Balkan Conference on the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
October 6–8, 2017
The Balkan Conference on the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is one of the few academic conferences in the Balkans commemorating the Reformation and will be bringing together scholars and students from all over the Balkans, Great Britain, and the United States.*
- The presentation of new research on a field of Balkan historiography which has not been well studied
- Excellent and interesting presentations
- The publication of papers in the conference proceedings
- Identification of new fields of research
- Discussion, cooperation and networking among individuals and institutions
Breadth of topics and events to be treated:
- Overview of the Reformation and how it changed the world
- The Balkans between the simultaneous rise of the Ottoman Empire and Protestant Reformation
- Protestant missionary efforts in the Balkans in the 19th-20th centuries
- Protestant contributions to the development of education and literacy in the Balkans
- Principles for modern-day reform: What makes reformations helpful or damaging?
- Printing and periodicals in the Balkans
- The Bible and literacy in the Balkans
- The 19th-20th century American Protestant educational movement in the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans
- The political engagement of Protestant missionaries in the Balkans
- The cultural and social effects of bringing liturgy, hymns, and preaching into the vernacular
- Sketches of prominent figures in Protestant history, especially local figures (educators, linguists, preachers, teachers, etc.)
The Steering Committee for this conference is comprised of David Hosaflook (Institute for Albanian and Protestant Studies); Dragi Gjorgiev (The Institute of National History, Republic of Macedonia); Skender Asani (The Institute for the Cultural and Spiritual Heritage of the Albanians in Macedonia); and Kosta Milkov (Balkan Institute for Faith and Culture).
Dates and deadlines:
- May 9, 2017 – Official Call for Papers issued
- June 20, 2017 – Abstracts for papers must be submitted
- September 1, 2017 – Papers must be submitted so they may be edited for publication
- October 6-8, 2017 – Conference
* We have confirmed participation from scholars of Albania, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Romania, and the United States (last updated May 9, 2017).
We intend to include music and artistic events as part of the conference – the web site will be updated as these are determined definitively.
As topics are pre-approved, we will update this list, to avoid overlap.
- Bible Society Documents as a Treasure for Albanian-language Education and Books (prof.dr. Xhevat Lloshi)
- Protestant Missionaries in the Balkans: Purposes, Policies, and Perceptions (David Hosaflook, Ph.D. cand.)
For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.