ISU 2020 is special this year for two reasons: it is the 25th anniversary of our summer universities in Kőszeg, and with the COVID-19 situation it will be our first online ISU. Our goal is to review the last three decades and the present, and answers to the question: where are we heading?
XXIV. International Summer University – ”1989-2019: 30 Years After” – Central Europe in a Global Context
30 years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall and former communist countries from Central and Eastern Europe took the path to (re)democratization. The process of EU accession began initially with enthusiasm and optimism in the early 1990s, as it was seen as paving the way towards a united, democratic Europe. However, the EU has faced and is facing both internal and external challenges which put into question the very idea of liberal democracy. Increasing cleavages and conflicts on complex issues (economic convergence, security and migration) have resulted in sharpening divisions between North and South, East and West.
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.
The Institute of Advanced Studies held its 22nd Summer University between 21 August and 1 September 2017 in Kőszeg. In accordance with tradition, it did not address a specific segment of professional knowledge, it rather served as a venue for lectures and roundtable discussions on the state of the world with special regard to Central Europe.