The Institute of National History is a specialized scientific research institution based in Skopje, Macedonia. The Institute is a member of Skopje’s “Ss. Cyril and Methodius University”, organizing own MA and PhD studies. The main goal is scientific research of national, political and cultural history of Macedonia and the Balkans, migrations and especially the inter-relations and communications between different regions throughout history. The work is based on a long-term co-operation with related scientific institutes, universities, non-government organizations, scientific societies, as well as being involved in many joint international and regional research projects, round tables, conferences and publications.
The national coordinator Prof. Dr. Biljana Ristovska-Josifovska is professor at the Institute of National History, the head of the Department of Balkan Studies, as well as the coordinator of the MA-program “History of the Culture of Macedonia” and of the PhD-program “Cultural History of Macedonia”. Her research interests mainly range from cultural history and migration studies, memory, identity, analysis of tradition and modernity, written and oral history, historiography and national mythology. She was president of the Society of Historians of Republic of Macedonia (2006-2008) and is a current member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Glasnik and Philological Studies, and she is involved in several national and international research projects.
Prof. Dr. Dragi Ğorgiev (history and oriental studies) is the current director of the Institute of National History, and professor at Goce Delčev University. He is involved in many national and international projects, co-operates with scientific organisations, and is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Glasnik, Istorija, Tarih Incelemeleri Dergisi, Journal of Evrasian Studies. He was president of the Society of Historians of Republic of Macedonia (2004-2006), is an honored member of the Türk Tarih Kurumu in Ankara, and he is also the translator and author of many monographic publications and scientific articles concerning the Balkans in the Ottoman period.
Doc. Dr. Vladimir Janev is Assistant Professor in the Institute of National History in Skopje. He obtained his PhD at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Skopje in 2011. In the academic year 2011/12 he was research fellow in the Jewish Studies Program at the Padeia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. He is an author of several books such as “Jews in Macedonia (15th-17th Centuries)”, both published in English and Macedonian and scientific articles. His main focus of research is history of the Jewish community on the Balkans, their life, migrations, connections, and different aspects of Judaism.