Symposium Albanian language and culture: 100 years of independence

On Saturday 10 November, LUCL hosted the public symposium 'Albanian language and culture: 100 years of independence'. The event included lectures on the language, history and culture of the country with the aim of introducing these topics to the Dutch public as well as pique the interest of academics and students of the University of Leiden and beyond in further exploring the Albanian language and culture. On Friday evening 9 November, the Albanian movie 'The forgiveness of blood' was screened in the Lipsius building.

Programme 9 November - Film Screening

19.30   Introduction
20.00   Screening 'The Forgiveness of blood'
           Click here or here to watch the trailer.
           Visit the website of IFC Films for more 

Programme 10 November - Public Symposium

13.00   Words of welcome
13.15   The Albanian language & the Albanians: where did they come from?
           by Michiel de Vaan (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics)
13.45   Albania between its Constitution, constitutional practice and European
           by Darinka Piqani (Europa Institute, Leiden Law School)
14.15   De Albanezen in de literaire verbeelding op de Balkan: het poëtische oeuvre
           van Grigor Parlichev
           by Raymond Detrez (University of Ghent)
15.00   Coffee Break
15.30   Musical intermezzo
16.00   Kadare als kroniekschrijver en criticus
           by Roel Schuyt (Leiden)
16.45   The Kanun of Lek Dukagjin: canonical Albanian law
           by Robert Elsie (United Nations, The Hague)
17.30   Drinks    

Date, time and venue

Film Screening
Date: Friday, 9 November 2012
Time: 19.30h
Venue: Lipsius Building (Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden), room 028

Public Symposium
Date: Saturday, 10 November 2012
Time: 12.30 - 19.00h
Venue: Lipsius Building (Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden), room 011

Registration & more information

Registration for the film screening and the symposium is free and open to the public. We do appreciate it if you register beforehand with Ms. Esrih Bakker via

For further information, please contact ms. Esrih Bakker via or 071-527 4132.

Last Modified: 14-11-2012