The University of Pannonia Kőszeg Campus works in close cooperation with the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg. The Institute supports research that is transdisciplinary, and projects that integrate theoretical and practical approaches to concrete problems, while responding rapidly to changing social and economic conditions. It aims to contribute to international political, social, economic and cultural change. Internationally recognized for its top quality research by the European Commission, its predecessor, ISES Foundation received the prestigious title of Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence in 2010 and awarded a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development in 2012. The Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK) established in 2015 promotes socially relevant research in the humanities and social sciences. The Institute is continuously expanding with its core faculty and affiliated researchers into a leading European think tank and research centre, providing a home for the minds of the future to grow.

Professors and lecturers of the course:

Dr. Izabella Agárdi is a historian from Hungary. She holds a PhD from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, an MA in Gender Studies from Central European University, Hungary and an MA in English Studies from the University of Szeged, Hungary. Her research interests are oral history, gender studies, rural women’s history, contemporary historiography and literary theory. Her publications are on narrative constructions of history through personal memories in post-socialist Romania, Serbia and Hungary. She is interested in how individuals understand historical transformations. especially Central European narratives of state socialism in a larger context of changes and continuities. She has published on the material culture and political rhetoric of former socialist countries. She was a member of European research networks of excellence (Cliohres, Athena, ATGENDER). She co-edited a volume entitled Making Sense, Crafting History, Practices of Producing Historical Meaning (Pisa: Pisa UP, 2010). She is currently working on her book, On the Verge of History: Women’s History Telling in Central Europe after the 20th Century (forthcoming, Ibidem Press). 

Professor György Csepeli is a Hungarian social scientist and Professor of Social Psychology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Doctoral Program. He has a PhD from ELTE and DSc from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has taught at ELTE and at various American universities including UCLA, University of Michigan, New School in New York and Montclair State University. His research interests cover areas of the social psychology of intergroup relations, national identity, anti-Semitism, anti-Gypsy sentiments and conflict resolution. He has created a pyramid model of national identity based on empirical survey results. He is involved in various EU FP7 projects on discrimination and European identity. Recent interests include the use of Big Data in resolving social problems.


Professor Ahmet Evin was the founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University in Istanbul. At Columbia University, he was a William Mitchell Fellow where he received his PhD in Middle East Studies and Cultural History. He is Director of Education at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and coordinated the Aga Khan Program at Harvard University and MIT. He initiated, with European Commission support, a policy dialogue on the EU's eastward expansion, its Mediterranean policy, and the customs union agreement with Turkey. With the EUI Schuman Center, he established the EU-Turkish Observatory. He conducts programs and policy research with academic institutions and NGOs, including the Kokkalis Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is the founding member of the Turkish Economy and Social Studies Foundation and the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

Professor Stuart Holland studied and taught history and political theory at Oxford, then became an adviser to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson on European affairs and in 1967. He gained the consent of Charles De Gaulle for a second British application to join the European Community on the basis of a confederal Europe, mutual currency support and a European Technology Community. Resigning from no. 10 when Wilson did not follow this through, he finished an economics doctorate at Oxford and taught at Sussex University. From 1979 to 1989 he was a Labour Member of Parliament and worked with Jacques Delors on EU policies for economic and social cohesion, including the recommendation of Eurobonds as a solution to the Eurozone crisis on the model of the Roosevelt New Deal. He has published papers and books on economic theory, social and political theory, public enterprise, planning, regional policy, economic integration, international development and global economic governance.


Professor Jody Jensen is a Jean Monnet Chair in European Solidarity and Social Cohesion at the University of Pannonia, and a senior research fellow at the Institute of Political Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is a founder of the Insitute for Social and European Studies (ISES), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. She was the national and Central European regional director of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public that supports social entrepreneurs. She teaches frequently abroad and works periodically for the European Commission. Her areas of research are globalization, new social and political movements, particularly in East and Central Europe and the Balkans. Her recent research and publications look at the conjunction of the social and natural sciences in the study of complexity as it translates to social phenomenon and change. She is also interested in the transformation of education and the social sciences in response to global challenges.


Professor Gábor Kardos finished his JD at the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences, at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest. He received his PhD in International Law at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and his Doctoral Habilitation at ELTE University. After graduation he became Assistant Professor at ELTE, and later lecturer at the Department of International Law, Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences. Since 2007, he is a full time professor at the faculty. His main teaching and research interests are International Law, International Human Rights Law, European Union Law, International Protection of Minority Rights, and Non-Military Aspects of Security. Since 1998, he is a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages at the Council of Europe.

Professor Sándor Kerekes holds an MSc in Chemistry and Economics. He acquired a PhD in Economics and was awarded a Doctor of Sciences by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 1994, he participated in the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. For 15 years, he was member or Chairman of the Board of Directors or Supervisory Boards of various Hungarian mid-size companies. He has served as the Head of Department and later as the director of Corvinus University and its legal predecessors. He served as Dean of Business Administration Faculty of Corvinus University. He is the Director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Vice Rector of Academic Affairs at Corvinus University. He is a member of various editorial boards (Economy and Society, Vezetéstudomány) and the author of many books and articles.


