International Summer University

21st International Summer University

To be or not to be?

Europe at the Crossroad

 

Preliminary Program (download in PDF):


Sunday, 19th June

16:00 OPENING CEREMONY
 venue: Europe House
Opening speeches – Ferenc Miszlivetz, Béla Básthy
 
Opening Concert (tbc)
 
Global crisis of sustainability
Csaba Kőrösi
Eörs Szathmáry
György Schöpflin
chair: Ferenc Miszlivetz
 
18:00 Face to Face - opening of the Exhibiton: The History of the Jewish Community of Kőszeg and Szombathely venue: Zwinger bastion
 
19:00 Reception (venue: Europe House, Cellar)
 
 

Monday, 20th June

 
10:00 Stuart Holland: Beyond Austerity - Democratic Alternatives for Europe
Panel discussion
 
12:30 Lunch
 
14:30 Teamwork – Students introduce themselves and their topics
Moderator: Izabella Agardi & Dimitar Nikolovski
 
16:30 Guided City Tour
 
22:34 Summer Solstice Concert: Mizsei, Gryllus: Cantico del Sole, Constellani
24:00 Stargazer Night – József Kovács, astronomer
 
 

Tuesday, 21st June

 
10:00 Sean Cleary: The Challenges of Complexity: Balancing the Ideal of Europe with the Reality of Diversity
11:00 Dezső Boda Multiscale Modelling of Complex Systems of Nature and Society
Comments: Norbert Kroó, Attila Pók, Ferenc Miszlivetz
 
12:30 Lunch
 
14:30 venue: Jurisics Castle, Knights’ Hall
Benjamin Barber: The Global Parliament of Mayors
Gyula Porga: The Alliance of Pannon Cities
 
17:00 Book signing by Benjamin Barber – “If Mayors ruled the world”
 
19:30 Fete de la Musique: International Street Music Festival
 
venues: Jurisics square and Chernel street
 

Wednesday, 22nd June

 
10:00 András Szöllősi-Nagy: The water crisis
Danilo Türk (tbc): The issue of sustainability in Central Europe
 
12:30 Lunch
 
14:30 KRAFT at Work – Kraft Points
How to Make and Sell Clean Water? Hydrofilt Ltd. Nagykanizsa
 
18:00 Gideon Greif: Son of Saul - Film club and Q&A
venue: Jurisics Castle, Knights’ Hall
 

Thursday, 23th June

 
10:00 Jody Jensen: The migration crisis
György Csepeli and Gergő Prazsák: Tolerance-building among majority and minority groups – Acting together
 
12:30 Lunch
 
14:30 Teamwork – Student Presentations I.
 
19:30 Local Beer and Chocolate - venue: Tóth Winery, Kőszeg
 
 

Friday, 24th June

 
10:00 Dr. Blanka Bellak: How to educate peace?
Moderator: István Kollai
James M. Skelly
 
12:30 Lunch
 
14:30 Creative workshops - Zoltán Mizsei, Károly Binder
Midsummer Night’s Dream - Remembering William Shakespeare
 
Optional Evening Program
 
Saturday/Sunday, 25th –26th June
 
10:00 Kraft in Pannonia Superior: Field trip to Keszthely
Zoltán Gaál, László Kocsis, Róbert Manchin, Mónika Mátay Lajos Szabó, Gyula Zilahy
 
 
*2nd week*
 
 

Monday, 27th June

 
10:00 Eörs Szathmáry: The Cognitive Excellence Program
 
12:30 Lunch
 
14:30 James M. Skelly & Robert Manchin: Surveillance Capitalism and Democracy's Future
 
17:30 Zsolt Sőrés: Sound walk-City walk: a new interactive art form
 
19:30 Experimental concert by Sőrés and Zoltán Mizsei
 
 

Tuesday, 28th June

 
10:00 János Abonyi: Visualizing digital footprints of our complex life
 
Matjaz Percz (tbc): Evolution of public cooperation in a monitored society
 
12:30 Lunch
 
14:30 Teamwork – Big Data Workshop
 
19:30 Pálinka Tasting with Mónika Rácz, Palinka Master
* music accompaniment *
 
 
Wednesday, 29th June
 
10:00 Iván Bába: How to reinvent Central-Europe?
Christine Brandauer: The Ukraine – a country or a project?
Central Europe from a historical perspective
Robert Pejsa (tbc)
Miroslav Beblavy (SK)
Chair: Ferenc Miszlivetz
 
