Call for Papers

 

Media play a key role in the collective memory of a country through the way they report on different historical figures and events. During the dictatorship, similarly to other communist countries, Albanian media and journalists were part of the regime's propaganda apparatus. Their transformation in the early 1990s to independent and democratic media has not been easy. Twenty five years have passed since the fall of the Stalinist dictatorship in Albania, and it is time we examine the role Albanian media and journalists have played on the societal reflection on the country's past during this period. The Institute for Democracy, Media and Culture (IDMC) with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Albania aims to bring together media and cultural communication scholars in an international conference where they will present their studies on Albanian media, and discuss their views on the media's attitude towards Albania's past with a special focus on the previous totalitarian regime. In order to put the Albanian experience in a comparative context, international scholars with an academic interest on memory studies, in general, and on Central and Eastern European countries that have undergone similar transitional processes, in particular, will also be invited to participate.

The aim of the conference is to promote innovative research studies and findings with theoretical and empirical contributions in the field.

Conference Themes

 

The conference will focus on the following themes:

  • The role of the media in the past
  • Journalistic culture past and present
  • Collective memory topics, perspectives, and genres in the media
  • Types of media outlet and the construction of collective memory
  • The collective memory of other periods through the lens of communist experience/media
  • Journalistic practices in producing and reproducing collective memory
  • The role of the media producers in the construction of collective memory
  • The role of media technology in archiving collective memory
  • Collective Memory in (TV) documentaries
  • Social media and collective memory
  • Media of remembrance: Literature
  • (New) Media of remembrance
  • Other themes not mentioned by related to the main topic of the conference are also welcome.

Keynote Speakers

 

Prof. PETER GROSS

School of Journalism and Electronic Media

The University of Tennessee

USA

Peter Gross is Director and Professor, School of Journalism & Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. He specializes in international communication, began his duties as director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media August 1, 2006. Multilingual, Gross has worked, written about and and traveled extensively in Western and East/Central Europe, in some former Soviet Republics (Belarus, Moldova, Tajikistan), Taiwan, India, China and Cuba.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

 

Scholars and graduate students who are interested to participate in this conference are invited to submit a paper proposal (abstract) of 300 words in English or in Albanian and English to jonila.godole@idmc.al and sonila.danaj@jyu.fi no later than September 30, 2015. Accepted candidates will be informed by October 5, 2015.

Poster presentations proposals are also welcomed. If you wish to submit a poster presentation, please submit an abstract of 150 words in English or in Albanian and English to jonila.godole@idmc.al and sonila.danaj@jyu.fi no later than September 30, 2015. Accepted candidates will be informed by October 5, 2015.

Every participant can present only one paper as author or co-author. Every author can participate with a maximum of two papers, as author or co-author. A selected number of full papers will be published.

Working languages:  English and Albanian.

Conference venue: Tirana International Hotel.

location & stay

 

City Airport

Tirana International Airport "Mother Teresa" is located 20 km from Tirana city. For flight departures and arrivals, please visit http://www.tirana-airport.com/c/3/flight-information/

Conference Venue

Tirana International Hotel & Conference Centre is among the best and most prestigious hotels and conference centers in Albania. The Hotel is located at the city center, in the main square of Tirana (Skanderbeg square) near to the most historical and cultural points, such as the National Historical Museum, Opera House, Art Gallery etc.
Prices: Room with breakfast pro night EUR 85,-
Contact: E-mail: reservation@hoteltirana.com.al • Phone: +355 4 22 32 521

Conference Hotels

Vila Alba Hotel is a four stars boutique hotel located 7 minutes walking distance from Tirana International Hotel and Skanderbeg square.
Prices: Room with breakfast pro night EUR 70,-
Contact: E-mail: office@vila-alba.com • Phone: +355 4 22 55 937

Sar'Otel Hotel & Spa is a four star hotel located 5 minutes walking distance from Tirana International Hotel and Skanderbeg square.
Prices: Room with breakfast pro night EUR 70,-
Contact: E-mail: info@sarotel.com • Phone: +355 4 45 33 000

Arber Hotel is a three star hotel located just a few minutes walking distance from Tirana International Hotel and Skanderbeg square.
Prices: Room with breakfast pro night EUR 60,-
Contact: Email: reservation@hotelarber.com • Phone: +355 4 22 73 811

Hotel & Restaurant Patricia is a traditional family hotel located 5 minutes walking distance from Tirana International Hotel and Skanderbeg square.
Prices: Room with breakfast pro night EUR 50,-
Contact: Email: info@hotelrestorantpatricia.com • Phone: +355 (0)672081888

Airport Transfer

Bus service (Rinas Express) operates 12 hours a day (6am to 6pm) as an hourly service. The bus station in Tirana is the center of the city, near the conference venue. A one-way ticket costs 250 Albanian Lek.

