Summer University

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 2015.

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