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Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead
Posted: 21/May/2016

Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead - Public Lecture by Thomas W. Laqueur, University of California, Berkeley

This lecture will discuss why the demand Jesus made of his followers that they leave "the dead to bury the dead" was as radical and impossible to meet when Marx made it as it had been in Biblical times. Or put differently, it is about why the living need the dead in all times and places but especially, for the purposes of this lecture, why and how the dead take on new responsibilities in nineteenth and twentieth centuries.



Prime Time Nationalism
Posted: 09/May/2016

Prime Time Nationalism | The Role of Television Broadcasts/Archives in the Aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars

A conference and workshop organized by the Vera  and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) focusing on how television influenced and shaped the postwar national identity, recovery and development of the signatory states of the Dayton Agreement, and the lasting effect on their contemporary evolution in the light of a regional reconciliation. At the same time, we will seek to understand and offer new meanings for OSA’s media monitoring collection, which includes state television broadcasts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and FR Yugoslavia from 1996 to 1999, by looking at OSA’s newly experimented, self-reflexive (re)archiving and the problems it brought up.

Finissage - Some Music, Something Else…
Posted: 06/May/2016

Some Music, Something Else…
(April 28, 2016)

 The awards of the music competition, launched by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and Intermezzo Foundation for talented young Hungarian composers, were presented last Thursday at the Finissage and Awards Gala of the exhibition, Some kind of Opposition, curated by Axel Braun. This event also the premiered winning pieces that were performed by the students of the Hungarian Academy of Music.

At the end of February 2016, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and the Intermezzo Foundation invited composers under thirty to submit pieces that had previously not been performed. A unique aspect of the competition was that it specified not only the length of the pieces and the use of instruments but the theme as well. Applicants had full access to the background files and the audio and visual documents of the exhibition for an inspirational base. The composers had one month to write the pieces and send them to the Jury made up of composer Gyula Fekete and Miklós Csemiczky, and conductor Gergely Madaras.

Blinken OSA
Posted: 04/May/2016
Samizdat ArchivistThe Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archive (Blinken OSA) seeks to employ a full time archivist with a graduate degree in History or related discipline, and a proven experience in archives, libraries. The chosen candidate will work collaboratively under the supervision of the Chief Archivist and in close cooperation with Senior Librarian and Data Specialist, exercising good judgment and initiative, and managing sensitive materials. Knowledge of 20th century East-European history, or a related field is an asset. The position requires native Russian language, it is desirable to have working knowledge of Ukrainian or a major Central Asian language, and proficiency in English language is a must.
Into Eternity Still from the Film
Posted: 19/April/2016


Blinken OSA Archives

25-26 April 2016


The Blinken Open Society Archives invites you to its two-day series of programs spanning from morning till late at night, commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the nuclear power plant disaster at Chernobyl. Evening programs include film and book launches and literary readings to help discuss the events that happened thirty years ago while also touching upon issues concerning the safety of nuclear power, individual and social responsibilities or sustainable and responsible energy management, taking into account aspects of the present as well as of the unforeseeable future.

During the day, visitors can view an exhibition of selected OSA documents on Chernobyl in the research room of the Archives. Secondary school students can take part in creative workshops examining issues such as how the main discourse surrounding energy safety and sustainability has changed in the past thirty years or what can be done – both individually and as a society – to ensure responsible energy management.

The series of programs wishes to highlight by its own marathon length how far-reaching the consequences of our present decisions about sustainability and energy are, and that everyone must be aware of this responsibility, not just the decision-makers.

CSERNOBIL_30 -  Creative workshop for high schools
Posted: 17/April/2016

CSERNOBIL_30 // Creative workshop for high schools // 25-26 April, 2016 // OSA Archívum

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, this creative workshop invites high school students to rethink the events in light of the archival materials available. The workshop further wishes to foster dialog about alternative energy resources and the potential responsibilities we bear to future generations of humanity.

Collage: Axel Braun, 2016
Posted: 14/April/2016

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 6:30 p.m.

ALEX FISCHER, CEU, School of Public Policy and WWF Switzerland

Political lobbying – how to effectively impact on a policy process
Presentation and talk with Axel Braun

Galeria Centralis of Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Arany János utca 32, 1051 Budapest

An event of the POLITICISED LANDSCAPES program.

Politicised Landscapes - The Danube Case in a Global Context
Posted: 09/April/2016

Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 6:30 p.m.

JÁNOS VARGHA, Founder of Duna Kör

The Danube Case in a Global Context
Presentation and talk with Axel Braun

Galeria Centralis of Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Arany János utca 32, 1051 Budapest

An event of the POLITICISED LANDSCAPES program.

