Conference program

What Our Alumni Say

Zainiddin Karaev (PhD 2001-2004)

Operations Officer, State and Peacebuilding Fund, the World Bank

"For me, experience at CEU and Budapest has been transformative in every way. CEU offered enabling learning environment"

Maximilian Spinner (2007, PhD)

Foreign Policy Department of the Federal Chancellery, Berlin

“For me CEU was a very intense and enriching experience, both academically and personally. "

Armin Haeberle (MA 2004-2005)

Head of Corporate Development
Frankfurt Business Media - Part of the F.A.Z. Publishing Group, Frankfurt, Germany

"CEU was a great experience for me. While the academic level was really demanding, the atmosphere was always friendly and the support and interaction with the professors and university staff a real pleasure. "

Juliane Sophie Stein (MA 2012-2014)

Researcher, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Science

"One of my major motivations for choosing CEU's Department of Political Science was the attractive combination of excellence in teaching and research on the one hand, and the good range of scholarships on the other. "

Olga Victorovna Smirnova (MA 2001-2002)

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University

"My life can be divided into before and after CEU. This was a truly transformative year for me as a student of Political Science."

Anna and Dave McKeever (MA 2011-2012)

Anna is MA student at University of Lausanne, while Dave is PhD candidate at University of Ulster

"We studied together on the Political Science MA program and married two years after meeting for the first time. CEU education, the outstanding staff, the resources at the department, and the intense workload (there is no point in pretending otherwise) change people"

Benedek Kurdi (MA 2012-2013)

PhD candidate, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"The curriculum of the Political Science MA program at CEU offers a reasonably broad and, at the same time, in-depth introduction to the social sciences. "

Aliya Abbasi (MA 2012-2013)

PhD candidate, University of Queensland

"Every day spent at CEU was full of learning, challenges, opportunities, motivation and a sense of achievement"

Batlang Seabo (MA 2012-2013)

Lecturer in Political Science, University of Botswana

"Studying at CEU, in the Political Science department, is indeed a rare privilege that will potentially open up opportunities for me in the future, particularly for my career in research. It is a life-changing experience, an investment in my future."

Andrej Nosko (IRES MA 2005-2006, PhD 2013)

Program Manager Open Society Foundations

"To succeed in the current world, you need transferable skills, which will enable you to succeed in many walks of life. "

Stela Garaz (MA 2004-2005, PhD 2005-2012)

Program Officer at Roma Education Fund, Budapest

"CEU contributed greatly to my professional growth due to its committed faculty, access to a great variety of resources, and high quality of teaching."

Daniel Horn (MA 2003-2004, PhD 2004-2010)

Research Fellow, Institute of Economics, Center for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

"CEU is a true academic and intellectual community. Meeting people from all around the world and contrasting approaches from all around the scientific spectrum helped me to develop personally as well as academically."

Grigorii Golosov (MA 1993-1994)

Professor of Political Science, Project Director, Center for Democracy and Human Rights Helix, St. Petersburg

"I spent the 1993-1994 academic year at CEU Pol Sci Department, then newly formed. Academically, the time spent was more than worth it"

Peter Bajomi-Lazar (MA 1995-1996, PhD 1997-2004)

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations,University of Oxford

"My years as an MA and a PhD student at CEU's Department of Political Science have taught me that social scientists have a certain responsibility toward society, and they have to do their best to help open and free societies develop in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe."

Annamaria Orban (PhD 1999-2003)

Associate Professor, Vice Dean, Scientific and International Affairs, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

"The CEU PhD program helped a mother of two kids near 40 to speed up her academic carrier… "

Evgeni Evgeniev (MA 2000-2001, PhD 2001-2007)

Associate Professor at VUZF University, Bulgaria
Private Sector Development Specialist, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank, Sofia, Bulgaria

“CEU is a meeting place for people of different cultures, knowledge and experience. "

Mano Toth (MA 2010-2011)

PhD Candidate, Department of Politics, and International Studies, University of Cambridge

"My time at CEU was very rewarding. Engaging in thought-provoking debates expanded my vision and allowed me to go beyond the rather top-down learning experience of my undergraduate years"

Jennifer Yip (MA 2010-2011)

Community Services Officer, UNHCR, Armenia

"CEU has allowed me develop my capacity in many ways. The activities organized on and off campus made me more socially active and the courses more academically-driven. "

Miles Maftean (MA 2010-2011)

PhD candidate in Political Science (Political Theory track), Central European University

"My experience at CEU led me to develop a whole different idea of what learning actually is - it isn't simply obtaining and retaining truth and justifying this truth, but understanding what truth means to all different groups of people around the world"

