About the program
Program run in cooperation with the Open Society Archivum Budapest offers research fellowships at the Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University in Budapest. Altogether, 12 fellowships are awarded annually to selected applicants from V4 countries and 3 fellowships annually to non-V4 applicants.
The fellowships are given on a competitive basis to scholars, artists or journalists who wish to conduct research at OSA, and whose current research projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the fund and OSA.
The €2,000 fellowship is designed to provide access to the archives, cover travel to/from Budapest, modest subsistence, and accommodation for a research period of two months. Scholarships for shorter periods are pro-rated.
As of the academic year 2016–2017, OSA plans to involve the fellows more closely in its own ongoing research work; selected fellows are thus expected to work together with at least one of the archive’s researchers.
The fellows take part in OSA’s research activities, attend in-house seminars, and, if possible, cooperation with other fellows (where possible). The intention is to build long-lasting working relationships, and involve former fellows in OSA’s research programs.
- 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 list does not exclude those applicants, who would like to pursue their own research that is different from the current research focus.
The goal of the selection process is to bring together scholars and artists who have exciting and interesting projects. We seek to promote exchanges among people with backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences in the way they think through and about archives. From this point of view, the invitation is not only addressed to scholars working specifically on Cold War topics, but to all those interested in theories of knowledge and practice-oriented epistemology who would use OSA documents as props for larger reflections and activist concerns.
- October 15, 2016
- January 10, 2017
- April 10, 2017
Documents for submission
- Application letter in English
- Research description/plan in English (about 800 words)
- Applicant’s CV
- Names of two referees with contact addresses
- Copy of English language exam
Ms. Katalin Gádoros (Gadoros@ceu.hu)
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.
All documents should be sent by email to Katalin Gadoros at email@example.com.
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