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The Summer Academy "THE BALKANS IN THE ROOTS OF LINGUISTIC, LITERARY, HISTORICAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDIES" aims to increase cooperation between "Fan S. Noli" University, The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, "St. Cyril and St. Methodius" University  of Veliko Tarnovo, and Goethe Institute, within the framework of joint study courses. The curriculum is built on the roots of century-old traditions of philological, literary, ethnographic and historical development in the model of  "The New Academy" of Moschopolis.

The Summer Academy is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Education, Albania, within the program "Financing public HEIs, in joint projects within the framework of study programs internationalization, academic year 2023-2024".

The Summer Academy aims to provide a complex picture of the historical, cultural, literary and philological developments with significant influence in the Balkans. It also aims to highlight the panorama of the active, intellectual and academic life of Moschopolis during XVII-XVIII centuries, when Moschopolis had the period of its great prosperity.

Moschopolis was a developed cultural center in Albania, founded in 1330, composed of Albanians, Aromanians, Slavs and Greeks. The symbolism of this summer academy in the Greek academic world derives from its original name of this center, πολις (in Greek city) or πολε (Sla. pole-field). [Μοσχόπολις is probably a reinterpretation of Slav. Vosko-pole < Visoko-pole]. During XVIII century XVIII, Moschopolis remained an outstanding example of knowledge and culture. It survived also as a good example of a common lifestyle and coexistence among different ethnic groups in harmony and continuous progress. From the establishment of  "The New Academy" or Hellenikon Frontistêrion, the creation of a library and the operation of the only Printing House of the Ottoman Empire at the time, Moschopolis would be a unique multicultural triangle in the Balkans during this century. During the most successful and popular period of its academic life, a considerable number of young Albanians, Slavs, Greeks and Aromanians were educated there. They formed a European identity supported by Enlightenment ideas of positivist knowledge and it is precisely this model that is intended to be carried forward in this initiative.

It is this perspective, the Summer Academy THE BALKANS IN THE ROOTS OF LINGUISTIC, LITERARY, HISTORICAL AND ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDIES aims to revive the image of the New Academy by offering opportunities of cultural and academic interaction of ideas, thoughts, philosophies and languages that charachterise the studies in the Balkan languages, literature, history and ethnography.

-University “St. Cyril and St. Methodius”, Veliko Tarnovo
-Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
-Goethe-Institute, Tiranë
- Albanian Academy of Sciences
- “Thimi Mitko” Library of Korca
- University of Tirana


The Summer Academy aims to increase the contribution of “Fan S. Noli” University to the internationalization of academic knowledge on the Balkans, through cooperation with The Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo and the “Goethe” Institute, through joint study courses, built on the roots of a centuries-old Balkan tradition of philological development and historical sciences in the model of the “New Academy” of Moschopolis.


  • Promote the basis of cultural, historical, ethnographic and linguistic contexts in the Balkans that connect the past with the present.
  • Improve understanding of the above profiles in Balkan developments by sharing past and present knowledge between experts in the field, qualified academics and new students or alumni.
  • Highlight the importance of works on Balkan studies and promote Balkan cooperation.
  • Undertake initial steps towards designing an electronic database of literary resources on “Moschopoli”, by including information/literary/archival sources for the purpose of tracking, evaluating, engaging and referencing data.
  • Promote the role of “Fan S. Noli” University as a promoter of international academic communication in the region regarding Balkan studies and boost interinstitution cooperation with the co-organizers.
  • Increase the communication skills of the participants at the interpersonal, interpretative and presentation levels.
  • Engage participants in intercultural communication, dialogue and exchange of best practices.
  • Promote the studies and research on the Balkan studies in a more approachable way to the non-academic reader in social networks and media.


Curricular :                                                         

  1. Cultural heritage, Ethnohistory, Language and Identity in the Balkans
  2. Languages in contact: language border and state border
  3. Linguistic and ethnographic “Balkanisms”
  4. Essential balkanisms in the languages of the region
  5. Balkan Literature and its Contribution to World Literature
  6. Comparative Balkan Folklore and Mythology
  7. Music in the Balkans as a tool to understand the construction of cultural traditions
  8. Education and Language Policies in Balkan States
  9. Integrated skills classes in Albanian Language

Extra curricular:

  1. Digital Humanities and Balkan Studies/ Digital fund of the “Thimi Mitko” Library
  2. Balkan Art and Architecture: A Journey in Cultural Heritage
  3. Balkan Cuisine and Its Cultural Significance
  4. Balkan Cinema: Themes and Influences “E kujt eshte kjo kenge?”
  5. Balkan Music: Traditions, Fusion, and Contemporary Trends
  6. Visits in the Middle Age Art Museum/ Archaeological Museum/ Gjon Mili Museum/ Vangjush Mio House/ Shtepia Rumune
  7. Visits on the bilingual community Pustec Municipality/Museum of Stereo Spasse.

Estimated duration of activities: 9 days

ECTS: 6 ECTS (6 x 18 hours/ECTS = 108 hours)

                            60 hours in the auditorium (6 hours a day/ 3 curricular + 3 extracurricular)

                            48 hours of individual study

The academy has a 9-day academic structure.
The teaching is organized in lectures every day. Each session also includes different types of simulations, discussions, group work, research in libraries and archives, etc.
The curriculum of the Summer Academy consists of  nine interrelated courses, followed by a series of extracurricular and cultural activities, within the theme included in each module.
At the conclusion of the scheduled training sessions, students will be awarded a certificate of participation in English, specifying the number of credits earned, as well as a description of the modules developed. They are required to attend at least 80% of these modules. Each module will be conducted in English and will be accompanied by extracurricular activities according to the nature of the module.

Prof. dr. Dhimitri Bello, Rector of  "Fan S. Noli" University

Prof. Maria Todorova, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Doctor Honoris Causa “Fan S. Noli” University

Assoc. Prof. Vladimir Vladov, Ph.D., St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo

Assoc. Prof. Pavlin Chaushev, St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo

Academic Shaban Sinani, Albanian Academy of Sciences

Assoc. Professor Georgios Agelopoulos, Aristotle University of Thesaloniki

Prof. dr. Ali Jashari, “Fan S. Noli” University

Prof. Pandeli Pani, Goethe Institut

Mrs. Jorida Tollkuçi, Head of “Thimi Mitko” Library

Dr. Pandi Bello, “Fan S. Noli” University of Korça

Prof. dr. Bardhyl Musai, University of Tirana      

Dr. Olger Brame, “Fan S. Noli” University

Prof. as. dr. Anyla Saraçi, “Fan S. Noli” University

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