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The political and cultural monthly Beszélő is organizing HOVATOVÁBB (Further On) Festival between November 30 and December 14.

HOVATOVÁBB is a festival where Roma artists and engaged anti-racist artists cooperate, and the festival's featured guest is the Igazgyöngy Foundational Art School from Berettyóújfalu.

The festival wishes to draw attention to the excellent, efficient work foundational schools do in educating disadvantaged children. These schools will be deprived of most of their resources in 2012, and their future is at risk.

The festival showcases successful and effective initiatives, whether they are connected to education (such as the Igazgyöngy School and the Dr. Ambedkar School from Sajókaza) or connected to art, literature, social welfare (such Romaversitas ), or culture (such as the book by Pál Závada and Péter Korniss on successful Hungarian Roma, or the New Spectator project of Árpád Schilling and Krétakör Theatre).

The program includes music (Ádám Fischer, Akkezdet Phiai, Romano Glaszo etc.), contemporary theater (Krétakör), documentary film (Csaba Szekeres’s Örvény [Vortex], György Pálos’s Ahogy te akarod [As You Wish]), art and photo exhibitions (exhibition of contemporary Roma painters; photos of János Vachter about the region of the Igazgyöngy Art School and exhibition of the drawings by the school’s pupils), evening discussions and a round-table conference (with sociologists Zsuzsa Ferge, Gábor Havas, art historian Tímea Junghaus etc.), a literary evening (with Pál Závada, Péter Esterházy, Lajos Parti Nagy, Krisztina Tóth, Tamás Jónás, Mihály Vajda etc.), and a children’s program.

The festival will end with an auction for the benefit of Igazgyöngy Art School. The internationally renowned conductor Ádám Fischer and Gyula Váradi, the young Roma violinist talent, will give a joint charity concert as well.

Children from Berettyóújfalu and from Sajókaza are invited with their teachers to spend the first five days of the festival in Budapest. Apart from sightseeing programs, they will be involved in staging a theater production which they will perform during the festival.

The venues of the festival are the Open Society Archives (November 30 – December 4), Vízraktér (December 11) and FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture (December 14).

Igazgyöngy Foundational Art School gathers 670 children from 23 villages of the Berettyójfalu region (South-East Hungary). Nearly 70% of these children come from poor and disadvantaged, mainly Roma families, and 160 children live in deep poverty. The children's needs for self-expression are at the heart of the alternative pedagogic methods Igazgyöngy School has developed. Each child is supported to develop their own depictive world through individualized exercises. This is meant to maximize the child's interest and motivation. The positive effects of fostering creativity in children assist development across other areas as well. The pupils of Igazgyöngy School have won several prizes with their unique, colorful drawings.

Programs in English

November 30
OSA, V. ker. Arany János utca 32.

7.30 p.m.
Vortex (Örvény) by Csaba Szekeres and John Oates. (With English subtitles.)
Filmed over a period of six months, this social documentary feature film shows the lives of Roma families in a small village in Hajdú-Bihar county, North-East Hungary, close to the Romanian border. Unemployment is close to 100% in this community, and the isolation, poverty and discrimination against Roma create a situation in which families find it hard to live decent lives. The film focuses on the experiences of three families, following the various hardships and setbacks they faced over this period. Problems of illness, poor living conditions, lack of basic amenities and even house collapse are combined with fears of children being taken into care, with ever-present challenges of finding enough food, and wood to heat their houses. This creates a situation in which hope is hard to find and in which children suffer just as much as the adults. Solutions are not simple or easy, and the local services struggle to find ways to help these people out of their desperate plights.

8.50 p.m.
Round table discussion with the makers of Vortex and with György Pálos, the director of As You Wish (Ahogy te akarod), a documentary presenting the work of the Igazgyöngy Art School, and Nóra L. Ritók, the school’s founder. The discussion is led by Péter Szuhay. (With translation.)

December 3
OSA, V. ker., Arany János utca 32.

7 p.m.

