Anthropology, Archival studies (AV track), Cultural studies, Film and media studies, Film-making, Gender studies, History, Human rights, Sociology, Visual arts


In cooperation with Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and Visual Studies Platform at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Course date

1 July - 9 July, 2016
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Oksana Sarkisova

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives of the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Péter Forgács

Media Artist and Independent Filmmaker, Budapest, Hungary

Aniko Imre

Division of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, School of Cinematic Arts, United States of America

Peter Kerekes

Film and Television Department , VŠMU, Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Slovakia

Vlad Naumescu

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Michael Renov

Division of Cinema and Media Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Nadine Siegert

Iwalewa-Haus, Africa-Center of the University of Bayreuth, Germany
Our understanding of the past, experience of the present, and visions of the future are shaped by the imagery transmitted by the multiple screens, which reflect and project, making reality a mediated concept and challenging the binary opposition between reality and its image. New mediatized world, marked by extreme visual excess and subtraction, requires new analytical tools and categories. These new competences are central for (re)framing the contested experience of history. The epistemological status of visual imagery in the construction and transformation of historical narratives is in the focus of the summer school.
The program includes cross-disciplinary courses and workshops with academics and filmmakers placing films, TV broadcasts, and multi-media art in global context. We will approach visual material as historical sources and ‘non-transparent’ objects, embedded in the intellectual and cultural contexts of their production and interpretation.
The school program invites advanced graduate students, researchers, young faculty, audio-visual archivists, filmmakers and visual artists to explore the functions of visual testimony and to open up new directions for research, teaching, and art.