Taxi Service

Taxi is the fastest way to get to the city and operates 24 hours a day. The transfer takes about 20 minutes and costs between 2,000 (15 Eur) and 2,500 (18 Eur) Albanian Lek one way.
Merr Taxi +355 (0) 800 55 55
Speed Taxi +355 (0) 42 222 555
RadioTaxiClassic +355 (0) 23 55555

Conference Map

 

                           

program

 

Monday, November 9th

Arrivals

  • 16:30   Registration Open
  • 17:00   Opening Session | Welcome Addresses
                Jonila Godole, Director of IDMC
                Robert Wilton, Acting Head of OSCE Presence in Albania
                Odeta Barbullushi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 17:30–18:15   Keynote Lecture
                Prof. Dr. Peter Gross, University of Tennessee, USA
  • 18:15–19:00   PLENARY SESSION: Journalists Talk About Covering the Communist Past • Moderation: Sonila Danaj, University of Jyvaskyla
                Panel discussions with journalists
  • 19.30   Reception

 

Tuesday, November 10th

  • 08:30   Registration Open
  • 09:00–10:15   First Session: The Role of the Media in Constructing Memory Through Time • Moderation: Dr. Lori E. Amy, Georgia Southern University
  • Types of Media Outlets and the Construction of Collective Memory: The Media from 1921 to 1924 and its Role on the Memory of Albanian History
    Dr. Iris Luarasi, University of Tirana
  • Understanding Albanian Media through the Status of the Journalist in the Communist Period
    Dr. Ardita Reçi, University of Shkodra
  • The Present Past: Covering The Communist Period in the Contemporary Albanian Media
    Dr. Jonila Godole, University of Tirana
  • 10:15–11:30   Second Session: Transformation of Language and Images in Media and Literature • Moderation: Prof. As. Mark Marku, University of Tirana
  • Language Difference in Media Discourse Before and After the 90s
    PhD Candidate Elona Limaj, Albanian University
  • The Present of a Past Communism
    PhD Irena Myzeqari, European University of Tirana
  • Politics of Memory in Post-communist Albania: the 'New Woman' in Contemporary Media
    PhD Candidate Irida Vorpsi, University of Tirana/University of Vienna
  • 11:30–11:45   Coffee Break
  • 11:45–13:00   Third Session: Media and Memory: International Perspectives • Moderation: Dr. Trudy Anderson, European University of Tirana
  • Discursive Changes in Remembering Communism in Romania
    Dr. Alina Thiemann, visiting fellow, Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main
  • The fall of the Communist Regime in Albania as Depicted in the Italian Media in the early 90s
    Dr. Erka Caro & Sonila Danaj, University of Jyvaskyla
  • The Communist Albania in Time Magazine, 1944–1989
    Dr. Belina Budini, European University of Tirana
  • "A Look Inside the Bunker" – Communist Albania according to the New York Times
    Albert Gjoka, Journalist
  • 13:00–14:00   Lunch
  • 14:15–15:30   Fourth Session: Memory in new media • Moderation: Dr. Rrapo Zguri, University of Tirana
  • The Memory of the Non-material Cultural Heritage and Non-cultural Diversity in Albania in Multimedia Applications (New Media)
    Dr. Shpend Bengu, European University of Tirana
  • Collective Memory in Social Networks
    Rashela Shehu, University of Tirana
  • New Media and an Ethics of Encounter
    Dr. Lori E. Amy, Georgia Southern University
  • 15:45–16:00   Coffee Break
  • 16:00–17:15   Fifth Session: Memory in the Media: Critical Views • Moderation: Prof. Dr. Peter Gross, University of Tennessee, USA
  • Collective Dis-Memory, Collective Amnesia, the Post-Soviet Syndrome, and Hidden Documentaries in Albania
    Dr. Trudy Anderson (European University of Tirana), Fabian Kati & Ilda Papajani
  • Commemorating "The Glorious Past" – "peza n*fest"
    Dr. Enriketa Pandelejmoni (Papa), University of Tirana
  • Who Died? The Role of the Media in the Reconfiguration of Collective Memory in Albania
    Dr. Jonila Godole (University of Tirana) & Sonila Danaj (University of Jyvaskyla)
  • The Role of the Media in the Recognition and/or Glorification of the Crimes of Communism
    Dr. Agron Tufa, University of Tirana
  • 17:30–18:00   Closing Session: Conclusions and next steps
  • 19:00   Conference Dinner
  • Ongoing   POSTER PRESENTATIONS
  • Dissidence, Memory and Nostalgia in (Post)Communist Romania. Two Cases from the Păltiniş School
    Dr. Dinu Gabriel Munteanu
  • Comparative Analysis Rwanda, Germany and BiH
    Naida Softic
  • Under Totalitarian Control? Scope of Action of Local Press Correspondents in Communist Albania in the 1970s and 1980s
    Idrit Idrizi
  • Transtextuality as a Means of Construction of Collective Memory in a Modern Ukrainian Magazine Essay
    Tetyana Ivanykha & Hanna Polyakova Zaporizhzhya, National University, Ukraine
  • The Influence of the Italian TV on the Fall of the Communist Regime in Albania
    PhD Lorena Liçenji, European University of Tirana

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