Press Room - 2022

Photo: 6szín -Apostol
Posted: 15/December/2022
Blinken OSA  tunes into the Petőfi Memorial Year with Petőfi on New Year's Eve. We invite the public to a free theatre performance on  December 31 at 7 pm at the Blinken OSA Archivum. The stage adaptation of Sándor Petőfi's The Apostle will be performed by the 6szín Teátrum, and is open to the public on Saturday, December 31, after registration.
HU OSA 300-7-9 Subject Files Relating to the World Communist Movement
Posted: 07/December/2022
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA. The presentation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, online. The Zoom link of the meeting is:
Photo: Dániel Végel, CEU Library, Budapest
Posted: 06/December/2022
Several public collections, higher educational institutions, and research institutes are forced to close their doors in the coming winter months. The Library of Central European University in Budapest, however, remains open for the students and faculty of Hungarian universities and colleges; scholars at the former research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; and representatives of the media.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Hungarian Radio Monitoring at Blinken OSA.
Posted: 30/November/2022
According to press reports, research access to the Hungarian Radio’s archives is substantially impeded. Blinken OSA denounces any restriction on research freedom and dealing with the past, and offers its own collections related to Hungarian Radio to researchers on the subject.
Lenke Szilágyi
Posted: 28/November/2022
Blinken OSA colleague Lenke Szilágyi, a famed photographer, was awarded the Pro Cultura Urbis prize, founded in 2000, along with three other distinguished winners. The prize was awarded after 10 years of absence by the board of trustees of the Pro Cultura Urbis Public Foundation, established in 1999, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Budapest. In addition to the cash prize, the winners received a sculpture of the stylized key to the city, designed by sculptor Erika Ligeti. According to the intention of the founders, the Foundation awards the prize to persons and institutions that significantly enrich the cultural life of the city or promote the cultural heritage of Budapest.
Yerusha – European Jewish Archives Portal
Posted: 16/November/2022
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (at CEU) is now a partner institution in the Yerusha project, a comprehensive international database linking archival holdings on Jewish life, history, and culture. Ranging from radio broadcasts and audio interviews to Socialist state media and Jewish political samizdat, and also including feature films and home movies, the 23 fonds and sub-fonds from the Blinken OSA holdings now added to the database record Jewish experiences in pre-war Romania, during the Holocaust in Hungary, and in Soviet Bloc countries from the 1950s until the 1990s.
HU OSA 362-0-3:2 Tibor Philipp Collection, Posters, Leaflets and Ephemera
Posted: 16/November/2022
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA and the CEU Budapest – OSUN Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships. Join the event in person in CEU’s Nádor 15 building, Room 101, or online following the link below!
Industry programs  - Verzió
Posted: 04/November/2022
The industry programs of the 19th Verzió will feature nine events over four days, for film professionals, for students and teachers, as well as for those interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of documentary film education and filmmaking.
Photographs of András Hegedüs as a Politician
Posted: 04/November/2022
On the 100th anniversary of former Prime Minister and sociologist András Hegedüs’ birth, Blinken OSA published a selection of photos documenting Hegedüs’ political career primarily in the 1950s. Now we are happy to announce that the entire photo collection is digitized, published in the online catalog, and available for research in the Research Room and online!
Logo of the 19th Verzió Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Posted: 03/November/2022
The 19th Verzió festival will take place 8–20 November 2022, in Budapest and five towns in the countryside, as well as online nationwide. This year's selection covers many burning human rights issues: poignant stories of courageous journalists, women dealing with the trauma of violence, young people confronting complex family histories and identities, activists defying dictatorships and international corporations - all fighting for a more inclusive, peaceful future. The screenings will be accompanied by a series of talks, concerts, exhibitions and a professional programs.
HU OSA 344-0-1 Documentary and Propaganda Films of the Workers’ Militia
Posted: 27/October/2022
To celebrate the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, we are happy to announce that two fully digitized audiovisual collections have been updated with new, enhanced findings aids, now also available in English! The latter development is of high importance, as the series Documentary and Propaganda Films of the Workers’ Militia and the Oral History interview with Political Actors of the Regime Change in Hungary provide insight into crucial periods of the 20th-century history of Hungary.
Photo: Fortepan / Gyöngyi
Posted: 27/October/2022
The call for applications for the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA is now open! Submission deadline for the 2022/2023 academic year: November 15, 2022
The Next Presentation of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA
Posted: 27/October/2022
We are happy to announce the next presentation of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA. Join the event online following the link below! The presentation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, online. The Zoom link of the meeting is: Meeting ID: 914 2302 1252
CEU Budapest
Posted: 08/October/2022
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS CEU), together with Blinken OSA and the Democracy Institute (DI) at the Budapest Campus of CEU are pleased to launch their joint call for applications for its inaugural fellowship program Revisionism and Falsification, Evidence and Proof for the academic year 2023/2024.
Zsolt Csalog - Source of the photo: Csalog monograph by Márton Soltész
Posted: 07/October/2022

Zsolt Csalog, writer, sociologist, sociographer, and member of the democratic opposition, died 25 years ago, on July 18, 1997, at the age of 62. The Roma Parliament – Roma Civil Rights Movement and Blinken OSA are joining his family to honor Zsolt Csalog’s work and legacy with a series of events entitled Csalog25.