Screening of the documentary Hitler's Last Year
Posted: 07/April/2016

The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and the French Institute

Invite you to the screening of Hitler's Last Year

a two- part documentary film (52 minutes each) by David Korn- Brzoza

This prime-time documentary returns to the eleven months that preceded Hitler’s defeat and, using archival materials of which much was previously unseen, unveils entire chapters of the war that are largely unknown.

Directed by David Korn- Brzoza
Produced by Cinétévé (Lucie Pastor and Fabienne Servan Schreiber)
Authors: Olivier Wieviorka and David Korn-Brzoza

TUESDAY, 12 APRIL 2016. AT 6 :00 P.M.

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

Dehumanization: New approaches to understanding the politics of human nature
Posted: 02/April/2016

Dehumanization: New approaches to understanding the politics of human nature

6-8 April 2016

International and interdisciplinary conference with historians, scientists, philosophers and artists discussing the phenomenon of dehumanization from roughly the 18th century onwards.


Guido Abbattista, Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir, Lukas Einsele, Victoria Esses, Friederike Eyssel, Nick Haslam, Carla Lessing, Edouard Machery, Mari Mikkola, Erika Milam, Gerald Posselt, Gunnar Sigvaldason, Magdalena Smieszek, David Livingstone Smith, Johannes Steizinger

Local commentators:

Laszlo Kontler, Andres Moles, Peter Molnar, Prem Kumar Rajaram, Simon Rippon, Natalie Sebanz, Hyaesin Yoon

Organized by: Maria Kronfeldner

Blinken OSA Archivum
Posted: 02/April/2016

Chief Archivist Position

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Starting date: As soon as possible
Application deadline: Open until filled
Full or Part Time: Full -time

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University is inviting applicants to the position of Chief Archivist. OSA ( ) is one of the most important Cold War and human rights archives in the world. OSA, one of the initiators of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, is fully committed to free and open access. OSA is looking for a highly talented, innovative, socially committed and technologically skilled person with foresight and impeccable integrity.

Politicised Landscapes - Screening of Black Box’s “The Facility” (1988)
Posted: 27/March/2016

INVITATION to the third event of the POLITICISED LANDSCAPES program

March 30, 2016 6:30 p.m.



Screening of Black Box’s "The Object" (1988) (English subtitles)



Discussion with the Directors, Ádám Csillag and Márta Elbert

Moderated by: Szilvia Nagy

The discussion is in Hungarian.


The screening is part of the POLITICIZED LANDSCAPE series organized in conjunction with the exhibition SOME KIND OF OPPOSITION by Axel Braun.


Blinken OSA Archívum

Arany János utca 32

5051 Budapest

Image: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, No Shelter from the Storm, film still, 20
Posted: 27/March/2016


INVITATION to the fourth event of the POLITICISED LANDSCAPES program

Thursday, 31 March 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Translocal Institute, Budapest

Walking without Footprints: A Curatorial Perspective
Presentation and Talk with Axel Braun

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

Aesthetics and Politics of “Amateur” and “Home” Identities
Posted: 26/March/2016

Aesthetics and Politics of “Amateur” and “Home” Identities 


March 29 /// 5.30 pm /// Blinken OSA Archivum, Arany János u. 32.


Panel discussion and film screenings related to the politics of an “amateur” identity and its relationship with aesthetic experimentation and the concept of “home” as an institutional identity within the context of two case studies: Casa Radio (Radio House Bucharest) and Memorial Houses.


“The origins, history and aims of the Radio House Bucuresti” by Daria Ghiu and Maria Balabas

“Amateur - experimentation and failure in photography” by Nicu Ilfoveanu

Moderators: Irina Botea and Jon Dean

Screenings: General Mood (Irina Botea & Jon Dean) /// Film Postale (Irina Botea & Nicu Ilfoveanu)

Politicised Landscapes - Screening of Ádám Csillag’s Film “Dunasaur” (1988)
Posted: 21/March/2016
INVITATION to the second event of the POLITICISED LANDSCAPES program

Wednesday, 23 March 2016, 6:30 p.m.


Screening of Ádám Csillag’s Film “Dunasaur”
(1988) (in Hungarian with English subtitles)

Discussion with director Ádám Csillag and János Vargha, founder of Duna Kör

Moderator: Szilvia Nagy


Photo: Protest against the Rosia Montana Gold Mine Project in Bucharest, Romania
Posted: 16/March/2016
INVITATION to the first event of the POLITICISED LANDSCAPES program

Friday, 18 March 2016, 6:30 p.m.

