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Public Lecture by Anne J. Gililand
Posted: 17/November/2016

Public Lecture by Anne J. Gililand

Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 5 PM

Of all the information and memory professions, the archival field is the one that is most integrally responsible for the long-term preservation of and access to records and other forms of documentation, which are especially instrumental in the lives of people who have found themselves forced to leave their homes and homelands because of oppression, expulsion, war, natural disaster or economic exigency.

 
A Blinken OSA 1956-os pályázatának díjazottjai
Posted: 04/November/2016
A Blinken OSA 1956-os pályázatának díjazottjai 2016. tavaszán az 1956-os forradalom hatvanadik évfordulója alkalmából a Blinken OSA Archívum nagyszabású, nyilvános programsorozatot indított, melynek keretében két pályázatot hirdetett meg. A szakmai zsűrik értékelései alapján a díjnyertes pályamunkákat 2016. október 22-én, szombaton hirdettük ki. Most pedig közzétettük a nyertesek listáját és a díjazott projekteket, melyeket a lenti linkeken lehet megtekinteni, letölteni!Köszönjük minden pályázónak a színvonalas munkát! http://1956.osaarchivum.org/kodold_a_multat_eredmenyekhttp://1956.osaarchivum.org/56rol-hitelesen_eredmenyek  Diákpályázat „Kódold a múltat! 1956 remixelve”A 20 év alatti fiataloknak kiírt pályázat azok jelentkezését várta, akik az Archívum digitális gyűjteményeinek felhasználásával, a digitális technológia segítségével érdekes és egyéni módon mutatták meg 1956 történetét újszerű vizualizációs megoldásokkal, különleges szoftveres applikációkkal, játékok fejlesztésével.  Tanári pályázat „’56-ról hitelesen”A pályázat célja az volt, hogy az 1956-os forradalom hatvanadik évfordulóján, elsődleges források, eredeti film-, kép-, hang-, és írásos dokumentumok segítségével, a diákok számára érthető és átélhető módon mutassák be a forradalom korát, törekvéseit, eseményeit, következményeit, tanulságait. A pályázatra kétféle pályamunkát lehetett benyújtani: iskolai megemlékezésekhez használható forgatókönyvet, vagy olyan elektronikus alkotást, installációt, melyet szintén iskolai környezetben lehet bemutatni.  
 
Stabat Mater for the Victims and Refugees of 1956
Posted: 27/October/2016

Stabat Mater for the Victims and Refugees of 1956

The Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, who died at a tragically young age, will be performed on the 60th anniversary of the crushing of the 1956 Hungarian revolution to commemorate the thousands who died or were wounded and the hundreds of thousands who were forced into exile..

Date and time: November 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Vera and Donald Blinken Archives, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

Éva Bodrogi – soprano 

Judit Rajk – alto

OStrings kvartett

Boglárka György, Elvira Vučurević – violin

Péter Bor – viola

János Madaras – violoncello

and

Noémi Konta – basso continuo

 

The OSingers Choir: Luca Dudinszky, Virág Farkas, Bettina Hacknauer, Emire Ibrahim,

Anna Juniki, Žeigure Nora, Emese Szabó, Roberta Szklenár, Viola Thurnay, Bernadett Vida, Júlia Viszkeleti

Conductor: Paul Marsovszky

 

 
Ungváry Krisztián
Posted: 24/October/2016
Mélységesen megrendített bennünket, hogy az 1956-os magyar forradalom 60. évfordulóján, egy nyilvános rendezvényen, a Parlament előtt, véleménye kinyilvánítása közben tettleg bántalmazták Ungváry Krisztiánt, a legújabb kori magyar történelem egyik legismertebb és legkiválóbb kutatóját, a kortárs emlékezetpolitika egyik legaktívabb alakítóját.
 
