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Edi Shukriu


Born in Prizren on 22 October 1950. She finished her elementary and middle school in Prizren, while the studies on archeology she completed in the University of Belgrade in 1972. She did a postgraduate degree in the University of Belgrade in 1979. Then she obtained the title Doctor of Historical Sciences from University of Prishtina (1990). She is a professor in the University of Prishtina and the first woman archaeologist in Kosovo. She also wrote poetry, some of which she published the title ‘Sonte zemra ime feston ‘ [tonight my heart celebrates] (1972). She is a member of the Kosovo PEN Center since 2004, and the Author's Association of Kosovo since 1973. She participated in International Writing Program 2005, of the University of Iowa (USA, 2005). She is represented in anthologies of Albanian and foreign writers.

A very happy childhood, not because of pleasant circumstances but because parents took care to save them from everything that followed after world War Two....video

The woman was equal. With the elderly there were differences in dividing the work. The wife took care about everyone at home. The men of the families from both sides....video

The guest occupies a place of honor and respect and all of the goods possessed by the family have to be offered to them. The guest room was not only for guests; it was ....video

She finished her elementary and middle school in Prizren. The parents, and the children too, were determined that she and her brother continue university studies....video

Relatively good, with improvements during the middle school. During the studies, when professors would learn she was from Prizren, they would say: “If you are from....video

Same, there was no difference. It was a spirit which would treat both sexes as equal. Financial situation has made some families not be able to do much about the ....video

Language unification was compulsory. All peoples in this world have their standard languages and their dialects. She tells how when she was on holiday with her...video

The path to opening the UP was not an easy one. People got very happy because they knew that with the opening of the University new possibilities are opening up....video

The family lived out of an income which, though not high, was sufficient for the well-being of the family. Her father worked in the field of heritage, whereas her mother ....video

As Albanian archaeologists were scarce, it was not difficult to find a job. She worked in the Museum of Kosovo since 1974...video

As she did not have an apartment of her own, the largest part of the money went to paying the rent. She was happy that she did not need to ask the family for money any ...video

Early did she start to publish writings. The first poems she wrote in the fourth grade of elementary school. During the studies she would watch all of the theater...video

There were good relations. Albanians are well-known for tolerance and if one Serb would be in a company of Albanians, then they would switch the language and speak ....video

She feels sorry for the asphalting of the roads in Prizren. She believes old tradition of roads laid in cobalt stones should have been preserved because they used to make ...video

According to family tradition, any innovation was welcome for them...video

She was obliged to write "I am admitted to the Communist Party" at the time she was thinking of working in UP. Initially she worked in the Museum of Kosovo, whereas in...video

The placement of the national flag and the student protests of 1968 were the happiest years. Singing about Scanderbeg aloud at the Prizren fountain was a...video

When she obtained the news on the fall of Rankovic, she was in Prevalla camping with her family. When they heard the news, they all screamed to high sky from joy...video

They did the school in Albanian but, for example in literature, they learned primarily about Slav authors. The library would have a few books in Albanian only and she ...video

Tito was leading an artificial structure, let us say, the way the Kingdom of Yugoslavia used to be, which was artificial and did not manage to survive...video

The Constitution of 1974 was an opening of new era of some pseudo equality. This Constitution was not considered as the thing we were aspiring towards, but it was a...video

Due to the repressions from the 1950s when emigration toward Turkey continued – in Prizren existed another sort of forced migration, be it direct or camouflaged, that of...video

There were not many major changes. After 1974 some sort of relaxation was felt. She learned late that her mother was considered atop enemy for the Yugoslav....video

The happiest moment was the time of exams; it was not easy going to study, as Belgrade was a different world with a totally different environment. Adapting and the....video

The most difficult moment

There were many difficult moments, among the most difficult was when the Serbian regime fired her father from work...video

Going to school, then coming back home, lunch time, learning, games etc. At that time we did not have water inside the house , and had to go to the spring to get ..video

There were different activities during the day, but mainly she focused on her studies in Belgrade...video