(CEU, Environmental and Social Justice Action Research Group)

What Happened to Environmental Justice?
Transition and Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

Presentation and talk with Axel Braun

Galeria Centralis of Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Arany János utca 32, 1051 Budapest

The small truck of the Petőfi Circle in 1956 on 23 october on its way to Bem Sq.
Posted: 09/March/2016

On the sixtieth anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Blinken OSA Archives are launching a major series of public projects.

The Archives’ 1956 Digital Repository offers an insight into collections that have never been published or seen before, have been considered lost or have not been accessible to the public so far. Their purpose is to make people think and gain a better understanding of the lessons learned from the Revolution on the basis of these authentic documents.

Some Kind of Opposition
Posted: 24/February/2016


An exhibition by Axel Braun, based on films by Ádám Csillag and Fekete Doboz

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Arany János utca 32, 1051 Budapest

Opening: 10 March 2016, 6:30 p.m.

11 March – 1 May 2016, Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm, Closed on Mondays

The Mexican Suitcase exhibition - Finissage
Posted: 15/February/2016

Dance performance and Film Screening


Film series in relation to the Mexican Suitcase Exhibition at the Galeria Centralis (Blinken OSA Archivum) in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in Budapest and the Cervantes Institute.


Saturday, 20 February, 2016, at 6:30 pm


DANCE Performance by Góbi Rita Dance Company

With Dániel Szabó, Mátyás Regyep, and Gellért Zsédey (trumpet), Lőrinc Kéringer (drums)

Music: Benjamin Britten: Ballad of Heroes (1939), ca. 18’


Spanish Earth (1937), 52’
Documentary directed by Joris Ivens, commentary: Ernest Hemingway, camera: John Fernhout (John Ferno), editing: Helen van Dongen; music: Marc Blitzstein, Virgil Thomson; English

Victoria Harms
Posted: 11/February/2016

Victoria Harms - Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

Road to Redemption:Why West Germans Care(d) about Hungary.

17 February 2016 at 5 pm, Reading Room, Blinken OSA Archivum

Posted: 05/February/2016

Screening the Civil War Memories and Special Performance by SOHARÓZA

Saturday, 13 February, 2016, at 6:30 pm

The Songs of the Spanish Civil War, ca. 15’

music performance by the Choir Soharóza

¡Ay Carmela! (1990), 102’

Comedy-drama, directed by Carlos Saura, 102’

Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into rebel territory by mistake. They are arrested, fear a firing squad, and receive a reprieve from an Italian Fascist commander who loves the theatre. He arranges a performance for his troops, bargaining with Paulino to stage a burlesque of the republic in exchange for the actors' freedom. Will the fiery and patriotic Carmela consent?


Supported by the Spanish Embassy in Budapest.

Eyes on Spain Film Series
Posted: 04/February/2016

Wednesday, 10 February, 2016, at 6:30 pm

El Perro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civil War (2005), 84’

Documentary, directed by Péter Forgács


El perro negro takes a clichés braking view of the Spanish Civil War trough a mesmerizing found footage collage. The saga begins in 1929 with the talented amateur filmmaker, Joan Salvans, son of a wealthy Catalan industrialist, of Terrassa. The Salvans were the object of admiration as one of the most successful wool manufacturer of Catalonia, but also of hatred by the emerging anarchists and socialist trade unionists. On 24 July 1936, six days after the Civil War broke out; a militant anarchist group led by 'Pedro el Cruel' kills Joan Salvans, filmmaker, and his father Franceso Salvans. A cyclist, not far from their house, finds their bodies 'La Barata'. Just about the same time when Joan's life unfortunately ends, a new saga of the other young clandestine filmmaker, Ernesto Noriega picks up the story line to guide us through his adventures. Throughout the film we travel through Spain's chaotic decade with the images and stories of several amateur filmmakers and their memories focusing on all sides of the front like republicans, anarchists, Communist, and the foreigner Brits, Germans, Italians, Americans, who fought on both side.


