Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA. Join the event in the Archivum, or online! The presentation will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in the Meeting Room of the Blinken OSA Archivum, and online.
Fifty years ago today, on March 21, 1973, 19-year old Mária Jassó was arrested and incarcerated for a month because of the “disorderly conduct” she committed on March 15. For the harm suffered then, she claimed compensation once it became possible following the 1989 regime change; her request was rejected. Mária Jassó’s police and post-1989 compensation files are available for research at the Blinken OSA Archivum.
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA. Join the event in the Archivum, or online! The presentation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2023, in the Meeting Room of the Blinken OSA Archivum, and online.
March 9, 2023: CEU Budapest – OSUN Doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellowships at the Blinken OSA Archivum Presentation
We are happy to announce the next presentation of the CEU Budapest – OSUN Doctoral and Post-doctoral Fellowships at the Blinken OSA Archivum. Join the event in the Archivum, or online! The presentation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2023, online.
From 15 February to 6 April, ten films will be screened ten films from the 2022 Verzió Film Festival's program at the Blinken OSA Archive. The audience can watch again the Audience Award winner of the 19th Verzió, The Killing of a Journalist, about the assassination of the Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciák. Several Hungarian documentaries that were popular at the festival will be screened: It Has Passed, and It's Fine, Howling Like We Do, KIM and Holy Dilemma; after each Hungarian film the filmmakers will be present too.
On the World Day of Social Justice, the Blinken OSA Archivum is proud and grateful to announce that our online catalogue has been enriched with a thorough description by sociologist Gábor Havas.
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA. Join the event in the Archivum, or online following the link below! The presentation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, in the Meeting Room of the Blinken OSA Archivum, and online
With the construction works on the Goldberger House and the consequent temporary relocation of the Blinken OSA Archivum over, we were delighted to welcome today the new fellows of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA at the first traditional Visegrad Fellow Lunch of the year, now back in the Archivum building! keep track and learn more about the current fellows doing research at the Blinken OSA Archivum!
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA. Join the event online!
BOOK LAUNCH The Blinken OSA Archivum cordially invites you to the book launch of Stalin as Warlord by Prof. Emeritus Alfred J. Rieber, Central European University (CEU) The event is chaired by Istvan Rév, Director, Blinken OSA with the participation of Charles Shaw, Assistant Professor, and Karl Hall, Associate Professor - CEU History Department. Blinken OSA Archivum, 1051 Budapest, Arany J. u. 32. February 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Publisher: Yale University Press
Gábor Tóka did a presentation titled “Election Polls in The News: What Is at Stakes, What Is New, and What Is Commendable Good Practice?” at the conference Fighting Disinformation, organized by the ELTE Department of Media and Communication together with the Hungarian fact-checking portal Lakmusz. Researchers and practitioners gathered in Budapest on January 26–27, 2023 at the Central European University to address the content and contours of the disinformation ecosystem, based on empirical research in the field, discuss recent trends, and map the prospective journalistic, academic, and policy-related tracks of inquiry and action.
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA and the CEU Budapest – OSUN Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships. Join the event online!
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.
Blinken OSA tunes into the Petőfi Memorial Year with Petőfi on New Year's Eve. We invite the public to a free theatre performance on December 31 at 7 pm at the Blinken OSA Archivum. The stage adaptation of Sándor Petőfi's The Apostle will be performed by the 6szín Teátrum, and is open to the public on Saturday, December 31, after registration.
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA. The presentation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, online. The Zoom link of the meeting is: https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/92677428048?pwd=UDl5WkNJMHBvM3VtVkN4UlJqeHdvUT09
Several public collections, higher educational institutions, and research institutes are forced to close their doors in the coming winter months. The Library of Central European University in Budapest, however, remains open for the students and faculty of Hungarian universities and colleges; scholars at the former research institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; and representatives of the media.
According to press reports, research access to the Hungarian Radio’s archives is substantially impeded. Blinken OSA denounces any restriction on research freedom and dealing with the past, and offers its own collections related to Hungarian Radio to researchers on the subject.
Blinken OSA colleague Lenke Szilágyi, a famed photographer, was awarded the Pro Cultura Urbis prize, founded in 2000, along with three other distinguished winners. The prize was awarded after 10 years of absence by the board of trustees of the Pro Cultura Urbis Public Foundation, established in 1999, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Budapest. In addition to the cash prize, the winners received a sculpture of the stylized key to the city, designed by sculptor Erika Ligeti. According to the intention of the founders, the Foundation awards the prize to persons and institutions that significantly enrich the cultural life of the city or promote the cultural heritage of Budapest.
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (at CEU) is now a partner institution in the Yerusha project, a comprehensive international database linking archival holdings on Jewish life, history, and culture. Ranging from radio broadcasts and audio interviews to Socialist state media and Jewish political samizdat, and also including feature films and home movies, the 23 fonds and sub-fonds from the Blinken OSA holdings now added to the database record Jewish experiences in pre-war Romania, during the Holocaust in Hungary, and in Soviet Bloc countries from the 1950s until the 1990s.
We are happy to announce the next presentations of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA and the CEU Budapest – OSUN Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships. Join the event in person in CEU’s Nádor 15 building, Room 101, or online following the link below!
The industry programs of the 19th Verzió will feature nine events over four days, for film professionals, for students and teachers, as well as for those interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of documentary film education and filmmaking.
On the 100th anniversary of former Prime Minister and sociologist András Hegedüs’ birth, Blinken OSA published a selection of photos documenting Hegedüs’ political career primarily in the 1950s. Now we are happy to announce that the entire photo collection is digitized, published in the online catalog, and available for research in the Research Room and online!
The 19th Verzió festival will take place 8–20 November 2022, in Budapest and five towns in the countryside, as well as online nationwide. This year's selection covers many burning human rights issues: poignant stories of courageous journalists, women dealing with the trauma of violence, young people confronting complex family histories and identities, activists defying dictatorships and international corporations - all fighting for a more inclusive, peaceful future. The screenings will be accompanied by a series of talks, concerts, exhibitions and a professional programs.
To celebrate the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, we are happy to announce that two fully digitized audiovisual collections have been updated with new, enhanced findings aids, now also available in English! The latter development is of high importance, as the series Documentary and Propaganda Films of the Workers’ Militia and the Oral History interview with Political Actors of the Regime Change in Hungary provide insight into crucial periods of the 20th-century history of Hungary.