1956 Competition Awards Ceremony
Posted: 20/October/2016
1956 Competition Awards CeremonyThis spring, on the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Blinken OSA launched a series of major public events including two competitions. ‘Encode the Past! 1956 Remixed’ – Student CompetitionThe student competition - launched jointly with Prezi - invited young people under 20 to present the story of the 1956 Revolution through innovative visualization solutions, and/or by developing special software applications, using Blinken OSA’a special digital collections. Let’s Speak the Truth about ‘56 – Teacher CompetitionThe competition invited teachers to present the era of the 1956 revolution - its aspirations, events, consequences as well as the lessons learned- using primary sources from Blinken OSA’a special digital collections including original footage, images, voice recordings and textual documents. This competition accepted two kinds of projects: either a script for a commemorative event at the school or an electronic installation, again to be used in the school.The winners of both calls will be announced at an Award Ceremony on 22 October, 2016, at Blinken OSA. All awarded projects will be published on OSA’s website in October, 2016.
 
1956, The World in Revolt - Book Launch
Posted: 11/October/2016

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and the CEU History Department

cordially invite you to the book launch of 

1956, The World in Revolt

by Simon Hall, University of Leeds

Introduction by András Mink, Research Fellow, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Friday, October 21, 2016, 5.00 PM

1051, Budapest, Arany János u. 32.,

 
Emigrant Tunes
Posted: 27/September/2016

September 29, 2016 6:00 PM, Blinken OSA Archívum

Béla Bartók’s thoughts on cultural diversity (approximately 50 minutes)

Extracts from Bartók’s letters, lectures and publications.  The selected pieces will be presented together with his musical compositions inspired by folk music and the phonograph recordings he made during his journey to Arabia.

Performance by József Gyabronka, actor

Péter Sülyi’s film: Moving Images about Bartók (1988, approximately 25 minutes)
Before the screening there will be a talk with the filmmaker.

 

Editor: Géza Madaras
Blinken OSA Archívum

1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

 
Poverty Revisited / Újragondolt szegénység
Posted: 25/September/2016

Poverty Revisited | Conference in memoriam István Kemény

27-28 September 2016

OSA is making the documentary heritage of István Kemény, outstanding Hungarian sociologist, a leading researcher in poverty and the Roma, publicly accessible. On this occasion OSA is organizing a two-day conference in collaboration with the Voices of the 20th Century Archive and Research Framework, where researchers, professionals, artists and activists reconsider the problem of poverty and exclusion, their significance in today’s society, and outline their vision of the future in this field.

Throughout the two days of the conference unique documents, photos and film excerpts of Kemény’s joint creative work with film director Pál Schiffer will be exhibited, and in the evenings visitors will be welcome to watch documentary film screenings with live discussion. On the two days following workshops will be organized for secondary school students with the participation of homeless activists, in order to sensitize students to the problems of marginalized people and social groups.

 
 First-Hand Experience with Homelessness
Posted: 23/September/2016

First-Hand Experience with Homelessness / Sensitization workshop for students
Első kézből a hajléktalanságról // Érzékenyítő workshop diákoknak // 2016.09.29-30 // Blinken OSA Archívum

A Blinken OSA Archívum szeptember végén konferenciát rendez abból az alkalomból, hogy a szegénységkutatásaival iskolát teremtő Kemény István szociológus irathagyatéka az OSÁ-ba került. Az esemény kapcsán társadalmi érzékenyítő programot hirdetünk középiskolásoknak a szegénység, a kirekesztettség, és a szolidaritás témaköréből.

A foglalkozásokat vezeti: Balog Gyula, az EKH koordinátora
Közreműködnek: Erdős Jánosné Mária és Szigeti Adrienn aktivista

A részvétel INGYENES. Jelentkezési határidő: 2016. szeptember 23.

 
Pályázati felhívás! / Call for submissions (in Hungarian)
Posted: 15/September/2016
A Blinken OSA két 11 millió forint összdíjazású pályázatot hirdetett meg diákoknak és tanároknak az 1956-os emlékév kapcsán.
 
OSA Participates In the CEU Welcome Afternoon
Posted: 08/September/2016
OSA PARTICIPATES IN THE CEU WELCOME AFTERNOON A long standing tradition of the Central European University is to begin the academic year with an informal event for students to meet the various support units, CEU’s administration and student support groups. 
 
