Hungary, Budapest

Screened Memories: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Visual Culture

when 1 July 2016 - 9 July 2016
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

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.

Péter Forgács, Media Artist and Independent Filmmaker, Budapest, Hungary
Aniko Imre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, USA
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 Howard
Michael Renov, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, USA
Nadine Siegert, Iwalewa-Haus, Africa-Center of the University of Bayreuth, Germany

Course leader

Oksana Sarkisova, Open Society Archive of the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

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.

Course aim


• To develop new interdisciplinary ways to study still and moving images as active agents of historical representation imbedded in their social contexts
• To offer new teaching methods and thinking practices by challenging traditional periodization and genre divisions
• To grasp changes in image analysis in the context of digital production and distribution
• To advance media literacy
• To facilitate the development of new courses
• To establish a research network with the scholars of visual media for further cooperation and joint teaching and research
• To address conceptual gaps in different interpretative paradigms and direction further development of visual studies
• To develop critical thinking in relation to the audio-visual material

Credits info

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 550: payable until May 28, 2016
EUR 500: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2016


Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver
• accommodation grant
• travel grant (full or partial)

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