Conference: „Albanian-language history textbooks and teaching in south-eastern Europe“, 6-8 November 2013 in Prishtina

Albanian-language history teaching is provided in five countries in south-eastern Europe, each with its own national school curricula whose needs and requirements the teaching has to take into account. Textbooks and curricula in this subject are accordingly diverse; some books used in schools are translations of the textbooks provided for the majority-language population in each country (where this majority language is not Albanian), whereas curricula are prescribed at national level in Albania itself and in Kosovo. The differences in perspectives on historical events from country to country pose a challenge to textbooks and curricula, raising the question of whether and how these divergent points of view and historiographies can be reconciled with one another in history teaching.

In response to this challenge, the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, based in Braunschweig, Germany, held a conference on this subject from 6 to 8 November 2013 in Prishtina where Albanian and international academics were able to discuss the challenges and problems associated with Albanian-language history textbooks and teaching in south-eastern Europe. The project is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Conference programme
Conference languages: Albanian and English with simultaneous interpreting

Wednesday 6 November 2013
Introductory remarks and reports on previous projects and debates
Prof. Eckhardt Fuchs (Braunschweig)
Prof. Bujar Dugolli (Prishtina)

Organisational information
Claudia Lichnofsky (Braunschweig/Berlin)

Panel I: Albanian-language history textbooks
Chair: Prof. Eckhardt Fuchs

Kosova, pjesë e Joint History Project
(Kosovo as part of the Joint History Project)
Associate Prof Frashër Demaj (Prishtina)

Zhvillimet në lendën e historisë në Kosovë gjatë viteve 2000/2013
(The development of the school subject of history in Kosovo, 2000-2013). Arbër Salihu MSc(Prishtina)

Coffee break

Projects run by the European History Teachers Association (EUROCLIO) in the region
Besnik Emini(Skopje)

Trevat shqipfolëse dhe sigurimi i tyre aktual me materiale mësimore të histories
(Principal aspects of the current provision of Albanian-speaking areas with teaching materials for history)
Associate Prof Dieter Nehring (Berlin/Prishtina)

Thursday, 7 November 2013
Panel II: Textbook narratives
Chair: Dr EnriketaPandelejmoni

“Rishkrimi” i historisë së periudhës osmane në tekstet shkollore: ideologjia dhe kultura shtetërore
(“Rewriting” of the Ottoman period in history textbooks: ideology and national culture)
Dr Artan Puto (Tirana)

Minoritetet dhe trajtimi i tyre në tekstet e historisë (Minorities and their treatment in the history textbooks)
Dr Ndriçim Mehmeti (Tirana)

The Albanians in world civilization: examining the meanings and uses of “Civilization” in Albanian history textbooks
Dr Enis Sulstarova (Tirana/Braunschweig)

Coffee break

Periudha e mesjetësnëlibrat e historisë tëarsimittëmesëmnërepublikën e maqedonisë
(The medieval period in history books for secondary education in the Republic of Macedonia)
Prof. Qerim Dalipi (Tetova)

Kosova 1912-2000 in the history textbooks of Kosova and Serbia
Shkëlzen Gashi (Prishtina)

Nacionalizmi, patriotizmi, bashkëpunimi ballkanik- si koncepte njohurie të përcjella përmes teksteve mësimore të historisë (Nationalism, patriotism, and Balkan cooperation – as concepts of knowledge conveyed through history textbooks)
Nevila Mehmeti (Tirana)

Lunch at the conference venue

Panel III: The relationship between textbook narratives and existing conflicts in multicultural societies
Chair: Tina Mavrikos-Adamou

Tekstet shkollore të historisë (Kl-6-9) së vendeve të rajonit për shqiptaret
(History textbooks [class 6-9] in countries in which Albanian-language education is provided)
Ndrec Pelleshi(Gjakova)

Approaching disputed histories of curricula through personal experiences
Vahida Ramujkić (Belgrade)

How history textbooks create or intensify societal tensions and conflicts
Erika Bozzato (Bielefeld)

Coffee break

Panel IV: Curricula and textbooks for Albanian communities in Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia
Chair: Dr Enis Sulstarova

Problemet e shkollave fillore dhe te mesme në Luginën e Preshevës me tekste mësimore
(Issues with textbooks in primary and secondary schools in the Preševo Valley)
Agim Hasani (Bujanoc)

Mësimi i historisë në tekstin e shkollës fillore të klasës së VIII-të (tetëvjeçare)
(Teaching history using the primary school textbook for class VIII of the eight-year primary school)
Dr Zeqirja Rexhepi (Tetova)

Zhvillimi i kurikulave (programeve mësimore) të lëndës së historisë në R.E Maqedonisë
(The development of the history curriculum/syllabus in Macedonia)
Ilir Memedi (Tetova)

Albanian-language history textbooks in Montenegro
Xhoana Perkaj (Podgorica)

Friday, 8 November 2013
Panel V: Teacher education and methodological issues affecting history teaching
Chair: Prof. Bujar Dugolli

Programet e studimit dhe për gatitja e mesuesve të historisë në Shqipëri
(Initial teacher training for history teachers in Albania)
Dr Gentiana Kera (Tirana)

Probleme metodologjike në mësimdhënien e historisë në arsimin e detyruardhe ate tëmesëm
(Methodological issues in history teaching in compulsory education and middle and secondary schools)
Alma Prendi (Tirana)

Historia e Popullit Shqiptar – Problematikat e shkrimit dhe pasqyrimit të historisë kombëtare në tekstet e historisë
(History of the Albanian people: Problems of writing and reflecting national history in history textbooks)
Dr Enriketa Pandelejmoni (Tirana)

Coffee break

Historia ë Shqipërisë (Klasa e 4-të dhe e 8-të): Aspekte historike dhe metodologjike
(History of Albania [years 4 and 8 of schooling]: historical and methodological aspects)
Denis Vuka (Athens/Berlin)

Textbook use in the history classroom in Albanian-language areas in Macedonia: An analysis of history textbooks and history teaching methodologies
Prof. Florentina Halimi (Skopje)

Textbooks and teaching methods: promoting poly-perspective historical understanding
Dr Tina Mavrikos-Adamou (New York)

Lunch at the conference venue

14:00-15:00 Closing discussion

Photo by Claudia Lichnofsky

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