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!!Human Diversity in Context

The Department of Humanities of the University of Trieste and the ''Academia Europaea (Hubert
Curien 2018 fund)'', are linking up key research questions in the humanities and the social sciences.
With the support of these two institutions, Prof. Ferrini will organize an international conference in
Trieste on the topic of ''Human Diversity in Context'' on 25-26 September 2018.
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Different competences and research fields based in the Humanities and Social Sciences Classes of
the ''Academia Europaea'' are brought together as aspects of the study of the production and
transmission of what the European societies have assumed and represented as ‘human’, in accord
with shared research interests of the Department of Humanities of the University of Trieste.
Scholars from classics and oriental studies, history, anthropology, literary studies, philosophy,
social and cognitive sciences will meet to develop new strategies for integrating the form and
content of knowledge, expressly for ''public'' benefit, by conveying socially ''contextualized'' knowledge
and understanding of the complexity of the real world and its cultural and religious structures,
facets and objects.
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This conference will also exhibit possibilities of synergy between the pan-European network of the
''Academia Europaea'' and members’ local university institutions and research projects.
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In the last decade European countries have been restlessly animated by national and transborder
debates about issues of faith and tolerance; identity and difference; marginalization and integration;
heterogeneity and homogenisation; individual freedom and social security, especially when
confronting the increasing waves of forced migration, ‘ethnic cleansing’, extra-European
immigration, growing minorities representing ‘other’ systems of belief (whether Islamic, Jewish, or
animist, among others), issues of international and foreign policy and the organising of public
opinion regarding forms of intervention (diplomatic, military, economic, legal) in ethnic conflicts at
the borders of the European community.
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However, projects recently funded by the European Research Council which confront a Europe that
questions what is European about itself as well as a Europe that needs to be able to present itself in
new ways to the other cultures and civilizations, seem to confine themselves either to exploring
alternatives to the dominant theoretical and political thinking from the selected viewpoints of
democracy, constitutionalism, economics and human rights, or at offering a ‘grammar’ of the
differences in the set of values based on the single and general key notion of ‘modes of existence’.
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The new 9%%sup th/% Framework Programme for European Research for the Social Sciences and the
Humanities aims to address major research challenges, such as fostering the union of people
through mutual respect and understanding within a paradoxical context in which signs of economic
growth correspond to signs indicating increasing social inequalities, racial prejudices, and anxiety
over the future.
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The ''Human Diversity in Context'' conference will offer a multifaceted critical examination of the
ways, tools and strategies through which European societies have historically envisioned and now
confront, construct and conceptualize their perception, representation and evaluation of the
difference-in-unity of mankind. The scope of the conference will range from the recognition and/or
reconstruction of religious identities and the legal status of minorities, together with the formation
of territorially bounded human collectives, to the analysis of wounded identities or competing
regimes of memory, from the dialectical examination of processes of ‘othering’ to cultural and
physical anthropological narratives and classifications of mankind, exploring which cognitive skills
humans share and do not share with animals. On the whole, the conference will examine the
definitions, varieties and limits of what has been assumed to be and represented as ‘human’ within
Western processes of identifying and distinguishing themselves from (purported) others (‘selfing’)
and its valuational diversity.
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The organizer of the Conference has been the general research coordinator of the AE Humanities
class project, ‘Human Diversity in Context: Processes of Othering, Constructions and Dynamics of
Identities, Recognition of Valuational Difference in European Tradition’. By design, that project’s
structure drew upon and sought to derive added value through coordination of existing research
activities carried out by members of the AE Humanities and Social Sciences clusters (7 research
leaders), with the participants’ own university institutions engaged as research deliverers and
collaborators in the project (15 team members). A project that the main Foundations would not
support as it was presented.
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The present initiative draws upon a smaller AE inter Classes research group composed by [Cinzia
Ferrini|Member/Ferrini_Cinzia] (University of Trieste), Section ‘[Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies|Acad_Main/Sections/Philosophy_theology_and_religious_studies]’; [Susana
Onega|Member/Onega_Susana] (University of Zaragoza), [Rosario Arias|Member/Arias_Rosario] (University of Málaga) and [Wolfgang Pross|Member/Pross_Wolfgang] (Em. University of Bern), Section ‘[Literary and Theatrical Studies Section|Acad_Main/Sections/Literary_and_theatrical_studies]’; [Maria Paradiso|Member/Paradiso_Maria] (University of Sannio), Section ‘[Social Sciences|Acad_Main/Sections/Social_sciences]’; [John Tolan|Member/Tolan_John] (University of Nantes), [Iván Zoltán Dénes|Member/Dénes_Iván] (István
Bibó Center for Advanced Studies of Humanities and Social Sciences in Budapest) and [Olga
Katsiardi-Hering|Member/Katsiardi-Hering_Olga] (Em. National & Kapodistrian University of Athens), Section ‘[History and Archaeology Section|Acad_Main/Sections/History_and_archaeology]’.
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!!Provisional Plan (TBC)
!DAY1 – Tuesday 25.09
Morning 1: 9:00-11:00\\
Session 1: ''Ancient & Medieval History and Oriental Studies''\\
9:00-9:30 – Opening (authorities, introduction)\\
Chair: [Iván Zoltán Dénes|Member/Dénes_Iván]
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9:30-10:00 ''[John Tolan|Member/Tolan_John]'' (MAE, Univ. Nantes). “Legal construction and co-existence of religious and
ethnic identities at the origin of contemporary European societies”\\
10:00-10:30 ''[Carmela Baffioni|Member/Baffioni_Carmela]'' (MAE, Lincei). “Paradigm of Coexistence of ethnical and religious diversity in medieval Spain: a case study
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10:30-11:00 Discussion
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''Coffee Break''
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Morning 1:11:30-13:00\\
Session 2: ''Cultural Antropology''\\
Chair: [Cinzia
11:30-12:00 ''[Wolfgang Pross|Member/Pross_Wolfgang]'' (Emer. Univ. Bern, MAE). “Assimilating reported natural histories of human diversity: theories on the nature of mankind”\\
12:00-12:30 Mario Marino (Univ. Cottbus). “Describing, measuring and classifying human beings:
natural science and the birth of anthropology in the Age of Enlightenment”
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12:30-13:00 Discussion
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''Working lunch''
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Afternoon 1: 15:00-16:30\\
Session 1: ''Physical Antropology and Comparative Psychology''\\
Chair: [Wolfgang Pross|Member/Pross_Wolfgang]\\
15:00-15:30 ''Antonio Russo'' (DiSU). “Physiognomic and criminal anthropology: from Cesare Lombroso’s
biological positivism to Enrico Ferri’s psycological and social positivism”\\
15:30-16:00 ''Cinzia Chiandetti'' (DSV). “How the evolutive continuity of cognition challenges
antropocentrism and antropomorphism”
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16:00-16:30 Discussion
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''Coffee Break''
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Afternoon 1: 17:00-18:30\\
Session 2: ''The understanding of otherness'' in Philosophy and Religious Sciences\\
Chair: Antonio Russo\\
17:00-17:30 ''[Cinzia Ferrini|Member/Ferrini_Cinzia]'' (MAE, DiSU). “Overcoming the Immediate Externality of the Other:
Hegel’s Lesson on Subjective Identity”\\
17:30-18:00 ''[Gereon Wolters|Member/Wolters_Gereon]'' (MAE, Leopoldina, Em. Univ. Konstanz): “Constructing the Religious
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18:00-18:30 Discussion

