„The Balkan: People, Wars and Peace“ – International Conference

„Ss. Cyril and Methodius“ University

(65 years Institute for National History)

(4-5 November 2013, Skopje)

Organizing Committee:
Prof. Dragi Gorgiev, PhD
Prof. Biljana Ristovska-Josifovska, PhD
Prof. Irena Stefoska, PhD
Prof. Ljubica Jancheva, PhD
Secretary: Lidija Gjurkovska, PhD, (Assistant professor)



4.11.2013 Monday
Rector`s Office of University of  „Ss. Cyril and Methodius“, Skopje
9,30 -10,00 Formal opening
9,30  Speech by Dragi Gjorgiev – director of the Institute of National History
9,45 Speach by Velimir Stojkovski – rector  at University of  „Ss. Cyril and Methodius“, Skopje


Hall 1, section 1, 10.00 -11.25
Moderators: Irena Stefoska, Mitko Panov

Katerina Mladenovska
Politics of War and Peace: Perdiccas II and the Peloponnesian War.

Aneta Shukarova
Polemos panton men pater esti„: Macedonian-Roman Wars

Darko Stojanov
From the Balkans to Barbarikum and Back, Ransom of  Prisoners of War in the 5th Century

Dragan Zajkovski
The Thessaloniki Vicarage in the 5th Century through the „Prism“ of Correspondence with the Pope

Mitko Panov
The Byzantine Idea of ​​Enemies in Early Medieval Macedonia

Irena Stefoska
Scenes of Terror: Slavic Invasions and the Local Population in Macedonia


Coffee break (15 minutes)


Hall 1, Section 2 from 11.40 to 12.45
Moderators: Milan Boshkovski, Boris Stojkovski

Dragan Gjalevski
Threatening as a Diplomatic Tool in the Balkan Policy of Vasil II

Milan Boshkovski
Who was the First Macedonian Tsar in the Middle Ages: Tsar Samuil or David

Petar Stevkovski
Macedonia between East and West: the First Crusade and Its Impact on Macedonian Territory

Borche Miloshevski
Jovan Oliver`s Position in the Hierarchy of Feudal Rulers in the Macedonian Area during the Reign of Stephan Dushan (1331 – 1355)

Dragi Gjorgiev
Ottoman Conquest of  Macedonian Cities: Manner and Methods

Boris Stojkovski
Between Habsburgs and Ottomans-Jovan Nenad Movement in 1526-1527


LUNCH BREAK 13,00-14,00


Hall 1, section 3 from 14.00 to 15.00
Moderators: Nadine Akhund, Todor Chepreganov

Nadine Akhund
The Carnegie Report of 1913: New Views and Interpretations

Todor Chepreganov
The Macedonian Question from San Stefano to Bucharest

Demeter Gábor
Microsocial Strategies of Survival and Coexistence in Macedonia (1903-1912). Examples on Family and Community Level Social Conflicts and Government Repressions

Nada Boshkovska
Identities in the Fruit Salad: Ethnic Labelling and Self-designations in Macedonia in the First Quarter of the 20th Century

Ema Miljkovich
Ottomanism and Nationalism during the Shortest Century of the Empire



Hall 2, section 1 10.00 to 11.25
Moderators: Kristina Popova, Biljana Ristovska-Josifovska

Kristina Popova
Against the Enemy or against the War? Russo-Ottoman War of 1877 – 1878 and the Early Peace Movement: Memories of the Austrian Novelist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Bertha von Suttner / 1843 – 1914 /

Biljana Ristovska-Josifovska
Reflection of Russian-Ottoman War 1877-1878 in the Macedonian Memory

Mariana Piskova
The image of the Russo-Ottoman War of 1877-1878 in the Weekly Newsreels and TV Broadcasts of the Bulgarian National Television

Otar Gogoloshvili
Russo-Ottoman War 1877-1878 and Georgia

Anastasia Pashova, Petar Vodenicharov
Focus of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Caucasus during the Russian-Ottoman War 1877-1878 / by „Kavkazki eparhialni vedomosti/

Tamaz Phutkaradze
Different Geopolitical Orientation and Perspectives of Regional Cooperation on the Caucasus


Coffee break (15 minutes)


Hall 2, section 2 from 11.40 to 12.35
Moderators: Boris Gombach, Makedonka Mitrova

Boris Gombach
Italian Imperialism in the Balkans in the 19th Century

Zoran Todorovski
The Behavior of Macedonian Revolutionary Intellectual Forces in the Balkan Wars

Makedonka Mitrova
Jovan Cvijikj`s  Scientific Elaboration of Ottoman Macedonia and Its Population

Gabor Demetar, Bottlik, Zsolt
Maps on the Ethnic Pattern of Macedonia and Albania Based on Austrian Archival Sources

Dimitar Ljorovski
Phases of Greek – Macedonian Irredentism Towards Ottoman Macedonia


LUNCH BREAK 13.00 to 14.00


Hall 2, section 3 from 14.00 to 15.25
Moderators: Bojan Balkovac, Lidija Gjurkovska