A concert with Romano Glaszo, Zsuzsi Ujj and Kristóf Darvas, Khamoro, Akkezdet Phiai
Concertmaster: Péter Vallai

December 4
OSA, V. ker. Arany János utca 32

5.00 p.m.
As You Wish (Ahogy te akarod) by György Pálos. (With English subtitles.)
The documentary was shot in Eastern Hungary, one of the poorest regions of the country. The Igazgyöngy Civil Organization operates here and has developed into a chain of art schools. Their mission is to offer afternoon art classes to schoolchildren, where instead of compulsory tasks, all kids can rely on their own experiences and draw whatever they would like. These children are able to participate in drawing contests and even travel to other places. These opportunities offer them highly motivational new experiences which may be of some help in their struggle to deal with their disadvantaged situation, as the biggest handicap in this community is the lack of aims, role models, and wishes, which cannot be remedied with any common labor programs or social aids. The main character of the film is the school founder and leader art pedagogue, Nóra L. Ritók, who undertakes to address those welfare tasks that are not dealt with by the council and other local authorities. Her aim is to help the families achieve a basic structure and a higher standard of living.

Entry Deadline Extended: Chachipe Map Photography Contest

Due to the level of interest from potential contestants as well as the high quality of photos received so far, the organizers and the chair of the jury have agreed to extend the entry deadline for the Chachipe Map photography contest. Amateur and professional photographers now have until January 15, 2012 to enter photos in the contest through the Chachipe Map website at Other contest conditions remain the same.

The contest is open to everybody, but in order to be eligible photos must have been taken since the beginning of 2005 in countries participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain.

Categories: Local Hero, Common Denominator, and Dream Come True
Chachipe Map seeks non-stereotypical photographs that are free of prejudices, that show Roma and non-Roma living together, that approach topics in an open manner and that might even employ radically new perspectives.

The international jury will award three prizes in each contest category—of 1000, 500 and 300 Euro, respectively—and may also award special prizes. Winners will be announced on the Chachipe Map website.

More information: Zsófia Horváth, +36 30 250 2635, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

► To receive updates about the contest and Chachipe Map exhibitions to be organized in 2012, "Like" the Chachipe page on Facebook at or join the Chachipe group at!/groups/239155186149444/.

The Chachipe photography contests are organized by the Open Society Foundations and OSA Archivum.

Twenty Years Later: The Kónya-Pető Debate

Arguments pro and con retroactive justice

Twenty years ago, on November 16, 1991, the Hungarian Television broadcast the debate between Imre Kónya, parliamentary faction head of the senior ruling party, the Hungarian Democratic Forum, and Iván Pető, his counterpart in the main opposition party, the Alliance of Free Democrats, on the possibility of achieving justice with regard to the crimes committed by the communist dictatorship.

The debate attracted much attention and escalated into a political scandal. Without doubt, the event can be considered as a turning point in the barely two-year history of Hungarian democracy, which significantly influenced the dynamics of political processes in the country during the next two decades. Over twenty years since the fall of the one-party dictatorship, the issue of justice has been brought up again: the Hungarian Parliament is currently debating a bill on retroactive legislation.

The program of the public event in OSA Archives:

- Excerpts from the then TV recording of the Kónya-Pető debate will be screened

- Our guests Imre Kónya and Iván Pető will comment on the footage. The moderator will be Krisztina Bombera.

- Justice and regime-change. Invited speakers: Ferenc Horkay Hörcher, professor at the Péter Pázmány Catholic University, Sándor Révész, journalist for Népszabadság and Krisztián Ungváry historian at the The Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

- After the speeches, the audience is invited to raise questions and comments.

Venue: OSA Archívum, Budapest, V. ker. Arany János u. 32.

Date and time: November 21, 2011, 6 pm

The full recording of the debate is available here.

Background material (in Hungarian) from a 1990 conference on retroactive justice organized by ELTE BTK is available here.


Verzio 8 International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

November 8-13, 2011, Budapest  

Toldi Cinema|  Cirko-gejzir Cinema | Odeon Lloyd Cinema | Open Society Archives

In November, Verzio is back again with outstanding documentaries to watch and challenging issues to discuss!

As in past years, the International Panorama will screen a selection of the best of the contemporary, creative documentaries from all over the world, while the Hungarian Panorama concentrates on the recent Hungarian documentaries.
In 2011, Verzio’s main program will be supplemented with three thematic retrospective sub-programs: Evidence: Archival Footage in Documentary Evidence explores the relation between documents and reality. Windows to the Past: Balkan War Reflections revisits the war in the Former Yugoslavia. And finally, the Helena Třeštíková Retrospective includes five of the renowned Czech director’s outstanding works on contemporary social problems.
In collaboration with the Central European University, the Visual Laboratory will be investigating the use of documentaries in education. Student Verzio invites high school students to watch and discuss documentaries on important human rights issues for free.

