On September 28, 2016, in Kotor (St. Paul Conference Hall), our Vice-Director, Marcello Ciola, on the behalf of Mediterranean Affairs had a speech during the International Scientific Conference “From war to peace in the Adriatic: 1914-2016”, which is part of “Open Days of Science”.

A number of renowned scientists from Montenegro, Italy and San Marino1, exchanged views about various topics related to the Adriatic area, treated with political, diplomatic, military, economic and cultural aspects. Mr. Ciola’s speech was about the spread of Islam among the Slavic peoples of the Western Balkans and the challenges to the security of the Adriatic Sea.

In his address, Mr. Ciola stressed the importance of the Adriatic Countries’ cooperation in the field of internal security and the protection of ethnic and linguistic minorities. Assuming that the Muslim populations of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Sandzak are of Slavic ethnicity (and not Turkic, as the journalistic clichés) and that they lived in Western Balkans before their conversion to Islam, Ciola has clarified that the construction of inter-religious hatred in the Balkans is merely political and other-directed, and it is a threat for all European Countries in this decade characterized by the phenomena of “international Islamic terrorism”. Before being regulated by European policies, the pacification of the Balkans must be conditioned by regional cooperation on the one hand and the adoption of concrete models of trans-national autonomy on the other one (with particular reference to Tyrol’s Model).

Some videos of this conference are available at https://goo.gl/W2UlAL. Here, a detailed program of the whole festival is the portal.

Festival “Science Open Days 2016”

International Scientific Seminars

From War to Peace in the Adriatic Sea:

1914 – 2016”

September 28, 2016, Kotor, Montenegro

St. Paul Conference Hall

Ministry of Science and University of Montenegro


10:00 – 10:15 Welcome Address

  • Dr Aleksandar Saša Stjepčević, Mayor of Kotor

  • Prof. Sanja Vlahović, Minister of Science of Montenegro

  • Prof. Živko Andrijašević, Vice-Rector, University of Montenegro

  • Her Excellency Vincenzo Del Monaco, Ambassador of Italy in Montenegro


  • Prof. Adolfo Morganti – President of Identità Europea, “From Sarajevo to European Union: the lesson of a Century”

  • Ph.D Tommaso Giancarli, Journalist – “The role of Venice in Montenegro’s History and in his European choice”

  • MoA Marcello Ciola – Vice-Director, Mediterranean Affairs “Old Identities and new autonomies. The challenges for Western-Balkan reconciliation and the circulation of juridical models between the two sides of Adriatic sea”

  • MoA Massimo Cultraro, Italian National Research Council (CNR) – “Researchers at Chigi Palace service: archeology and diplomacy in Balkans between the two World War”.

11:30 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:30 Second morning session

  • MoA Anastazija Miranović, Directorate for the protection of Cultural Heritage – “Multidisciplinary Research “Stari Bar” in XXI Century through the collaboration with Italian Universities and other international partners”

  • MoA Marijan Premović, Department of Philosophy – University of Montenegro – “Travel Literature about Boka Kotor in the first part of XX Century”

  • MSc Jadranka Selhanović, National Archive of Montenegro – “Herceg Novi – Life between the two World War”

  • Prof. Franco Cardini, Department of History – University of Florence – “The Adriatic Sea, Connection between Europe and East. An Historical analysis”

  • Mr. Ivan Jovović, Matica crnogorska – “BAR – BARI: the first ferryboat line on Adriatic Sea”.

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:15 Part II: WAR AND POLITICAL TIMES

  • MoA Nenad Perošević, Department of Philosophy – University of Montenegro. “Montenegro – Italy Relations at beginning of XX Century”

  • Prof. Ivan Tepavčević, Department of Philosophy – University of Montenegro -“Travel tales about Italy of Marko Car, Herceg Novi citizen, 1911 “

  • Prof. Milan Šćekić, Geopolitical Research Center, Department of Philosophy – University of Montenegro »Naval war operations in Montenegro territorial waters, 1914-1915”

  • Prof. Andrea Carteny, Department of History Cultures Religions Fashion Studies – Sapienza UniversityD’annunzio’s venture of Fiume as alternative to Versailles system”

  • MoA Francesco Mario Agnoli, Italian Magistrate and Essayist“The role of Dalmatia in Italian Campaign as ally of Entente Cordiale”

  • Prof. Slavko Burzanović, Historical Institute, University of Montenegro -“Debates about Montenegro issue in Italian Parliament 1921-1922”

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:45 Second afternoon session

  • Prof. Živko Andrijašević, Department of Philosophy – University of Montenegro – “Italian position about the Montenegro exiled government policies 1918-1921”

  • MoA Radoje Pajović, Dioclitiana Scientiarum et Artium Academy – “Italian occupation of Montenegro in 1941: some characteristics”

  • Prof. Roberto Valle, Department of Political Science – Sapienza University “Yugoslavian Idea and the “Adriatic Issue” in First World War framework””

  • MSc Adnan Prekić, Department of Philosophy – University of Montenegro – “The diplomatic crisis in Trieste 1947-1954, a Montenegro point of view”

19:00 Dinner – University of Montenegro (Department of Maritime Science of Kotor)

1 Detailed programme attached.