In the framework of Albania’s 100 years of Independence, the Department of Communication Sciences in Hëna e Plotë”-BEDËR University organized the scientific national conference”The role of media in the formulation and consolidation of national identity.”
In the opening speech, the Chairman of the Conference Mr. Ramadan Çipuri, while thanking the panelists for their participation in this Conference, emphasized that despite different debates, the media has played a very important role in the formation and consolidation of national identity.
With the participation of academics coming from different universities and specialists from media fields, opinions and arguments were given in connection with the beginning, development and consolidation of national identity, as well as the positioning of the media in this long process.
Another debate saved for future conferences is that of the identity of Kosovo and of Albania.
In his reference, Ass.Prof.Dr. Mark Marku stressed that in the second half of the XIX century, in absence of a consistent book culture, the press of the time was the only tool that helped increasing and protecting the national identity. Within his arguments he also added that the press was the only institution that put forward the language as the identifier of national identity.
On the other hand, Dr.Doc. Agron Tufa, focused on the debate about the identity of Kosovo and Albania, which according to him is being associated even with the initiative of creating a special Albanian language along the actual one. “It is not about the usage of dialects, but about creating a different Albanian language than the one we already have. The language division, divides ethnicity.”- he stressed.
Amongst others, in this conference referred well-known names of Albanian journalism such as Mr. Lutfi Dervishi, Mr. Aleksandër Çipa, Mr. Agim Baçi, etc.