Identity, Political Reburials, and Regimes of Memory in Albania


Summer Institute for the Study of East Central and Southeastern Europe


Political Science


Since the tumultuous establishment of the Albanian state, different regimes have tried to repatriate and remake the bones and burial sites of several Albanians who are intimately connected national identity. King Zog, the Italian sponsored regime, and later the communist regime, stressed an enormous importance to repatriation of the remains of prominent Albanians who had died abroad, and through elaborate processes of reburials tried to build a certain nationalistic imaginary, intimately linked with a given regime. This project aims to understand the changes of the regimes through the reburials and the remaking of the bodies of these personalities and their use in support of the official narrative of regimes.