The 25th Symposium of the Comité International des Études Pré-Ottomanes et Ottomanes (International Committee for Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman Studies, CIÉPO) will take place in Tirana, Albania, from June 21-25, 2024. Hosted by the Sami Frashëri Institute, this event is a significant gathering for scholars of Ottoman and pre-Ottoman studies, featuring a wide range of panels and discussions that delve into various aspects of Ottoman history, culture, and society.

Academic Themes and Panels

The symposium’s program is diverse, covering a multitude of topics related to the Ottoman Empire. Key themes include:

  1. Law and Order in the Ottoman World: This theme explores the strategies and challenges of law enforcement in the 17th and 18th centuries. Panels will discuss crime and punishment in different Ottoman territories, the impact of war on law enforcement, and the role of the Ottoman naval arsenal in maintaining public order.
  2. Religion and Society in Medieval Anatolia: Panels will investigate new approaches to understanding religion and societal structures in Medieval Anatolia, including the influence of various religious and literary traditions.
  3. Diplomacy and International Relations: Discussions will focus on the diplomacy of Ottoman tributaries during the 16th and 17th centuries, examining the political maneuvers and relationships that shaped the empire’s external affairs.
  4. Economic and Commercial Landscapes: This theme addresses the commercial activities and economic policies of the Ottoman Empire. Panels will cover topics such as the olive oil economy, the role of merchants, and the economic interactions between Venice and the Ottoman Balkans.
  5. Cultural and Intellectual Developments: The symposium will feature panels on the transmission of knowledge and cultural practices, including the adaptation of foreign knowledge in the late Ottoman Empire and the development of Ottoman literary culture.
  6. Social and Labor Issues: Various panels will discuss social dynamics and labor practices in the Ottoman Empire, including seasonal and migrant labor, the role of women in socio-economic life, and the impact of infrastructure projects on local communities.
  7. Political and Military History: Several panels will delve into the political and military aspects of the Ottoman Empire, such as the Sokollu family’s political influence, the Ottoman-Habsburg conflicts, and the role of janissaries in the late Ottoman period.
  8. Health and Environment: Discussions will also cover public health and environmental issues in the Ottoman Empire, such as epidemic diseases, urban sanitation, and the management of natural resources.

Emphasis on Albanian Studies

A notable feature of this year’s symposium is the significant focus on the history and experiences of Albanians during the Ottoman period. Various panels will specifically address the social, political, and cultural aspects of Albanian life under Ottoman rule. Topics include:

  • The role of Albanian soldiers in the Ottoman military campaigns.
  • The administrative and social structures in Ottoman Albania.
  • The influence of Ottoman governance on Albanian cultural and intellectual life.

These discussions aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of the complex interactions between the Ottoman state and the Albanian population, shedding light on how these historical dynamics have shaped contemporary Albanian society.

Cultural and Social Events

In addition to the academic sessions, the symposium will include social events designed to foster networking and collaboration among participants. A welcoming cocktail at the MAK Albania Hotel and a cultural tour to Berat are planned, providing attendees with opportunities to experience Albanian culture and history firsthand.

The 25th Symposium of the CIÉPO in Tirana promises to be a landmark event for scholars of Ottoman and pre-Ottoman studies. With its rich program of academic panels and cultural activities, the symposium will offer valuable insights into the complexities of Ottoman history and society. The Sami Frashëri Institute looks forward to hosting this prestigious gathering and contributing to the ongoing scholarly discourse in this field.

For a detailed program of the symposium, please consult the full program available on this page.

Sami Frasheri Institute
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“Sami Frasheri” hosts 25th Symposium of the International Committee for Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman Studies (CIÉPO)

The 25th Symposium of the International Committee for Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman Studies (CIÉPO) is set to take place in Tirana, Albania, from June 21st to June 25th, 2024, hosted by Sami Frasheri Institute and Europenan University of Tirana. This marks a historic occasion as it is the first time the CIÉPO Symposium will be hosted in Albania since its inception in 1974 in Naples, Italy. Organized by the Sami Frashëri Institute in cooperation with the European University of Tirana, the event underscores the growing significance of Albania in the global academic community and highlights the country’s rich historical connection to Ottoman studies.