12:30 Lunch
 
afternoon: Research time and preparation for the presentations
 
18: 00 Cafe Bloom: Once upon a time there was a Central Europe
Géza Szőcs, Martin Bútora
 
 
Thursday, 30th June
 
10:00 Between the East and West Andrzej Rychard (tbc), Dimitar Nikolovski
chair: Jody Jensen
 
 
12:30 Lunch
 
14.30 V4+ Panel
Roman Kowalski, Juraj Chmiel, Rastislav Kácer
chair: Iván Bába
 
18:00 Reception in honour of successive Polish presidency of V4
20:00 A Night of Hungarian Folk Dance
 
Friday, 1st July
 
10:00 Student Presentations II.
Closing speech - Ferenc Miszlivetz
 
Evaluation of the Summer University – Be-Novative workshop (tbc)
 
Farewell Ceremony

 

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Call for Participation

21st International Summer University in Kőszeg, June 19 - July 1, 2016

The XXI International Summer University in Kőszeg at the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (i-Ask) will take place from 19 June to 1 July 2016.

Since 1996 the International Summer University has been organized in Kőszeg where the annual topic has always been constructed around contemporary European and global issues.

This year, the XXI. International Summer University focuses on the issue of recent European crisis. Academics and students are welcome from all around the world to take part in conversations and presentations surrounding our shared global future and understanding the complexities of present transformations, new partnerships, and growing social and corporate responsibilities.

To be or not be. Europe at the crossroads

Europe is currently in a deep crisis which is recognized by an increasing number of analysts, experts and observers. A lot has been said and written during the past year or two about the impact of the global economic and financial crisis on the EU. The recent migration crisis has been on the front page of leading European newspapers. Ironically, the recognition that the crisis is actually far more complex and also a deepening political and social crisis for the European Union as such, has grasped the attention of analysts only  recently.

The European demos remained an abstraction; the European polity remained a non-democracy with diminishing chances for becoming a political authority with global aspirations. The eruption of the global crisis found a Europe weakened by the diminishing trust of its citizens in its non-transparent institutions; by its overambitious and less and less convincing social policy contradicting its de facto neo-liberal economic policy; and by its political philosophy. Europe was left without real leadership and the capacity for comprehensive crisis management to deal with growing discrepancies between its different regions of North and South, East and West.

Instead of being based upon the economic, financial and power interests of an elite which has proved incapable of transnational leadership, a real alternative should be based upon a new concept and vision of democracy which combines the deep human aspirations for identity and dignity; in other words, a combination of cultural, social, economic and legal/institutional aspects of social life. The new method for further European construction needs to be based upon social and cultural constructivism, a permanent feedback loop and political attentiveness to the different and at the same changing values of stakeholder societies. Europeans can escape the iron cage of their nation states only if they are able to find their belonging in a larger, transnational social space. The ‘cold projects’ of the market and of open society (to borrow Dahrendorf’s words again) combined with and guaranteed by European institutions are unable to offer this feeling of belonging and thus do not contribute to a stronger European identity.

The agenda of the Summer University will focus how the politics leading to the emergence of a clearcut sovereign European polity might be realized. It is clear that this process cannot be either fast, or easy and it is certainly not possible without conflict. In fact the democratization of the European project presupposes the politicization of the rather empty European public discourse. Transnational European political movements, networks, coalitions of civil organizations, including those from Central Europe need to move into this vacuum to compete for the support of an increasingly transnational public, and by doing so define and redefine the European public good.

We welcome primarily those participants who are willing to deliver a presentation or a statement addressing the topic outlined above, or highlighting their own creative ideas & solutions.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10 May 2016

The application package must include the following documents:

1) Completed application form
2) Motivation letter
(including a 200-word summary of your possible presentation or statement)
3) Curriculum Vitae (please include information on your previous study abroad if any: programs, countries, dates attended)

Participation fee: 400€. Please indicate in the application form which manner you intend to cover your participation costs:
a) Self financed participation (the fee incudes accomodation and tuition)
b) Full scholarship (accomodation+ tuiton)
c) Half scholarship (tuition waiver)

For further information please contact:
info@iask.hu, +36 94 563 055
Organisational partners: ISES Foundation, ELTE Doctoral School of Sociology, University of Pannonia Kőszeg Campus


 

Whither Europe?

