The team at CRASSH is always keen to talk to other like-minded research communities about how to enhance our mutual commitment to best practice and wider public engagement. Consequently, we participate in a number of networks designed to bring Institutes of Advanced Study into conversation with one another on questions of policy, funding, and strategic direction. CRASSH is a member of UBIAS (the community of University-based Institutes of Advanced Study) and of NetIAS (the network of European Institutes of Advanced Study, which supports the EURIAS Fellowship programme).
Last week Simon Goldhill (CRASSH Director) and Jan-Melissa Schramm (CRASSH Deputy Director) attended the annual NetIAS/EURIAS conference, which was hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Central European University in Budapest. Over the course of three days, we had the opportunity to discuss what it means to be part of a wider European community of research scholars at a time when the very definition of Europe is changing, and to celebrate the achievements of this year’s EURIAS Fellows whose projects are hosted by our Centres. We were warmly welcomed by the President of CEU, Professor Michael Ignatieff, and shown wonderful hospitality by the team of the IAS at CEU, led by the incoming Chair of NetIAS, Professor Nadia Al-Bagdadi. Of the 22 institutes who are members of NetIAS, 20 centres (from across 12 countries) had delegates at the conference. We were ably supported in our discussions by Professor Olivier Bouin and Mylène Trouvé of the Réseau Français des Instituts d’Êtudes Avancées. Thank you to all who made it such an inspiring and successful occasion.
The view over to Buda from the centre of Pest, and from the roof of the main CEU building.
St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), inside and out.
The Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe – some photos of the interior and the treasures of the museum.
Revitalized by European funding, Budapest now enjoys a lively and relaxed café and restaurant culture.