International Alps-Adriatic Meeting

Staranzano (GO) Italy, piazza Dante 4

Saturday, 18.09.2021

Education for Peace for the Alps-Adriatic Euroregion

Throughout the 20th century, wars, violence, racism, mistrust and national borders have poisoned coexistence in this area. Like real viruses they have been spread by the different nationalisms, by racial and gender discrimination, by social, economic and cultural inequalities, by denialism and historical revisionism, but also silences, walls and separations.

These viruses have been present for a long time in our society, which, especially in this area, has been going through a transition phase since more than 100 years, between precarious balances and still open wounds.

The Alps-Adriatic Euroregion can offer the resources to come out of this disease. It calls for a caring attitude. Care for the wounds left by the violence of the last century in the social constellation of the peoples who live there. Care for the values of multilingualism and a better knowledge of the history and memory of all our other neighbours.

Care for learning to build shared cultural tools, to create experiences that help us to live together, create common projects for a future that frees the personal and multicultural resources available. Care for those who know that, without knowing the past, the risks of building a future with the same fragilities is very high.

We want to strengthen our body, develop immune defences, not only with another lifestyle, but with a deeper culture, free from clichés and stereotypes, by learning from those who have already tackled this path in the past.

For this reason, having identified the “viruses” – with contributions from various speakers during the morning, we want to offer in the afternoon  the opportunity to work together in workshops to build the “antiviruses” of Peace.


09.30: Welcome by political representatives
09.45: Introduction to the conference 
Corrado Altran, President of Adriatic Greenet, Monfalcone: “A concrete dream: the International Centre for Peace Education in the Alps-Adriatic Region“.
10.00: Werner Wintersteiner, Peace Educator, University of Klagenfurt: “Liberating Remembering. Experiences from an Austrian-Slovenian project.
10.40 a.m.: Coffee break
11.00 a.m.: Giustina Selvelli, researcher at the University of Ca’ Foscari Venice: “Multilingualism and multiple identities“.
11.30 a.m.: Anna Di Gianantonio, historian and President of ANPI Gorizia: “Liberating the future by understanding the past“.
12.00: Discussion and introduction to the afternoon workshop: Participatory identification of “viruses” harmful to peace and coexistence.
13.00: Lunch (buffet)
14.00: Workshop on “antiviruses” for peace.
Coordinated by Marco Bettoni, expert in multicultural exchange techniques, Basel and Thessaloniki.
18.00: Creative conclusion of the event.

Presentation of typical local products and ecotourism stand. Experiences, theses, central ideas from the following books serve as a basis for the presentations in the morning and are a source of inspiration for the workshop in the afternoon.

Principle of multilingualism: Each lecture will be held in a language of the region with translation either into English or into the other languages of the Alps-Adriatic region.  Multilingualism is also a principle of peace!



Workshops on various themes using the OSG method which, starting from sharing a socialising space, a psychologically safe environment, stimulates the participants to activate their own ideas, share them, explore them, combine them with those of others and finally collect them on a large common “wall of ideas”. Each participant can express himself/herself in his/her mother tongue, in English or in another language of the Alps-Adriatic Euroregion. Interpreters will be available for the participants.


Manuela Tomadin, Architect, restorer, former professor of architectural and urban restoration at the Faculty of Architecture in Venice, Manuela Tomadin carries out professional activity and research in the cultural heritage sector. In particular, she focuses on the enhancement of the historical-architectural and landscape heritage and the sustainable development of the territory, combined with digital innovation.

Corrado Altran attended the University of Venice studying architecture and on 1992  co-founded and worked for the Ecoistituto of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Udine, Italy, organizing conferences, congresses and advising local authorities and associations all over the Region.  From 1993 to 2001 he was Vice-Mayor of the Municipality of Monfalcone, then until 2006 municipal councillor. From 2007 to 2008, he was provincial chairperson for the Green-Party. Alongside his political activity he dedicated himself to volunteering, participating in peace-keeping missions in D.R. Congo in 2001 and 2003, with the association “Beati i Costruttori di Pace”. In 2008, he started working as project manager with the association “Peace and Human Rights Tent” based in Staranzano (Italy), in educational international activities. He finally engaged himself with activities for peace and ecological education, i.e.: managing 23 international volunteer camps, several European twinning projects,  for the NGO Adriatic GreeNet, of which he became the president in 2014.

Marco Bettoni, a mechanical engineer specialised in industrial cybernetics, a scholar of cognitive science (constructivism) and a pioneer of ‘social knowledge management’, in particular methods for knowledge sharing and collaborative problem solving.

Anna Di Gianantonio is vice-president of the Regional Institute for the History of the Resistance and Contemporary Age in Fvg.  She has used oral sources for her studies and has worked mainly on the history of women during fascism, in the Resistance and after World War II.


2000, together with Gloria Nemec, Gorizia operaia. I lavoratori e le lavoratrici isontini tra storia e memoria 1920-1947, published by Leg.
2005 with Alessandro Morena, Tommaso Montanari and Sara Perini, she published L’immaginario imprigionato. Dinamiche sociali, nuovi scenari politici e costruzione della memoria nel secondo dopoguerra monfalconese, ed. Consorzio culturale del Monfalconese.
2011 With Gianni Peteani, Ondina Peteani. La lotta partigiana, la deportazione ad Auschwitz, l’impegno sociale: una vita per la libertà” ed. Mursia, Milano. 
2014 together with Iacobelli Tutte le anime del mio corpo. Diario di una giovane partigiana (1943-1945), dedicated to the figure of the partisan Maria Antonietta Moro. 
2016, together with Marco Puppini and Nerina Fontanot Contro il fascismo oltre ogni frontiera (Against fascism beyond all frontiers) was published by KappaVu , Udine.
2016 Essay on the partisan Giuditta Giraldi, “Ditka” in the book Il difficile cammino della Resistenza di confine, published by Irsmli in 2020, again with Gianni Peteani, the volume 1945 Ich bin schwanger (I am pregnant), published by the Regional Institute for the History of the Resistance and Contemporary Age in Fvg.

Giustina Selvelli is a research fellow at the Department of Comparative Linguistic and Cultural Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She has held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Nova Gorica, Klagenfurt, Mytilene, Yildiz (Istanbul) and Novi Sad. Her research interests focus mainly on multilingualism and ethnic minority languages and literatures in South-Eastern Europe.

Professor emeritus Werner Wintersteiner, Ph.D., was the founding director of the Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education at Alps-Adriatic University, Klagenfurt, Austria. His main research fields: literature, politics, and peace; cultural peace research; focus Alps-Adriatic region; peace education and Global Citizenship Education; transcultural literary education.


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