Visegrad Scholarship at the Blinken OSA Archives

October 16th, 2019

The Blinken OSA Archives invites 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 the Cold War phenomenon.

Annually 15 scholarships of 2000 EUR each are offered to support a two months long stay and research at the Blinken OSA in Budapest.

Submission deadlines for the 2019/20 academic year:

  • July 25, 2019
  • November 15, 2019

Research topics within the Visegrad Scholarships at OSA

  • Toolkits and media practices to ensure objectivity
  • Conceptualizing and classifying opposition (selection and support for what counts as a “movement”, “dissidence” or “non-conformism”)
  • Techno-sciences of mass communication
  • Circuits of communication and (anti-)propaganda techniques: information gathering and classification, textual and visual dissemination (book programs, samizdat, TV monitoring, instructional and documentary movies)
  • Problems of documentation and verification 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
  • Reflection on the (Cold War) receptions, instrumentalizations and revisions of the history and the notion of the Revolution.

Related to the centennial of the Bolshevik revolution OSA encourages both scholars and artists to reflect on the (Cold War) receptions, instrumentalizations and revisions of the history and the notion of the Revolution.

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, archived, classified, 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.

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