Program 2015

Tom Lantos Institute & National University of Public Service

in cooperation with Middlesex University of London 



Walk the Line:

The Impact of Boundary Politics on Identity and Inequality

One Hundred Years after the First World War

Budapest, Hungary, 19 – 25 July 2015



Contact information:

Tom Lantos Institute, Sára Csepregi:

Logistical issues, Kata Gedei:

Unless otherwise specified, all classes take place at the National University of Public Service (NUPS), Ménesi út 5, Budapest 1118.

Breakfast is served everyday in the canteen between 07:30 and 09:00. Dinner is served everyday in the canteen between 18:30 and 20:00.

Sunday 19 July 18:00-20:00 Arrival of participants and welcome dinner at the National University of Public Service


Monday 20 July
Boundaries: geopolitics and international law


Morning session: 
9:00 – 9:30

Opening of the summer school and welcome speeches:

  • Anna-Mária Bíró, Director of the Tom Lantos Institute, Budapest
  • Joshua Castellino, Dean of the School of Law, Middlesex University London
  • Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs, National University of Public Service, Budapest
  • Balázs Vizi, Associate Professor, National University of Public Service, Budapest
10:00 – 12:00

Boundaries and Conflict Resolution from a Normative Perspective

  • Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania  
12:00 – 13:30LUNCH BREAK
Afternoon session: 
13:30 – 15:00

The Protection of Minorities in the Middle East


  • Zaid EyadatDean of the School of International Studies and Political Science, University of Jordan, Amman
15:00 – 15:30Break
15:30 – 17:30

Boundaries and International Law


  • Joshua Castellino, Dean of the School of Law, Middlesex University, London
18:00 – 19:00Guided Tour of Budapest (by bus)

Tuesday 21 July
Conflict Resolution Then and Now


Morning session: 
9:00 – 10:30

Changing Boundaries in Europe: the Impact of the Peace Treaties 
on Emerging National Identities in Europe


  • Jennifer Jackson-Preece, Associate Professor, London School of Economics
10:30 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:30

Has the International Community Changed its Rules of Ethnic Conflict Resolution Since the First World War?


Participants: Jennifer Jackson-Preece, Alexander Osipov, Balázs Vizi, Anna-Mária Bíró

Moderator: Joshua Castellino
12:30 – 14:00LUNCH BREAK
Afternoon session: 
14:00 – 15:30Students’ Presentations
15:30 – 16:00Break
16:00 – 17:30Students’ Presentations

Wednesday 22 July
Territorial Debates in Europe

Morning session: 
09:00 – 10:30

From Regionalism to Secessionist Claims – Scotland and Catalonia

  • Eve Hepburn, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
10:30 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:30 

Crimea – competing national claims

  • Alexander Osipov, Senior Research Associate,
    European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg
12:45 – 13:30

Book Launch

T. Malloy, A. Osipov, and B. Vizi (ed.): Managing Diversity Through Non-Territorial Autonomy – Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Moderated by Anna-Mária Bíró, Director of the Tom Lantos Institute

13:30 – 14:30LUNCH BREAK
Afternoon session: 
14:30 – 16:00

Frozen Conflicts:  Abkhazia and South Ossetia

  • András Rácz, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki
16:00 – 16:30Break
16:30 – 18:00

Border Communities in Europe

  • Tove Malloy, Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg

Thursday 23 July:
Minority rights and autonomies

Morning session: 
9:00 – 10:30

Territorial Autonomy: Is It Still a Relevant Option for Minorities in Europe?

  • Francesco Palermo, Director of the Institute for
    Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, European Academy, Bolzano/Bolzen
10:30 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:30

The Problem Solving Capacity of Autonomies in Central and Eastern Europe

  • Balázs Vizi, Associate Professor, National University of Public Service, Budapest
12:30 – 14:00LUNCH BREAK
Afternoon session: 
14:00 – 15:30

Changing Boundaries in Europe in the 21st Century:
a Critical Assessment of the Geopolitical Perspective

  • Pınar Bilgin, Assistant Professor, Bilkent University Ankara, Turkey
19:00 – 21:00Dinner in the city centre

Friday 24 July
Identities beyond Boundaries

Morning session: 
09:00 – 10:30

Transnational Approaches to Minority Protection: Visions, Movements and Norms

  • Anna-Mária Bíró, Director of the Tom Lantos Institute, Budapest
10:30 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:30Identity Politics and Equality
  • Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of the Equal Rights Trust, London
12:30 – 14:00LUNCH BREAK
Afternoon session: 
14:00 – 15:30

The Roma in Europe: a Transnational Nation?

  • Angéla Kóczé, Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University
15:30 – 16:00Break
16:00 – 17:30

Oral and written evaluation

Distribution of certificates and group photo

Saturday 25 July:
One Day Trip to Komárno, Slovakia

7:30Departure from Budapest
9:30 – 10:00

Welcome of the Mayor and Presentation of Komárno

László Stubendek, Mayor of Komárno

Venue: Townhall of Komárno
10:00 – 10:30

The situation of Hungarians in Slovakia

Géza Tokár, Political Scientist, Forum Minority Research Institute

Venue: Townhall of Komárno
10:30 – 11:00

City tour in Komárno – Courtyard of Europe and other monuments

Ildikó Bajcsi, President of Scientific and Cultural Association of Hungarian Youth in Slovakia
11:00 – 12:00

Visit of the Fortress Komárno

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch at Prestige Restaurant

14:00 – 15:00

Visit of the Fort Csillag


Expected arrival to Budapest