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In this edition:

1) The Tentative program of the International Conference
2) IASC Community: Varda Furman
3) How to get and accomodation in Lecce


December 2, Tuesday

8.30 – 9.00 Registration
Giovanni Scarafile, President of the Organising Commitee, IASC vice president
Marcelo Dascal, IASC President
9.30 – 10.30 | SESSION 1
On the Borders of Rationality
Marcelo Dascal, IASC President. Tel Aviv University
10-30 - 12.30 | SESSION 2
Religious and Cultural tensions and their overcoming in Contemporary World
Adriano Fabris, Università di Pisa
On conflicts
Ugo Morelli, University of Bergamo
14.30 – 15.30 | SESSION 3
Qualifying Galtung’s A-B-C as a scientific and strategic theory of all kinds of conflicts
Antonino Drago, formerly at Naples University “Federico II”.
16.00 – 17.00  | SESSION 4
Divergent perspectives on conflicts; conflicts “viewed” through the eyes of a magistrate and of an empathetic mediator. A transversal and interdisciplinary approach
Francesca Panarello (Magistrate, Office of the Justice of Peace, Messina)
Conflict: the possible dialogue.
Alberta Giani, University of Salento.
17.30 Visit of the old town.

December 3, Wednesday

9.30 – 11.00 | SESSION 5
Ways to peace – a jewish-christian perspective
Matthias Armgardt, Konstanz University
Citizenship and religion: inclusions and exclusions in the ancient world
Francesco Lucrezi, University di Salerno.
The limits of procedural democracy in intercultural conflicts about values
Maurizia Pierri, University of Salento
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 Visit to the labs of the Department of Engineering of Innovation
14.00 – 16.00 | SESSION 6
Scientific controversies in democratic societies: a pragmatist approach.
Pierluigi Barrotta, University of Pisa.
The paradox of the discussion:”In order to argue you have to agree”
Adelino Cattani, Padoa University.
Paradoxes of conflicts between reciprocity and asymmetry.
Ottavio Di Grazia, Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa, Napoli.
Symbolic scenario of the conflict.
Emma Palese, University of Salento.
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break
16.30 – 18.30 | SESSION 7
Film Screening
Fresia (2013)
Director: Corrado Punzi
Production: Muud and Karta Film
Dialogue with Corrado Punzi and Marta Vignola.


December 4, Thursday

SESSION 8 | 9.30 – 10.30
From deep disagreement to intractable conflict: Newton’s first optical controversy and the (re)positioning of a discovery.
Gábor Á Zemplén, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).
Paradoxes of Political Conflicts. Case study: The eclipse of a Prime minister (Belgium 1830-1831).
Varda Furman Koren, INALCO University, Paris.
11.00 – 12.00 | SESSION 9
The Paradox of double-bind theory in controversies: the case of “silence” in the philosophical questions that abounded during the 18th century in Europe.
Leah Gruenpeter Gold, University of Tel Aviv.
Leibniz, Bayle and the controversy on the workings of the soul
Markku Roinila, University of Helsinki.
12.30 Pause
14.00 – 15.30 | SESSION 10
Conflicts, Bounded Rationality and Collective Wisdom in a Networked Society.
J. Francisco Álvarez, UNED, Madrid.
Analytic Controversies
Aviram Sariel, Tel Aviv University.
Normative approach to Dascal’s typology of polemics
Idan Shimony – Yekutiel Shoham
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 17.30 | SESSION 11
Boundary-Work in the Controversy over Therapeutic Touch in Finnish Nursing Science
Pia Vuolanto, Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies TaSTI University of Tampere, Finland.
Science vs. Ethics. Strategies for a collaboration
Angelo Corallo, Università del Salento
The doctor-patient relationship in the perspective of the ethics of communication
Giovanni Scarafile, Università del Salento.
17.30 – 18.00 | SESSION 12
Conclusion of the Conference
Marcelo Dascal, President of IASC
IASC Community
Varda Furman Koren teaches at the INALCO University in Paris.
She also taught History and Political sciences at the Tel-Aviv University and at the Bar-Ilan University.
She completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Marcelo Dascal, President of the IASC association and of Professor Pierre Rosanvallon, chair of Contemporary History at the College de France.
She has won the first prize awarded by the Geneva Government for an historical research which has implications on current European issues.

2009                "Tolerance and Revolution – Belguim 1830 – International Colloquim Tolerance and Intolerance in History, Bar Ilan, University.
2005 "La réception des saint-simoniens et des néo-babouvistes en Belgique, 1830-1839", Actes du colloque l'Actualité du saint-simonisme, Paris, PUF
2003 "Association et Organisation du Travail : Points de rencontre entre les néo-babouvistes français et belges et Louis Blanc" (Paris, PUF)
1995 Participation at the Nouveau Dictionnaire du Mouvement Ouvrier (Paris, CNRS, 2000).

How to get to Lecce
Lecce is accessible by train, by air and car. Brindisi Airport is the closest airport to Lecce (40 km away). Brindisi Airport is connected daily with several airports, including Rome and Milan, Italian international airports par excellence.
From Brindisi airport to arrive in Lecce, you can use the following options:
1) (Recommended option). Public bus. At Lecce, the City Terminal is 50 meters from Grand Hotel Tiziano.
Timetable and opportunity to purchase tickets online (EUR 8,00).
2) Collective taxi. Takes you directly to the hotel. Booking online (note: the driver does not always speak English).
Reservations and information:
Cost of route, Lecce-Brindisi: EUR 20,00.
3) Taxi. The cost is about EUR 50,00. We strongly recommend that you confirm with the taxi driver the cost of the journey before leaving.
Accommodation in Lecce
Lecce is a historic city of 95,000 inhabitants in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce (the second province in the region by population), as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula, and is over 2,000 years old. Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South.” The city also has a long traditional affinity with Greek culture going back to its foundation; the Messapii who founded the city are said to have been Cretans in Greek records. To this day, in the Grecìa Salentina, a group of towns not far from Lecce, the griko language is still spoken. Lecce is an official city candidate to become the European Capital of Culture in 2019.
In a city like Lecce, the choices of accommodation are varied (from B & B to hotels to luxury hotels) and, as such, must meet the most diverse needs.
The University of Salento has signed an agreement with the Grand Hotel Tiziano for preferential rates on particular scientific events. The agreement provides the following nightly rates:
A) Classic Room: Single € 55,00 or DOUBLE: €75
B) Superior Room: Single €85,00 or DOUBLE: €105,00
City Tax: EUR 1,00 per day.
To take advantage of this opportunity, you are invited to directly contact the Hotel, sending an email to:
In the email you have to specify:
“According to the agreement with the University of Salento, I kindly ask to have access to special rates for the IASC conference organized by Prof. Giovanni Scarafile.”
Personal information (name, surname, etc.)
Classic or Superior room
Single or Double Room (in case of Double room, you have to specify: double bed or two single beds)
Arrival date – Departure Date. Number of nights
Grand Hotel Tiziano will send a confirmation of your booking.
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