The opening film of the festival:
Our School
Mona Nicoara & Miruna Coca-Cozma / Svájc & USA, / 2011 / 90 min
Can EU money stop segregation of the Roma in schools? 4 years in the life of a north Romanian town: an in-depth look at generational prejudice, squandered opportunities, and good intentions gone astray.

Verzio 8 will be opened by film director Ildikó Enyedi

See, think, talk! Verzio this year again!
See you at the festival venues November, 8-13.

Verzio. It's your business!


Missing Hero

rajkMissing Hero is the second exhibition of activist and graphic artist László Rajk’s series “Missing…”.

A single sentence in the Preamble to the new Hungarian Constitution, which comes into force in January 2012, erases 46 years of Hungarian history, including the struggle for freedom, democracy, human rights and the ideal of the republic.

The nearly 46 frottage portraits constitute a kind of personal homage to politicians, dissident thinkers and artists, who embodied courage and the spiritual freedom during those “missing years”.

The exhibition will be opened by music historian András Wilheim on November 4, 2011 at 6 pm in Galeria Centralis (OSA Archivum), 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

The exhibition runs from November 4 to 27, 2011. Free entry.


2011 Cultural Heritage Days

culturalFollowing the tradition of previous years, OSA Archivum participates in the 2011 Cultural Heritage Days.

OSA Archivum welcomes visitors to tour the Goldberger House, a landmark industrial Art Deco building celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

The Goldberger House is the repository of the background materials of Radio Free Europe programs, as well as of some of the largest collections on the Cold War and human rights violations in Europe.

Guided tours in the building, including the basement archival repository and Galeria Centralis will start on the hour. English tours on demand.

September 17-18, 2011, 14:00-20:00 p.m.
OSA Archivum, Arany János utca 32. 1051 Budapest


Surveillance Photo

surveillanceBudapest and Prague through the Eyes of the State Security Services

The exhibition is based on photographs covertly taken by the former Czechoslovak and Hungarian communist security services, of people under surveillance in the streets of Prague and Budapest. They provide a unique insight into contemporary techniques of covert investigation, and the everyday practices of oppression and intimidation. The Hungarian photos are being made available to the wider public for the first time.

Galeria Centralis, OSA Archivum
1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

The exhibit runs from 20 September until October 30, 2011.
Admission free

Partners: Historical Archives of Hungarian State Security Services, Budapest
Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Prague
Czech Center, Budapest

More Information


Other documents of the Hungarian state security services at OSA can be found here.


Voices of Freedom

rfeRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in the Cold War

Exhibition on the history of the Munich-based American radio station.

Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) broadcast for over four decades targeting the Eastern Bloc states. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of launching the first programs, Galeria Centralis will open an exhibition on July 14, 2011 on the history of the radio from its American beginnings to Munich based broadcasting and to its moving to Prague in 1994.

Helena Bambasová, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Hungary will open the program; introductory speech by György Varga, one time Budapest correspondent of RFE/RL Czech service; the exhibition will be opened by Jan Kalous Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes based in Prague.

RFE/RL played an important role in cold war conflicts. Unlike traditional press outlets, radio waves easily went through the Iron Curtain and spread the “free word.” At that time, the Radio played a similar role in fighting authoritarian regimes as the internet does today, which consequently put RFE/RL in the crosshairs of communist secret services. As a matter of fact, part of the radio building was ruined in a bombing attack in 1981. The “Voice of Freedom” was multilingual: Czechoslovakian, Polish, Bulgarian, Romanian and Hungarian exiles spoke in their native languages and their words were broadcast to target countries.

The exhibition presents the country sections as well as the influence of the broadcasts on the social and political events of the cold war era, such as the 1956 Hungarian revolution and the 1989 Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution.

Organizers: OSA Archivum at the Central European University, repository of the documents of the RFE/RL Research Institute; the Czech Centers in Munich and Budapest, institutes of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which have been representing the Czech Republic in the South German region and Hungary for 11 years; the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes based in Prague, the research center of the Czech recent past and manager of the Czechoslovakian state security archives; Eastern European Studies are a priority, international and interdisciplinary MA course run jointly by the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and the Regensburg University; Collegium Carolinum, a Czech research center with a focus on contemporary Eastern European history.

