Press Room

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.
 
Zsolt Csalog - Source of the photo: Csalog monograph by Márton Soltész
Posted: 22/September/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.

 
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.
 
Romaversitas
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: https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/92155319846?pwd=SGU0TmVLbnppbkdBZmY2M3R6Y1hOUT09
 
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.
 
Photo: Hoover Archive, Stanford, USA
Posted: 11/July/2022
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
 
Source: Blinken Open Society Archives (CEU)
Posted: 10/July/2022
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
 
Facebook/Arhivele Nationale ale Romaniei
Posted: 07/July/2022
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.”
 
Film still from the video material: Exhumation of the Martyrs of 1956, Black Box
Posted: 05/July/2022
“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
 
Slavic Archival Collection internship program presentation at CEU.
Posted: 30/June/2022
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.
 
Connected Europe Map - Council of Europe
Posted: 27/June/2022
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.
 
HU OSA 462 Photographs of the Dialogue Peace Group
Posted: 26/June/2022
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.
 
Photo: Csaba Szilágyi
Posted: 20/June/2022
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).
 
Illustration of the Visegrad presentation
Posted: 19/June/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.
 
 HU OSA 300-5-90 Records of Kevin Devlin and the Communist Area Analysis Departm
Posted: 16/June/2022
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.
 
Logo of the conference
Posted: 14/June/2022
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.
 
CWAR Fellows at Blinken OSA
Posted: 14/June/2022
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.
 
Official design
Posted: 14/June/2022
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.
 
ICARUS logo
Posted: 07/June/2022
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.”
 
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn and Heinrich Böll in Germany, February 1974.
Posted: 06/June/2022
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