History of Modern Political Thought in East-Central Europe

Centre for Advances Study (CAS), Sofia
European Research Council (ERC)
The principal aim of the Project is a synthetic volume on the history of modern political thought in East Central Europe.

19th Core Group Meeting & Workshop on Albanian Political Thought in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Jun 12

Memo of the 19th ERC Negotiating Modernity Project Meeting

Tirana, 31 May-5 June 2012

Participants: Monika Baár, Maria Falina, Lea Ypi, Maciej Janowski, Michal Kopeček, Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič, Zsófia Lóránd, Balázs Trencsényi, Ivana Trkulja


During the meeting we discussed the following drafts: Ideas of 1848; Liberalism and Religion in the second half of the 19th century; Fin-de-siècle conservativism; post-1945 Stalinism, politics of religion and political thought of the Perestroika subchapters; post-1989 debates on state-building and constitutionalism. Ivana presented the results of her research in Bosnia.

On 1 June, we held a workshop on Albanian political thought in the 19th and 20th centuries, convened by Lea Ypi:

Negotiating Modernity in Albanian Political Thought

The workshop was organized with the support of the European University of Tirana and the „Negotiating Modernity: History of Political Thought in East-Central Europe" project

Venue: European University of Tirana, 1st June 2012


10.00-10.30 - Welcome and opening remarks
Tonin Gjuraj, Rector of the European University of Tirana
Balazs Trencsenyi, Central European University

10.30-11.30 Enis Sulstarova (University of Tirana): Orientalism in Albanian Political Thought
11.30-12.30 Lea Ypi (London School of Economics and Political Science): Dilemmas of nation-building in Interwar Albanian political thought

Lunch break

1.30-2.30 Odeta Barbullushi (European University of Tirana): Europeanization discourses in post-communist Albania
Coffee Break
3.00-4.00 Blendi Kajsiu (European University of Tirana): The Birth of Corruption: The transformation of corruption in the Albanian political discourse
4.00 - 5.00 Klementin Mile (European University of Tirana): Modernity of freedom as a political value
5.00-6.00 Roundtable discussion

During the meeting we agreed upon the following:

1. Finalizing the first draft
By July 1 we finalize the first draft of the book which reflects the research we have done during the last years. From now on the main tasks are discussing the draft, working on the manuscript and dissemination of the research results.

2. Next meetings:

• Lviv, 5-10 September (workshop on Ukrainian political thought in coordination with Ostap Sereda)
• Florence - Fiesole, 9-12 November 2012 (workshop on the Broader European context of our findings, co-organized with Pavel Kolař)
• Budapest: 17-18 January 2013 (workshop on the Central European contexts)
• Sofia, March 2013; final conference

3. Other issues

• The first round of negotiations with publishers will be started soon, by then the Enlightenment and Interwar chapters plus the introduction should reach the level to be submitted for review.

• More work to be done on Jewish references, we will contact resource persons who can orient us better

• We returned to the issue of collecting typical quotes and idiosyncratic expressions from the different contexts for "enriching" the manuscript


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