Winne Ko (MA 2010-2011)

Marie Curie PhD Training Fellow, EURO IMPACT End-of-life Care Research Group, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

"CEU is truly global and the 10 month experience not only filled up my intellectual capacity, but also changed my way of thinking about the wider world"

Yuliana Palagnyuk (MA 2003-2004)

Head of the Jean Monnet Department, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Policy and Management, Institute of Public Administration, Black Sea Petro Mohyla State University in consortium with “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”

"CEU was a wonderful experience as it helped me to grow both professionally and personally. "

Endre Danyi (MA 2002-2003)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

"The Central European University is all about transformation and movement. It is about the fascination with the ways in which societies, places and practices transform – sometimes slowly, sometimes overnight."

Emilia Lubenova (MA 2007-2008)

Marketing Specialist, Prime Capital Management, Bulgaria

"CEU and my Budapest experience are very precious to me, I will always keep them in my heart. You helped me to be what I am now - I feel young and successful and it is sure that you contributed a lot to this feeling of mine"

Sule Chousein (MA 2006-2007)

PhD Candidate, Atatürk Institute on Modern Turkish Studies, Bogazici University

"I regard my one year MA experience at the CEU as the best experience of my life. CEU is indeed a unique home which blends academic excellence with her truly dedicated, friendly and professional academic staff with equally exceptional students from all over the world."

Mariana Sireteanu Gustavsson (MA 2000-2001)

PhD candidate in Political Science, Linköping University, Sweden

"Looking back I can describe CEU as a great meeting place for people, for different cultures, knowledge and experience"

Hairong Lai (PhD 2003-2008)

Executive Director, China Center for Overseas Social and Philosophical Theories

"Central European University opened up a new world of research in political science to me."

Peter Stamatov (MA 1995-96)

Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Visiting Professor, Comparative Sociology Group, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

"I remember the year I spent at CEU as an exciting time of exposure to ideas and people new to me"

Peter Vagi (MA 2002-2003)

Senior Policy Expert, OECD/SIGMA, Paris, France

"Studying at Central European University was one of the greatest journeys of my life. Being a Hungarian myself, it was also a great experience to explore my home city, Budapest together with foreigners from all over the World"

All panels will take place at CEU downtown campus:

Popper Room (Monument Building)

Central European University

Nádor utca 9

Budapest, 1051 Hungary

 

For info on individual panels please look below summary table

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

15-Aug

16-Aug

17-Aug

8:45-9:00

Arrival / Registration

9:00-10:30

Panel V: Challenges of Integration

9:00-10:30

Panel VII: Building a Home, Building an Identity

9:00-9:30

Welcome address

10:30-11:00

coffee

10:30-11:00

coffee

9:30-11:00

Panel I: Securitization I: Speech Acts & Identity

11:00-12:30

Panel VI: Nationalism, the Rise of the Far Right, and the Role of Parties

11:00-12:30

Panel VIII: Looking beyond the European Union

11:00-11:30

coffee

12:30-13:30

lunch

12:30-13:30

lunch

11:30-13:00

Panel II: Securitization II: Biopolitics & Borders

13:30-20:00

Trip to Szentendre

13:30

Farewell

13:00-14:00

lunch

14:00-15:00

Welcome to CEU: Campus tour and information about our programs and scholarships

15:00-16:30

Panel III: EU Coherence & Migration Governance

16:30-17:00

coffee

17:00-18:30

Panel IV: Immigration & Labour

19:00-

Conference welcome reception in Japanese Garden

 

 

August 15

8:45-9:00              ARRIVAL & Registration at CEU

9:00-9:30              Welcome Words by Robert Sata and Jenna Althoff

9:30-11:00           Panel I: Securitization I: Speech Acts & Identity

  • Samuel Hyravý (Slovakia) – Who are “we”
  • Stevan Tatalovic (Serbia) – Securitization of Migration: European ban-opticon and the new border identity
  • Bahar Albayrak (Turkey) – Pursuing Ontological Security: A Critical Analysis on the Issue of Migration to Europe
  • Bienvenue Gracia Tiendrebeogo (Burkina Faso/Canada) – Refugee crisis: do we choose to fear or fight courageously against the sources of immigration?
  • Discussant: Dagmar Kusa, Professor, BISLA, Project: APVV-​15-0682 FIANS 

