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Summer Break - Research Room

The Research Room is open every day from 10:00-17:45, except weekends.

This year the Research Room will close for summer break on July 25 and will reopen on August 29, 2011.

 

Secret US Diplomatic Documents

OSA has digitized from its library holdings over 10,000 declassified confidential or secret U.S. diplomatic cables and State Department documents on U.S.-Soviet relations in 1955-1959. We are now seeking volunteers to make these documents available online for the first time in the Parallel Archive, an alternative archival space for collaborative work.

For more information, please see Secret US Diplomatic Documents.

 

Women Only

Contemporary Art Exhibition and Charity Auction Organized by the Lifeline Foundation for the Homeless

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This year Lifeline Foundation organizes its traditional annual exhibition and charity auction for the 15th time. This December, however, the event will be different in both profile and theme. As the title ‘Women Only’ suggests, only female artists will participate in the exhibition and the auction, for which works have been selected by art historians. Information on the pieces (previous exhibitions, reproductions, prizes) can be found both in the catalogue and on our website.

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Animation Night at OSA Archivum to commemorate the UN Human Rights Day

slavarAward-winning works from different parts of the world prove that animation is a powerful medium to expose abuse and discrimination as well as portray human dignity and promote human rights.

Neighbors  (Norman McLaren, Canada, 1952, 8 min)
An Oscar-winner short animation tells the story of two men live peacefully side by side in houses made of cardboard, but when a flower blooms between both their houses, each one decides to take possession of it.

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Closing Event of the Subjective Budapest Maps Exhibition

Special tours led by Szilvia Seres, Exhibition curator and the exhibiting artists

 

Time: November 28, 2010, 4 pm

Venue: Galeria Centralis, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

 

Exhibiting artists: Zoltán Berei– Gergely Barcsay, Levente Baranyai, Luca Gőbölyös, Dóra Matyus, Kristóf Nagy, Anna Szigethy, Judit Navratil, Éva Fisli - Júlia Róbert - Piroska Varga, István Lévai, Adél Hanna Tillmann, Róza Schmal– György Jerovetz, Tamás Liszka– Dániel Bart, Balázs Keszegh– Júlia Székely, Attila Bujdosó– Dániel Feles– Krisztián Gergely– Gáspár Hajdu (Kitchen Budapest), Tibor Papp, Boglárka Dani, Zsófia Keresztes, Attila Stark, András Wolsky
 

 

 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Szubjektiv-Budapest-Ter-kepek/138053142909673

 

A Budapest of Our Own

 Public discussion with the "Nagy Budapest Törzsasztal"  in Galeria Centralis,

in the midst of the  Subjective Budapest Maps exhibition.


Time: Tuesday November 16, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Galeria Centralis, Arany János utca 32, BP V (Free entry)


Host:  András Török secretary

Participants: Noémi Saly,  Péter Buza and Gyula Zeke, editors of the periodical Budapest.

 

 

 

VERZIO 7

Verzio 7 International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
November 2-7, 2010, Budapest
Venues: Toldi Cinema, Cirko-gejzir Cinema, OSA Archivum

More than 60 films
43 premiers
28 countries
Hungarian documentary panorama
Early soviet expedition films
Hungarian propaganda retro
Visual lab at OSA Archivum

FILMS ABOUT
Garbage collectors in Egypt
Asylum seekers in Europe
Gay and lesbian identities
Palestinian-Israeli oranges
Pop idols in Afghanistan
Red tourism in China
Hippie communes
Child marriages
Space tourists

See, think, talk! Verzio – It's your business!

Festival pass: 4000 HUF – if purchased before November 2nd
Starting from November 3rd: 4500 HUF
Tickets: 750 HUF

Festival passes are available in Toldi Cinema
Toldi: Budapest V. Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 36-38. tel.: 472 0397
Cirko: V. Balassi Bálint u. 15-17. tel.: 269-1915
www.verzio.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69LU69C29vA

 

Peter Almond Film Series

November 8, 2010, 6pm
OSA Archivum, V. Arany Janos u. 32

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Subjective Budapest Maps art competition

Following the decision reached by the professional jury, the monetary prizes offered by Nav N Go in the Subjective Budapest Maps art competition have been awarded as follows:


1st prize: Dániel Bart - Tamás Liszka: The Audio Map of Budapest
(interactive audio installation developed on the Surface platform )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba9IAEU6qws

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VERZIO VISUAL LABORATORY

verzio7_eloVISUAL LAB offers an opportunity for students and the general public to discuss the documentary genre and confront various attitudes towards documentary making.

