140 Years Of Bilateral Relations

Conference: Exchanges & Common History

An international conference organised by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Institute of Balkan Studies aims to shed light on the two countries' cultural relations and social development

YOUNG STUDENTS AT ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE

On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Belgrade and Rome, historians from Italy, Serbia, and other countries will meet in Belgrade this May to discuss their most recent research on the subject of bilateral relations.

A long time has passed since the first appointment of an Italian representative to Belgrade in 1879, following the geopolitical results of the 1878 Berlin Congress. With that diplomatic history as the starting point, the International Conference jointly organised by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Institute of Balkan Studies aims to shed light on the two countries’ cultural relations and social development.

Historians from Italy, Serbia and other countries will meet in Belgrade this May to discuss their most recent research on the subject of bilateral relations

It will provide the right setting to focus on the conditions and events that shaped our actual bilateral relations, as territories that have been in contact since ancient times, due to geographic proximity and common roots, and which have developed a rich network of exchanges.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, individual and family ties, social and economic developments, ideological struggles and cultural exchanges have contributed to creating a strong and rich fabric of deeply intertwined developments.

Tracing that evolution and explaining its importance as part of the common history of Europe is an academic undertaking which yields results intended to benefit common projects and provide a solid basis for the further strengthening of our cultural relations.