Verzio DocLab
Posted: 06/September/2016
IN COOPERATION WITH VISUAL STUDIES PLATFORM AT CEU AND THE CEU LIBRARY’S MIRABAUD MEDIA LABVerzio DocLabNovember 9-12, 2016CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN FILMMAKING WORKSHOP
 
Pre-Session Week Begins at OSA
Posted: 01/September/2016

Pre Session Week begins at OSA!

At the beginning of each academic year The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) hosts students from the various departments of the Central European University for a full week. The aim of these visits is for students to discover the various research possibilities at the archives.

 
Olympics and Politics: Berlin / Barcelona 1936
Posted: 09/August/2016

Olympics and Politics - Berlin / Barcelona 1936

 An exhibition organized by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

 

Vernissage:June 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

23 June – 28 August 2016

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Dondald Blinken Open Society Archives

 

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Berlin Summer Olympics and the Olimpíada Popular, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives presents the exhibition Olympics and Politics – Berlin / Barcelona 1936,which examines how these international sporting events became the terrains for ideological and physical battles in the heavily politicised 1930s, and how the two Games acquired different political significance. Using archival sources (newsreel footage, films, photos, etc.), the exhibition views the two-week spectacle of the Berlin Games through the lenses of its counterpart, the Workers’ Olympics, and the war the Nazi ideology so pompously and magnificently promoted through its Olympics.

 
37th Annual Meeting of the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Docum
Posted: 16/June/2016

On June 16-17, 2016, over 25 human rights data professionals (information managers, librarians, documentalists, archivists, lawyers and activists) gathered in the Research Room of the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest for the 37th annual meeting of the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation ( ECCHRD ). ECCHRD is an open, informal network of Europe-based institutions and organizations producing, recording, managing and publishing human rights information.

 
Night of the Museums at Blinken OSA
Posted: 09/June/2016

Vera and Blinken Open Society Archives –  Night of Museums, June 25, 2016

16:00-00:55  Olympics and Politics - BERLIN / BARCELONA 1936

Exhibition in Galeria Centralis

 

19.00 – Olympics and politics on the Piste: Remembering Ilona Elek and Endre Kabos

 

Saxophone player, János Vázsonyi, improvises on the topic of the Olympics

 

Screening the private film “Richárd Deutsch: My Journey in Germany, 1936”

(Excerpt from Richárd Deutsch’s collection, Photographs and Home Movies Collection of Privát Fotó és Film Alapítvány deposited with Blinken OSA by Márton Kurutz film archeologist)

 

 

Fencing Show:

 

In memory of Ilona Elek and Endre Kabos, two extraordinary Hungarian fencers, Katalin Varga, Fruzsina Gólya, Zsolt Nemcsik and Kende Fodor will show men's saber fencing and women's foil fencing.

 

Judge: Etele Ravasz

 

21:00 -  Musical Background – GARPO

 

Film screening and musical improvisation

 

Repeated screening of the private film “Richárd Deutsch: My Journey in Germany, 1936”

 

Partners: Goethe Institute, Cervantes Institute  

 
Russian Service Audio Archives of RFE/RL -  Now Online
Posted: 09/June/2016
Russian Service Audio Archives of RFE/RL - - Now Online Browse 26 K Russian radio broadcast files for free!The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University (OSA) presents an online, fully searchable database of audio programs produced by RFE/RL Russian Service during the last half a century.Thanks to the cooperation between BLINKEN OSA, RFE/RL and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives this vast cultural heritage is now open for free & open access.During 2015-2016 OSA systematized, preserved and processed this unique Cold War period audio collection. The archive includes more than 26,000 audio clips broadcast into the Soviet Union and Russian Federation by Radio Svoboda from 1953 (the year the service was established in Munich, West Germany) to 1995 (when RFE/RL moved from Munich to Prague, Czech Republic).
 