The three-day program aims at sparking a debate about different ways to depict human society and historical issues on film. Together we will examine strong and weak points of recent documentary films and ask how successful they are in trying to get their message across. The goal of the discussion is to make the audience aware of the diverse paths documentary makers follow in their “search for truth.” Above all, it will sensitize participants to what they see on the screen, and enrich their visual literacy skills. Each program is constructed around a different theme and includes 4-6 film clips, leaving enough time to discuss specific issues related to each film and for a general discussion and summary.

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Subjective Budapest Maps Exhibition


submapClimbing wall featuring the metro network, sound map on Surface, data visualization experiment to map post-Socialist memorials, voice map for the blind, the city from a drug dealer’s point of view, visualization of transformation of spaces.

In addition to the 12 works shortlisted out of the 42 delivered to the Subjective Maps competition launched by OSA Archivum, the exhibition includes other pieces of art addressing socially sensitive issues, which are based on maps or related to maps and the urban networks reflecting the changes in the city over the past two decades.  

Exhibiting artists: Zoltán Berei– Gergely Barcsay, Levente Baranyai, Luca Gőbölyös, Dóra Matyus, Kristóf Nagy, Anna Szigethy, Judit Navratil, Éva Fisli - Júlia Róbert - Piroska Varga, István Lévai, Adél Hanna Tillmann, Róza Schmal– György Jerovetz, Tamás Liszka– Dániel Bart, Balázs Keszegh– Júlia Székely, Attila Bujdosó– Dániel Feles– Krisztián Gergely– Gáspár Hajdu (Kitchen Budapest), Tibor Papp, Boglárka Dani, Zsófia Keresztes, Attila Stark, András Wolsky


Exhibition curator: Szilvia Seres


Opening: October 20, 2010, 7 pm

Venue: Galeria Centralis, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

Opening speech by philosopher J. A. Tillmann, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design,

to be followed by the Nav N Go Award Ceremony



Supporters: Microsoft, Nav N Go, NKA, ESRI Magyarország Kft, Juglans Alba Mérnöki Iroda

More info

 

Film screening and discussion

 

tartsd-eszedbenheld in conjunction with the exhibition Restoration - Northern Transylvania, 1940

on Thursday October 7, 2010, at 5:30 pm

in Galeria Centralis (Budapest 1051 Arany János u. 32)

Film Screening

Keep it in mind
János Domokos /documentary / 1997 / 58’

A documentary about the “cold days” in Transylvania. Seeking retaliation in 1940, the Hungarian army taking over the village of Ipp in the region of Szilágyság killed 157 local Romanians overnight. The anniversary of the mass murder was made into an ever-more important day of commemoration from the late 1970s onwards, in order to maintain hostility between the Hungarian and Romanian populations. Apart from investigating the killings, the film explores the possibility of, effecting a reconciliation between Romanians and Hungarians by repairing a coexistence that was smashed by history.

Discussion after the screening with Historian Péter Illésfalvi and ethnographers Balázs Balogh and Ágnes Fülemile.
Moderator: Andras Mink, curator of the exhibition.

 

Book Launch of

book-launchCold War Broadcastings
Impact on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

Organized by the Central European University Press

Edited by  A. Ross Johnson and R. Eugene Parta
Foreword by Timothy Garton Ash

The presentation will be opened by
István Rév
Director: OSA Archivum at CEU

Introducotory Remarks By
Lechoslav Gawlikowski
Former Deputy Director fo teh RFE Polish Service

The book will be presented by the co-editor
A. Ross Johson
Former Director of RFE and the RFE/RL Research Institute.
Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

 

Location: OSA, Arany János u. 32, 1051 Budapest
Date: September 23.
Time: 5 p.m.

 

Jubilee Open Office.org Conference

Open Office.org is holding its international tenth anniversary conference at CEU between 1-3 September 2010. The event, organized by ODFA (Open Document Format Alliance) Hungary, welcomes more than 100 presenters and over 300 guests from all parts of the world.

The plenary session was held in the Upper Meeting Hall of the Hungarian Parliament on the morning of the 1 September.

The professional presentations of the conference take place at CEU in four break-out sessions each day, together with an ODF Interoperability Demo, during which products of several companies will provide example of interoperation with ODF (Open Document Format).

