International Summer University on European Studies, 19 June - 1 July 2016, Hungary

Publish Date: Apr 20, 2016

Deadline: May 10, 2016

Event Dates: from Jun 19, 2016 12:00 to Jul 01, 2016 12:00

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

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

This year, the XXI. International Summer University is organised by the newly founded iASK and 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

The 2016 International Summer University  focuses on the issue of the current European crisis: the crisis of democracy and European identity. We ask if there is a future for Europe and if yes, in what form it is imaginable. 
It seems clear that the much-needed democratization of the European project presupposes the politicization of 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 European public good. 
This process is neither fast, nor easy and it is certainly not possible without conflict. We welcome academics and students all around the world to engage in a dialogue about our shared future, the complexities of current transformations, and our growing social responsibility in re-imaging Europe.

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.


Preliminary Program:

Topics and questspeakers of the two weeks (continously updated):

19th June, Sunday, Opening Ceremony
Global Crisis of Sustainability:

Csaba Kőrösi (Office of the President of the Republic)
György Schöpflin (MEP)
Ferenc Miszlivetz (iASK)

20th June, Monday
Beyond Austerity - Democrative Alternatives for Europe:
Stuart Holland (University of Coimbra)

21st June, Tuesday
The Challanges of Complexity - Balancing the Ideal of Europe with the Reality of Diversity:
Sean Cleary (Future World Foundation)
Norbert Kroó (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Attila Pók (iASK)

22nd June, Wednesday
Creative Arts Workshop with the iASK researchers

23rd June, Thursday
The Migration Crisis
Jody Jensen (iASK)
Tolerance-building among Majority and Minority Groups - Acting Together
György Csepeli (ELTE)

24th June, Friday
The Water-Crisis
András Szöllősi-Nagy (iASK)
How to Educate Peace?
Blanka Bellak (Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution)

25th-26th June, Saturday-Sunday
KRAFT in Pannonia Superior: Field Trip to Keszthely

27th June, Monday
The Cognitive Excellence Program 
Eörs Szathmáry (iASK)
Successful Crisis Survival Strategies: a Network Approach
Péter Csermely (Semmelweiss University, LINK-group)

28th June, Tuesday
Visualizing Digital Footprints of our Complex Life
János Abonyi (iASK)

29th June, Wednesday
How to Reinvent Central-Europe?

30th June, Thursday
Between the East and the West
V4 Countries Ambassadors

Roman Kowalski (Ambassador of Poland)
Juraj Chmiel (Ambassador of the Czech Republic)
Rastislav Kácer (Ambassador of Slovakia)

1st of July
Closing presentations & Farewell Ceremony 

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 includes accomodation and tuition)
b) Full scholarship (accomodation+ tuiton)
c) Half scholarship (tuition waiver)

For further information please contact:

István Kollai (academic coordinator - info about the program & presentations):

Anna Bokányi (applications):

+36 94 200 520

Organisational partners: ISES Foundation, ELTE Doctoral School of Sociology


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