Academic Importance

The CIÉPO Symposium is a pivotal event in the field of Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman studies, offering a platform for scholars to present cutting-edge research, engage in scientific discussions, and enhance cultural and historical understanding of the Ottoman era. Since its establishment, the symposium has facilitated interdisciplinary collaboration and contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge in the field. The biennial gatherings have become renowned for their role in fostering scholarly dialogue and exploring the multifaceted history of the Ottoman Empire.

Global Participation

This year’s symposium is expected to welcome more than 200 distinguished scholars from over 30 countries, including participants from prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge, and Oxford. The selection process was highly competitive, with over 370 scholars applying to participate, underscoring the event’s prestige and the widespread academic interest in Ottoman studies. The symposium’s international nature highlights the global commitment to and the scholarly importance of this field of study.

Significance of Hosting in Tirana

Hosting the 25th CIÉPO Symposium in Tirana is a momentous event for Albania. It highlights the country’s growing role in international academic circles and its contributions to the field of Ottoman studies. The symposium provides a unique opportunity to spotlight Albania’s historical connections to the Ottoman Empire and enrich the local academic landscape. Furthermore, it fosters international collaboration and offers Albanian scholars a platform to engage with global discussions on Ottoman history.

The 25th CIÉPO Symposium in Tirana represents a landmark event in the academic calendar for Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman studies. It promises to be an enriching assembly of minds and ideas, furthering our understanding of one of history’s most influential empires. The symposium will foster scholarly exchange, promote interdisciplinary research, and enhance the global academic community’s appreciation of Ottoman history. This historic gathering is set to contribute significantly to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the field, and the support of donors will play a crucial role in its success.


The International Committee for Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman Studies (CIÉPO) is a prominent academic institution dedicated to the study of historical periods preceding and including the Ottoman era. Founded in 1974, CIÉPO aims to support, coordinate, and disseminate research across various disciplines within the humanistic sciences, including history, philosophy, the history of religion, literature, and ethnology, all related to Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman contexts.

CIÉPO is committed to inclusivity, welcoming scholars from diverse national backgrounds based on their scholarly contributions. This principle fosters rich, interdisciplinary dialogue among researchers and enhances the collective understanding of Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman histories. Membership in CIÉPO requires active engagement in the organization’s symposia, emphasizing the value placed on direct scholarly exchange and contribution to the field.

The biennial symposia organized by CIÉPO are pivotal events in the academic calendar for scholars interested in Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman studies. These gatherings serve as platforms for presenting research findings, discussing theoretical and methodological issues, and forging collaborative relationships among scholars. Since the inaugural symposium in Naples in 1974, these events have been instrumental in advancing the field, marking significant milestones in the dissemination of knowledge and scholarly debate.

The trajectory from the first symposium in Naples to the upcoming one in Tirana in 2024 underscores the growth and evolving scope of CIÉPO’s activities over fifty years. This progression reflects CIÉPO’s adaptability to new academic challenges and its ongoing commitment to enriching the field of Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman studies. Through these symposia, CIÉPO has not only facilitated the exchange of ideas but also contributed to shaping the academic discourse on these historical periods, underscoring the organization’s enduring impact on the study of Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman histories.

The international scientific conference “Albanians and Communism,” co-organized by the Sami Frashëri Institute and the Institute for the Study of Communist Crimes and Consequences (ISKK), successfully concluded its sessions on November 15-16. The presentations offered during the conference illuminated lesser-known aspects of Albanian history during the communist era, marking one of the first attempts to comprehensively study communism and its impact across all Albanian-inhabited regions.

Highlights and Insights:

Over the two-day event, a diverse range of experts and scholars presented their research, shedding light on the origins, development, and consequences of communism in Albania and the wider Balkan area where Albanians reside. Topics ranged from the inception of communism among Albanian communities, the role of the Communist League of Yugoslavia in the establishment of the Albanian Communist Party (PKSH), and the characteristics and nature of the communist regime in Albania and former Yugoslavia, with a focus on Kosovo and North Macedonia.

