Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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
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: https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/92155319846?pwd=SGU0TmVLbnppbkdBZmY2M3R6Y1hOUT09
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.
The next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA lecture series are Connecting archives on both sides of the Iron Curtain: Stories from the religious underground by Tatiana Vagramenko, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Cork, Ireland and Communicating to unfree societies: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and Soviet Moldavia by Sergiu Musteata, Professor, History and Geography Department, Ion Creanga Pedagogical State University, Chișinau at 10.00 am on Friday, July 22, 2022 in CEU Room 302 at 13 Nádor u. Budapest and online. The link to the Zoom meeting is: https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/95046956350?pwd=VGRocytKK2NLQXRSN2R1L0N6T1hUUT09 Meeting ID: 950 4695 6350 Submission deadline for the next call of the 2022/23 academic year - July 25, 2022
The next presentation of the CEU Budapest – OSUN Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Blinken Open Society Archives (CEU)
The next presentation of the CEU Budapest – OSUN Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Blinken Open Society Archives (CEU) is Archiving the International Communist Movement: Critical Inquiries on the Knowledge Production of the Cold War by Matus Adrian-George, CEU Budapest – OSUN Postdoctoral fellow at Blinken OSA At 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in CEU Room 307/A at Nádor u. 13. and online. The link to the Zoom meeting is: https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/95775474424?pwd=OE8wNXdXME5saHpnenBpRFp4eW5JUT09 Meeting ID: 957 7547 4424
Archivists and researchers of the Blinken Open Society Archives at CEU express their concern regarding the restriction of access to the National Archives of Romania on the basis of “protection of classified information.”
“The next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA lecture series are Changing the World from Below: The Transnational Struggle for Peace, Human Rights, and a People's Détente by Christian Philip Peterson, Professor of History, Ferris State University-USA and Between the void and the action. Dead bodies of the enemies of the system in Eastern Europe by Karolina Rosiejka, Adjunct Professor, Department of History of Art and Philosophy, University of The Arts in Poznan
As a result of the Slavic Archival Collection internship program at the Blinken OSA (started in December 2021), metadata was significantly enhanced for several archival series in the subfonds HU OSA 300-80 Soviet Red Archives (SRA) and HU OSA 300-85 Samizdat Archives (SA). Both SRA and SA were separate units within Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and operated between 1953/1956 and 1994.
Digital Archivist wanted at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives Starting date: October 01, 2022 Application deadline: Open until filled Full- Or Part-Time: Full-Time Location: Budapest The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University (CEU) based primarily in Budapest but with teaching tasks in Vienna, Austria invites applications for the Digital Archivist position.
Providing insight into the post-dissolution period of the Dialogue Peace Group, a unique actor in the 1980s political scene of Hungary, the photo series digitized and processed by Blinken OSA capture the street happening titled Funeral of the Known Soldier.
Blinken OSA’s Chief Archivist and Head of Human Rights Program Csaba Szilágyi gave a talk at the Divided Societies XXIII: Myths and Media course for international MA and Ph.D. students at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik (May 9-15, 2022).
“Visegrad Scholarship at OSA” presentations at 10.00 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022, held in-person and online. Environing the Dam debate in ECE: the role of RFE in the 1980s and 1990s by Jiri Janac AND Defying the Iron Curtain: Émigré journals and their attempts to confront the post-war reality by Jan Farfal The presentations will be held in person at CEU’s Room 302 in N13 and online. The Zoom link of the meeting is: https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/98049219179?pwd=Y0VsazNjUkx4Nk9jdDFXazBsSlVHdz09. Meeting ID: 980 4921 9179.
As a result of the Rival Communist Parties internship program first advertised in 2020, the archival series HU OSA 300-5-90 Records of Kevin Devlin and the Communist Area Analysis Department on Non-Ruling Communist Parties has been processed, with its detailed description and finding aids now available in the online catalog.
Blinken OSA Senior Research Fellow, Iván Székely at the Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP) conference
Iván Székely, Senior Research Fellow at Blinken OSA, a founding member of the annual conference Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection (CPDP), organized and moderated a panel discussion on “Data Protection Authorities and the Covid-19 Pandemic” in Brussels on May 23. This was the 10th-panel discussion in a row on some aspects of the activities of the DPA, a frequently underestimated actor in the protection of personal data, which Szekely, together with Professor Charles Raab of the University of Edinburgh – both members of the Scientific Committee of CPDP –, have conceptualized, organized and moderated live from the very beginning. This year’s discussion involved Hielke Hijmans of the Belgian Data Protection Authority, Orsolya Reich from the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, and Sjaak Nouwt representing the Royal Dutch Medical Association.