Live streaming:

http://www.ooocon.org/index.php/ooocon/2010

http://www.odfalliance.hu/hu/elo_kozvetites.html

 

Open Festival

Place: Gödör Klub
Time and Date: September 1, Wednesday, 6 pm.
Free entry.

After China, Spain, Germany, France, Slovenia and Italy, this year Hungary will host the international OpenOffice.org conference, a major worldwide informatics event. This event draws the attention of the whole world as free software, used by hundreds of millions, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

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Restoration - Northern Transylvania, 1940

restoration-400x285Exhibition in OSA Archivum (Galeria Centralis), August 30 to October 10, 2010

On August 30, 2010 OSA Archivum will open an exhibition entitled Restoration on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Second Vienna Award. The purpose of the exhibition is to present the contemporary reception of the restoration of Northern Transylvania from Romania to Hungary: the reactions to the act in both countries as well as its longer term consequences. Read more

Restoration—Northern Transylvania: 1940 - Opening speech of Pál Závada

On 30 August 2010 the exhibition “Restoration - Northern Transylvania, 1940"- on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Second Vienna Award was opened by writer, Pál Závada in Galeria Centralis ( OSA Archivum).

The opening speech of Pál Závada

 

 

Reanexare – Transilvania de Nord, 1940
Expoziție la OSA Archivum, 30, august 2010 -10 octombrie 2010

În data de 30 august, 2010, OSA Archivum inaugurează expoziția Reanexare - Transilvania de Nord, 1940 cu ocazia împlinirii a 70 de ani de la semnarea celui de Al doilea arbitraj de la Viena. Expoziția îsi propune să ilustreze reacțiile României și Ungariei în legătură cu reanexarea Transilvaniei de Nord, precum și consecințele pe termen lung ale Arbitrajului.
Al doilea arbitraj de la Viena a influențat poziția celor două țări în cursul celui de-al doilea război mondial și a marcat apoi traumatic memoria lor istorică. În urma arbitrajului impus de Germania nazistă, Ungaria și-a reapropiat un teritoriu de 43.000 km2 reprezentând Transilvania de Nord, în timp ce Transilvania de Sud (întinsă pe aproximativ 60.000 km2) a rămas în posesia României.
Prin prezentarea unor documente aparținând epocii respective (documente, ziare, texte propagandistice, jurnale, emisiuni radiofonice, fotografii si filme personale), expoziția își propune să redea atmosfera generală și reacțiile celor două națiuni la aceste evenimente. Se dorește astfel evitarea oricărui partizanat prin concentrarea asupra evenimentelor reale și prin înregistrarea deopotrivă a entuziasmului și dezamăgirii celor două țări după reanexare. Nu dorim să mascăm sau să înfrumusețăm evenimentele, scopul nostru fiind ca, la împlinirea a 70 de ani de la încheierea Arbitrajului, să comemorăm evenimentele printr-o reconstituire obiectivă a istoriei. Expoziția beneficiază în plus de expertiza combinată a istoricilor din România și din Ungaria, atât pentru evitarea prejudecaților, dar mai ales pentru înțelegerea cauzelor unor traume care continuă să influențeze relațiile dintre cele două țări.

 

Postscript

ex_logoThe closing event of the Srebrenica – Exhumation exhibition will take place on July 1, 2010 in OSA. First, visitors will be given a guided tour by the curator, then they will be invited to a discussion and reading session with the editors of Ex Symposion. The exhibition closes at 6 pm on the following day.

Ex Symposion was founded in Hungary in 1991 by writers and one-time editors of the legendary Voivodina-based periodical Új Symposion, who had fled the Yugoslav war. It is no accident that many of the thematic issues of the periodical amount to the literary documentation of the end of Yugoslavia.

The editors, Péter Bozsik, Márta Józsa, Péter Mesés and Viktória Radics, will discuss how the various South Slavic and Hungarian literatures reflected on war and genocide and what progress has been made in terms of coming to terms intellectually with the trauma. They will support their arguments with readings from their own work as well as works by Serbian and Bosnian writers.

July 1, 2010
6 pm: guided tour of the exhibition
7 pm. literary evening event

OSA Archivum / Budapest
V. Arany János utca 32.

www.exsymposion.hu

 

Night of the Museums

2010. June 19. from 6 p.m. till 12:30 a.m.

Srebrenica, 1995 / Autopsy of a Massacre

Galeria Centralis: Srebrenica – Exhumation.

