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.

György E. Szönyi is visiting professor at the Department of Medieval Studies & Department of History at CEU. He is also professor of English and Hungarian Studies at the University of Szeged. He is a cultural and literary historian with special interest in the Renaissance, the role of Western esotericism in early modern and postmodern culture/literature, cultural theory, especially in cultural symbolization and the relationship of words and images, and Hungarian Studies.

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 teaching fellow in Visual Theory and Practice in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study at CEU and CEU’s Cultural Heritage Studies in the fall semester of the 2017/18 academic year and a researcher and visiting faculty member at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU in the spring semester of the 2017/18 academic year. 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.

Ulrich Meurer is visiting professor in Visual Theory and Practice at the Department of History in the winter semester of the 2017/18 academic year. His research focus is on film and media philosophy, visual culture and political theory from early modernism to the present, history of the US-American (moving) image in the 19th and 20th centuries, discourses of pré-cinéma and film archeology, Greek film cultures, intermediality (esp. word-image-relations), and digital humanities. His current research project Philocracy explores how (moving) images in the U.S. – from mid-19th century daguerreotypes to the introduction of sound film – produce and impart concepts of collective friendship. Combining media history and political theory, the project’s case studies discuss the narrative strategies, formal composition and media structure of photo/cinemato/graphic images as agents of a non-hierarchical, non-patriarchal assemblage or ‘governance’ of friends that informs notions of the political from Whitman to the present. See more at

Anna Orosz

Program Coordinator