Management of Social Transformation (UNESCO MOST) Winter School in Kőszeg at iASK

Country: Hungary;

Deadline: 20.01.2019



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 no later than 20 January, 2019 (for students needing a visa: 15 December 2018).

MOST Winter School Application Form! 

List of lecturers to be invited in alphabetical order

Iván Bába (iASK, Former State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Hungary)

Miloslav Bahna, senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Slovak Committee for UNESCO MOST Program

Dan Brooks (Emeritus Professor, University of Toronto – iASK)

Erhard Busek (Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria)  (tbc)

Ilan Chabay (Head of Strategic Science Initiatives and Programa, IASS, Arizona State University) (tbc)

Sean Cleary (Vice Chair of the Future World Foundation, iASK IAB)

John Crowley (Chief of Section for Research, Policy and Foresight in the UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences) – (tbc)

Tamás Fejérdy architect (ICOMOS)

András Gelencsér (Rector, University of Pannonia)

Jody Jensen (iASK, Jean Monnet Professor, University of Pannonia)

Sándor Kerekes (Senior Researcher, iASK)

Ferenc Miszlivetz (Director, iASK, Professor, University of Pannonia)

Nada al-Nashif (Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO) (tbc)

Mario Neve (Professor of Geography, University of Bologna) (tbc)

Miklós Réthelyi (Former Minister of Human Resources, Chair, Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO) (tbc)

András Szöllősy-Nagy (Engineer, Hydrologist, Professor – Budapest University of Technology and Economics)


Preliminary Program – Daily Schedule


2.30 p.m.: Opening Panel

Welcome by Ferenc Miszlivetz, general director of IASK and the UNESCO representatives: Nada al-Nashif and John Crowley

3.30 p.m.: FIRST KEYNOTE LECTURES: Culture and Sustainability: International Politics and Scholarship (keynote speaker tbc.), followed by Questions and Answers with two breaks

6 p.m.    Reception

8 p.m. Surviving Sounds of the Past (Zoltán Mizsei)



9.30 a.m.: SECOND KEYNOTE LECTURE: Global Political Aspects of Sustainability: Intercultural Encounters as an Asset and a Liability (Ilan Chabay commented by Jody Jensen

10.30: Coffee Break

11.00: Seminar on the on the Second Keynote Lecture chaired by (lecturer tbc.)

12.30: Lunch

14.00: THIRD KEYNOTE LECTURES Global Environmental Aspects of Sustainability, Epidemics and Water: Daniel Brooks, András Szöllősy-Nagy, András Gelencsér

15.00: Coffee Break

15.30- 17. 00: Seminar on the Third Keynote Lectures chaired by Sándor Kerekes

17.30: Intraregional Migration in Central Europe: a Neglected Field of Research. A Report by Miloslav Bahna

18.30: Buffet dinner

20.00: Film Evening



9.30: FOURTH KEYNOTE LECTURES: Central European Aspects of Sustainability, the Impact of Migrations (Mario Neve) commented by Jody Jensen

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00: Seminar on the Fourth Keynote Lectures chaired by Iván Bába

12.30: Lunch

14.00: FIFTH KEYNOTE LECTURE: Local Aspects of Sustainability (KRAFT speaker, Tamás Fejérdy) commented by an Italian colleague

14.45: Coffee Break

15.00: SIXTH KEYNOTE Lecture: The Manhattan-Kőszeg Project commented by a Hungarian student

15.45: Coffee Break

16.15- 17.00: Seminar on the Crises of Democracy and the Future of EU in Global Context chaired by Ferenc Miszlivetz

18.30: Buffet Dinner



9.30: SEVENTH KEYNOTE LECTURE: Sean Cleary (followed by questions and answers)

11.00: Coffee Break

11.30: Participants’ presentations

13.00: Lunch


15.00 Students Presentations

18.00 Conclusions of the seminar, options for a follow-up, roundtable: Miszlivetz Ferenc, András Gelencsér, UNESCO representative, Miklós Réthelyi

19:00 Buffet Dinner