Overseas B.A., M.A and Ph.D. students in history, international relations, government, sociology, public policy, area, and regional studies awarded the Cold War Archives Research (CWAR) Institute Fellowships by the Wilson Center conduct on-site research at the archives and present their research and findings at the Cold War-themed conference at Corvinus University, Budapest.
Blinken OSA Slavic Collection Archivist, Anastasia Felcher at the Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities
Blinken OSA Slavic Archivist Anastasia Felcher took part in the Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (May 4-7, 2022) and spoke at the "Regional Security in the South Caucasus" panel.
The Blinken OSA Archives - a Unit of the Central European University - has been participating in the Night of Museums since 2009, but this will be the first time that visitors will be invited not to the Archives themselves but to the CEU Nádor Street complex. The focus of this year's program is on the exiled university and its fascinating and troubled fate in Budapest. Programs: The programs start on June 25, 2002. at 4:00 p.m. Venue: 1051 Budapest Nádor u. 15. Guided tours: CEU Campus Tour every hour from 4 pm to 9 pm; English language guided tours on demand! Film screening: A longer version of the film "Free University" will be screened in the CEU Auditorium with English and Hungarian subtitles; the film is 55 minutes long. The first screening starts at 4 p.m. and the film will be shown every hour until 9 p.m. The tours start at the Nádor u. 15 building, which opened in 2016. Chamber exhibition about the history of the building complex and the University.
Blinken OSA Archivist Mark László-Herbert attended the 28th ICARUS Convention in Aubervilliers, France (May 23-25, 2022), where he gave a presentation on “The Guiding Principles for Safe Havens for Archives at Risk (2018) Put into Practice in a Hungarian Private Archive: Rescuing Public Collections and Collections of Wide Public Relevance at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives.”
The next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA lecture series at 3.30 pm on Friday, June 10, 2022, in CEU Room 302 at 13 Nádor u. Budapest The link to the Zoom meeting is: https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/91664418322?pwd=bkxkVzh5SVE0REpLdE40Q080RkM4UT09 The Hidden Lives of Data: Social Research During the Cold War by Alexander Langstaff, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, New York University and Between East and West. The entangled reception of Aleksander Solzhenitsyn in the Cold War 1970s by José Luis Aguilar López-Barajas, Postdoctoral researcher, Masaryk University
Public talk on May 12, 2022, by former editors Michael Kovrig, Pablo Gorondi, and Tom Popper moderated by Esther Holbrook is now available online for those who could not participate in the event. Former editors of Budapest Week gathered to discuss what starting an English-language newspaper in Budapest was like in 1991, the challenges and the rewards, and to consider whether such a publication would even be possible to launch today.
In the Arany János Street building of Blinken OSA, an organizational unit of CEU, reconstruction works are taking place. During the reconstruction, the Archives’s staff and researchers will continue working in various offices in the Nádor Street campus buildings and in a designated area of the CEU Library. Working in common spaces will further enrich the professional and personal connections between colleagues working and studying in the Archives and the university. Those working on the CEU Budapest campus now will have the opportunity to get an insight into the activities of Blinken OSA’s researchers. Those colleagues who would like to do research in the collections of the Archives, can do this on the third floor of the Library. For further information, please visit the webpage of Blinken OSA.
Csaba Szilágyi Chief Archivist visited Vienna with CEU PhD student and co-curator of the exhibition Perica Jovchevski, invited to QWIEN and a panel discussion at the University of Vienna.
Research Room temporarily relocated from May 16, 2022. Due to construction works in the building of Blinken OSA, all staff and the Research Room will relocate to CEU's main campus as of May 16. The Reading Room will operate within CEU's beautiful new library, while archival materials will be transferred regularly from the stacks of Blinken OSA. We will do everything we can to continue to offer the usual quality services under the changed circumstances. The following apply until September 30, 2022:
PUBLIC TALK at Blinken OSA May 12, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. Blinken OSA, Budapest, 1051 Arany János u. 32. The Budapest Week then and now Public talk by the former editors Michael Kovrig, Pablo Gorondi, and Tom Popper moderated by Esther Holbrook.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Blinken OSA has been determined to help and find new ways to host scholars threatened by the war. Also, as archives, we preserve sources documenting the development of the events. Besides its own initiatives, the Archives also joined CEU’s Invisible University for Ukraine.