Professor Mónika Mátay is an Associate Professor at the Institute of History at Eötvös Loránd University and a permanent fellow at iASK. She has been visiting scholar at several higher educational institutions, including the State University of Rutgers, New Jersey, Humboldt University, Berlin, Central European University, Budapest, University of Trieste. She has taught international students in the Erasmus Program, the Education Abroad Program of the University of California and at ISES in Kőszeg. She has done several research projects on modern social and cultural history, human inheritance (, the history of crime, marginalized social groups, gender and the media. Her publications include a monograph on private conflicts between men and women, edited volumes on crime in turn of the century Budapest, chapters and articles on topics from reviewing the modern European public sphere to the role of Hungarian highwaymen. She received several scholarships, including the Bolyai Research Scholarship, the Summa Artium Scholarship for book publication, and Soros scholarships. She serves as the founding member of the Gender Studies Centre at ELTE and she is editor of the quarterly academic journal, Médiakutató (Media researcher).


Professor Ferenc Miszlivetz is the founder and director of iASK where he oversees the KRAFT Centre (Creative Cities, Sustainable Regions) and the Hankiss Archive. He is a Jean Monnet professor ad personam, sociologist and political scientist and scientific advisor at the Institute for Political Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research interests include democracy in theory and practice, civil society, regional and European Studies, creative cities and sustainability. He teaches and lectures at universities throughout Europe and the United States, including Columbia University where he was a Deák Visiting Professor in New York, an SSRC grantee at UC Berkeley and Harvard University, the EUI in Firenze, and WZB, Berlin. He is a permanent professor at the University of Bologna. He is the founder and director of the board of the Institute for Social and European Studies Foundation (ISES - a Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence) and a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability in Kőszeg. Since 2012 he serves as the president of the Social Sciences unit of the Hungarian UNESCO Committee. 

Dimitar Nikolovski is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, where he researches the relations between populist parties and civil society in Southeast Europe. He has background in political science and has studied at the Law Faculty in Skopje (BA), the Central European University in Budapest (MA) and the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna (MA). He has worked for several think tanks in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and cooperates with the Centre for European Training in Skopje. Currently, he is a young researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Kőszeg.


Professor Tibor Palánkai graduated from Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, now Corvinus University of Budapest where he served as vice rector of research and international relations, and later as the head of the Department of World Economy. He was elected to corresponding member and then full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been a full professor at Corvinus University since 1982 and professor emeritus since 2008. He is a Jean Monnet Professor of BUES and Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Corvinus University. Between 1997 and 2000, he served as Rector of BUES. His main research topics include world economy, theory of international integration, and global and European integration. He has more than 500 publications, including 10 books, many in foreign languages. He is the recipient of several awards for teaching and research. These include the Prize of the Hungarian Academy, the Order of Merit from the President of the Republic, Ferenc Deak Prize, Gyula Kautz Prize and the Széchenyi Prize. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pannonia and the Jean Monnet Prize in 2010 from the EU Commission. 

Professor Attila Pók is deputy director of the Institute of History at the Research Centre for Humanities at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He is vice-president of the Hungarian Historical Association and permanent Visiting Professor of History at Columbia University in New York. His publications and courses cover three major fields: 19th-20th century European political and intellectual history, history of modern European historiography with special regard to political uses of history and theory and the methodology of history writing. His works in English include: A Selected Bibliography of Modern Historiography (Bibliographies & Indexes in World History, Number 24, New York‑Westport, Connecticut-London: Greenwood Press, 1992); The Politics of Hatred in the Middle of Europe. Scapegoating in Twentieth Century Hungary: History and Historiography (Savaria Books on Politics, Culture and Society. Sombathely: Savaria University Press, 2009); co-editor: The Hungarian Holocaust after Fifty Years (Columbia University Press, New York, 1997); and co-editor: The Oxford History of Historical Writing (Vol. 4. Oxford University Press, 2011).

Professor Andrzej Rychard is Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. As Professor of Sociology he is engaged in theoretical and empirical studies on the relations between the state, economy and society, social legitimation of political and economic systems, sociology of health care systems, and the role of historical and cultural legacies in contemporary societies. His main research interests are broadly understood as institutional studies on the transition processes in Central and Eastern Europe: the relationship between political and economic institutions and their social implications. This is studied in the broader framework of analysis of factors affecting transformation, the political and social barriers to it, and its consequences. In his works he studies the role of reforms “from above" and the significance of spontaneous changes as sources of transformation in the post‑communist countries. He is the author and/or co‑author of more than 100 scientific publications published in Polish, British, Swedish and American professional journals, including books and monographs, and 19 research projects. 

Dr. James M. Skelly is Director Emeritus of the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania where he served for many years as a Senior Fellow. He was a Visiting Professor of Peace Studies at Magee College, University of Ulster in Derry, Northern Ireland and Coordinator for Peace & Justice Programming for BCA, an international education organization. He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota, and an MA and PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He has served in administrative and research positions at the UC's Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation; New York University's Center for War, Peace and the News Media; the Institute of International Studies, at UC-Berkeley; the European University Center for Peace Studies in Austria; and, the Institute for Social and European Studies in Hungary. His research and teaching interests are rooted in the sociology of knowledge and focus on reality construction related to issues of peace, conflict, identity, and global citizenship. In addition to focusing on the moral and political dilemmas of soldiers, he analyzes the global role of international education. He has written and edited numerous articles informed by these research interests including “Fostering Engagement: The Role of International Education in the Development of Global Civil Society", and a special edition of the  Peace Review on war and the dilemmas of soldiers.

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