Bojan Balkovac
The Balkan Wars among the Slovenes

Milica Denkovska
The Image of Macedonia under the Influence of Turbulent Changes in the Balkans Reflected through the West-European Prism: Macedonia in the German Language Travelogues from the 19th Century untill Today

Dragan Batanchev
Captain Leshi and Miss Stone: Cinematic Representation of the War History

Bogdan Trifunovich
War, Memory and the Politics of Remembrance: Vardar in the poetry of Serbia and Bulgaria 1912-1918

Jasmina Mojsieva-Gusheva
Apocalyptic Visions of Human Destinies in World War I in the Works of Macedonian Writers

Lidija Gjurkovska
The Economic Consequences of the Balkan Wars and World War I on the Industry in Vardar Macedonia



Hall 3, section 1   10.00 to 11.25
Moderators: Vera Gosheva, Vladan Virijevich

Aleksandar Trajanovski
The Massacre in Lipovo at St.Peter day – On the Occasion of 100 Years of the Event

Vladan Virijevich
The Destany of Serbian War Prisoners in the Ottoman Empire during World War I

Vera Gosheva
The days of violenceː Strumica during June-August 1913

Risto Damjanovski
Gotse Delchev`s Contribution in the Development of the Military Organization TMORO and  preparation of the uprising

Dragan Gjorgiev
Prosecuting Act of 1913 (the Fate of the Fighters from Vasil Chekalarov`s Band)

Petar Todorov
An Aspect of Inter-community Relationship in Skopje (1890-1908)


Coffee break (15 minutes)


Hall 3, section 2 from 11.40 to 12.35
Moderators:  Husnija Kamberovich, Dragica Popovska

Husnija Kamberovich
The Calculation of the War Enemies – Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1945 and Repression of War Losers

Mirjana P. Mirchevska
Balkan Roads of Diversity: The Otherness in the Public Discourse of Macedonia or: the Other through Stereotypes

Magdalena Najbar-Agichich
Historical Researches of WWII in Yugoslavia – the Situation in Croatia in a Broader Yugoslav Context

Ana Petrov
The Balkans to the Balkan People’: Evolutionism, Racism and Colonialism in Serbian ‘Scholarly’ Discourses before World War II

Dragica Popovska
Ideology of one period through the Memorials from World War II

Sonja Nikolova
Metodija Shatorov Sharlo in Macedonian Historiography


LUNCH BREAK 13.00 to 14.00


Hall 3, section 3 from 14.00 to 15.25
Moderators: Snjezhana Koren, Andrej Radulovich

Snjezhana Koren
To Preserve the Lasting Memory for Young Generations”: School Names and the Politics of Remembrance in post-1945 Yugoslavia

Zlatko Buka, Goran Dzurdzevich
Discourse Analysis of Croatian History Textbooks: Representation of National Minorities in the Croatian Educational System

Andrej Radulovich
Cultural Heritage in Former Yugoslavia: Its Condition and Changes in Different Circumstances from the Late 19th Century Onwards

Svetozar Boshkov
Military History of Ancient World in Serbian School in 19th Century – Between Hubsburg and Ottomans

Ana Aleksieva
The Heroes of Bulgarian National Movement in the “Grand Narrative” during the Socialist Epoch

Dimitar Atanassov
History and Ideology: Grand Narative Narration Strategies of Bulgarian Medieval History during the Communist Period



Roundtable Hall 1 15:30

Macedonia through historical milestones (1878-1913-2001) – organized by Balkans deparment



DAY 2 05.11.2013


Hall 1, section 1 10.00 to 11.25
Moderators: Stoica Lascu, Zekir Ramchilovich

Stoica Lascu
The Settled of Balkan Vlachs in Southern Dobrudja, after 1913 – Causes, Circumstances, Effects

Recep Shkrijelj
Macedonia and the Muhadzirite Bosniak (1912-1915)

Natalya Lapaeva
Russian Emigrants from the First Wave in Macedonia: the Portraits on the Background History

Milos Damjanovich
The Jewish Presence in Kosovo and Metohia during the Balkan Wars and WWI

Zekir Ramchilovich
Migration of Bosniaks in Macedonia after the Second World War

Sergey Vuchkov
The Muslim Population in West Rhodope Mountain in the Second World War and the Beginning of the Cold War

Marjan Ivanovski
Macedonian Immigrant Political Organizations in Western Europe (1956-1990)


Coffee break (15 minutes)


Hall 1, section 2 from 11.40 to 12.35

Moderators: Jure Gombach, Katerina  Mirchevska

Liliana Panevska
The Yugoslav Support of the Democratic Army of Greece 1946-1949

Jure Gombach
Children Refugees from Greece in Slovenia 1948-1952.

