Research & Studies

XXIII. International Summer University – Europe in the Vortex of Change – DEMO

XXIII. International Summer University (ISU)

Central European Scenarios

25th June – 6th July, 2018
Kőszeg, Hungary

Organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK) and the Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES), in cooperation with the University of Pannonia and supported by iASK, the Central European Initiative and UNESCO

Since 1996 the international summer university has been a great opportunity for experts, activists, practitioners, policy makers, researchers, social scientists and students to meet and discuss contemporary challenges and international cooperation.

The International Summer University will focus on the creation, accumulation and dissemination of new knowledge. Through a multidisciplinary approach, we will engage with the complex relationship between political, ideological, economic and cultural dynamics of integration and disintegration in Europe. Politicians, social scientists, practitioners, cultural heritage experts and artists will ensure an exciting experience for participants. We invite students to apply who are interested in local, national, regional, and transnational processes in a diverse and changing European space.

Reflecting on global transformations and increasing global crises, there is a need to develop new ways of thinking. As complex and interdependent strategic thinking gains momentum, new approaches by experts in many different fields need to be understood. For example, regional development strategies need to consider social and economic cohesion and sustainability in Europe, in the EU, and in Central Europe.

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 provides the opportunity for strong cross-border cooperation on many levels. In a region where the iron curtain was built, developing a regional knowledge centre is exceptional and contributes to supporting opportunities furthering cooperation in an age of increasing uncertainties.


  • European Security and Security Policy in a Changing Global Landscape
  • Remembering and Forgetting Communism
  • The Future of European Democracy and Democracy in a Global Context
  • Memory and Populist Politics in Popular Culture
  • At the intersection of Migration and Populist Politics
  • Societies at Risk: Climate Change and Sustainable, Resilient Societies
  • From Global to Local Sustainability: Microregional Aspects and the Circular Economy
  • Interreligous Dialogue


Application deadline: 31stMay 2018
Application deadline: 15thJune 2018 (only for CEI students!)
Application Form

Participation fee:

  • EUR 450 for participants from non-CEI countries
  • EUR 100 for participants from CEI countries

The organizers provide:

  • educational programme and materials
  • special events (opening-closing dinner), crossborder excursion
  • accommodation with breakfast and lunch
  • (if you need)5 ECTs by the University of Pannonia you should give apresentation.

Participants cover:

  • travel costs to/from Kőszeg
  • insurance

Applicants please send us the following:

  • completed application form
  • a 2-page statement on the topic of your academic interest (description of your studies, fields of research and their relation to the topics of the International Summer University)
  • CV

Eligibility: Students pursuing their BA, MA or PhD degrees and have academic and/or professional interest and enthusiasm for the topics.

For more information please contact:[email protected] or [email protected] or call 0036-94-200-520

24thJune – Sunday



Venue: Zwinger Old Tower


Opening Ceremony

Venue: Zwinger Old Tower
(Ernő Sebestyén – Violin, Tamás Mérei – Cello)​
Keynote: SEAN CLEARY:Europe in Global Vortex
Panel discussion:
  • DANIEL BROOKS(Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto)
  • JODY JENSEN(iASK, Jean Monnet Professor)
  • JAMES SKELLY(iASK Senior Researcher)



Venue: Sigray room, Europe House

25thJune – Monday


The Future of EU andCentral – European Perspectives

Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium

Moderated byFERENC MISZLIVETZ(Director, iASK)

Hungary and teh EU – by GÁBOR ZUPKÓ
(The European Commission Representation in Hungary)

The EU and Russia Relations – by LYUBOV SHISHELINA
(Russian Academy of Sciences Institute Europe)

Slovakia and the EU – by LUCIA MOKRA
(Dean, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava)


Coffee break

Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium


The Future of EU and Central – European Perspectives

Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium

Moderated by IVÁN BÁBA (iASK, Former State Secretary of Foreing Affairs, Hungary)

BOGLÁRKA KOLLER: V4 as a new emerging from in the EU (Dean for Science and International Affairs, Department of European Studies, Faculty of International and European Studies)

MAGDALÉNA VÁŠÁRYOVÁ (Former State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovakia)

MICHAL VASECKA (Masaryk University)



Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium


Conflict, Cooperation, Migration: Central European panel with diplomats, politicians

Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium

H.E. ELISABETH ELLISON-KRAMER (Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Hungary)

GABRIELE MATZNER (Former Ambassador of Austria)

IVÁN BÁBA (iASK, Former State Secretary of Foreing Affairs, Hungary)


Exhibition Opening of GABRIELE MATZNER

Venue: Zwinger Old Tower


“Talking & Sounding City” – Soundwalk by ZOLTÁN MIZSEI and MÓNIKA MÁTAY

Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium

ZOLTÁN MIZSEI(Associate Professor atChurch Music Department, Liszt Ferenc Academyof Music,research fellow at Collegium Sonorum, iASK)

MÓNIKA MÁTAY(Associate Professor at the Institute of History at Eötvös Loránd University and research fellow at Hankiss Research Archive, iASK)

This Soundwalk requires a portable media player or smartphone and earphones. The sound files can be downloaded from HERE.

This program can be’walked’anytime while you are in Kőszeg. A printed guide map can be picked up at the entrance of Bibó Auditorium (Europe House 2nd floor)

Invited speakers