Introduction and follow up Q&A with Film Director Péter Forgács 

Eyes on Spain Film Series
Posted: 28/January/2016

Wednesday, 3 February, 2016, at 6:30 pm

Butterfly (La lengua de las mariposas, 1999), 96’

Drama, directed by José Luis Cuerda

Spanish with English subtitles

 Veteran director Jose Luis Cuerda delivered this sensitive portrait of a child coming of age during a tense political situation just before the Spanish Civil War. On his first day of school, frail eight-year-old Moncho (Manuel Lozano) is so terrified by the imposing figure of his teacher Don Gregorio (Fernando Fernan Gomez) that he flees into the nearby woods. In spite of his authoritarian appearance, the schoolmaster proves to be a kind, free-thinking Republican who teaches Moncho the virtues of being good. The boy is soon spending much of his time with the elderly Gregorio in the Galician countryside, admiring such wonders of nature as the tongue of a butterfly. However, when the Fascists roll into town, the boy's life changes forever. La Lengua de las Mariposas was screened at the 1999 San Sebastian Film Festival.


Supported by the Spanish Embassy in Budapest.

Public talk by Sonia García López
Posted: 25/January/2016

The Visual Studies Platform and the Blinken Open Society Archives presents


The visual politics of gesture

Civilian victims and the imagery of the Spanish Civil War


Public talk by Sonia García López


January 26, 2016 /// 5.30 pm /// Blinken OSA Archivum, Arany János u. 32.


Eyes on Spain Film Series
Posted: 21/January/2016

Wednesday, 27 January, 2016, at 6:30 pm

Introduction by Sonia Garcia Lopez (film historian, University Carlos III, Madrid)


 Guernika (directed by Nemesio M. Sobrevila, 1937), 23’, Spanish, with English subtitles

Courtesy of Filmoteca Espanola, Madrid

Guernica (directed by Robert J. Flaherty, 1949), 12’, English (intertitles)

Courtesy of of the Circulating Film & Video Library, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Guernica (directed by Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens, 1950), 13’, French, with English subtitles

Courtesy of Films du Jeudi, Paris

"The Guernica Variations" (La variaciones Guernica, directed by Guillermo G. Peydró, 2012), 26’

Spanish, with English subtitles, Courtesy of Guillermo G. Peydró


Eyes of Spain Film Series
Posted: 12/January/2016


Wednesday, 20 January, 2016, at 6:30 pm

Introduction by Sonia Garcia Lopez (film historian, University Carlos III, Madrid)


The Great Flight (El gran vuelo, 2014) 61’

Experimental film, written and directed by Carolina Astudillo

English, Spanish and Catalan with English subtitles

Eyes of Spain Film Series
Posted: 06/January/2016

Screening the Civil War Memories on Wednesdays, starting on 13 January, 2016.


First screening of the film series in relation to the Mexican Suitcase Exhibition at the Galeria Centralis (Blinken OSA Archivum) in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in Budapest and the Cervantes Institute

The Mexican Suitcase (2011)
Directed by: Trisha Ziff

Music by: Michael Nyman

Wednesday, 13 January, 2016, at 6:00 pm

The Mexican Suitcase
Posted: 09/December/2015

The legendary Mexican Suitcase containing Robert Capa’s Spanish Civil War negatives, considered lost since 1939, has recently been rediscovered and is exhibited here for the first time. The Suitcase is in fact three small boxes containing nearly 4,500 negatives, not only by Capa but also by his fellow photojournalists Chim (David Seymour) and Gerda Taro. These negatives span the course of the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), through Chim’s in-depth coverage from 1936 and early 1937, Taro’s intrepid documentation until her death in battle in July 1937, and Capa’s incisive reportage until the last months of the conflict. Additionally, there are several rolls of film by Fred Stein showing mainly portraits of Taro, which after her death became inextricably linked to images of the war itself. Following the end of the war and amid the chaos of the Germans entering Paris in 1940, the negatives were passed from hand to hand for safekeeping, and ultimately ended up in Mexico City, where they resurfaced in 2007.

What Does Privacy Mean in an Open Society? - Watching You, Watching Me Exhibitio
Posted: 07/December/2015

On the occasion of closing the Watching You, Watching Me Exhibition

on December 8, Tuesday, from 15.30 to 17.30 CET the Blinken Open Society Archives hosts the symposium on privacy, security and transparency through remote connection with Edward Snowden.

Inside Look. Film Laboratory
Posted: 03/December/2015

Europe’s Roma communities face deepening challenges of discrimination, violence and poverty. The US. minority rights movement, which has had some notable successes over the past 50 years, also faces continuing problems, including police violence. We believe that a sharing of their struggles would be worthwhile as everyone searches for effective remedies. What were the elements that made the African-American civil rights movement successful? What are the effective models in Europe for Roma integration and opportunity? While there are very different histories and contexts for these minority groups, a sharing of their experiences, tactics, and wisdom could lead to new thinking and effective action in both regions.