Academic Events

To keep up with the latest developments in the academic and professional areas of its interest, the Blinken OSA regularly organizes conferences, workshops, public lectures, panel discussions and book launches. Often times involving CEU departments or external partners as co-organizers, these events cover, among others, topics in recent history, human rights, civil society, archival science, information management, digital humanities, and visual studies. We strive to invite lecturers and practitioners who address these topics from a genuinely unique and cross-disciplinary perspective.

All academic events are free and open to the CEU community and the general public.

Public Lecture by Anne J. Gililand
“There is always a before and an after”: documentation, archives and the global refugee crisis

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.

 
Poverty Revisited / Újragondolt szegénység
Poverty Revisited / Újragondolt szegénység

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.

 
37th Annual Meeting of the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Docum
37th Annual Meeting of the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation

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.

 
Prime Time Nationalism
Prime Time Nationalism: The Role of TV Broadcasts/Archives in the Aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars – A Conference Summary

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.

 
Dehumanization: New approaches to understanding the politics of human nature
Dehumanization: New approaches to understanding the politics of human nature

Dehumanization: New approaches to understanding the politics of human nature

6-8 April 2016

International and interdisciplinary conference with historians, scientists, philosophers and artists discussing the phenomenon of dehumanization from roughly the 18th century onwards.

Speakers:

Guido Abbattista, Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir, Lukas Einsele, Victoria Esses, Friederike Eyssel, Nick Haslam, Carla Lessing, Edouard Machery, Mari Mikkola, Erika Milam, Gerald Posselt, Gunnar Sigvaldason, Magdalena Smieszek, David Livingstone Smith, Johannes Steizinger

Local commentators:

Laszlo Kontler, Andres Moles, Peter Molnar, Prem Kumar Rajaram, Simon Rippon, Natalie Sebanz, Hyaesin Yoon

Organized by: Maria Kronfeldner

 
Victoria Harms
Public Lecture by Victoria Harms

Victoria Harms - Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

Road to Redemption:Why West Germans Care(d) about Hungary.

17 February 2016 at 5 pm, Reading Room, Blinken OSA Archivum

 
Public lecture by Thomas A. Dine
Public lecture by Thomas A. Dine

Open Society Archives at Central European University presents a public lecture by Thomas A. Dine, Former President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Totalitarianism Still Prevails in Europe and Eurasia: The Relevance of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Today

 
Public Lecture by Robin Kirk
Public Lecture by Robin Kirk at OSA

Learning Collaboratively, Learning Immersively: Lessons in Human Rights Pedagogy by Robin Kirk, Co-Director, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.



 
Call for Applications - The City uploaded: Urban Intersections of Films and New Media
Call for Applications - The City uploaded: Urban Intersections of Films and New Media

The CEU Summer University announces the course
THE CITY UPLOADED: URBAN INTERSECTIONS OF FILM AND NEW MEDIA

 
ARCHIVE / IMAGE
ARCHIVE / IMAGE

International Conference
March 7-8, 2014 at the Open Society Archives, Budapest.

The conference was organized by OSA Archivum to bridge the gap between contemporary digital archival practices and academic theory regarding the image of—and the images in—the archive. The Conference organizers, Ioana Macrea-Toma and Oksana Sarkisova, started from a presumption that the potential of new technologies can be best understood by studying the historicity of visual practices and historical imaginations. Given the growing role of visual material in both researching and presenting historical data, the event brought together scholars and specialists in the fields of history, archival science, media studies, film studies, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and design, and proved to be a successful interdisciplinary event.

 
ARCHIVE / IMAGE - International Conference
ARCHIVE / IMAGE - International Conference

The conference aims to bridge the gap between contemporary digital archival practices and academic theory regarding the image of and the image in the archive.

 
Könyvbemutató – Book Launch
Könyvbemutató – Book Launch

Szabó Miklós történész több legendás előadássorozatot tartott a szovjet és a magyar kommunista mozgalom történetéről magánlakásokon, a Hétfői Szabadegyetem keretében, illetve korábban és később kisebb baráti társaságoknak. A szabadegyetem 1983-as szegedi előadásairól Jankó Attila jóvoltából hangfelvételek készültek, amelyek alapján ma elolvashatók az 1980-as évek ellenzéki politikai és szellemi ellenkultúrájának eme páratlan dokumentumai.


 
Opening up Social History Repositories: final program
Opening up Social History Repositories: New Technologies and New Methods

OSA is pleased to circulate the final program for the 44th Annual Conference of the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI), taking place on September 25-27, 2013 at the Central European University, Budapest. 

 
CfP: Opening up Social History Repositories, Sept. 26-28
CfP: Opening up Social History Repositories

Call for Papers for the 44th Annual Conference of the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI): Opening up Social History Repositories: New Technologies and New Methods

September 26-28, 2013, Auditorium, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Organized by IALHI, in cooperation with the Central European University and OSA Archivum

 
The political economy of samizdat
The Political Economy of Samizdat

Public lecture by Piotr Wciślik on the political economy of the free word in 1980s Poland

 
Samizdat in the context of reading practices in Soviet Russia
Samizdat in the Context of Reading Practices in Soviet Russia
Public lecture by Valentina Parisi contextualizing samizdat publishing and reading practices within the interpretive framework provided by book history studies
 
Training session offered by CEU Library at the Bibliotheca exhibition
Training Session Offered by CEU Library at the Bibliotheca Exhibition

CEU librarians will give a presentation at OSA on academic research tools, including open source and subscribed resources. The aim is to demonstrate how open sources can work together with subscribed scholarly databases and web scale discovery services to facilitate teaching, learning and research. 





 
The common paths of piracy and samizdat: from the Encyclopédie to The Pirate Bay
The Common Paths of Piracy and Samizdat: From the Encyclopédie to The Pirate Bay

Public lecture by Balázs Bodó on samizdat and piracy in the digital age

 
TK 3.0: Did People Lie in Kádár's Communist Hungary?
TK 3.0: Did People Lie in Kádár's Hungary?

On April 29, 2013, OSA is holding a public conference at which representatives of the profession will evaluate the significance of the TK (The Mass Communication Research Center), and discuss how data on pre-transition public thought are already becoming researchable for the broader profession, thus opening the way for long-term comparisons and analyses.

 
The Media Dimension of Samizdat
The Media Dimension of Samizdat

Public lecture by Sabine Hänsgen on the media dimension of Soviet samizdat after Stalin's death

 
Toilet Paper, X-rays and Other Aspects and Dimensions of Samizdat
Toilet Paper, X-rays and Other Aspects and Dimensions of Samizdat

Public lecture by Tomáš Glanc on forms of samizdat production, consumption and exchange.

 
HOPE in Europeana: Raising Awareness on New Content

This one-day workshop brings together archives and library professionals and data management experts to share best practices and knowledge in the field of digitizing cultural heritage collections in non-state institutions in Central Europe.

 
"Who Can Erase the Traces?"
"Who Can Erase the Traces?"

Participants in this panel discussion will elaborate on the role of archives and archival activism in the protection and promotion of human rights.