Voices of the 20th Century Archive and Research Group celebrates its 10th anniversary

Gabriella Horn

In 2017 the Voices of the 20th Century Archive and Research Group celebrates its 10th anniversary. The group operates within the Institute of Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The project was started with the technical, institutional and academic support of the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives. The project group collects and digitizes copies of interviews and other research documents offered by acknowledged Hungarian social scientists. The main purpose of the project is to recycle research resources of qualitative methods and to explore and document the history of Hungarian sociology.

Archival processing and digitization of the collections is performed with the participation of a younger generation of sociologists. As a result,  the work of  their professional predecessors  becomes tangible for them, while they can also learn about the basics of archival work. The collection contains materials related to a wide variety of topics, from families through the situation of Hungarian education to the sociology of religion. Among others, the collection includes István Kemény's interviews conducted during a research project on Roma population in the 70s, materials of comprehensive research on educational matters by Ilona Liskó, children's drawings created during a project led by Judit H. Sas in 1976-78, interviews on various aspects of the life of workers and interviews of the Mauthausen Survivors Documentation Project. A large part of the collection has been processed, the number of digital files uploaded is constantly expanding. A more detailed description of the materials and the files are available on the project's website.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the members of this project organize a conference. The program puts the social phenomena of cultural resistance and social "obstinacy" in the spotlight.

Date: November 23-24, 2017
Venue: Institute of Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Research Institute for Human Sciences Budapest IX. Tóth Kálmán u. 4. Building K, ground floor.
The program is available here.

The event is held Hungarian.