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Acadedmic Year 2011/2012

For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (the center of) Europe, the International Visegrad Fund offers 15 research fellowship grants annually in three categories in the Open Society Archives at Central European University, Budapest on a competitive basis to support scholars artists and journalists who wish to conduct research in the holdings of OSA, and whose current projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and OSA. The grants of 2.000 euro each are designed to provide access to the archives for scholars, artists, and journalists, and to cover travel to and from Budapest, a modest subsistence, and accommodation for a research period of eight weeks. Stipends for shorter periods are pro-rated.

Applicants, preferably but not exclusively, from a V4 country, may be researchers, students after their second degree carrying out research, or artists, journalists, academics, or others, who have already started their project that is relevant for the holdings at OSA.

The successful candidates of each category will work at the OSA during their term of research and at the end of the research period they will present their individual research findings to the community of the Central European University, within the framework of the Visegrad Fund Fellow Lecture Series. OSA will publish the final research report, either in text or in audio-visual format, on the webpage of OSA/Visegrad Fund.

Category No. 1

September 2011

Péter Apor and his international research team was awarded a grant for their proposal Re-visualizing the Recent Past: Museums of Communism and Recent History in Post-Communist Eastern Europe.Final report

Open Call - We call for researchers who are willing to put together a research team (even including artists) and a project. The successful candidate for this call for proposals will be expected to undertake the following tasks: to build a research team; to plan the research project; and to oversee its execution. The research project will be focused on an area that is closely linked with one or more of the OSA Archives’ main collections.

Support will be offered to one research team per year. The international team of a minimum of five members (Team Leader included) will receive the equivalent of five full research grants, irrespective of the total number of researchers involved. Preferably, two thirds of the researchers come from a Visegrad country and the composition of the team has a wide geographical coverage.

The aim of the project is for the research group to produce material for a book based on the holdings of OSA and get it ready for publication. The final date to submit the proposals is September 30.

In AY 2011/12 there will be no more open calls in Category No. 1.

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Category No. 2

April 2012

Jana Bacevic, Serbia was awarded a partial grant for her proposal Education Policy in communist/socialist Yugoslavia.
Final report

January 2012

The following candidates were awarded a grant (full or partial): Karina Horení, Czech Republic for her proposal: 1989-1993: Negotiating of Czechoslovakian recent past, Gennadij Kuzovkin, Russia for his proposal: "Parting Iron Curtain": Radio Liberty and Its Policy towards Samizdat during Late Socialism (final report), Viktor Pál, Hungary for his proposal: The Birth of Modern Water Pollution and Water Protection in East Central Europe (ECE), from the industrial beginnings until the end of the 1960s (final report) and Andrea Tompa, Hungary for her proposal: Can you trust art criticism in the 70ies and 80ies? Criticism of opposition, consensus and subversion (final report).

On the reserve list is Jana Bacevic, Serbia for her proposal Education Policy in communist/socialist Yugoslavia.

October 2011

Natalia Yakubova, Russian Federation was awarded a grant for her proposal Return to the Underground? Legacy of the Alternative Theatre of the 1960-80-s.
Final report

On the reserve list is Jana Bacevic, Serbia for her proposal Education Policy in communist/socialist Yugoslavia.

July 2011

Irina Gordeeva (Russia) was awarded a grant for her proposal on Nonviolence and peaceful methods of protest in the public thought and historical experience.
Final report

Thematic Group – We call for proposals from individual researchers who agree to study the same topic and are willing to coordinate their efforts in such a way that their respective accomplishment of the research aim through different approaches will result in the joint publication preferably of a single volume.

There will be one chosen topic for any given academic year. For the year 2011-2012 this topic will be “Is There Anything Usable One Can Learn from Communism? (from science under communism, from public policy under communism, from resistance against communism, from transition after communism; is there anything that could be salvaged from beneath the ruins of communism; are there important forgotten scholarly or artistic works produced under communism worthy of rediscovering; are there scholars from the time of communism who should be rediscovered and reread; what are those achievements of creative arts, social sciences and humanities under communism that survived the Fall? etc)

In this category the Selection Committee will grant support to a maximum of five proposals in any given year. Should the autumn round of proposals in the 1st category fail to produce any winning entries, the number of grants to be offered can be raised to ten in the second category.

The call is closed for AY 2011/12.

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Category No. 3

April 2012

The following candidates were awarded a grant: Trever Hagen, USA for his proposal Calling Radio Free Europe: the Czechoslovak Service’s answering machine (Final report), Ilona Kiss, Hungary for her proposal “The theatre is game, the cinema is life”: The differentiation in the cultural policy on visual arts according to the goals of the propaganda in the period of stagnation in USSR (1964-1984) (Final report), Mária Vásárhelyi, Hungary for her proposal Public opinion and media research in Hungary, 1969-1991 (Final report).

January 2012

The following candidates were awarded a grant (full or partial): Ondrej Cakl, Czech Republic for his proposal: Virtual Guide through the Real Budapest, Nina Cingerova, Slovakia for her proposal: "Enemies in Cassocks and the New Saints. Anti-religious Propaganda and the Creation of Religion for the "new man" (Final report) and Krzysztof Wasilevski, Poland for his proposal: Radio Free Europe’s Polish Service and its struggle against communist propaganda (1951-1989) (Final report).

On the reserve list are: Trevor Hagen, USA for his proposal Calling Radio Free Europe: the Czechoslovak Service’s answering machine, Dawn Spring, USA for his proposal Advertising in the Age of Persuasion...1961 to the Present, Róbert Takács, Hungary for his proposal Hungary's Changing Image from the West between 1956 and 1968.

October 2011

Alexandra Botyánszki, Hungary was awarded a grant for her proposal The image of Samizdat in the Hungarian Official Propaganda between 1981-1990.
Final report

On the reserve list are: Trevor Hagen, USA for his proposal Calling Radio Free Europe: the Czechoslovak Service’s answering machine, Dawn Spring, USA for his proposal Advertising in the Age of Persuasion...1961 to the Present, Krzysztof Wasilevski, Poland for his proposal Radio Free Europe’s Polish Service and its struggle against communist propaganda (1951-1989).

July 2011

There were no grants awarded in this category.

In this category 5 proposals will be supported. Fellows are free to work on the project of their choice, however, in the academic year of 2011-2012, applicants with the following topic might enjoy advantage over other applicants:

  • The History of Propaganda, Objectivity and Truth under the Cold War and Right After

The call is closed for AY 2011/12.

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