Symposium on Refugee Rights in Records PROGRAM

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

at Central European University (CEU)

Budapest, Hungary


9:00 Registration

9:30 Welcome | István Rév, Director, Blinken OSA

9:45 Keynote, Problem Statement | Anne Gilliland, Professor, UCLA

10:00 Session 1 | Documenting Refugees’ Identities, Archives as Sources

Chair: Tamara Štefanac, Independent Researcher

Iván Székely, Senior Research Fellow, Blinken OSA

Csaba Szilágyi, Head of the Human Rights Program, Blinken OSA

11:00 Coffee Break

11:10 Session 2 | Refugee Perspectives? Or Geopolitical Trends? 

Chair: Csaba Szilágyi

Yolande Ditewig, Senior Regional Policy Officer, UNHCR Regional Representation for Central Europe (Budapest) 

Boldizsár Nagy, Associate Professor, CEU

Anikó Bakonyi, Advocacy and Project Officer, Hungarian Helsinki Committee


12:30 Lunch

13:30 Session 3 | Problems of Documentation and Technology in Migration

Chair: James Lowry, Lecturer, Liverpool University

Cameran Ashraf, Assistant Professor, CEU

Patricia Sleeman, Digital Archivist, UNHCR Records and Archives (Geneva)

Hadi Al-Khatib, Founder and Director, Syrian Archive

14:45 Film Screening

15:45 Session 4 | Refugee Rights in Records Project and next steps

Anne Gilliland and James Lowry

17:00 Closing remarks | Anne Gilliland

17:30 Guided Tour of the Archives | Robert Parnica, Senior Reference Archivist, Blinken OSA