International Conference “Albanians and Communism” Concludes with Insightful Findings

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.


Sami Frasheri Institute
Rruga Pjeter Budi,
Qyteti Studenti, Tiranë