Research & Studies


Central European Scenarios

25th June – 6th July, 2018
Kőszeg, Hungary
XXIII. International Summer University (ISU) 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: 31st May 2018 
Application deadline: 15th June 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 a presentation.
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  


24th June – Sunday
Venue: Zwinger Old Tower
16:00 Registration
17:00 Opening Ceremony  (Ernő Sebestyén – Violin, Tamás Mérei – Cello)
Keynote: SEAN CLEARYEurope in Global Vortex Panel discussion: DANIEL BROOKS (Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto) JODY JENSEN (iASK, Jean Monnet Professor) JAMES SKELLY (iASK Senior Researcher)
19:00 Reception
Venue: Sigray room, Europe House
25th June – Monday
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium
10:00 The Future of EU and Central – European Perspectives
Moderated by FERENC 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) 11:30-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-12:45 The Future of EU and Central – European Perspectives
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) 13:00 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Conflict, Cooperation, Migration: Central European panel with diplomats, politicians
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)
16:15-17:00 Exhibition Opening of GABRIELE MATZNER
Venue: Zwinger Old Tower
17:00-18:00 “Talking & Sounding City” – Soundwalk by ZOLTÁN MIZSEI and MÓNIKA MÁTAY
ZOLTÁN MIZSEI (Associate Professor at Church Music Department, Liszt Ferenc Academy of 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)
20:00 Café Bloom with SEAN CLEARY
26th June – Tuesday
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium
9:30 Climate Change and Sustainable Societies
Climate Change and its Consequences – by DANIEL BROOKS (Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto) 

Sustainable Societies – by SÁNDOR KEREKES (iASK, Corvinus University of Budapest) 

AMARJOT JOHAL: Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale (Simon Frazer University, Vancouver, British Columbia) 11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:45 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Sustainability Tour in Kőszeg guided by students of CUNY and iASK young scholars
Sustainability Plans for Kőszeg – Made by Students of CUNY
20:00 The Apple Cider and Spritzer Contest – Bar-hopping in Kőszeg
27th June – Wednesday
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium
9:30-11:00 The Future of Europe
WILLIAM OUTHWAITE: De-Europeanisation East and West (Emeritus Professor, Newcastle University, UK) & STUART HOLLAND: The Future of European Democracy (iASK, University of Coimbra) 11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:45 Discussion
CHRISTIAN FRANCK: The EU’s and the Trump’s Foreign Policies: How Far they Diverge (Emeritus Professor, Université Catholique de Louvain, UCL Belgium) 13:00 Lunch
14:30-16:00 The Future of Democracy in a Global Context – Trust, Distrust and Democracy. Allophilia in Theory and Practice
28th June – Thursday
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium

Tales from Central Europe: Remembering and Forgetting Communism

ATTILA PÓK (iASK, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) ANDRÁS NAGY (Associate Professor at the University of Pannonia, Department of Theater Studies) ADAM HUDEK (Senior Researcher, Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences) MATEUSZ MAZZINI (Graduate Student, Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology) GERGELY ROMSICS (Senior Researcher, Research Center for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) LYUBOV SHISELINA (Russian Academy of Sciences Institute Europe) 11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:45 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14: 30 Discussion panel continued
HEIDEMARIE UHL (University of Vienna) ATTILA PÓK (iASK, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

From Global to Local Sustainability: The Microregional Aspects and the Circular Economy

ANDRÁS GELENCSÉR (University of Pannonia)  JÁNOS BOGÁRDI (University of Bonn) HILLARY BROWN (City University of New York)  SÁNDOR KEREKES (iASK, University of Kaposvar, Corvinus University of Budapest)
19:30 Piano performance by Sijin Chen
Venue: Bibo Auditorium Europe House, Kőszeg H-9730 Chernel st. 14.
29th June – Friday
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium
9:30-11:00 European Foreign and Security Policy
JAMES SKELLY (iASK Senior Researcher)
SIMON DUKE (European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht)  LIDIJA GEORGIEVA (UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Studies and Research, UKIM, Skopje) NORBERT KROÓ (professor emeritus, ordinary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
12:00-12:45 Visiting the Town Hall of Kőszeg – guided tour by Béla Básthy
BÉLA BÁSTHY (Deputy Mayor of Kőszeg) 13:00 Lunch Free Research Afternoon
30th June – Saturday
Excursion to Slovenia (Lendva and Maribor)
Slovenia In Europe Introduction in Maribor by GORAN GUMZE (Alma Mater Europea, European Center, Maribor)
1st July – Sunday
2nd July – Monday
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium

Memory and Populist Politics

RUBIN ZEMON (Special Adviser to the Macedonian Prime Minister on Multiculturalism) DIMITAR NIKOLOVSKI (iASK Researcher) IGOR STIPIC (iASK Researcher) ASTREA PEJOVIC (Central European University) 11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:45 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Interactive Feedback Session

Performance of the Women Choir of medieval music

Venue: St. Emeric’s Church Kőszeg, Jurisics square
3rd July – Tuesday
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium

Inter-religious Dialogue Panel

GYÖRGY CSEPELI (iASK, Emeritus Professor, Eötvös Loránd University) ANDREJ CILERDZIC (Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Eparchy of Austria and Switzerland) VIKTÓRIA HEDVIG DEÁK (Prioress General, Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of St. Margaret of Hungary) MUAMER BECIROVIC (Student and regional president of Young ÖVP Vienna) LENART SKOF (Alma Mater Europaea, European Center, Maribor) RICHARD PAPP (Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology Department, Eötvös Loránd University) 11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:45 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Church and city tour in Kőszeg with TAMÁS FEJERDY (International Council on Monuments and Sites)

Kőszeg Church Tour by Tamás Fejérdy 

16:30-18:00 Engaging Citizens
STEVE AUSTEN (Felix Meritus Foundation, Amsterdam): Role +Responsibility of NGOs and individuals in Shaping European Citizenship
RYSZARD PRASZKIER (University of Warsaw): Empowering Leadership of Tomorrow

Culture, Heritage and Citizenship – Successful joint Erasmus+ application

4th July – Wednesday
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium

At the Intersection of Migration and Populist Politics

JODY JENSEN (iASK, Jean Monnet Professor) TARA HOPKINS (Small Projects Istambul – for Syria) GORAN GUMZE (Alma Mater Europea, European Center, Maribor) ELENA ALEKSEENKOVA (Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow, MGIMO-University (besides RIAC)) MARCO ZOPPI (Research Assistant, University of Bologna) GABRIELE MATZNER (Former Ambassador of Austria) MILOSLAV BAHNA (Chairman of the Slovak Committee for the UNESCO MOST Programme) ISTVÁN HORVÁTH (Professor at the Hungarian Language Sociology and Social Work Department of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj/Kolozsvár) 13:00 Lunch
14:30 Student’s presentations
20:00 Filmclub
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium Suggested by GYÖRGY CSEPELI (iASK, Emeritus Professor, Eötvös Loránd University)
5th July – Thursday
Venue: Europe House – Bibó Auditorium
9:30-11:00 Student’s presentations
13:00 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Student’s presentations
19:00 Dancing Party
Venue: Tóth Winery Rákóczi st. 6. H-9730 Kőszeg
6th July – Friday
10:00 Closing Ceremony
Venue: Zwinger Old Tower 13:00 Farewell Lunch Venue: Sigray room, Europe House Departures