!DAY 2 – Wednesday 26.09

Morning 2: 9:30-11:00\\
Session 1 - ''Societal and related sciences''\\
Chair: [John Tolan|Member/Tolan_John]\\
9:30-10:00 ''[Maria Paradiso|Member/Paradiso_Maria]'' (MAE, Univ. Sannio). “Dynamics of Integration (Citizenship) and
Dynamics of Exclusion, Self-exclusion and Marginalization”\\
10:00-10:30 ''[Iván Zoltán Dénes|Member/Dénes_Iván]'' (MAE, Founder and President of the István Bibó Center for
Advanced Studies of Humanities and Social Sciences, Budapest). “Usable Pasts of Divided
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10:30-11:00 Discussion
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''Coffee Break''
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Morning 2: 11:30-13:00\\
Session 2 - ''Literary perspectives: Story-telling of Injured Identities in Contemporary Narratives in
Chair: Tullia Catalan\\
11:30-12:00 [Susana Onega|Member/Onega_Susana] (MAE, Univ. Zaragoza). “Tales of Wounded and Healed Identities”\\
12:00-12:30 ''[Rosario Arias|Member/Arias_Rosario]'' (MAE, Univ. Málaga). “Survivor Narratives”
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12:30-13:00 Discussion
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''Working Lunch''
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Afternoon 2: 15:00-18:00\\
Conclusive Session: ''Contemporary Histories of Discrimination, Self-Identity and Diaspora''\\
Chair: [Susana Onega|Member/Onega_Susana]\\
15:00-15:30 Tullia Catalan (DiSU). “Imposing Racial Identities: Biological Anti-semitism and
Nationalistic Identities”\\
15:30-16:00 [Olga
Katsiardi-Hering|Member/Katsiardi-Hering_Olga] (MAE, Em. National & Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens).
“Diaspora and Self-representation: The Case Study of Greek People’s Identity”\\
16:00-16:30 Paola Toninato (Ph. D. Warwick). “National Assimilation Policies and Ethnic
Resistance: Resilient Construction of Identities in Nomadic Groups”
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16:30-17:00 Discussion
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17:00-18:00 ''Coffee break''\\
__Guided tour to the Jewish Museum Carlo and Vera Wagner__
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20:00 ''Conference Dinner''
!This event is open to participation by members of the AE and YAE. To comply with the organization schedule for the conference and the allocation of funds, __applications to register__ and to be considered for (potential) defraying of travel expenses should reach Prof. Ferrini by __May 15th 2018__ and include a short statement of reasons to attend and participate in the discussions.


[Cinzia Ferrini|Member/Ferrini_Cinzia]\\
Department of Humanities, University of Trieste\\
Androna Campo marzio 10, 34100-Trieste\\
+39 3493996168

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