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29th International Summer University 2024
Europa and the Minotaur: Geopolitics Between Myths and Reality

June 23-28, 2024, Kőszeg, Hungary


29th International Summer University is organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK), UNESCO Chair for Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability, Bibó István College for Advanced Studies of ELTE University, the University of Pannonia and the Institute for Social and European Studies Foundation (ISES). Set in the historically and culturally rich medieval town on the border of Hungary and Austria, the event blends academic inquiry with cultural experiences.

This year’s theme focuses on the possible scenarios for Europe amidst geopolitical challenges. The key issues will include the possible alternatives for Europe, especially with regards to the ongoing armed conflicts, prospects of EU enlargement, outcomes of global elections, new societal transformations, and the deep currents of memory and history that shape our collective identity. The event aims to forge new narratives and strategies, ensuring Europe’s resilience and adaptive capacity in an interconnected and unpredictable world.

Topics include:

Geopolitical Challenges and the Future of Europe: Can Europe Cope with Complexities?

War and Peace: The Future Scenarios for Europe’s Human and Military Security

European Values, Soft Power and The Future European Political Community

Dare to Imagine Europe in 2034

EU Integration in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans: Is there a Chance for a new East-West Dialogue?

What Have We Learned from War and Disintegration of Yugoslavia? Facing the Challenges of Nationalism, Fragmentation and All-Out War in Europe

Echoes of Europe’s Past: Historic and Cultural Perspectives of Contemporary Conflicts

Hungary’s EU Council Presidency: Strategic Dialogues

Memory and Identity in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe

Forging Social Change: Activism’s Role in the 2024 Electoral Landscape

All events, discussions, lectures will be held in English.

Application deadline: June 1st, 2024

Applicants should send the following documents to

  • completed ISU Application Form 
  • CV
  • motivation letter

There is no participation fee. Certificates will be awarded for those who have completed the program. Participants should cover their travel and accommodation expenses.

For more information please visit the official website.