Katerina Mirchevska
The Roots and the fatherland: Macedonian Refugees from Aegean Macedonia in PR / SR Macedonia (1945-1960)

Jana Kocevska
The Concept of Liminality in Case of Exile during the Civil War in Greece (1946-1949)

Aleksandar Manojlovski
The Issue of Macedonian Refugees from Aegean Macedonia to Bulgaria and their Acceptance in PR Macedonia 1944-1952

Aleksandar  Litovski
Macedonians from the Aegean Part of Macedonia and Greece in 1945


LUNCH BREAK 13.00 to 14.00


Hall 1, section 3 from 14.00 to 15.15
Moderators: Bozo Repe, Biljana Vuchetich

Bozo Repe
The Impact of Balkan Wars  on Yugoslavism  in Slovene  Lands

Biljana Vuchetic
The Balkans in the American Public Opinion (1912 – 1913)

Kerec Darja
Balkan Wars and charitable activities in Slovene Lands

Maja Nikolova
Children in War – Serbian Schools in Thessaloniki

Denada Shpuza
If We Want to Create a Constant Peace, We Must Begin from Children

Strasko Stojanovski, Jovan Ananiev
Balkan Wars-Hundred Years Later: The Use of  History for the Political Mobilization in the Balkans



Hall 2, section 1 10.00 to 11.25
Moderators: Mirella Korzeniewska-Wiszniewska, Ljubica Janceva

Biljana Vankovska
(Im)Possibility of Reconciliation Process in the Balkans

Ljubica Janceva
Arrangement for a Peaceful Solution: Hague Peace Conference for Yugoslavia (1991

Mirella Korzeniewska-Wiszniewska
Serbian and Croatian Perception of  the „Operation Storm“ – August, 1995

Arsiola Dyrmishi
Collective Security in International Peace: Threat or Guarantee?

Sergej Cvetkoski, Goran Zendelovski
Missions of Military Crisis Management of the EU in the Western Balkans: A Guarantee of Peace Agreements and Conflict Resolution

Jovan Bliznakovski
Languages in Conflict: Reflections on the 2001 Armed Conflict in Macedonia

Dora Komnenovich
Anti-War Activism in Yugoslavia in the Early Nineties: An Example of Grassroots Engagement


Coffee break (15 minutes)


Hall 2, section 2 from 11.40 to 12.25
Moderators: Maja Angelevska Panova, Valentina Bozhinovska

Teon Cingo
Macedonian Catholic League

Maja Angelevska Panova
The Phenomenon of Religion versus Religious Fundamentalism

Vlatko Janev
Midrash – a Creative Interpretation of the Bible

Oksana Mykytenko
The Verbal Code of the Recruit Ritual and Seeing-off to the Army: Observation of Text Dynamics

Valentina Bozhinovska
Interreligious and Interconfessional Life in Macedonia

Jasmina Ristovska-Pilichkova
The Wars in Macedonia in the First Half of the 20th Century, Their Impact and the Changes that Occurred in Macedonian Traditional Costume


LUNCH BREAK 13.00 to 14.00


Hall 3, section 1 10.00 to 11.15
Moderators: Silvana Sidorovska-Chupovska, Igor Despot

Cosmin – Constantin Ionita
Imperial Russia and the Balkans at the Edge of the Great War. The Eastern Gambit

Biljana Poposka, Ivanka Dodovska
The Diplomacy of the Balkan States toward the Ottoman Empire in the Beginning of the Balkan Wars

Igor Despot
The Influence of the National Movements of the Balkan Peoples on the Disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Monarch

Silvana Sidorovska-Chupovska
Europe and Macedonia 1913-1919

Bíró, László
Yugoslav Integration and Macedonia (1918–1939)

Jędrzej Paszkiewicz
The Pan-Balkan Cooperation Concept within the Greek Security Policy
during the Period 1930-1934


Coffee break (15 minutes)


Hall 3, section 2 from 11.40 to 12.25
Moderators: Katerina  Todorovska, Virgil Coman

Sali Kadria
Conference of Ambassadors of Great Powers in London 1912 – 1913, a Story of Hope or a Disappointment for the Albanians

Katerina Todorovska
The Macedonian-Albanian Cooperation 1878-1913

Albina Drangoli
The Albanian Question in the Secret Treaty of London

Virgil Coman
Documents about Romania’s Military Campaign in 1913

Selim Berezaj
Albanian Uprising of September 1913 and the Impact Of Austro-Hungary

Isamedin Azizi
Serbian-Italian Interest for Albania


LUNCH BREAK 13,00-14.00


Hall 3, section 3 14.00-15,25
Moderators: Marko Fuchek, Rubin Zemon

Marko Fuchek
Youth and Violence in Postwar Yugoslavia: Case Study of Delnice Boarding School in 1948

Dejan Donev
Contemporary Ethics and the Question of Peace

Rubin Zemon
100 years after Bucharest Treaty: Politics of Recognition of Identities and Minority Rights in the Balkan States

Miso Netkovski
Journalists and Their Influence in the Creation of Collective Memory through Electronic Media

Neven Radicheski
Some Important Determinants in the Completion of  the Macedonian Cultural and National Identity in the Period between 1960 and 1970

Aleksndar Simonovski
The National Liberation Movement vis-a-vis the Ravna Gora Movement regarding the Macedonian people


Final Speech Hall 1 15.30



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