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Visegrad Scholarships at Open Society Archives

The International Visegrad Fund in coop­er­a­tion with the Open Society Archivum Budapest offers research fel­low­ships at the Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University in Budapest. As part of the joint project, 12 fel­low­ships will be awarded annu­ally to selected schol­ars, researchers or jour­nal­ists from the Visegrad Group (V4) coun­tries and 3 fel­low­ships annu­ally to non-V4 applicants.

The fel­low­ships will be given on a com­pet­i­tive basis to scholars/artists/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 the Archivum. The schol­ar­ship of €2,000 is 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 two months. Scholarships for shorter peri­ods are pro-rated.

Suggested research top­ics (2015):

  • The infor­ma­tional envi­ron­ment of the period of the Cold War, East and West;
  • History of infor­ma­tion sci­ence dur­ing the Cold War;
  • History of infor­ma­tion gath­er­ing dur­ing the Cold War (sci­en­tific, diplo­matic, clan­des­tine, pub­lic opin­ion research, intel­li­gence, party reports, etc);
  • Public opin­ion research East and West dur­ing the Cold War (audi­ence research in the West and reports on the “pub­lic mood” behind the Iron Curtain);
  • The con­se­quences of lim­ited avail­able infor­ma­tion on “the other” in the Cold War;
  • The per­cep­tion and con­struc­tion of the “other” as reflected through cat­a­logu­ing and data clas­si­fi­ca­tion prac­tices before 1989;
  • The impact of cyber­net­ics on infor­ma­tional and archival practices;
  • The tech­niques and role of gath­er­ing and using infor­ma­tion in the plan­ning process and for social engi­neer­ing pur­poses both East and West;
  • The nature of the pro­pa­ganda (includ­ing film) archive and its impact on (plan­ning and manip­u­lat­ing) polit­i­cal and social processes; The role of pro­pa­ganda dur­ing the Cold War;
  • Manufacturing objec­tiv­ity” (how archival “facts” were used in order to cre­ate the objec­tiv­ity effect of information);
  • How polit­i­cal events and pro­fes­sional schol­arly prac­tices in the “real world” of the Cold War had an impact on the doc­u­men­tary prac­tices, the cat­e­gor­i­cal changes, the per­cep­tion and inter­pre­ta­tion of infor­ma­tion and the documents.

The list does not exclude those appli­cants, who would like to pur­sue their own research that is dif­fer­ent from the cur­rent research focus.

Starting with the 2014–2015 aca­d­e­mic year, OSA Archives would like to involve the Visegrad fel­lows more closely in the ongo­ing research work of the Archives. The work of the fel­lows will not sim­ply be sup­ported by des­ig­nated col­leagues at OSA, but the fel­lows are expected to work together with at least one of the researchers at the Archives. The fel­lows will take part in the research activ­i­ties of OSA, will attend in-house sem­i­nars, and, if pos­si­ble, together with other fel­lows will work on sim­i­lar or rel­e­vant research top­ics. The inten­tion is to build long-lasting work­ing rela­tion­ships, and involve for­mer fel­lows in the research pro­grams of OSA.

Documents to be sub­mit­ted with the proposals:

  1. Application let­ter in English (includ­ing the expected period of stay and pre­ferred dates)
  2. Research description/plan in English (about 800 words; should indi­cate rela­tion­ship between the cur­rent research topic, the cho­sen col­lec­tion in the OSA hold­ings and the applicant’s research, the intended use of text based or audio-visual research results, etc.); artists are expected to sub­mit a port­fo­lio, too
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Names of two ref­er­ees with con­tact address
  5. Applicants are also requested to sub­mit a copy of a cer­tifi­cate con­firm­ing the pass­ing of offi­cially rec­og­nized advanced level English lan­guage exam.

Deadlines for submission:

April 20, 2015

More infor­ma­tion:

Visegrad Scholarships at OSA (OSA website)

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion regard­ing the pro­gram and the appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures please con­sult the web­site or con­tact Ms. Katalin Gádoros (Gadoros@ceu.hu). We look for­ward to your research proposals.

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