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 project, acronym: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. no later than 31 January 2019 (for students needing a visa: 15 December 2018).
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)
Ilan Chabay – Head of Strategic Science Initiatives and Programa, IASS, Arizona State University (USA)
Miso Kapetanovic – Researcher, iASK – University of Rijeka (Croatia)
Dr. Yasmeen – UNESCO Chair Fellow, University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur (India)
Program – Daily Schedule
Monday, 11th February
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
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
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
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
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
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