Edith Durham and the Balkans


Edith Durham, Edwardian traveller, collector, anthropologist, aid worker in war zones and campaigner for Albanian independence, has remained an iconic figure in the Balkans a century after her travels. We will look at how Durham sometimes challenged and sometimes encouraged the different perceptions of the Balkans as a turbulent, timeless backwater trapped between East and West. We will look at some of the artefacts she brought back and some of the adventures she had.

The course will also reference other British travellers in the Balkans such as Lord Byron, Rebecca West and Edward Lear.

Below are some of Durham’s pictures of  the Shala People of Albania.



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