Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives
We invite applicants from the fields of history, the arts, philosophy and sociology to reflect on the conditions of knowledge production during and after the Cold War. This reflection exposes the intellectual and professional practices (journalistic, sociological, artistic, political, archival) that both reflected and shaped the meaning and scope of certain phenomena.
The applications could be inspired by (but not limited to) the suggested topics below:
- Toolkits and media practices in ensuring objectivity
- Conceptualizing, classifying, and practicing opposition (selection and support for what counts as a "movement", "dissidence" or "non-conformism")
- Techno-sciences of mass communication
- Cold War wikipedia: documenting personalities and biographies (biographical card files, personal archives)
- Circuits of communication and (anti-)propaganda techniques: information gathering and classification, textual and visual dissemination (book programs, samizdat, TV monitoring, instructional and documentary movies)
- Assumptions and documentation of human rights abuses
Construction of political 'facts' amidst socio - economic issues (standards of living, urbanization, education, religion etc);
- Historical analysis of socialist welfare policy and poverty under communism
- Documenting transnational phenomena in a time of polarized visions and imbalances between centers and peripheries
- Consequences of Cold War conceptual schemes and treatment of information on current economic and socio-political issues
The Open Society Archives’ holdings are informative not just about different phenomena during and after the Cold War, but also about the forms through which these phenomena were reflected, reported and commented. By hosting collections related to the Radio Free Europe research section, the Soviet press, sociological institutes, former dissidents or book distribution programs, our documentary portfolio functions as both a repository of ready-made topics and as a cluster of media practices in analyzing, gathering and selecting information.
October 15, 2016
January 10, 2017
April 10, 2017
The Selection Committee will evaluate proposals on the strength of the professional quality and novelty of the research proposal, its relevance to the chosen topic and the involvement of the OSA holdings in the research.
Please submit the following to OSA:
- Application letter in English (should specify expected period of stay and preferred dates). Please note that the research period must end on the last day of the academic years, July 31, 2017.
- Research description/plan in English (about 800 words; should indicate the relationship between the current research topic, the chosen collection in the OSA holdings and the general research interest, etc.) Artists are expected to submit a portfolio, too.
- Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
Proof of officially recognized advanced level English language exam (if not native speaker)
- Names of two referees with contact address.
- The Application letter, C.V., the Research description/plan, the copy of a language exam certification and the Referees’ contact information should be sent by email to Katalin Gadoros at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information click "Further official information" below.