Key Discussions:

  • The influence of Yugoslav communists in shaping Albania’s communist regime and the broader implications for the region.
  • The failure of communism and its lasting impact on Albanian society and culture.
  • The role of communism in shaping contemporary Albanian identity and political landscape.

Outcomes and Future Directions:

The conference succeeded in fostering an open dialogue among academics, providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and research findings. The discussions highlighted the need for further study into the comprehensive impact of communism on the Albanian people, suggesting avenues for future research and collaboration among scholars in the field.

Publications and Legacy:

Selected papers from the conference are slated for publication in a forthcoming book, which promises to serve as a significant resource for students, researchers, and anyone interested in the history of communism in the Albanian-speaking regions. This collection of essays will contribute to a deeper understanding of the complex legacy of communism in the Balkans and its continuing influence on contemporary society.

The “Albanians and Communism” conference has set a precedent for future scholarly endeavors, emphasizing the importance of revisiting and critically assessing the historical narrative of communism in Albania and beyond. It underscores the collective effort to document, analyze, and understand the multifaceted impact of this pivotal period in Albanian history, paving the way for a nuanced exploration of its repercussions on the Albanian identity and regional dynamics.


April 30, 2023 – The historic city of Pisa, Italy, became the stage for an unprecedented celebration of Albanian cultural heritage with the inaugural Albanian Culture Week. This groundbreaking event, orchestrated by the Albanian Cultural Association “La Grande Onda” in collaboration with the Institute “Sami Frashëri” and with the robust support of the Municipality of Pisa, aimed to illuminate the rich tapestry of mutual contributions and intertwined histories of Albanians and Italians.

Festival Highlights:

Spanning three days, from April 28 to 30, the festival showcased a rich array of activities designed to highlight the deep historical and cultural connections between the Albanian and Italian peoples. The event was marked by its first-ever nature for the Albanian community in Italy and its impressive scope, aiming to foster a greater appreciation and understanding among a broader audience.

Central Exhibition: “Il Ponte su Otranto”

A pivotal component of the festival was the “Il Ponte su Otranto” exhibition, curated by the Institute “Sami Frashëri.” Positioned in the heart of Pisa, this exhibition paid homage to 30 Italian personalities whose efforts have significantly shaped Albanian history and fortified the amicable relations between the two nations. Alongside the visual presentation, a detailed photographic album provided richer historical insights into these influential figures, earning high praise from the Municipality of Pisa and captivating thousands of visitors.

Diverse Array of Activities:

  • “Sulla pelle” Exhibition: This autobiographical photo exhibition by Marlin Dedaj offered an intimate exploration of the Albanian-Italian artist’s journey, adding a deeply personal layer to the festival’s narrative.
  • Community Talk Show: Featuring members of the Albanian community in Pisa, this segment celebrated their achievements in various domains, including culture, art, and business, showcasing the community’s vibrancy and diversity.
  • Art Showcase: Curated by Pandi Madhi, this exhibition displayed the artworks of Guri Madhi and Abaz Hado in the municipality hall of Pisa, spotlighting the artistic talent within the Albanian community.

A Groundbreaking Initiative:

Supported by the Municipality of Pisa and cultural advisor Pierpaolo Magnani, and driven by the dynamism of young Albanian-Italian organizers Ariola Metani and Ervis Hiraj, the Albanian Culture Week represented a landmark moment. It not only celebrated the dynamism and richness of Albanian culture but also broadened its audience, fostering deeper appreciation and understanding.

Significance and Impact:

The Albanian Culture Week in Italy underscored the importance of cultural festivals in promoting intercultural dialogue, understanding, and collaboration. By bringing together diverse communities to celebrate their heritage and learn from each other, such events contribute to a more inclusive and enriched global cultural landscape. The overwhelming success and positive reception of this pioneering event hold the promise of inspiring future initiatives that will continue to explore and celebrate the cultural diversity and shared stories that enrich our world, reinforcing the value of intercultural engagement and mutual respect.