The original German language version of the exhibition opened June 29, 2011 in Munich. The current English and Hungarian language exhibition will travel from Budapest to New York, and then on to Ljubljana and other cities.

Address: Budapest 1051 Nádor u. 11

The exhibition runs from July 14 to August 24, 2011.



Döbbent felháborodással – ám meglepetés nélkül – értesültünk arról, hogy az állam tulajdonában és irányítása alatt működő rádióknál és televízióknál zajló tisztogatásnak áldozatául estek azok az újságírók is, akik egyre nehezebb körülmények között próbáltak a közelmúlt történetéről értelmes, tisztességes és tudományosan megalapozott információt közvetíteni. Az állami médiumokban folyó, többnyire politikai érdekekeket szolgáló történelemhamisítás közepette, – aminek egyik jellemző terméke az MTV-ben vetített, Koltay Gábor rendezte Horthy-film – néhány magára, és a tényeken alapuló történelmi igazságra adó újságíró igyekezett a tényszerűség és a kiegyensúlyozott józanság hangját megőrizni. Külön köszönettel tartozunk Bánhidi Emesének, Bödő Anitának, Erdős Gábornak, Fekete Norbertnek, Galambos Péternek, Győri Lászlónak, Márkus Katának, Mészáros Antóniának, Pais Juditnak, Rózsa Péternek, Sándor Erzsinek, Szénási Sándornak, Várkonyi Benedeknek és Winkler Nórának, akik az elmúlt években együttműködtek az OSA Archívummal a történelmi és nemzeti önismeretet segítő programok bemutatásában. Értetlenül állunk a tény előtt, hogy az eddig kultúremberként ismert Rockenbauer Zoltán nevét adta az állami médiumokban folyó politikai indíttatású tisztogatásokhoz.

Az OSA Archívum munkatársainak nevében

Rév István igazgató


Night of Museums

muzeumokejszakaja2011OSA Archivum – Night of Museums, June 24, 2011


Exhibition in Galeria Centralis, from 4pm to 12:55 am

IN 1910-1930s

Variophone, theremin terpsitone, rhythmicon, emiriton, ekvodin, graphical sound – just to mention a few of the amazing innovations of the beginning of the 20th century in Soviet Russia, a country and time turbulent with revolutions, wars and totalitarian dictatorship.

While the history of Russian post-revolutionary avant-garde art and music is fairly well documented, the inventions and discoveries, names and fates of researchers of sound, creators of musical machines and noise orchestras, founders of new musical technologies have been largely forgotten except, perhaps, Leon Theremin, inventor of the first electronic musical instrument, the theremin.

This community of creators, however, was inherently incompatible with the totalitarian state. By the late 1930s it became effectively written out of histories, wiped out from text books.
Many of their ideas and inventions, considered as utopian at that time, were decades later rein­vented abroad. We still use them today not knowing their origin.

This exhibition is an attempt at reconstructing and understanding the Russian artistic utopia.

10 pm Thereminiad
Multimedia theremin concert by László Najmányi

4pm – 12:30 am Tours in the Building


Exhibition hall and archive in a museum space. The industrial monument that is the Goldberger building is opened to public view once a year. The basement of the building holds records of the fieldwork that underpinned Radio Free Europe's broadcasts during the Cold War, as well as the collection of Human Rights documents.


Ratko Mladić Arrested

mladicOn the fifteenth anniversary of the mass killing of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, OSA organized an exhibit on the forensic reconstruction of the genocide titled Srebrenica-Exhumation. At the same time, it released in the local and international media a communiqué calling for the main architect of the genocide to be brought face to face with his judges.

On May 26, 2011, Ratko Mladić was finally arrested in Northern Serbia. With his extradition to the ICTY in The Hague justice, at least in the legal sense of the word will be done.


32nd Meeting of ECCHRD


OSA hosts the 32nd Meeting of the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation (ECCHRD) on May 30-31, 2011. The event is co-organized with The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Lund).

The meeting brings together documentalists, archivists, librarians, and information managers working on human rights documentation in various European NGOs, IGOs and academic institutions, among them HURIDOCS, ODIHR/OSCE, Council of Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Amnesty International, the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, the Rehabilitation and Research Center for Torture Victims, and the Norwegian Centre For Human Rights. The topics discussed generally concentrate on how the development of information technology and the emergence of new information management tools can be used to better the work of human rights information specialists.


