Teaching

In addition to in-house seminars  and exploratory workshops , we also offer postgraduate academic courses to Central European University students, organized in co-operation with the departments of History  and Legal Studies , and also for the CEU's annual Summer University .

OSA aims at working together with the Cognitive Science Department, the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, the Center for Media and Communication Studies, and the Center for Network Science. For interdisciplinary research seminars held at the Gender Studies and Political Science Departments, OSA has already provided introductory sessions on information retrieval and practical examination of sources within OSA holdings.

The regular courses seek to address a broad spectrum of archival matters concerning the historian’s craft, documentary works, or legal and cinematic documentary practices related to human rights. Some of them require an active, hands-on approach to materials curated by OSA Archivum. The SUN courses have so far been conceived around the challenges posed by digital documents.


Our Courses

  • Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization
    Instructors: István Rév Iván Székely , Csaba Szilágyi , András Mink
    The  Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization  is initiated by OSA and organized jointly with the Department of Legal Studies  and the Department of History  at the Central European University for the first time in AY 2016/17. The aim of the specialization is to provide students with theoretical grounding and practical skills in working and pursuing research in a contemporary and innovative archive. The knowledge and skills acquired during this program will open up for them additional avenues of pursuing a career not only in their chosen field but also in archives, libraries, and museums or in the multidisciplinary arena of the digital humanities.
    The detailed description of the specialization is available here .
    More information: Csaba Szilágyi at  szilagyc@ceu.edu

  • Archives, Evidence and Human Rights
    Instructors: Iván Székely , Csaba Szilagyi , András Mink
    This course aims at looking at the roles and uses of human rights documentation in the context of preserving recorded memory and the history of human rights. Establishing facts by forensic methods, producing impeccable evidence to convict perpetrators, or understanding the roots of conflicts and working toward dialog and reconciliation are just a few areas where the availability of reliable records and archival activism can make a huge difference. Course description and Syllabus
  • Archival Practice
    Instructors: Csaba Szilágyi , Iván Székely , and OSA staff
    The second part of the Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization includes a supervised practice in the archives’ professional activities. Students will spend 30 hours at Blinken OSA to familiarize themselves with the various stages of the archival workflow and the ‘invisible’ processes of creating the archives. It is conceived as a guided individual discovery of the archives under the supervision of assigned staff members, from the processing area to the AV studio, and from the electronic catalogs to the digital repository. The full program of the Archival Practice is available here .
  • Advanced Coursework 
    Instructors: Csaba Szilágyi Iván Székely , and OSA staff 
    The third part and last part of the Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization is one piece of advanced coursework, which brings in archival theory and thinking in order to structure and contextualize students’ experience gained as researchers and practitioners in the first two chapters of the specialization. During the Advanced Coursework, students will attend lectures, seminars and a workshop on the role, practices and new concepts of the archives. The detailed syllabus of the Advanced Coursework is available here.
  • Human Rights and Documentary Cinema
    Instructors: Oksana Sarkisova , Rénata Uitz
    By introducing ten recent well-crafted and engaging documentary films, this course addresses questions concerning the possibilities of cinematic investigation and advocacy with regard to politically and economically contextualized human rights abuses.

Previous courses (2012-2013):

  • The Archives of Living and the Dead Things
    Instructors: István Rév , Ioana Macrea-Toma , Simina Bădică
    This experimental seminar seeks to explore ways for dealing with the past through a theoretical and empirical interaction with the archives (plus libraries and museums), understood as complex transformative devices, due to their inscriptive materialities and practices. Objects, infrastructures, collecting and collections, relations and classifications, are not just privileged topoi of material history, but methodological and also epistemic entry points in the reconstruction of complex and meaningful worlds.

Central European University Summer University  Courses