In Focus, Violence in Totalitarian Systems & Albanian Stalinism
Memory Days 2020

Tirana, 24 July 2019 — The Institute for Democracy, Media and Culture (IDMC) in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) would like to inform you that the 5th edition of MEMORY DAYS will be organized on 13–20 February 2020, with a special focus on repression in totalitarian systems and features of Stalinism in Albania.

Albanian communism is considered to have been one of the most repressive systems in Eastern Europe and is often referred to as Stalinist. The theoretically informed and comparative examination of the repression system, its change over time, its national peculiarities as well as commonalities with repression in other communist countries is however still relatively in the early stages. Against this background, the "Memory Days 2020" aim to foster a deeper discussion of repression and Stalinism in communist Albania amongst Albanian and international experts, comparing these phenomena and practices with those in other communist countries. Among the international speakers will be the historian and the well-known scholar of Stalinism, Prof. Dr. Jörg Baberowski.

The activities during "Memory Days" aim at raising the awareness of the Albanian society about the consequences of the crimes of dictatorship and strengthening the dialogue about the past through debates, presentation of new publications on the dictatorship, exhibitions, international conferences, documentary screenings etc. We would like to express our gratitude for the collaboration on previous editions and to invite all the actors and the institutions in the field of memory to become part of fifth edition of "Memory Days". Priority will be given to the events aiming at raising awareness of young people on the Albanian communist past.

In order to professionally coordinate the progress of the activities and to make the selection of the project proposals within the "Memory Days 2020", a working group will be set up with representatives from the partner institutions, who will meet in September.

IDMC welcomes your suggestions and proposals at until 15th September 2019, for activities that you would like to include in our common program.


For more information please consult the previous editions of MEMORY DAYS from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 or email us at


Thank you in advance for your contribution!


IDMC staff

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