Our Courses

Courses running in the current 2013-2014 academic year are as follows:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it": Cold War fantasies
    Instructors: István Rév, Ioana Macrea-Toma
    This course approaches post-World War II history through the lens of Cold War social science on both sides of the ideological divide, their interdependencies and mutual influences on each other. Using unique, up-till-now barely used archival sources, the course will explore how the social sciences contributed to the emergence of the fantasy of past, present and future that guided both the programs of the sciences and perceptions of the world. The course is accompanied by a series of forthnightly public film screenings, Cold War Fantasies: Film Laboratory at OSA, taking place September - December 2013.

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.

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