Our Courses

  • Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization
    Instructors: István Rév Iván Székely, Csaba Szilágyi, András Mink
    The  Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization  is initiated by OSA and organized jointly with the Department of Legal Studies and the Department of History at the Central European University for the first time in AY 2016/17. The aim of the specialization is to provide students with theoretical grounding and practical skills in working and pursuing research in a contemporary and innovative archive. The knowledge and skills acquired during this program will open up for them additional avenues of pursuing a career not only in their chosen field but also in archives, libraries, and museums or in the multidisciplinary arena of the digital humanities.
    The detailed description of the specialization is available here.
    More information: Csaba Szilágyi at  szilagyc@ceu.edu

  • Archives, Evidence and Human Rights
    Instructors: Iván Székely, Csaba Szilagyi, András Mink
    This course aims at looking at the roles and uses of human rights documentation in the context of preserving recorded memory and the history of human rights. Establishing facts by forensic methods, producing impeccable evidence to convict perpetrators, or understanding the roots of conflicts and working toward dialog and reconciliation are just a few areas where the availability of reliable records and archival activism can make a huge difference. Course description and Syllabus
  • Archival Practice
    Instructors: Csaba Szilágyi, Iván Székely, and OSA staff
    The second part of the Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization includes a supervised practice in the archives’ professional activities. Students will spend 30 hours at Blinken OSA to familiarize themselves with the various stages of the archival workflow and the ‘invisible’ processes of creating the archives. It is conceived as a guided individual discovery of the archives under the supervision of assigned staff members, from the processing area to the AV studio, and from the electronic catalogs to the digital repository. The full program of the Archival Practice is available here.
  • Human Rights and Documentary Cinema
    Instructors: Oksana Sarkisova, Rénata Uitz
    By introducing ten recent well-crafted and engaging documentary films, this course addresses questions concerning the possibilities of cinematic investigation and advocacy with regard to politically and economically contextualized human rights abuses.

Previous courses (2012-2013):

  • The Archives of Living and the Dead Things
    Instructors: István Rév , Ioana Macrea-Toma, Simina Bădică
    This experimental seminar seeks to explore ways for dealing with the past through a theoretical and empirical interaction with the archives (plus libraries and museums), understood as complex transformative devices, due to their inscriptive materialities and practices. Objects, infrastructures, collecting and collections, relations and classifications, are not just privileged topoi of material history, but methodological and also epistemic entry points in the reconstruction of complex and meaningful worlds.

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