Monday, May 30, 2011

09.30-09.40 - Opening of the meeting
09.40-10.00 - Opening address – István Rév, Director, Open Society Archives (OSA)
10.00-10.10 - Adoption of the agenda and election of chairperson
10.10-11.00 - Presentation of participants and their organizations, interests and motivation
11.00-11.05 - Minutes of the 31th meeting (Vienna 2010)
11.05-11.30 - Coffee break
11.30-12.30 - Future of the ECCHRD and Report back from ECCHRD Secretariat
12.30-13.30 - Lunch
13.30-15.00 - Creating on-line libraries: sharing of experiences – Bert Verstappen (HURIDOCS)
15.00-15.30 - Coffee break
15.30-16.30 - KOHA at OSA: Experiences and the road ahead – Katalin Dobó and József Gábor Boné

Open Floor (15 minutes for presenting projects and activities)
Tour of the Open Society Archives (30 min)

19:00 - Dinner at a local restaurant (TBA)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

09.30-11.00 - Reducing Enthropy: Information and Documentation Practices in the Human Rights Centre of the University of Sarajevo – Saša Madacki (Human Rights Centre, University of Sarajevo)
11.00-11.30 - Coffee break
11.30-12.30 - Presentation of the work of Documenta – Vesna Teršelić (Documenta, Zagreb)
12.30-13.00 - An update on the work of HURIDOCS – Bert Verstappen (HURIDOCS)
13.00-15.00 - Meetings of the special interest groups; market place and lunch
15.00-15.30 - Report back from the special interest groups
15.30-15.45 - Date and place of next meeting and closing of the meeting




Variophone, theremin terpsitone, rhythmicon, emiriton, ekvodin, graphical sound – just to mention a few of the amazing innovations of the beginning of the 20th century in Soviet Russia, a country and time turbulent with revolutions, wars and totalitarian dictatorship.
While the history of Russian post-revolutionary avant-garde art and music is fairly well documented, the inventions and discoveries, names and fates of researchers of sound, creators of musical machines and noise orchestras, founders of new musical technologies have been largely forgotten except, perhaps, Leon Theremin, inventor of the first electronic musical instrument, the theremin.
This community of creators, however, was inherently incompatible with the totalitarian state. By the late 1930s it became effectively written out of histories, wiped out from text books.
Many of their ideas and inventions, considered as utopian at that time, were decades later rein­vented abroad. We still use them today not knowing their origin.

This exhibition is an attempt at reconstructing and understanding the Russian artistic utopia.


The exhibition runs from June 9 till July 20.


June 24, 2011, on the Night of Museums, 10:00 p.m.:

Multimedia theremin concert: Najmányi László,  visual artist, performer, theremin specialist.


Black Box materials at OSA

feketedobozHistorical archival footage has been deposited at OSA by the Black Box Foundation. The material will soon be open for researchers. In conjunction with the event, OSA TV will broadcast on a weekly basis 90 documentary shorts of Black Box, as well as 6 to 8 minute excerpts from the recordings of the Opposition Roundtable negotiations in 1989.


Filmstrip Projection for Grown-ups

krumplibogarAs part of the Virtual Filmstrip Museum series, OSA organizes a projection for adults.

The program:

World News 2. (1955)
Battle in the Potato Field (1955)
The Secrets of Radios (1954)
Family Holidays and Social Celebrations (1960)
The Adventures of an Unfaithful Dog in Barkland (1957)

The original filmstrips will be shown using a contemporary projector.
Texts will be read by actress Zsuzsa Járó.
Introduction by Gabriella Ivacs.

Time and Date: April 28, 2011, 6 p.m.

Venue: OSA, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

Please note that this is a Hungarian language event.


How Did We Get to This Point?

alkotmanyozasThe current state of the Hungarian constitutionalism restored two decades ago and (Viktor) Orbán's supreme law

The last event of OSA's series on the constitution-making process in Hungary is a public lecture by Péter Tölgyessy, a constitutional legal scholar and political analyst, and a prominent figure of the 1989 Opposition Roundtable Negotiations.

Time: April 18, 2011 at 18.00 p.m.

Venue: OSA, 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

(Please note that this event is in Hungarian.)


Virtual Filmstrip Museum

a_kerek_ko_1Not all of us may know that filmstrips are not necessarily just stories for children. Educational filmstrips were first made in the early 20th century, and after World War II in Hungary they became part of the political propaganda arsenal – and for us explicit documents of our recent past.