11:00-11:30         Coffee break

11:30-13:00         Panel II: Securitization II: Biopolitics & Borders

  • Margaret Kerry Gasser (USA) – National Security Risks Incited by the Refugee Crisis in Europe
  • Krisztina Borbála Zálnoky (Hungary) – Refugee crisis: Lack of interdependency in Europe
  • Lora Yordanova (Bulgaria) – Securitization of Borders and the need of a common policy
  • Discussant: Celine Cantat, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Center for Policy Studies 

13:00-14:00         Lunch (for conference participants)

14:00-15:00         Welcome to CEU: Campus tour and information about our programs and scholarships

15:00-16:30         Panel III: EU Coherence & Migration Governance

  • Anna Hornakova (Slovakia) – The Asylum Crisis in Europe: Designed Dysfunction
  • Barbara Kelemen (Slovakia) – Refugee crisis facing Europe vs. Europe facing refugee crisis
  • Inva Nela (Albania) – The Challenge of The Refugee Crisis And Its Consequences for the European Continent
  • Vesa Bashota (Kosovo) – The Refugee Crisis: A Turning Point for Europe
  • Discussant: Jenna Althoff, PhD Candidate

16:30-17:00         Coffee break

17:00-18:30         Panel IV: Immigration & Labour

  • Brittany Ebeling (USA) – Gracias a los Inmigrantes: The New Economics of Labor Migration and Human Rights at the Margins of Southern Spain
  • Jonas Goldman (USA) – A New Deal for Migrants
  • Francesco Tassi/Dante Goffredo (Italy) – Fulfilling Mutual Interest: European Civil Society Integration Capacity and the Redefinition of Indefinite Encampment
  • Discussant: Imre Szabo, PhD Candidate 

 19:00-         Conference Welcome Reception in the Japanese Garden

August 16

9:00-10:30           Panel V: Challenges of Integration

  • Charlotte Marie Kurz (Germany) – In what way do governments and voluntary organisations communicate with each other in terms of investing and operating integration programs for refugees with a focus on Germany and Sweden?
  • Iana Geidrovich (Russia) – Unexpected challenges of Europe
  • Pavol Fukatsch (Slovakia) – Towards a Common European migration policy
  • Jessica Topper (USA) – The Politics of Refugees: A Comparative Study on Receiving Syrian Immigrants from Conflict
  • Discussant: Magdalena Ulceluse, PhD Candidate 

10:30-11:00         Coffee break

11:00-12:30         Panel VI: Nationalism, the Rise of the Far Right, and the Role of Parties

  • Michael Nawrocki (Poland) – Cognitive Biases in Social Knowledge about the Migrants and the Refugee Crisis
  • Giorgi Chapizde (Georgia) – Refugee crisis and reawakening of nationalism across the European Union
  • Breandán Ó Conchúir (Ireland) – The Enemy at the Gates: the Migrant Crisis and the Re-Entrenchment of European Ideas of the Other
  • Selna Bilibashi (Albania) – Migration and the rise of the far right in Europe
  • Discussant: Martin Mölder, PhD Candidate 

12:30-13:30         Lunch

13:30-20:00         Boat trip to Szentendre

 

August 17

9:00-10:30           Panel VII: Building a Home, Building an Identity

  • Daniel Gardijan/Mateja Horvath (Croatia) – From Nearby vs. Faraway: Media Representation of Syrian Refugees in Croatia
  • Tomáš Badin (Slovakia) – Behavioural study of Greece’s refugee camps
  • Sara Abdel-Rahim (USA) – Egyptian immigrant Integration in Italian Society
  • Thomas Jackson (USA) – The European Refugee crisis: Can We change the Image?
  • Discussant: Felix Bender, PhD Candidate 

10:30-11:00         Coffee break

11:00-12:30         Panel VIII: Looking beyond the European Union

  • Biliana Popova (Bulgaria) – The Responsibility Towards the "Other" in Post Arab Spring Europe
  • Mónika Márton (Romania) – Turkey as a safe third country
  • Petr Pespišil (Czech Republic) – The Legal Imbroglio Explored: How can migrants enter the EU?
  • Zoe Beynon-MacKinnon (Canada) – Global Responsibilities to Regional Conflict: Analysis of the European Refugee Crisis
  • Guram Ptskialadze (Georgia) – Turkey`s role in Migrant crisis and its policy on the issue
  • Discussant: Magdalena Smieszek, PhD Candidate (confirmed)

 

Tabled presentations

  • Islam Ahmed (Egypt) – Migration and Security: In Search of Reconciliation [Poster Presentation – during lunch break?]
  • Roman Manukyan (Georgia) – Construction of Identity of refugees [Poster Presentation]
  • Bjorn Kamberi – The migration challenge to the European Community - Integration and Enlargment as possible strategies [Poster Presentation]