Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Press Room - 2023
Blinken OSA Digital Archivist Márton Németh participated in Bobcatsss 2023, an annual conference on Library and Information Science and Archival Science
ANDRII DOSTLIEV: GO WEST! February 8 – March 5, 2023 Opening event: February 8, 2023, Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. On February 8, 2023, the exhibition GO WEST! by Andrii Dostliev, organized by Blinken OSA Archivum together with CEU’s Institute for Advanced Study and Visual Studies Platform, will open at the Galeria Centralis, presenting the Ukrainian artist’s artistic research project on “Ostarbeiter,” the forced laborers from Eastern Europe in Nazi Germany during WW2. The exhibition will be accompanied by a presentation and guided tours given by the artist.
Gáspár Miklós Tamás’ funeral takes place today in the Farkasréti Cemetery. With a brief introduction and compilation, we commemorate the philosopher who passed away on January 15, 2023.
Blinken OSA invites the public to a lecture series by historian Krisztián Ungváry, addressing the controversial turning points of Hungarian history. Exploring general themes like the historian as “judge” and case studies, such as the diverse memories of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 or the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the lectures aim to outline historical reality as well as the inner logic of the discourses manipulating, distorting reality. The lecture series will be held in Hungarian at CEU in Budapest, between February 7 and May 2. Registration is free but required, RSVP and more info (only in Hungarian) here!
On January 27, we commemorate the Holocaust and its victims. Blinken OSA preserves a variety of archival documents related to 20th-century Jewish history, including the Holocaust; a list of fonds and their descriptions can be found on the Jewish archival portal Yerusha. One highlight among the collections compiled here is the Júlia Vajda Totalitarianism and Holocaust Interview Collection. While the full recordings and transcripts of the collection are available in the Research Room or online on request, the online catalog’s Finding Aids provides short biographies of survivors and witnesses.
EMINE ZIYATDINOVA: CRIMEA January 22–29, 2023 Opening event: January 22, 2023, Sunday, 6:00 p.m. The exhibition Crimea is a visual sequence that reflects on the photographer’s family and larger Crimean Tatar community experience, finding Home in the complicated geopolitical environment preceding and following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
During the first two months of 2023, Blinken OSA is hosting a 5-week internship within the framework of the interuniversity History in the Public Sphere (HIPS) program. The program organized by the Archives, titled The City and the Archive. Historical Interventions in the Public Record, includes lectures, guided walks in Budapest, and archival workshops.