Hungarian collector Ferenc Bíró has put together a unique and still growing filmstrip and projection equipment collection. In cooperation with several contributors, in an internationally unprecedented effort, a digitized version of the collection has been put online on the webpage of the Virtual Filmstrip Museum (Virtuális Diafilmmúzeum.)

To introduce Virtual Filmstrip Museum to the public, OSA is organizing a series of events:

Time: April 14, 2011 at 11 a.m.

Press conference combined with a small exhibition of vintage equipment, and graphics by Ernő Zórád, a renowned illustrator of filmstrips. A contemporary projector will be used to screen a filmstrip made in 1964 about the growing variety of bijoux that had become available thanks to the measures intended by the oppressive dictatorship to improve the general mood.

Time: April 28, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Filmstrip screening for adults

Time: May 29, 2011 (Children's Day) at 10 a.m.

Filmstrip screening for children

Venue: OSA, 1051 Budapest,  Arany János u. 32.


New challenges to freedom of expression

The Center for Media and Communication Studies and the OSA Archivum at CEU cordially invite you to a public lecture by

Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

New challenges to freedom of expression

Monday April 4th 2011, 5:45 PM

OSA Archives, Arany J. u. 32., Budapest


Frank La Rue

Mr La Rue is the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.  He has worked on human rights for the past 25 years.  He is the founder of the Centre for Legal Action for Human Rights (CALDH), both in Washington DC and Guatemala, which became the first Guatemalan NGO to bring cases of human rights violations to the Inter-American System.  CALDH was also the first Guatemalan NGO to promote economic, social and cultural rights.  Mr. La Rue also brought the first genocide case against the military dictatorship in Guatemala.  As a human rights activist, his name was presented to the Nobel Peace Prize committee in 2004. Mr. La Rue has previously served as a Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala, as a Human Rights Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala and as a consultant to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  He is President of Instituto Demos in Guatemala City. La Rue holds a BA in Legal and Social Sciences from the University of San Carlos, Guatemala and a postgraduate degree in U.S. foreign policy from Johns Hopkins University.


Two Constitutions (1989 – 2011) Continuity and Discontinuity

Successful constitution-making takes place at pivotal moments in the lives of societies and nations, when an experience is shared by the whole society. The constitution of 1989, which introduced the rule of law in Hungary, is one such constitution. The constitution of the revolutionary regime change which set public law, social life and even the economy on the path to democracy is worth protecting.

Read on...


Constitution‑making in Hungary - Its Aims and Where It Will Lead Us

alkotmanyozasLecture by János Kis
March 15, 2011, 11 a.m.
Address: 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

In March and April 2011, OSA Archivum is organizing a series
of lectures and conferences to discuss fundamental issues
of the current constitution-making process in Hungary.

The opening event will be a lecture by the philosopher János Kis.

Read on...


100 Year-Old Buildings of Budapest

budapest100Within the framework of our joint 100 Year-Old Buildings of Budapest project, on April 9 and 10, the 100th day of the year, OSA Archivum and the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre will open to the public several dozen buildings which were erected in Budapest in 1911, including the Goldberger House, the headquarters of OSA.

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RE-VERZIO Documentary Film Series

reverzio6February -March 2011
OSA Archivum
Budapest V, Arany János u. 32.

OSA Archivum and Verzio Film Festival present 7 outstanding documentaries - the most popular films of the 7th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (

Do not miss this rare opportunity to watch some of the best documentary features of 2010!

Where: OSA Archivum, Budapest V, Arany János u. 32.
When: Thursdays, 6 PM
Films are screened in original language with English subtitles.
admission free


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Hoover Archives Research Assistance Scholarship

For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (Central and Eastern Europe, the Freedom Broadcasting Foundation (formerly the RFE/RL Fund)  and the Open Society Archives at Central European University (OSA) offer a grant which covers altogether 108 distant research hours in the Hoover Institution on a competitive basis to support scholars who wish to conduct research in the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holdings of the Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University, and whose current research projects are relevant to these holdings. Read more...


Law and Disorder - Public Lecture

Wikileaks and the Future of Information Freedom

The Center for Media and Communication Studies and the Open Society Archives at CEU invite you to a public lecture by David McCraw Vice President and Assistant  General Counsel of The New York Times Company 

February 16, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

OSA Archivum 1051 Budapest, Arany J. u. 32.


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