Press Room

Opening up Social History Repositories: final program
Posted: 20/September/2013

OSA is pleased to circulate the final program for the 44th Annual Conference of the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI), taking place on September 25-27, 2013 at the Central European University, Budapest. 

Posted: 29/July/2013
Over the summer break, the archival Research Room will be closed from July 29 - August 31. The Research Room will re-open on Monday, September 2.
CfP: Opening up Social History Repositories, Sept. 26-28
Posted: 09/July/2013

Call for Papers for the 44th Annual Conference of the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI): Opening up Social History Repositories: New Technologies and New Methods

September 26-28, 2013, Auditorium, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Organized by IALHI, in cooperation with the Central European University and OSA Archivum

Documentary cinema in the digital century: film screening
Posted: 26/June/2013
As part of the annual Central European University summer school, a series of five public film screenings will be held in late June and early July, one of which is taking place at OSA. At each screening, the film's director or producer will be present to discuss the work and take questions.
OSA takes part in the Night of the Museums, June 22
Posted: 20/June/2013
For the eighth year running, OSA is taking part in the annual Night of the Museums festival in Budapest, on Saturday June 22, 2013. We will be offering guided tours of the archive and our current exhibition, from 5 pm until after midnight. Doors open at 4 pm. 
The political economy of samizdat
Posted: 17/June/2013

Public lecture by Piotr Wciślik on the political economy of the free word in 1980s Poland

No more tradition's chains shall bind us...
Posted: 11/June/2013

The exhibition "Végképp eltörölni/No more tradition's chains shall bind us..." presents a selection of around 300 posters from the Rákosi and Kádár eras (1949-1989) which served as political propaganda, promoting the public morality of the new Socialist era, the “correct way” to live, or which advertized film premiers and other cultural events.

OSA takes part in Europeana 1989 launch
Posted: 10/June/2013
In preparation for the forthcoming 25th anniversary of 1989, OSA is proud to have taken part, together with Hungary's official Ambassador to the project, László Rajk, at the launch of Europeana 1989 at the History Meeting House in Warsaw.
Samizdat in the context of reading practices in Soviet Russia
Posted: 03/June/2013
Public lecture by Valentina Parisi contextualizing samizdat publishing and reading practices within the interpretive framework provided by book history studies
Posted: 29/May/2013
To mark the recent passing of Alfréd Reisch (1931-2013), head of RFE/RL’s Hungarian Research and Evaluation Section, OSA presents a selection of his research papers analyzing Hungarian politics of the 1980s.
Surrender to the Library: 10 Short Films on Library Design
Posted: 22/May/2013

Join us for a unique film screening in connection with the Bibliotheca exhibition at OSA Archivum, exploring the idea of libraries as special, almost spiritual places through short films about library design.

OSA Acquires Digital Archive of the CEE Trust
Posted: 17/May/2013
In June, 2013 OSA signed an agreement with the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE Trust), Warsaw on the acquisition of the Trust’s digital archive after its closure on April 30, 2013.
Complete IHF Archives Is Available for Research
Posted: 16/May/2013
OSA publishes the unified finding aids of HU OSA 318 Records of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF, 1982-2007), a vast archive documenting the activities of the most prominent human rights organization in implementing the Helsinki Process.
Training session offered by CEU Library at the Bibliotheca exhibition
Posted: 14/May/2013

CEU librarians will give a presentation at OSA on academic research tools, including open source and subscribed resources. The aim is to demonstrate how open sources can work together with subscribed scholarly databases and web scale discovery services to facilitate teaching, learning and research. 

Bibliotheca - The Future of the Library
Posted: 03/May/2013

The "Bibliotheca" exhibition aims to engage the CEU community in a discussion about the future library by providing a visual, conceptual and experimental platform of inquiry into the spatial, infrastructural, technological, and practical conditions of academic knowledge production.

Steppe Views? Recent Kazakh and Kyrgyz Cinema
Posted: 03/May/2013

The program will present some of the most important and popular releases made in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in the last five years. Since Kyrgyzstan has boosted its creative potential of its young generation by providing special funding for short films, two award-winning shorts precede the Kyrgyz feature films.


The common paths of piracy and samizdat: from the Encyclopédie to The Pirate Bay
Posted: 16/April/2013

Public lecture by Balázs Bodó on samizdat and piracy in the digital age

Online Access to two Polish Samizdat Collections
Posted: 15/April/2013
A collection of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) publications based on the Polish underground press and a collection of Polish 1980s underground ephemera are now available online in the OSA digital repository.
TK 3.0: Did People Lie in Kádár's Communist Hungary?
Posted: 12/April/2013

On April 29, 2013, OSA is holding a public conference at which representatives of the profession will evaluate the significance of the TK (The Mass Communication Research Center), and discuss how data on pre-transition public thought are already becoming researchable for the broader profession, thus opening the way for long-term comparisons and analyses.

Women on the Summit / Mujeres en la Cumbre
Posted: 09/April/2013

“Women on the Summit” is about five women who formed a community association on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia.

Posted: 08/April/2013

The 2013 IALHI conference aims at re-opening a dialog between social history research and archival curation by focusing on the ephemeral and scattered nature of transnational, postcolonial and post-communist collections in the digital age.

Planet of Snail
Posted: 22/March/2013

A love story like no other - a disabled couple with a unique sense of touch. IDFA Best Feature Documentary 2011, Best World Feature at Silverdocs 2012

Recordings of Miklós Szabó's Lectures Donated to OSA
Posted: 20/March/2013
Materials include digitized audio recordings and edited transcripts of lectures by the late historian and prominent liberal politician Miklós Szabó delivered at sessions of the illegal "flying university" in Szeged in 1983.
Nostalgia for the Light
Posted: 15/March/2013

Chilean desert, the starry sky above, and the bones of the opponents of the Pinochet regime below. Legendary documentarist Patricio Guzmán explores the boundaries of the cosmos and the human microcosm. Cannes Film Festival, 2010.

Petőfi '73
Posted: 08/March/2013

OSA commemorates the 190th anniversary of poet Sándor Petőfi's birth, the 165th anniversary of the 1848 Hungarian revolution and the 45th anniversary of the 1968 student movements by screening Ferenc Kardos' iconic film Petőfi '73.

Winter, Go Away!
Posted: 07/March/2013

A humorous and insightful chronicle of the winter 2011 protests in Moscow, filmed by ten young graduates of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov's Documentary Filmmaking and Theater School.

Noah's Canoe
Posted: 03/March/2013

The story of Noah's journey as he moves from a difficult past into a healing future, finding his place as a man in a family of his own.

The Media Dimension of Samizdat
Posted: 27/February/2013

Public lecture by Sabine Hänsgen on the media dimension of Soviet samizdat after Stalin's death

Pit No. 8
Posted: 21/February/2013

Cold, hungry, out of work? Dig a hole in your backyard and mine some coal. Ukrainian know-how for a post-industrial society.

Toilet Paper, X-rays and Other Aspects and Dimensions of Samizdat
Posted: 19/February/2013

Public lecture by Tomáš Glanc on forms of samizdat production, consumption and exchange.