A two-day international conference in Belgrade examined the deep and complex ties between Italy and Serbia. This was a unique opportunity for a thorough study of such relationships organized by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, which hosted the conference at its headquarters, to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Italy and Serbia.
The Ambassador of Italy, Carlo Lo Cascio and Vladimir Kostić, President of the Serbian Academy, introduced the conference which featured presentations by about twenty scholars, including 7 from Italian universities. A round table open to all participants was also held at the Italian Cultural Institute. According to Ambassador Lo Cascio, the increase in academic exchanges through European programs and the process of internationalization of the educational curricula, offers the two Countries new opportunities for mutual integration in the context of higher education. “The Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute support these cultural and scientific activities in Serbia”, continued the Ambassador, “since we are convinced that inter-academic collaboration and cultural relations are a vital part of the broader context of bilateral and international relation “.
The speakers presented a wide array of research papers on the relations between the two Countries from various points of view: from institutions to diplomacy, from economic exchanges to cultural relations. Almost a century and a half of diplomatic relations during which the face of Europe has changed dramatically.
Italian Cultural Institute Belgrade