Conference: „Historiography and History Education in the South Slavic- and Albanian-Speaking Regions“, 3-4 June 2015

The conference in 2015 will engage closely with Albanian-Slavic and Albanian-Greek relationships in textbooks and historiography. Skopje in Macedonia is the ideal host city for the conference; the Ohrid Agreement signed in 2001 introduced far-reaching rights for the Albanian ethnic group in Macedonia, who make up 25-30% of the total population.

The good working relationship we have with our cooperation partners in Skopje – the Institute of National History and the Institute of the Cultural and Spiritual Heritage of the Albanians – means our conference in June 2015 promises to be a highly interesting one. A seminar for textbook authors will be offered in Tirana in 2015; it will focus on visual sources and will present for discussion and further development the modules produced in 2014.

You can find the Call for Applications here: CfA Skopje 2015

You can download the conference reader here: Reader Skopje June 2015

You can read the conference report here.



2nd June 2015 (Hotel Solun)

Guided tour with Besnik Emini on Albanian-Macedonian relations in Skopje

Getting to know each other over dinner in Hotel Solun

3rd June 2015 (National & University Library) – open to the public
(please send an e-mail to if you are interested in taking part without presentation)

Welcome addresses from S. Asani, D. Gjorgiev and E. Fuchs (directors of ITSHKSH, INI and GEI)

I. Current issues in Macedonian history textbooks (introductory panel)
Chair (moderator and commentator): Dragi Gjorgiev (Skopje)

S. Asani & A. Hani (Skopje) – History textbooks between reality and ideology
V. Petroska-Beshka & N. Kenig (Skopje) – Ethnocentric history textbooks in a multi-ethnic society: The case of the Republic of Macedonia
I. Stefoska (Skopje) – The threatening “Other”: image(s) of Macedonia’s neighbours in history textbooks

II. Cross-cultural history (first half of the 20th century)
Chair (moderator and commentator): Petar Todorov (Skopje/Istanbul)

R. Pichler (Berlin) – Social similarities and traces of economic entanglement between Albanians and Macedonians in rural Western Macedonia between the 1930s and the 1960s
B. Emini (Skopje) – The cultural activities of Albanian emigrants in Bulgaria at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century

12:45-14:00 Lunch break

III. The “Other” in history textbooks from 1945 to the present
Chair (moderator and commentator): Eckhardt Fuchs (Braunschweig)

E. Nita (Elbasan) – The image of Slavic neighbours in the history of Albanian textbooks
E. Sulstarova (Tirana) – Perennial enemies: the presentation of Slavs in national history textbooks of Albania
P. Todorov (Skopje) – The Other: representations of ethnic Albanians in Macedonian history textbooks
K. Giakoumis et al (Tirana) – Representing war and revolution in school history textbooks from neighbouring states: a comparison between Macedonia and Albania

Welcome speech of the German Ambassador Dr. Christine D. Althauser

Keynote lecture Nathalie Clayer (Paris): „Albanians, Slavs and others: elements of a shared history“
Introduction and comments: Irena Stefoska (Skopje)

Continuing discussion over dinner at Stara Kuќа, бул. Филип Втори Македонски бр.14

4th June 2015 (Hotel Solun) – not open to the public

IV. Ethnographic views on “Otherness”
Chair (moderator and commentator): Besnik Emini (Skopje)

D. Ermolin (St. Petersburg) – “In our community we spoke Turkish”: (hi)stories of a shared past in pre-war Pristina
A. Hemming (Marburg) – Images of the Self and images of Other among school students in Mirdita, Albania
A. Pavlovic (Belgrade) – Forging the enemy: the transformation of common Serbian-Albanian traits into enmity and political hostility

V. Albanian-(south)Slavic relations after WWII
Chair (moderator and commentator): N. Clayer (Paris)

E. Luku (Durrës) – Albanian-Yugoslav relations (1945-1948) and their presentation in school history textbooks
J. Hadalin (Ljubljana) – Slovenes and Albanians in the twentieth century: changing perceptions – from orientalism to sharing state cohabitation

Final comments from all panel chairs and discussion of the findings of the three-year project on Albanian textbooks conducted at the GEI: What still needs to be investigated by future research and in which direction do we want to go? What will be the projects and research questions that emerge from them?
Facilitator: C. Lichnofsky (Braunschweig)

Networking over lunch at the hotel

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