Fearless Speech

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The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA) at Central European University organizes a seminar on fearless speech. This seminar is part of a longer event series on fearless speech co-organized by Blinken OSA and the students and lecturers of Freeszfe. The seminar will start at the beginning of October and is open to all Hungarian university and college students, including Freeszfe.

Fearless speech—or rather the lack of it—is an unavoidable and very timely problem in today’s Hungary. The participants of the seminar will attempt to understand and analyze, with the help of historical, literary examples and current processes, the possibilities of fearless speech, its political and moral necessities, its inner and outer obstacles.

The seminar constitutes of eight 1.5-hour-long occasions. Students will be able to learn about the conceptual definition and historical framework of fearless speech, classical examples of parrhesia, the form and method of parrhesia after 1956, about censorship and self-censorship, or the privity and modes of historical self-reflection.

Location: Blinken OSA, Arany János u. 32., 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Maximum number of participants: 15
Application requirement: university student status
Application deadline: October 6, 2021

The seminar is led by István Rév and András Mink.

Details and application (in Hungarian)