Core Team

Oksana Sarkisova is the head of the steering committee of the Visual Theory and Practice advanced certificate program and the Visual Studies Platform. She is a research fellow at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, director of Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest, and co-founder of the Visual Studies Platform at CEU. Her fields of research are cultural history, memory and representation, film history, amateur photography, and visual studies. She teaches courses on visual theory, memory politics and Eastern European cinema, documentary cinema and human rights, and documentary filmmaking for historians.

Vlad Naumescu is associate professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU.  He is an anthropologist of religion broadly interested in questions of learning and cultural transmission. He also teaches visual anthropology and documentary filmmaking courses and workshops and supervises visual works ranging from photo essays to documentary films and interactive cross-media projects. He is currently exploring the potential of new media to capture and visualize empirical data and generate new modes of ethnographic storytelling. Part of this work has been channeled into the establishment of the Visual Studies Platform and a certificate program in Visual Theory and Practice.

ian cook

Ian M. Cook is currently a research fellow within the project Sound Relations: Transgressions, Disruptions, Transformations. He is an anthropologist whose work spans urban studies, south Asian studies and sound studies; he is obsessed with thinking the world through rhythms and making academic podcasts (though not at the same time); he has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Mangaluru (India) and Budapest (Hungary). He loves writing academic texts, but also loves producing academic knowledge with sounds and film. Topics of interest include: urban change, morality, learning, informal economies, housing, land, development, migration and infrastructure. At CEU he is the he is the co-founder and manager of CEU’s podcast library; a research fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society; a proud member of The Open Learning Initiative (OLIve) aimed at opening access to higher education for refugees and asylum seekers; once a student at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology; and part of the core team within the Visual Studies Platform. He loves teaching.

Jeremy Braverman is media and Visual Education Specialist at CEU Library's Mirabaud Media Lab, providing direct support for media and visual literacy through instruction on state-of-the-art equipment, practical training in communicating through moving images, and promotion of high technical standards for media production across the university’s academic programs. Prior to joining CEU, Jeremy spent 15 years teaching filmmaking at the university level, most recently as an associate professor and department chair at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. As a filmmaker, his short films have played in film festivals around the US and received a number of awards.

Didem Pekun

Didem Pekün is visiting faculty member at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU. Her work explores both artistic research and practice; conceptually it deals with the production of subjectivities within violent geographies, displacement, and the different forms they take on-screen. She is an active and founding member of Beyond Istanbul: Center for Spatial Justice. Following a BA in Music at SOAS, and an MA on Documentary at Goldsmiths, she holds a practice-based PhD from Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths where she focused on essay films as platforms for production of molecular subjectivities within Turkey and produced a video installation in tandem with her thesis. She is a faculty member at the Media and Visual Arts Department at Koç University and is a research fellow at Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths.

Laszlo Strausz is a teaching fellow in Visual Theory and Practice at CEU’s Visual Studies Platform and the Institute for Advanced Study in the 2018/19 academic year, and is an assistant professor in the Film Studies Department at ELTE University. Since 1998 he has been working as a freelance writer on film for various journals and websites. After obtaining his MA in Philosophy at the University of Pécs, Hungary, he moved to the US to study at the doctoral school of the Georgia State University. Upon the completion of his dissertation on the development of stylistic norms in cinema, he worked for various universities both in the US and the UK. His research interests include cinema and historical memory, politics of style, Eastern European Cinemas, and the aesthetics and narrative theory of motion pictures.


Anna Orosz

Program Coordinator