Seminar, school for Albanology
Scholars of Albanian language, culture and literature have gathered in Prishtina to participate in the 30th international seminar of Albanian language, culture and literature.
The organizers note that this seminar, as in previous years, has brought together scholars from across the world.
Bardh Rugova, Seminar Director, stressed the importance of this activity calling it a bridge of communication between peoples.
During this period, important scientific work has developed and today we can proudly state that this is an important school of Albanology, and of all of the serious Albanologists in the world, I dont know of any who have not passed through this seminar, he said.
Bardh Rugova explained about the achievements of the seminar of Albanian language, culture and literature over the years.
According to him, much more was achieved than anticipated.
He said that the value of the seminar is indicated by the fact that scholars across the world and young people are participating in order to learn Albanian.
The fact that we continually have excellent results from Munich, and St Petersburg, and participants from China and Syria, indicates the position and value of Albanology in general. This seminar is an investment that is not wasted, but is a sure investment in Albanology in general, he said.
One of the founders of the international seminar of Albanian language, culture and literature is the academic, Rexhep Ismajli.
He stated for Radio Free Europe that the goals of the seminar have been met and as he said, what is most important is the learning of the Albanian language, and each year the number of those participating in the Albanian language courses grows.
The seminar has passed through a long history, it has survived great social and political changes in Kosovo and the Balkans and it has survived for a simple reason. The seminar from the beginning was integrated in the Albanological sciences within Albanology. Thanks to the commitment of scholars across the world, we have managed to survive as an institution and now the seminar has an open and clear path for its work and activities, said Ismajli.
The co organizer of this seminar is also the Faculty of History and Philology in Tirana.
Shezai Rrokaj, dean of this faculty stated for Radio Free Europe that the seminar is extremely important.
According to him, it has kept alive scientific thought.
It was a flag for spiritual unity on the one hand and on the other, it was the centre from which all missionaries, in quotation marks, for the Albanian language and literature started, as it was here foreigners learned Albanian, he said.
In this years international seminar for the Albanian language there will be language classes, lectures and presentations by Albanian and foreign scholars, and the last days will include two scientific sessions.
There will be a scientific session on language addressing the theme of Albanian grammar and school texts and the second session will focus on Albanian literature of the Diaspora.
Blerta Ismaili, professional secretary of the seminar, said that a large number of young people are participating in the language courses and are studying Albanian language and culture.
As well as these participants we have others who are not for the first time in Prishtina and they are mostly scholars of Albanian language, literature and culture. Some of them work in Balkan Studies departments where they study Albanian language, literature and culture, she stressed.
The 30th international seminar of Albanian language, literature and culture, in which scholars of Albanian language and culture from the region and world are participating will continue until August 27. (Radio Free Europe)