Instituti Albanologjik – Prishtinë

Institute of Albanology – Prishtina

45th International Ballad Conference

Prishtina, Kosovo, 31 August – 4 September 2015


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SUNDAY, August 30

(Arrival of Participants)

MONDAY, August 31

(Reading Hall)

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:00 Opening Remarks
10:00 – 11:00 Inaugural Lecture

Leontina GEGA MUSA, Sadri FETIU (Prishtina, Kosovo)

The Study of Albanian Ballad: Development Paths

11:00 – 11:30 Musical Performance
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Opening Sessions

James DEUTSCH (Washington D.C., USA)

Awakening from the Dream of Death: Parallel Worlds of Folklore in Macushla

Cornelia Sabina ISPAS (Bucharest, Romania)

The Lad Who Fights with Death: Bogdan Damian Şi Sila

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch (Restaurant Amaro)

Session I (15:00 – 17:30)

(Meeting Hall)

Marjetka GOLEŽ KAUČIČ (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

»A Human is an Animal and an Animal is a Human«: Transformation from Human to Animal in Slovenian Ballad Tradition

Gerald PORTER (Vaasa, Finland)

Singing Back: The Role of Feminism and Aeronautics in the Politicization of Irish Travelers


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:30 Sessions

Matilda BURDEN (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

The Parallel Worlds of Childhood and Adulthood: an Analysis of Selected Afrikaans Children’s Songs


Ardian AHMEDAJA (Wien, Austria)

Parallel Worlds in the Arbëresh Song, Mori e Bukura More (Oh, All-embellished Morea)


18:30 – Meeting in front of the Institute for bus to go to the Welcoming Dinner
19:00 Welcoming Dinner – hosted by the Mayor of Prishtina


TUESDAY, September 1

Session II (10:00 – 13:00)

(Meeting Hall)

Thomas A. McKEAN (Aberdeen, Scotland, UK)

Composing Old Tunes: Elizabeth Stewart’s Ballad Melodies


Arbnora DUSHI (Prishtina, Kosovo)

An Albanian Historical Ballad and the Parallel Existence of its Performances

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Sessions

Anne CAUFRIEZ (Brussels, Belgium)

The Portuguese Ballad, a Contemporary Traditional Song


Lumnije KADRIU (Prishtina, Kosovo)

Parallel Worlds in the South Albanian Ballads of Nizams


Louis Peter GRIJP (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Singing into Death

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch

Session III (15:00 – 17:30)

(Meeting Hall)

15:00 – 16:00 Sessions

J. J. Dias MARQUES (Faro, Portugal)

Portuguese Literary Ballads about Enchanted Moorish Girls


Olimbi VELAJ (Durrës, Albania)

Tana and Miorita: Parallel Motifs of the Albanian and Romanian Ballad


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:30 Sessions

Ghilyana DORDZHIEVA (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Kalmyk Long Songs (Ut Dun) with the Ballad Plot


Sandra JOYCE (Limerick, Ireland)

Border Crossing: Parallel Worlds in Irish Traditional Song

18:00 Walk and Sightseeing of the City of Prishtina

20:00 Concert of Traditional Dance and Music

WEDNESDAY, September 2


Starting at 8:00

Bus leaves in front of the Institute of Albanology
8:00 – 10:00 Travel to Deçani
10:00 – 11:30 Visit to the Monastery of Deçani
11:30 – 12:00 Trip to Gjakova
12:00 – 13:30 Visiting the Downtown of Gjakova, the Old City Bazaar, Hadum Mosque, Bektashi Tekke

(Coffee Break on Downtown)
13:30 – 14:30 Trip to Prizren

14:30 – 16:00 Lunch in Prizren
16:00 – 19:30 Visiting Sinan Pasha Mosque, Bajrakli Mosque, The Prizren League House, Shadervan (Old City Fountain) and some other Historical Monuments

19:30 – 21:00 Back to Prishtina

THURSDAY, September 3

Session IV (09:30 – 12:00)

(Meeting Hall)

9:30 – 10:30 Sessions

Marija KLOBČAR (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Understanding Parallel Worlds: The Mocking Song of the Townspeople of Kamnik


David ATKINSON (London, England, UK)

Why Do Ballads Have Words?

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Sessions

Ylva BERGLUND PRYTZ (Oxford, England, UK), Gerald PORTER (Vaasa, Finland)

Everyone Suddenly Burst out Singing.”Contesting Reality in the First World War


Arben HOXHA, Memli KRASNIQI (Prishtina, Kosovo)

The Oath (Besa) Between Two Worlds in the Albanian Ballad of Resurrection

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch

Session V (14:00 – 16:30)

(Meeting Hall)

14:00 – 15:00 Sessions

Lidija STOJANOVIĆ LAFAZANOVSKA (Skopje, Macedonia)

Memories of Kult of Moloch in Balkan Folk Songs


Visar MUNISHI (Prishtina, Kosovo)

Melodic and Poetic Synthesis in “The Song of Rexha”

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30 Sessions

Maria HERRERA SOBEK (Santa Barbara – California, USA)

Supernatural Encounters and Transformations:Crying Christ Statue and the Transformation of Soul as Dove in Two Mexican Folk Songs

Red RADOJA (Epinal, France)

La structure du vers chanté des Chansons de Preux Albanais et sa relation à la conception mythique des anciens

16:30 – 17:00 IBC Business Meeting – All welcome
19:30– Singing Ballad Evening at the Ethnological Museum

Note: Meeting of the group in front of the Institute at 19:00, from where we will walk. Besides singing the taste of traditional food will be offered.

FRIDAY, September 4

Session VI (10:00 – 12:00)

(Meeting Hall)

10:00 – 11:00 Sessions

Carrie DIKE (Limerick, Ireland)

Evolving Continuity: An Exploration of the “Traditional” in the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing


Ylberza HALILI (Prishtina, Kosovo)

The Parallel Worlds of Two Ballads of Migration

11:00 – 11:30 Closing of the Conference

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 Visiting Ulpiana Settlement and Gadime Marble Cave

Note: Meeting of the group in front of the Institute; travel by bus (13:00-17:00)

20:00 Closing Banquet Dinner

SATURDAY, September 5




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