Florence in the middle of the Mediterranean
By Umberto Gori – FUA Conference Coordinator
Scholars, researchers and artists from around the world met on the 4th and 5th December in Florence to discuss the past, the present and the future of the Mediterranean civilization. The occasion was the annual conference organized by Florence University of the Arts in collaboration with Stony Brook University of New York (SUNY), entitled “De Re Mediterranea”, focused on the theme of civilizations that have developed over the centuries in the area of Mare Nostrum.
From historical conflicts that have affected this crucial western civilization area, models of coexistence and fusion of different cultures have been explored and the diverse effects of this secular interaction. The academic relevance of this annual event, now in its seventh edition, was evidenced by the sponsorship of the Union of the Mediterranean University, the University of Florence and the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism.The conference was inaugurated at the Gabinetto Vieusseux in the presence of institutional representatives of the City of Florence and the Tuscany region. As in the past years, the occasion provided an opportunity to compare the international academic reality and the city of Florence, with a special space reserved for research conducted by students supported by teachers from Florence University of the Arts. The detailed program was enriched by the eponymous exhibition, where works of students from the departments of visual and digital arts were presented on the Mediterranean theme. A section of the exhibition is dedicated to the research project “Florence, a multiethnic mosaic”: a bridge between students and migrant communities of our city, the opening to a complex and vital world, yet too often unknown.
Video by Berna Aydin & Alesia Pesaresi
Editing by Silvia Mancini