Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Oksana Sarkisova, PhD, is Research Fellow at Blinken OSA Archive at Central European University and Director of Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest. Her fields of research are cultural history, memory and representation, film history, amateur photography, and visual studies. She authored Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia (2017), co-edited Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989 (2008), and has published in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes on film history, nationality politics, contemporary Russian and Eastern European cinema, and amateur photography. She teaches courses on visual theory, memory politics and Eastern European cinema, documentary cinema and human rights, and documentary filmmaking for historians. She has been visiting professor at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) and Williams College (USA), and organized Verzio Visual Lab workshops since 2010 at OSA. She directed CEU Summer Schools Documentary Cinema in the Digital Century (2013) and Screened Memories: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Visual Culture (2016) and was invited as tutor to held workshops at Cinema Without Borders (organized by Movies that Matter and Karama HRFF), Caucadoc, and Summer School on Cinema and Human Rights (Galway); she also served as Jury member at International Film Festivals in Nuremberg, Kiev, Zagreb, Warsaw, and Venice.