Spring School "Socialism as a Cultural Heritage"




In light of the latest developments with regard to the spread of the Covid-19, the restrictions imposed by national governments, universities and regional and local authorities, the coordinating team of the Spring School is preparing two strategies for organizing the School.

First, with the physical presence of the participants, if the circumstances allow it, especially if there are opportunities for travel from abroad and organizing public events.

Second, an оnline School, through the Microsoft Times platform, if the conditions do not allow travel from abroad and if organizing public events is not allowed.

The Spring School Coordinating Committee



The Spring School “Socialism as Cultural Heritage. Society, Culture, Memories” is dedicated to topics and problems related to heritage studies as a cross-disciplinary understanding of material and immaterial culture confronted with political, regional, and institutional frameworks which make comparison essential.

The Spring School aimes to debate concepts of temporality, authenticity, and originality as core concepts of heritage and brought together scholars of heritage studies concerning Central and Eastern European countries during socialism. Participants will also explore the role of cultural heritage and museums in the materialization and spread of the variations of local ideological and symbolic orders during the socialism.

The focus of the Spring School is mainly on heritage as a way of consuming heritage, the management of heritage sites, its economic and social benefits and sustainable development.

The most relevant topics to be discussed at School are those of heritage and politics as “to speak of heritage is to speak of politics”. Heritage is discursive; it is sometimes invented, suppressed, as well as linked to purposely chosen pasts. Representations of heritage could border on ideological manipulation. Sometimes part of the national history and cultural heritage is considered inconvenient, and politicians try, successfully or not, to stay away from it or even actively destroy it. Another relevant theme that emerges is that of heritage and nostalgia where heritage tourism has been criticized as a glorified, misremembered past driven by nostalgia.

The spring school “Socialism as Cultural Heritage. Society, Culture, Memories” offers to the participants four courses:

  1. Anthropological Approaches to Understanding the Socialism;
  2. Culture, Economy and Society of Socialism as Cultural Heritage;
  3. Research Methodology and Field Techniques;
  4. Visualizing Socialism;

The Spring School fee is 270 EUR (accommodation, food and courses fee, in a case of the Scenario 1.);

The Spring School also offers 5 partial Scholarship (50% of the schooling fee) for the applicants from Southeast European countries (in a case of the Scenario 1).

The Spring School offers 5 full Scholarships for the applicants from the countries in the region: N. Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (in a case of the Scenario 1);

Organizers: Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, N.Macedonia 

Macedonian Student Ethnological and Anthropological Association, Skopje, N.Macedonia

Head of the School: Ljupcho S. Risteski, PhD, professor at IEA

Spring School International Scientific and Advisory Committee: 

  • Ljupcho S. Risteski, PhD, (N.Macedonia)
  • Margarita Karamihova, PhD, (Bulgaria)
  • Aliki Agelidou, PhD, (Greece)
  • Vjeran Pavlakovic, PhD, (Croatia)
  • Armanda Codra Hysa, PhD, (Albania)


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