Call for Abstracts
Institute for Democracy, Media & Culture
Opens Call for Abstracts for International Conference
"The situation of teaching and learning of
history in Albania"
As part of Memory Days V
In the context of 5th edition of "MEMORY DAYS: VIOLENCE AND STALINIST REPRESSION", which will be held on 13–20 February 2020, the Institute for Democracy, Media & Culture will organize on 14 February 2020 the international conference "The Situation of Teaching and Learning of History in Albania – Dealing with the Period of the Communist Regime, Innovation and Challenges" in cooperation with the Association of History Teachers in Albania.
At the conference we will address ideas, practices not only of actors working in Albania, but also of those abroad; not only experiences in the treatment of Communist regimes in the curriculum by the countries of Southeast Europe, but also the experiences of the countries of Western Europe; we will bring together ideas of not only the historians or curriculum experts, but also the ideas and experiences of history teachers, their students, and specialists of education.
The treatment of the historical period of the communist regime in Albania will take place especially in the following directions:
Please send the abstract not more than 300 words and a short academic CV at email@example.com until 1 December 2019. The abstracts will be selected until 15 December 2019.
We will send you soon more information with regard to the fifth edition of Memory Days, which will be held on 13–20 February 2020, including the preliminary program and info on our partners. All the information will also be available soon at https://idmc.al/en/memory-days-20.html. For any question please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this stage we would very much appreciate if you share the call with other actors and researches who can apply in this conference.
Deadline: 1 December 2019
Open Call for Workshop Participants
Workshops in English Language
Urban Memory — How to Do Things with Cities
How do we tell the stories of a city? Of a country?
In Albania no subject is more bedrock to our social and political lives than that of land—how it is shaped, who controls it, and why.
Three workshops, each in a different city, invite architecture and journalism students to articulate nuances of the Albanian landscape to the public.
Teams will collaboratively produce critical, experimental reportage on the built environment. The stories of urban stakeholders and subjects—their means and materials, and their visions—will be traced, collaged, defended, and finally, circulated.
One piece from each workshop will be published in a prominent journal and/or newspaper.
Participants will become quickly acquainted with editorial ethics, the editorial process, means and modes of seeing in the built environment, and collaboration.
The workshops are open to students and recent graduates in the fields of journalism and architecture/urbanism. Applicants from other disciplines will also be considered if they have relevant interest/experience. Each workshop will be open to ten participants.
The workshops will be led by Leah Whitman-Salkin and Simon Battisti. Leah Whitman-Salkin is deputy editor of Harvard Design Magazine. She was the curator of the 2016 Albanian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, entitled "I Have Left You the Mountain". Simon Battisti is an architect, educator, writer, and founding editor of the journal Very Vary Veri. He was the curator of the 2016 Albanian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, entitled "I Have Left You the Mountain".
Each workshop runs from Friday to Sunday. Participants are required to commit to the full program.
There will be a workshop in Vlora, Korca, and Tirana. Applicants can apply to more than one workshop, provided they can arrange their own transportation and lodging.
Vlora: 3–5 February 2017 at Vlora Youth Centre, Deadline 25 January 2017
Korca: 17–19 March 2017 at Korca Youth Centre, Deadline 1 March 2017
Tirana: 21–23 April 2017, Deadline 7 April 2017
Please note which city workshop you are applying for (can be multiple).
* If you are not a student or recent graduate from the fields of journalism or architecture/urbanism, please include specific interests and qualifications.
Training will be offered in English language at no cost.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Call for Participants
Between Apathy and Nostalgia:
Public and Private Recollections of Communism in Contemporary Albania
Tirana, 17‒18 November 2017
An OSCE survey on Albanians' perceptions and understanding of the communist era astonished and angered a number of public figures in December 2016. Some expressed scepticism about the reported positive perception of the communist dictator Enver Hoxha by almost half of the respondents, while many others lamented the lack of a thorough "de-communisation". Other findings of the survey such as the variety of opinions across different categories and contradictions within answers were largely ignored. The study and the reactions to it manifest the great contrast between the largely binary representation of communism in the political discourse and the manifold ways people remember it in private. Many public figures such politicians and political commentators largely ignore or lack awareness of the complexity of remembrance as well as of how different the personal experiences of communism were.
Against this background and trying to overcome the almost exclusive focus on the politics of memory, the conference "Between Apathy and Nostalgia: Public and Private Recollections of Communism in Contemporary Albania" explores and discusses the different ways communism is remembered and represented both in public (e.g. in political discourse, literature and arts, historiography and school books, museums, memoirs, media, social media and popular culture) and in private (across e.g. social, gender, urban-rural, geographical such as north-south, generational and professional borders). Investigating who remembers what, how and when, the conference aims at providing both a comprehensive and nuanced overview of communism remembrance in Albania. Furthermore, a keynote speech by Stefan Troebst, two speeches on communism remembrance in Bulgaria and Romania by respectively Daniela Koleva and Cristian Vasile, and a panel discussion that brings together Albanian and non-Albanian scholars will provide the opportunity to compare the Albanian case with other Eastern Europe countries.
The organizers invite proposals for papers elaborating clearly defined research topics. They may scrutinise public narratives in certain fields or private memories of certain groups including those of young people who do not have experiential memory of communism themselves ("loan memory"). Furthermore, we are interested in discussing the interplay between public and personal memories, dynamics of the remembrance process ("postmemorial turn in remembering communism"), differences between remembering the system as a whole and certain events, congruencies and incongruences between experience and memory, which issues are suppressed or ignored when remembering communism and why as well as which factors shape the memories.
The academic conference is part of the annual event "Memory Days", which the Institute for Democracy, Media & Culture in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Foundation is organizing for the second time (for a summary of the last year's event please see: http://idmc.al/en/memory-as-a-mission.html).
Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words together with a short academic CV by 15 May 2017. The academic committee will select the abstracts and notify you by 31 May 2017. Please send your proposal as well as all other inquiries to email@example.com.
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
Dr. Idrit Idrizi: Postdoctoral fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Post-DocTrack-Pilotprogramme). Research areas: contemporary history of Albania, communism and post-communism studies, everyday life history and oral history.
Dr. Jonila Godole: Lecturer at the University of Tirana, Department of Journalism and Communication. Research areas: journalism cultures, media and memory studies. Director of the Institute for Democracy, Media & Culture, which is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Sonila Danaj: PhD candidate at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Jyvaskyla/Researcher, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna, Austria.
Full-Time Job Position: IDMC Program Assistant
The Institute for Democracy, Media & Culture
FULL-TIME PROGRAM ASSISTANT
to join the Institute
IDMC is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Tirana, aiming at promoting dignity and human rights as a key element of Europe and European Union (EU) democratic values. With a special focus on strengthening the civic education of young people and the process of dealing with the past, IDMC raises awareness in Albanian society and particularly among young people on the consequences of crimes committed in totalitarian regimes, including the dictatorship in Albania. Should you need more information about our work please consult our website at www.idmc.al.
The Program Assistant will work closely with and under the supervision of the IDMC director. His/her main responsibilities are the organization and coordination of IDMC projects. Among the tasks to be performed we expect new ideas to enrich IDMC's program.
Interested candidates should submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org the following documents:
Deadline: 20 October 2019
Only qualified candidates who will be invited for an interview will be contacted!
Deadline: 20 October 2019
22 November '19
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
28 December '16
How to Do Things with Cities
14 April '17
Between apathy and nostalgia
1 October '19