen – UNESCO Chair Fellow, University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur (India)

Program – Daily Schedule

Monday, 11th February

13.30: Registration

14.30: Opening Panel – Welcome by Ferenc Miszlivetz, general director of IASK and Miklós Réthelyi, President of the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO)

15.00: Culture and Sustainability: International Politics and Scholarship (Miklós Réthelyi and Tamás Fejérdy), followed by Questions and Answers with two breaks  RECOMMENDED READING 1  RECOMMENDED READING 2

18:00: Reception

20:00: Surviving Sounds of the Past (Zoltán Mizsei)

Tuesday, 12th February

9.30: Global Political Aspects of Sustainability: Intercultural Encounters as an Asset and a Liability (Ilan Chabay commented by Jody Jensen)   RECOMMENDED READING

10.30: Coffee Break

11.00: Seminar on the on the preceding lecture, chaired by Ilan Chabay and Jody Jensen

12.30: Lunch

14.00: Global Environmental Aspects of Sustainability, Epidemics and Water (András Szöllősi-Nagy, András Gelencsér, Daniel Brooks) MORE RECOMMENDED READINGS

15.00: Coffee Break

15.30-17.00: Seminar on the preceding lectures chaired by Dan Brooks and commented by Sándor Kerekes on the Kőszeg-Manhattan Project and including a lecture by Dr. Yasmeen: Environmental Sustainability: Towards a sustainable world.

17.00: Migration from Central Europe: Lessons learned from the 2004 EU enlargement. A Report by Miloslav Bahna

18.00: Buffet dinner

20.00: Film Evening

Wednesday, 13th February

9.30: Voluntary Return Migration from Europe to Africa and its consequences on origin countries commented (by Augustin Nguh)

10:00 The Circular Heritage: The Sustainable Role Of Historic Urban Landscapes And Their Challenges (Mario Neve)    RECOMMENDED READING

10.30: Coffee Break

10.50: Seminar on the preceding lectures chaired by Jody Jensen and Ferenc Miszlivetz

12.30: Lunch

14.00: Local Aspects of Sustainability – KRAFT speaker: Mariann Szabó

14.45: Coffee Break

15.00: Seminar on The Kőszeg-Manhattan Project (Anikó Magasházi, János Turáni – Student member of the project)

15.45: Coffee Break

16.00-17.00: Round table on The Future of University: Higher Education in Transition (a UNESCO agenda) chaired by Ferenc Miszlivetz

18.30: Buffet Dinner

Thursday, 14th February

9.30: Participant’s presentations

11.00: Coffee Break

11.15: Participants’ presentations

13.00: Lunch

14:00: Confronting the Challenges of Global Complexity: Governance of complex human interactions in a planetary bio-geosphere (Sean Cleary) followed by questions and answers   RECOMMENDED READING

15.30 Coffe Break

15:45: Which Europe do we need for the future? (Erhard Busek) followed by questions and answers    RECOMMENDED READING 1    RECOMMENDED READING 2

17.30 Conclusions of the seminar, options for a follow-up, roundtable: Miszlivetz Ferenc, representative of the University of Pannonia and a UNESCO representative

18:00 Buffet Dinner