 

Evaluating the past and forecasting the future

20th International Summer University in Kőszeg, June 21 - July 3, 2015

 

 

The XX. International Summer University in Kőszeg at the Institute for Social & European Studies (ISES) Foundation will take place from 21 June to 3 July 2015.

Since 1996, ISES has organized the International Summer University where the annual topic has always been constructed around contemporary European and global issues.

This year, the XX. International Summer University focuses on:  Whither Europe? Evaluating the past and forecasting the future

Guest lectures and students are welcomed from all around the world to take part in conversations and presentations surrounding our shared global future and understanding the complexities of present transformations, new partnerships, and growing social and corporate responsibilities. 

 

Program available here!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10 June 2015

The application package must include the following documents:

1) Completed application form, with special attention to the motivation letter

2) Curriculum Vitae (please include information on your previous study abroad if any: programs, countries, dates attended)

Participation fee: 400€

For further information please contact:

international.relations@ises.hu, +36 94 563 055

 

 


19th International Summer University in Kőszeg, June 20 - July 4, 2014

 

The program is available here

Participation fee:

The participation fee of the International Summer University is € 400 and covers the cost of tuition, meals (lunch and dinner), field trips, and social and cultural events throughout the entire program. Students may apply to the Institute for Social and European Studies Foundation for a scholarship. ISES will offer scholarships to MA and PhD students.

 

 


18th International Summer University in Kőszeg, June 23 - July 6, 2013

Who is Sovereign? Citizenship in Europe and Beyond

» Program in pdf      ::     » See photos

The 2013 summer university will include a series of diverse but interconnected themes such as: 
The European Crisis: New Opportunities  for Central European Cooperation? 
Creative Cities and City Assemblies: Can these ’New Players’ revitalize Europe within the context of the Danube Strategy?
The Viability of EU Citizenship: Special focus on Vulnerable Groups in East Central and South Eastern Europe such as the Roma, migrants, women, handicapped people, the aged and youth  
The EU in a Global Context: What Can Europe and Latin-America learn from each other about integration and modernization 

The workshops and conferences are sponsored and supported by the Central European Initiative, the International Visegrad Fund, the EU Commission DG Resarch and Innovation, the Jean Monnet Action, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry and the UNESCO.  

Participants and speakers come from EU memberstates, mainly from the larger Danubian region, as well as from outside of Europe. The Central European Initiative has offered 20 scholarships for students coming from CEI countries. Further scholarships are available from  ISES and the Hungarian Foreign Ministry.
The summer university will be accompanied by a Central European and Roma Cultural Festival, the ’European Melange’, opened by Her Excellency Katalin Bogyay, the president of the General Assembly of UNESCO.
The summer university will be opened by keynote speeches of Central European  diplomats and politicians followed by a roundtable discussion that will include all the participants.
 

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the experience in 2013 - follow the ISES Summer University on Facebook!

For further information please contact:

Academic Coordinator, international.relations@ises.hu, +36 94 563 055

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17th International Summer University in Kőszeg, June 24 - July 5, 2012

 

Reinventing the Future of Europe and Beyond
Emerging Movements and the Power of Networks

›› Programme 


 

16th International Summer University in Kőszeg,  25 June - 9 July, 2011

Reinventing the Future - New Strategies in Global Management and The Role of Europe

 We wish to thank all those who participated and attended the International Summer University in Kőszeg this past June-July 2011, entitled Reinventing the Future - New Strategies in Global Management and the Role of Europe (click for the detailed programme).

Since 1996, the Institute for Social & European Studies (ISES) has organized the International Summer University in Kőszeg. The annual topic has always been constructed around contemporary European and global issues. The International Summer University is multidisciplinary and offers a great opportunity for experts, activists, practitioners and policy makers, researchers, social scientists and students to meet and discuss contemporary challenges and international cooperation.

 

 

XVth International Summer University - Kőszeg, Hungary 2010

We wish to thank all those who participated and attended the International Summer University in Kőszeg in2010, entitled Diversity Management in Politics, Culture and Society (click for the detailed programme).

  Presentation Papers 2010
  Flyer of ISU 2012 draft programme
  Application form ISU 2016