“Then every soldier kill his prisoners; Give the word through.” (William Shakespeare: Henry V, Act IV, Scene VI)

Between July 11-18, 1995, the Bosnian Serb Army massacred over 7,000 Muslim men and boys in and around the small Eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, a “safe area” under UN protection. The exhibition presents military maps, site sketches and photos, aerial images produced by spy satellites, forensic reports, testimonies by survivors and excerpts from films in a reconstructed model of a mass grave, created with the tools of land art. In one of the gallery’s aisles adjacent to the main installation, documents, books and audiovisual materials from OSA’s extensive relevant collections will be displayed for consultation, and documentaries will be screened in the movie hall. Thus, visitors who wish to continue the exhumation by doing their own archival research become part of the exhibition themselves.

Warning! The documents presented here are of a disturbing nature: the exhibition is recommended only for persons above the age of 16.

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Communiqué

Fifteen years ago, troops led by Ratko Mladić, then Chief of Staff of the Bosnian Serb Army, captured the Srebrenica enclave, a safe haven under the protection of the United Nations. Two days later, on July 13, 1995, the execution of over 8,000 Bosnian men and boys began. Their bodies were first dumped into mass graves; these were later reopened and the commingled remains reburied in secondary graves to make their identification more difficult.

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Subjective Budapest Maps

The jury has reviewed the submissions and selected the finalists.

13 of the 40 submissions were shortlisted. These works will be on display in Galeria Centralis, OSA Archives from October 20, 2010.

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Subjective Budapest Map Competition Closed

Altogether 40 works have been received. The jury met on May 27th to select finalists and winners. Competitors will be notified of the results by May 31st.


Artwork received includes interactive online and touch-screen works, video installations, Javascript code distorted SVG maps with sticker printer, maps to be worn, voice maps, digital and mental maps, plans for paintings, data visualization experiments and performance documentation.


Artists include: cartographers, photographers, mechanical engineers, information technology specialists, visual artists, designers, sculptors, media artists, communications and media students, painters, and sociologists.

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Srebrenica - Exhumation

 

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"In a criminal investigation it is the forensic stuff that tells the story so compellingly... the science in it is frankly quite spectacular." (Louise Arbour, former Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia)

In the period of July 11-18, 1995, the Bosnian Serb Army massacred over 7,000 Muslim men and boys in and around the small Eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, a “safe area” under UN protection. The bodies were first dumped into mass graves; these were later reopened and the commingled remains reburied in secondary mass graves to make their identification more difficult. During the nearly 15 years of investigation, however, more than six thousand victims from 80 mass graves have been identified. The massacre was condemned as genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in a precedent trial, but many still refuse to recognize it as such despite the collected evidence.

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HOPE

OSA will participate as a research partner and content provider in a three-year EU Digital Libraries project entitled "Heritage of the People's Europe" (HOPE) starting on May 1, 2010. HOPE is a Best Practice Network of archives, libraries, and museums which will work closely with the Europeana digital library to improve and integrate access to significant but scattered digital collections on social history across Europe.
HOPE is supported through the EU Competitiveness and Innovation Framework ICT Policy Support Programme on Digital Libraries.
 

Access to Shoah Archives

OSA Archivum provides access to online database of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History which has been working since 1994 to collect and preserve the testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. The Institute's Visual History Archive (VHA) contains nearly 52,000 visual history testimonies from 56 countries and in 32 languages. These testimonies are collected and made available to the researchers through an interface which allows users to search and view the fully indexed visual history testimonies and any additional corresponding data. Each testimony consists of one survivor or witness speaking about his or her life before, during and after the Holocaust. During the videotaped interview sessions, survivors are guided by questions from the Shoah Foundation interviewer. The testimonies average 2 hours in length. Use of the Archive requires a one-time registration, allowing you to save searches and projects.
Laguages of the interviews: Bulgarian • Croatian • Czech • Danish • Dutch • English • Flemish • French • German • Greek • Hebrew • Hungarian • Italian • Japanese • Ladino • Latvian • Lithuanian • Macedonian • Norwegian • Polish • Portuguese • Romani • Romanian • Russian • Serbian • Sign • Slovak • Slovenian • Spanish • Swedish • Ukrainian • Yiddish
 

Katyń

To express our solidarity with the Polish people, OSA Archivum at CEU screens Andrzej Wajda's Katyń on April 16, Friday, 5 pm.

katyń
polish, with english subtitles
d: Andrzej Wajda, 2007

"Katyń" is the name of the forest where the Soviet NKVD forces murdered 15,000 Polish officers, intellectuals and professionals over a 3-day period in 1940 (during which a 14-year-old Wajda lost his own father). Stalin's purpose was to destroy those elements of the population who would be most resistant to Soviet control following WWII. For decades the truth was obfuscated, with the Nazis often blamed for the atrocity. Half a century later, in 1990, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev admitted his nation's responsibility. In this film Andrzej Wajda recreates wartorn Poland and the stories of both the perpetrators and their victims.

