KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 CASPAR TEN DAM


Analyst, advisor, editor, illustrator, translator, Leiden University, the NETHERLANDS

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Caspar TEN DAM was born in Dordrecht, Netherlands in 1967. He is a conflict analyst and PhD-researcher on Chechen and Albanian insurgencies at the Institute of History of Leiden University, the Netherlands. His specialty lies in the analysis of armed conflicts, including applying and testing his own Brutalisation theory and definitions of terrorism, banditry, rebellion and other forms and manifestation of violence. Analyst, advisor, editor, illustrator (e.g. for ‘Soul of Leiden’ project, http://dezielvanleiden.nl, and translator of manuscripts (e.g. for Tasso Publishers, www.tassouitgeverij.nl , since 2014 through my CTDam Consultancy www.ctdamconsultancy.com. Secretary & co-founder of Association for the Study of EthnoGeoPolitics (EGP). Since 2013, executive editor of the journal Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics (www.ethnogeopolitics.org). Partially funded PhD research ‘Ways to Rebel: Testing a theory of Brutalisation on the Chechen and Albanian insurgents 1979-2001’. Chairman & co-founder of the International Committee for Humanitarian Intervention (www.ichuminterv.org). Leading member of Political Committee ‘Stari Most’ - Justice and Peace on the Balkans (PCSM; www.starimost.nl). Spokesman 1994-96, 2004. Treasurer 1997-98. Chairman 1999-2003. Board member since.


Paper Title: The Chechen as the Alien Other and/or the Identifiable us in recent English-Language Accounts of the Chechen Conflict



BUJAR HOXHA


Associate Professor, translator, researcher in Semiotics, South-East European University, Tetovo and Skopje, MACEDONIA

http://www.seeu.edu.mk/en/faculties/LCC/lcc-staff

Dr. Bujar Hoxha was born in Skopje, Macedonia, and is Albanian by ethnic belongings, holding a Macedonian citizenship. He graduated English and Italian Language at the State University of Skopje. He completed his Master’s Degree at the University of Zagreb in the fields of Literature and Philosophy, and his Doctoral Degree at the University of Skopje. His research fields are: semiotics of literature, semiotics of passions, existential semiotics and semiotics of disabilities.

Dr Bujar HOXHA currently works as an associate professor at the Department of Communication Sciences at the SEEU, Macedonia. Out of his publication activities, one can number two published novels in Albanian ( 1995 and 2006), a translation of Umberto Eco’s book into Albanian ( previously published in English at the University of Harvard and in Italian by Bompiani). “Gjashte udhetime neper pyjet narrative” appeared into Albanian in 1997, by the publishing house “Asdreni” from Skopje. He also has published several other papers, such as ‘A Paradoxical Way of Communication of the Children with Autism Disorder Spectrum Syndrome”, California, USA, 2015, “Sui limiti della semiotica. L’oggettivita opposta alla soggettivita”, in “EC”, Rivista italiana di semiotica, University of Palermo, Italy, 2015, as well as “Semiotics of Precision and Imprecision” in “Semiotica” de Gruyter, Mouton Editions, Berlin and Toronto, Germany and Canada, 2016. His forthcoming publications are: “Multilingualism in a Semiotic Contexts and Sameness vs. Otherness”, by de Gruyter, Berlin during 2017, as well as ‘Fiction and Reality in Eco’s Words, in “Umberto Eco in His Own Words” to be published by de Gruyter Berlin, Germany, in August, 2017.

Dr. Hoxha is a member of the International Semiotic Institute of Semiotics, at the Technological University in Kaunas, Lithuania, as well as a part of the Project ‘Semiotics of Cultural Heritages”, led by the honorary Director of the Institute, Dr. Eero Tarasti, from the University of Helsinki, Finland.



Paper Title: On Eco’s Interpretative Nature Of The Process Of Narration (A Semiotic Prospective)



WILLIAM K. MARTIN


Literary critic, counsellor, honours in Ancient History and American History, University of Utah, USA

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Professor William K. Martin took his first Bachelor degree in English Literature. He says that this degree taught him how to write a good business letter; and, moreover, it taught him how to think. After a successful career in business, Professor Martin sold his company and went back to the university, taking a second Bachelor degree in Latin and Ancient Greek, a Master’s degree in Ancient History, and finally a PhD in American History at the University of Utah – where in addition to his studies, he taught courses in history, English and in the humanities. He has published in literary and historical criticism. His first love, he says, has always been English Language and Literature, in which department he teaches at Beder University. He has lived in Albania for two years and makes Tirana his home.

Paper Title: Stylistics: an Effective Approach to Literary Analysis