International conference "Via Egnatia and historical cultural routes"

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Complesso dei Tolentini, Università Iuav di Venezia

191 San Croce

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In 2015 FuoriVia and Università Iuav di Venezia have started the exploration of Via Egnatia, walking during five years the 1100 kilometers distance from Durrës to Istanbul across Albania, FYR of Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Via Egnatia (2015-2019) is an intermediate step of a long term research project started thousands of kilometers ago. Every summer since 2000, Università Iuav itinerant laboratory has been walking along historical cultural routes across Europe and the Mediterranean region. During these years the project has covered the Camino de Santiago (2000-2006) and from Rome to Canterbury along Via Francigena (2007-2012), before walking from Rome to Brindisi (2013-2014).

The main goal of the first international conference “Via Egnatia and historical cultural routes: bridges between Europe and the Mediterranean” is to create a dialogue between different actors and institution interested in the regeneration of Via Egnatia. During the conference we will discuss with experts, local actors and researches about the importance of the regeneration of Via Egnatia. Adopting a comparative approach we will introduce an analysis of Via Egnatia taking into consideration the regeneration plans of other cultural routes as Camino di Santiago and Via Francigena.

The conference will be a starting point to build a dialogue and an effective cooperation with universities, cultural institutions, local and national administrations, associations and local communities along the way.

The conference is free to attend but do please complete the registration with the present form . If you want to attend the two sessions, you have to complete two registrations. For the May 11th workshop “Best practices and methodology for cultural routes valorization” we kindly ask you to choose one of the three parallel round table discussions.


Day 1 - Aula Magna, Università Iuav di Venezia - Wednesday, 10th May 2017

Via Egnatia: A bridge between the “East” and the “West”?

9.00–9.30 Participant registration

9.30-10.00 Conference welcome and introduction

10.00- 11.30 Walking along cultural routes: a new research methodology?

Virginio Bettini, Environmental Analysis Professor

Giulio Ernesti, Planning Theory Professor, Università Iuav di Venezia

Anna Trono, Geographical Tourism, Università del Salento

11.30-13.00 Unveiling the ancient Via Egnatia: an archeological approach

George Skiadaresis, Archeologist, Ephorate of Thessaloniki

Giorgos Stalidis, Archeologist, Ephorate of Pella

Haris Tsougaris, Archeologist, Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki

14.30-16.00 Via Egnatia borders: perception of a transnational itinerary

Federica Broilo, Islamic Art and Architecture Professor, University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”

Michele Fasolo, Director of Archeomatica Magazine

Gianluca Solera, Policy Advisor Democracy & Civil Society, COSPE

Marietta Van Attekum, Director of Via Egnatia Foundation

16.00 – 18.00 Planning Via Egnatia: the regeneration of a cultural route

Anastasia Herkeletzi, Planning and Development, Municipality of Pella

Auron Tare, Director of Albanian National Coastal Agency

Maria Triantafyllidou, Archeologist, Municipality of Pella

Thalia Valkouma, Head of Environment Dpt. at Egnatia Odos S.A.

Effrosyni Boskou, Planning, Development & E-Services Division, Municipality of Kavala

Day 2 - Tolentini Cloister, Università Iuav di Venezia - Thursday, 11th May 2017

Workshop “Best practices and methodology for cultural routes valorization”

9.00 – 9.30 Participant registration

9.30 – 10.00 Introduction to work methodology

10.00 - 12.30 Round table discussions:

RT1) Exploring and discovering ancient itineraries:

Exploration is the first step for the valorization of cultural routes and nature trails. Starting from cartographic and documentary research, the road has to be tested on the field, discussing with local communities and interacting with the landscape. During this round table discussion, participants will introduce their experience, explaining their methodological approach to route exploration fieldwork activities, with a particular focus on the definition of road tracking and standards for walking itineraries.

Moreno Baccichet, Architecture and planning Professor

Dario Bertocchi, FuoriVia

Holger de Bruin, Author of Via Egnatia on Foot, Via Egnatia Foundation

RT2) Planning and regenerating walking trails:

The valorization of walking trails passes through the implementation of planning policies and long-term strategies. The definition of these regeneration actions have to take into consideration different environmental, social and political aspects adopting a participative approach. In this round table discussion, participants will present their approach to landscape analysis and the standards that have to be respected for planning historical cultural routes.

Vittorio Cavani, Via Romea Nonantolana

Leonardo Filesi, Environmental and Applied Botany Professor, Università Iuav di Venezia

Auro Michelon, Architect

Andrea Omizzolo, Eurac Research

Chiara Rosnati, Environmental impact assessment Professor

RT3) Telling stories, writing History from the territory and beyond

Hearing and telling stories are essential tools to reproduce and preserve territorial “Collective Memories”. Travel literature and scientific publications can help to sensitize people to “Walking” as a way of seeing the world and “Routes” and “Territories” as source of common History. During this round table discussion, participants will present, through their writings, their own representation of the landscape and the territories crossed by historical cultural routes.

Alfonso Casale, Author of the book “La Via Francigena del Sud”

Angelo Chemin, History of Territory professor

Alice Merenda Somma, FuoriVia

12.30 - 13.30 Conclusions: Guidelines for cultural routes valorization

13.30 –14.30 Buffet and Back and Forth exhibition opening

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