OSA Archivum at CEU

 

Generation'89

The successful project Generation'89 (www.generation89.eu) candidates  to represent Hungary in Brussels, Bucharest, Prague and Warsaw  are

Janikovszky Dóra - Technical University, Budapest, Management Studies
Kovács Viktor Sándor - University of  Szeged, Media Studies
Kapcsos Ádám - CECOS London College, Budapest-London, Diploma in Hotel Management Studies
Livits Réka - Eötvös Lóránd University , Budapest, Communication and Media Studies, Dutch Studies
Molnár Zoltán - University of Debrecen, Management Studies
Tóth Enikő - Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest, Communication Studies
Tóth István Dávid, University of Leeds , Leeds, UK, International Relations and Russian Studies
Szöllösi Zsófia - II. Rákóczi Ferenc Secondary Grammar School, Budapest
 

OSA receives the Joseph Pulitzer Memorial Prize

pulitzerOn March 21, 2010, OSA Archivum was awarded the Joseph Pulitzer Memorial Prize in the “History of the Press” category. The prize, established in 1989, in the memory of the Hungarian-born Joseph Pulitzer, recognizes outstanding achievement among Hungarian journalists working in either the print or online press.

OSA received the prize for its highly professional and systematic presentation of the documents, which was demonstrated in its “Was there a 1989?” online project. During this project, which lasted throughout 2009, OSA  published and daily made accessible on its website documents dedicated to the regime changes. These documents were hardly, or not at all, available previously: transcripts of radio broadcasts, news agency releases, secret police surveillance reports, press surveys, television news items, excerpts from documentary films and photographs, as well as audio recordings and transcripts of meetings of party organs and opposition groups. Istvan Rev, Director, OSA Archivum, received the prize at the ceremony.

The project's website

 

Call for Submissions

OSA Archivum “Subjective Maps of Budapest” Competition

As an international research institute and archive, OSA Archivum is known for its innovative ways of making public and using documents about the history of the recent past and human rights violations. OSA Archivum was founded by George Soros in 1995 as one of the research, educational and cultural centers of Central European University.

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Exposing TERROR

exposing-terrorMarch 17-21, 2010
OSA Archivum

Exposing TERROR

Highlights of the Soros Documentary Fund/Sundance Documentary Film Fund, 1996-2009

A shocking terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, the mysterious murder of hundreds of women in a small Mexican town, the firsthand accounts of gay bashers from US prisons, stories of children born into brothels in the slums of Calcutta, an Argentinean cameraman recording his own death during the 1973 Chilean military coup – merely a few of the intriguing stories presented in the documentary panorama “Exposing Terror.” Strong, at times overwhelming, feelings of pain, fear, hope, and compassion saturate these works. The world is changing fast, and the notion of terror has acquired new layers of meaning strongly influenced by oppressive political ideologies, religious fundamentalism, and individual intolerance. Exposing terror and recovering its roots is the only way to learn how to overcome today’s fears in order to face future challenges.

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Book Launch

A public lecture by the author, journalist, and scholar KATI MARTON

on insights from her new book ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE

"You are opening a Pandora's box," Marton was warned when she filed for her family's secret police files in Budapest. But her family history—during both the Nazi and the Communist periods—was too full of shadows. The files revealed terrifying truths: secret love affairs, betrayals inside the family circle, torture and brutalities alongside acts of stunning courage, and, above all, deep family love. In this true-life thriller, Kati Marton, an accomplished journalist, exposes the cruel mechanics of communist state terror, using the secret police files on her journalist parents as well as dozens of interviews that reveal how her family was spied on and betrayed by friends and colleagues, and even the children's babysitter.

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OSA Scholarship

Until further notice please contact Katalin Gadoros, Head of OSA Administration ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) directly.
 

PUBLIC HEARING

OSA Archivum organizes a public hearing to discuss the selection and appointment of the new Chief Director of the Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security Services and on the issue of open access to files.

Time: February 23, 2010, 4 pm
Venue: OSA Archivum, Bp., 5th district Arany János u. 32.



