Regional Studies

Research & Studies

Interdisciplinary Approach to Researching Regions in Transformation

At the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK), a primary research goal is to comprehend the diverse and ever-evolving nations and regions in Central and Southeastern Europe. Multidisciplinary research provides valuable insights into the social, economic, political, and cultural dynamics that shape these regions, as well as identifying the forces driving regional development and transformation.

From the transitions following the post-Soviet era to EU integration and regional disparities, regional studies shed light on the diverse realities and transformations occurring in Central and Southeast Europe. Research encompasses the regional impacts of globalization, urbanization, migration, environmental changes, post-conflict and memory studies. By studying the specific contexts and dynamics of Central and Southeast Europe, regional studies contribute to a deeper understanding of the region’s complex past, present challenges, and future prospects.

I Geopolitical Transformations in Central and Southeast Europe

Central and Southeast Europe have undergone significant transformations in recent history. From post-communist transitions to EU integration, the socio-political changes, economic developments, and cultural shifts that have shaped the region are explored. By examining the complexities of transformation, the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg provides insight about the challenges and opportunities faced by these societies, as well as their potential future trajectories within the European and global context.

II War and Peace in Central and Southeast Europe

The history of the region is marked by conflicts, geopolitical rivalries, and efforts to establish peace and cooperation. Historical conflicts are analyzed, examining the evolving dynamics of regional geopolitics, and the prospects for sustainable peace in Central and Southeast Europe. By studying the complexities of war and peace, the aim is to contribute to a deeper understanding of the region’s role in European security and its connections to global peacebuilding efforts.

III Memory Politics

Memory politics shapes collective identities, historical interpretations, and reconciliation processes in Central and Southeast Europe. Research questions how memory cultures, commemorative practices, and the politics of remembrance impact societal narratives and relationships. By examining memory politics, the aim is to foster dialogue, facilitate healing processes, and contribute to a nuanced understanding of the region’s past, present, and future in the broader European and global contexts.