The Witness to Guantanamo Project
Posted: 06/June/2016

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives cordially invites you to a public talk by

Peter Jan Honigsberg , Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, Founder and Director of the Witness to Guantanamo Project

THE WITNESS TO GUANTANAMO PROJECT:GIVING VOICE TO THE PEOPLE OF GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5 p.m.
at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives


 
AARON SWARTZ Fellowship
Posted: 22/May/2016
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA), one of the initiators of the open Access movement intends to award a fellowship each year to promising young technology expert, scholar or activist working at the intersection of humanities, social sciences and technologystudies or technological solutions. The fellowship is especially intended for those, with or without degree, who have strong practical skills in developing technological tools to make knowledge and data broadly available to the public; who have an interest in challenging information management practices in libraries and archives; who are ready to contribute to building innovative visual taxonomies or catalogs based on unorthodox ideas; and who can challenge the control of information by governments and publishers to promote civil liberties and online activism.
 
Call for submissions for students and teachers (in Hungari
Posted: 22/May/2016
Call for submissions for students and teachers (in Hungarian only) On the sixtieth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Blinken OSA Archives has launched a series of public projects including two calls for applications for students and teachers. ‘Encode the Past! 1956 Remixed’ – Student Competition Youth under 20 are invited to develop innovative visualization solutions to rethink the events and memory of the 1956 Revolution using the digital collections of the Archives. Let’s Speak the Truth about ‘56 – Competition for History Teachers Teachers are invited create projects that present the 1956 Revolution - the events, the goals, the consequences as well as the lessons learned, using primary sources of information, original footage, images, voice recordings and written documents. Digital resources: http://1956.osaarchivum.org/ 1956@osaarchivum.org  More info: http://www.osaarchivum.org/events/Revolution-Not-Past   
 
Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead
Posted: 21/May/2016

Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead - Public Lecture by Thomas W. Laqueur, University of California, Berkeley

This lecture will discuss why the demand Jesus made of his followers that they leave "the dead to bury the dead" was as radical and impossible to meet when Marx made it as it had been in Biblical times. Or put differently, it is about why the living need the dead in all times and places but especially, for the purposes of this lecture, why and how the dead take on new responsibilities in nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 17:30 │ BLINKEN OSA ARCHIVES

ARANY J. 32, EXHIBITION HALL

 
Prime Time Nationalism
Posted: 13/May/2016

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) organized and hosted an international, cross-disciplinary conference and workshop on May 13-14, 2016.

Quite unusually, OSA turned inside-out one of its ongoing projects, that is the re-archiving of more than 2,000 videotapes of Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian prime time television broadcasts from 1996-1999. This project is part of a more comprehensive effort to create an online, post-WWII historical archive of Yugoslavia from the records available at OSA (the Yugoslavia Archive Project.)

We invited internationally known media scholars, visual artists, filmmakers, political scientists, social anthropologists, lawyers, and journalists to get familiar with this work in progress and offer their thoughts on it. With their help and expertise, we hoped to get a better understanding of the nature of politically controlled, state television, and how it influenced and shaped events, national identities, political discourses, memory and reconciliation after the recent wars in the former Yugoslavia. At the same time, we were keen to learn more about their experience in archiving, as well as in reusing, re-contextualizing and performing the archives of television broadcasts in diverse, concrete projects.

 
Prime Time Nationalism
Posted: 09/May/2016

Prime Time Nationalism | The Role of Television Broadcasts/Archives in the Aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars

A conference and workshop organized by the Vera  and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) focusing on how television influenced and shaped the postwar national identity, recovery and development of the signatory states of the Dayton Agreement, and the lasting effect on their contemporary evolution in the light of a regional reconciliation. At the same time, we will seek to understand and offer new meanings for OSA’s media monitoring collection, which includes state television broadcasts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and FR Yugoslavia from 1996 to 1999, by looking at OSA’s newly experimented, self-reflexive (re)archiving and the problems it brought up.

 
Finissage - Some Music, Something Else…
Posted: 06/May/2016

Some Music, Something Else…
(April 28, 2016)

 The awards of the music competition, launched by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and Intermezzo Foundation for talented young Hungarian composers, were presented last Thursday at the Finissage and Awards Gala of the exhibition, Some kind of Opposition, curated by Axel Braun. This event also the premiered winning pieces that were performed by the students of the Hungarian Academy of Music.

