The Society sponsored a roundtable at the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, on Saturday, November 7, 4:00 to 5:30pm. Details of the roundtable and the speakers are below:
Chair: Nicholas C. Pano, Western Illinois University
Ines Murzaku, Seton Hall University
Nicholas C. Pano, Western Illinois University
Elton Skendaj, Manchester University
Anti-communist protesters in Albania in December 1990 asked for political and economic reform in the ideologically rigid, authoritarian country. Just like other Eastern European countries, Albania embarked on social transformations toward democracy, market economy, and open society. Our presenters will reflect on that journey in the past 30 years. Nick Pano will situate the transition in historical context. Elton Skendaj will focus on the political challenges to rule of law implementation. Ines Murzaku will present on the transformation in the expression of Albanian religions after postcommunist Albania stopped repressing religious freedoms.