Conference on “Albanians and Communism” Set for November 2023

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!

Sami Frasheri Institute
Rruga Pjeter Budi,
Qyteti Studenti, Tiranë