At the end of February 2016, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and the Intermezzo Foundation invited composers under thirty to submit pieces that had previously not been performed. A unique aspect of the competition was that it specified not only the length of the pieces and the use of instruments but the theme as well. Applicants had full access to the background files and the audio and visual documents of the exhibition for an inspirational base. The composers had one month to write the pieces and send them to the Jury made up of composer Gyula Fekete and Miklós Csemiczky, and conductor Gergely Madaras.

 
Blinken OSA
Posted: 04/May/2016
Samizdat ArchivistThe Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archive (Blinken OSA) seeks to employ a full time archivist with a graduate degree in History or related discipline, and a proven experience in archives, libraries. The chosen candidate will work collaboratively under the supervision of the Chief Archivist and in close cooperation with Senior Librarian and Data Specialist, exercising good judgment and initiative, and managing sensitive materials. Knowledge of 20th century East-European history, or a related field is an asset. The position requires native Russian language, it is desirable to have working knowledge of Ukrainian or a major Central Asian language, and proficiency in English language is a must.
 
Into Eternity Still from the Film
Posted: 19/April/2016

CHERNOBYL MARATHON

Blinken OSA Archives

25-26 April 2016

 

The Blinken Open Society Archives invites you to its two-day series of programs spanning from morning till late at night, commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the nuclear power plant disaster at Chernobyl. Evening programs include film and book launches and literary readings to help discuss the events that happened thirty years ago while also touching upon issues concerning the safety of nuclear power, individual and social responsibilities or sustainable and responsible energy management, taking into account aspects of the present as well as of the unforeseeable future.

During the day, visitors can view an exhibition of selected OSA documents on Chernobyl in the research room of the Archives. Secondary school students can take part in creative workshops examining issues such as how the main discourse surrounding energy safety and sustainability has changed in the past thirty years or what can be done – both individually and as a society – to ensure responsible energy management.

The series of programs wishes to highlight by its own marathon length how far-reaching the consequences of our present decisions about sustainability and energy are, and that everyone must be aware of this responsibility, not just the decision-makers.

 
CSERNOBIL_30 -  Creative workshop for high schools
Posted: 17/April/2016

CSERNOBIL_30 // Creative workshop for high schools // 25-26 April, 2016 // OSA Archívum

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, this creative workshop invites high school students to rethink the events in light of the archival materials available. The workshop further wishes to foster dialog about alternative energy resources and the potential responsibilities we bear to future generations of humanity.

 
Collage: Axel Braun, 2016
Posted: 14/April/2016

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 6:30 p.m.

ALEX FISCHER, CEU, School of Public Policy and WWF Switzerland


Political lobbying – how to effectively impact on a policy process
Presentation and talk with Axel Braun

Galeria Centralis of Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Arany János utca 32, 1051 Budapest

An event of the POLITICISED LANDSCAPES program.

 
Politicised Landscapes - The Danube Case in a Global Context
Posted: 09/April/2016

Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 6:30 p.m.

JÁNOS VARGHA, Founder of Duna Kör

The Danube Case in a Global Context
Presentation and talk with Axel Braun

Galeria Centralis of Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Arany János utca 32, 1051 Budapest

An event of the POLITICISED LANDSCAPES program.

 
Screening of the documentary Hitler's Last Year
Posted: 07/April/2016

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and the French Institute

Invite you to the screening of Hitler's Last Year

a two- part documentary film (52 minutes each) by David Korn- Brzoza

This prime-time documentary returns to the eleven months that preceded Hitler’s defeat and, using archival materials of which much was previously unseen, unveils entire chapters of the war that are largely unknown.

 
Directed by David Korn- Brzoza
Produced by Cinétévé (Lucie Pastor and Fabienne Servan Schreiber)
Authors: Olivier Wieviorka and David Korn-Brzoza

 
TUESDAY, 12 APRIL 2016. AT 6 :00 P.M.

 
Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.