The Institute for the Study of Communist Crimes and Consequences in Albania, in collaboration with the Sami Frashëri Institute in Tirana, is poised to host a landmark scientific conference titled “Albanians and Communism” on November 15-16, 2023, in Tirana, Albania. This pioneering event aims to delve into the origins, characteristics, and impact of communism in Albania and other Balkan regions inhabited by Albanians, such as Kosovo and North Macedonia, which were part of Yugoslavia during the communist rule from 1944 to 1991.

Conference Goals and Objectives:

The primary objective of this conference is to explore the genesis and essence of communism in Albania and the broader Albanian-speaking regions of the Balkans. It seeks to provide a platform for experts to discuss the foundation and traits of the communist regime, the role of Yugoslav communists in the formation of the Albanian Communist Party (PKSH) and the establishment of the communist regime, as well as the reasons behind communism’s failure and its enduring effects on Albanians. The event also aims to foster knowledge exchange and share research findings among participants.

Key Activities:

The conference will feature multiple sessions, each dedicated to a distinct theme, including the origin of communism among Balkan Albanians, the influence of the Communist League of Yugoslavia in creating PKSH and installing the communist regime, and the nature and characteristics of the communist regime in Albania and former Yugoslavia, focusing on Kosovo and North Macedonia. The impact of communism on Albanians and the Albanian issue, and the reasons behind the communist regime’s failure will also be discussed. Experts will present their research and engage in panel discussions with other participants, offering a valuable networking and informal discussion opportunity during conference breaks.

Expected Outcomes:

The conference is expected to provide a comprehensive overview of communism’s impact on Albanians, offering new insights into the nature of the communist regime in Albania and the Albanian-speaking territories in the Balkans. The proceedings will serve as a valuable resource for researchers and students interested in this topic. Moreover, the conference will offer a platform for experts to collaborate and continue their research in the future. Selected essays from the proceedings will be published in a book, serving as an important reference for scholars and future generations.

The “Albanians and Communism” conference represents a significant contribution to our understanding of this crucial topic. By bringing together experts from various fields and regions, the conference will offer a unique opportunity to gain new insights into the origin, history, and nature of communism in Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo.

The Institute for the Study of Communist Crimes, in collaboration with the Sami Frashëri Institute in Tirana, is excited to announce this Call for Participation for the upcoming scientific conference, “Albanians and Communism.”

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to and by May 31, 2023.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and meeting you at the conference!

The Institute of Political Studies “Sami Frashëri” in Tirana, in collaboration with the Hasan Tahsin Institute in Pristina, is honored to host a scientific conference on the theme: “The Albanian Renaissance in the 21st Century.” This event aims to explore the enduring legacy of the Albanian National Renaissance ideas in contemporary society and their relevance in the politically fragmented Albanian nation across several states.

Event Details:

  • Venue: Hasan Tahsin Institute, Rr. Kosturi, Nr. 36, Pristina
  • Date: Monday, December 26, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 – 15:00

Conference Overview:

This conference will delve into the resonance of the Albanian National Renaissance’s ideas in the 21st century, addressing the need for updating these ideas within today’s Albanian society and contextualizing the renaissance message and mission within the broader Albanian nation. Key aspects of the conference will include:

  • Historical Context: Examination of the causes that have led to the current state of Albanian national identity and unity.
  • Contemporary Analysis: Analysis of key factors influencing Albanian developments today.
  • Future Prospects: Discussion on the potential pathways and prospects for an Albanian renaissance in the 21st century, with an interdisciplinary approach.

Participation Information:

For those interested in attending, please reserve your spot through the following link: Conference Participation Form

This scientific conference represents a pivotal opportunity for scholars, students, policymakers, and the general public interested in the Albanian historical and cultural legacy to come together. Through interdisciplinary discussions, we aim to shed light on the path forward for the Albanian nation, exploring avenues for a renaissance that resonates with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

We warmly invite you to join us in this insightful exploration of the Albanian Renaissance’s impact and its potential to inspire societal and cultural renewal in our time.

Your participation will undoubtedly enrich the dialogue, and we look forward to welcoming you to an engaging and thought-provoking conference.