Photo: Dániel Végel
Posted: 07/October/2022
Blinken OSA seeks to broaden its teaching portfolio each year. We are happy to announce that along with the courses offered to CEU students a new teaching cooperation with the ELTE University began recently. With the pandemic years hopefully behind us, this year Blinken OSA colleagues were able to participate in the annual Orientation Sessions at CEU Vienna, presenting the latest information about the Archives and the new courses launched this year. Since the mother institution relocated to Vienna, lecturers from Blinken OSA now have to commute in order to maintain professional links with the various departments and students.
Photo by Faruh Kuziev
Posted: 06/October/2022
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA and the CEU Budapest – OSUN Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships. Join the event in person in CEU’s Nádor 15 building, Room 101, or online following the link below!
International Day for Universal Access to Information
Posted: 27/September/2022
Pandemics and wars create unfavorable environments for the prevalence of freedom of information, however, its importance is manifest during such periods the most. The approach and active contribution of archives dealing with the recent past play an important role here, and Blinken OSA has its share in this.
Vera and Donald Blinken
Posted: 23/September/2022
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at the Central European University is sad to share the news of Donald Blinken’s passing. We lost an exemplary public figure, for whom the tireless service of the public, the unwavering devotion to higher education, art, and the democratization process, were of paramount importance. Blinken OSA has been carrying the names of Vera and Donald Blinken since 2015; we mourn a prominent diplomat, a good human being, a friend of the Archives and CEU. We have our hearts go out to his wife, Vera Blinken, and his family.
Students of the first class at the new course
Posted: 19/September/2022
In the Fall 2022 semester for the first time, our staff members teach a course offering theoretical ideas, historical knowledge, and hands-on practical guidance relevant to journalistic and scholarly work with the rich and diverse collections of the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), in the most prestigious and largest Media and Communication program in Hungary.
CEU Budapest Campus
Posted: 31/August/2022
After a record-hot summer, academic year 2022/23 begins at CEU both in Budapest and in Vienna. Blinken OSA has reopened its temporary Research Room in Budapest in the CEU Library on September 5, presenting numerous additions to its holdings, such as audiovisual fieldwork recordings collected by CEU students and faculty. Meanwhile in Vienna, CEU welcomes arriving students with Orientation Sessions, including introductory presentations by Blinken OSA colleagues on September 8.
Photo: Dániel Végel
Posted: 23/August/2022
We are happy to announce that the evaluation of the July 2022 Visegrad call has finished, and the final list of winners has been approved by the Council of Ambassadors!
István Harasztÿ’s work Central Control on display in Blinken OSA.
Posted: 04/August/2022
The Blinken OSA Research Room is closed from August 1 and will reopen on September 5. In the meantime, our online services remain available. In recent months, as the Archives had moved to its temporary location and welcomed researchers at CEU’s Nádor Street campus, digitization has continued, making new collections accessible on our online platforms.
CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences
Posted: 03/August/2022
Within the framework of CIVICA Research, the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) at the European University Institute (EUI) approached archives-hosting academic institutions with a survey exploring their archival collections and policies. On behalf of CEU, Blinken OSA answered the open-ended questions concerning the activities, workflows, and services at the Archives.
Posted: 25/July/2022
Blinken OSA and the Romaversitas Foundation announce a joint internship program. We are looking for a Hungarian Romani university student to participate in the processing of the Archives’s Roma-related collections, and attend the leadership training program of Romaversitas.
Screenshot from the mentoring session of IUFU
Posted: 21/July/2022
The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine has been raging for more than five months by now. In these circumstances, expressing solidarity as well as professional and academic support to Ukrainian students, scholars, and researchers threatened by the military invasion remains to be an important objective at CEU and Blinken OSA. One such initiative the Archives has joined and worked on since it was launched by CEU in May 2022 is the certificate program for junior and senior undergraduate students from Ukraine, the Invisible University for Ukraine. Colleagues from the Archives were actively teaching and mentoring in the program that was designed as a pilot for students and scholars at risk. In July, the CEU IUFU program continued with the summer school program titled Making Ukraine Visible – Images, Narratives, Institutions, which took place from July 10–19, 2022, in the CEU complex in Budapest and in Lviv.
Den Weiner, 1957, USSR at The International Center of Photography (ICP)
Posted: 21/July/2022
 “Visegrad Scholarship at OSA” presentations at 2.00 pm on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, held in person and online by Izabela Morska entitled The Balkans: an ongoing clash between modernity and national myths and by Maria Kardash entitled Dancing Behind the Curtain: Dance Politics in the USSR in the Early Cold War
Fortepan, photo by Tamás Urbán
Posted: 18/July/2022
NEW CALL - VISEGRAD SCHOLARSHIP! Research theme within the Visegrad Scholarship at the Blinken OSA in 2022/23 Lessons of the Cold War? We are happy to announce the next call for the Visegrad Scholarship at the Blinken OSA 2022/23 Submission deadline for the 2022/23 academic year: July 25, 2022  
Blinken OSA: HU OSA 300-120-3:7
Posted: 12/July/2022
Re-Inventing the Formal Culture by Formal Means by Daria Franklin, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, Columbia University in the City of New York and Holodomor: Silenced Past and Reclaimed History in the Shadow of the Cold War by Karolina Koziura, Ph.D. Candidate, The New School for Social Research, New York   at 3.00 pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, online. The link to the Zoom meeting is:
Council of Europe
Posted: 12/July/2022
Ivan Szekely, Senior Research Fellow of the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University, is leading a pan-European study on the state of access to archives, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research.