The hearing will provide a forum for historians, advocates of free public access to files and the one-time victims of the security services to raise and discuss issues concerning the Historical Archives and the files.

Moderator: József Gulyás MP

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Copyright

copyrightKOPIRÁJT

“The words I am uttering penetrate your senses, so that every hearer holds them, yet withholds them from no other...I hope that everyone will consume everything; so that denying no other ear or mind, you take all to yourselves, yet leave all to all others.” (Saint Augustine)

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The Dunagate Dossier

910109To close its thematic webpage dedicated to the historic documents of 1989, OSA Archivum opened the Dunagate Dossier, which attempts to recollect the most important events of the political scandal  involving wiretapping and systematic shredding of state security documents by the help of transcripts of radio broadcasts, press survey, news agency reports and excerpts from documentary films.

A larger part of the dossier consists of newly discovered state security documents pertaining to the evolution and the restructuring of the Hungarian secret services in the period of 1988-1991. These documents are posted on the Parallel Archive, a digital repository and research tool developed by OSA in the past several months, where the documents can be searched in full text, tagged and commented on. Researchers can conduct professional debates on the documents in the related discussion forums.

http://www.parallelarchive.org/forum/9/144
 

New interesting Russian language documents

on the Parallel Archive from the State Archives of the Russian Federation: letters and notes of the staff of the Soviet Embassy in Budapest on the Hungarian – Soviet cultural relations after the 1956 revolution and on the Soviet propaganda machine.
For instance: www.parallelarchive.org/document/1857
 

Clues; a Hypothesis revisited

a Workshop with Carlo Ginzburg

On Friday, 12 February, 2010, 3:30 pm

at OSA Archivum (32 Arany Janos str. Budapest 1051)

"Morelli, Freud and Sherlock Holmes: Clues and Scientific Method" was first published in 1979. When the journal, History Workshop published it in English in 1980, the editor felt it necessary to introduce it with the following words: "This article by an Italian comrade and historian is very different from anything we have included in History Workshop Journal before. It ...ranges across societies and periods in a way which is extraordinary - even shocking - to the English reader. In this article, as in his other work, Ginzburg is centrally concerned with how people see the world, how knowledge is acquired and organized, the frameworks into which they fit information, beliefs or observations, and the social structure, which contains and influences and is influenced by these aspects of knowledge. He examines the relationship between 'formal' and 'informal' knowledge, 'high' and 'low', lore and science. His concern, in short, is historical epistemology - the history and theory of the construction of knowledge." Clues, in the past decades became one of the most cited, and most intensively debated theoretical paper in historical scholarship. Carlo Ginzburg revisits and reassess that classic paper, offering additional clues to how to approach the past.

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Magnetic Tapes - File Law

Over the past few weeks, over one thousand people have signed the open letters published on Facebook and on the Nyílt titok (Open secret) internet forum, demanding to be informed about what is on the magnetic tapes held by the National Security Office as well as what a reasonable File Law should include. The signatories are determined to express their opinion on the constitutional rights of the freedom of research and information concerning this specific issue.

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Carrier Bags and Sacks

The 20th century of wrapping and carrying

A retrospective chamber exhibition of bags and sacks from the history of commerce in Hungary. A unique collection of  80 important pieces including tinfoil, silk paper, cardboard, wrapping paper, disposable PVC and nylon carrier bags on show for the first time. Unforgettable brands, long-gone manufacturers and shops: shopping bags with the logos of large department stores Szivárvány, Corvin and Lottó as well as of small shop-owners Ignácz Frisch, Victor Kovács and György Fleischer!

The exhibition runs from 20 January till 28 February

Closed between 26 January till 2 February.

Free entry
Open from 10 am to 6 am Monday through Friday
Galeria Centralis (OSA) - 1051 Arany J. utca 32.
 

RE-VERZIO Documentary Film Series

Carmen_Meets_BoratFebruary -March 2010
OSA Archivum
BudapestV, Arany János u. 32.
www.osaarchivum.org ( http://www.osaarchivum.org/ )

OSA Archivum and Verzio Film Festival present 6 outstanding documentaries that were the most popular films of the 6th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (www.verzio.ceu.hu ). Do not miss this rare opportunity to watch this selection of the newest award-winning documentaries for free!

Where: OSA Archivum, Budapest V, Arany János u. 32.
When: Wednesdays, 6 PM

Films are screened in original language AND English subtitles.
admission free

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