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Program
The war is over. Really?

Torino October 16-17, 2008
Saluzzo, Savigliano October 18-19, 2008

TORINO THURSDAY October 16

Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna – Via Maria Vittoria, 12
Inauguration ceremony
Angelo d'Orsi (FestivalStoria's director), Presentation Festival’s IV Edition

Time: 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Franco Cordero (honorary president of FestivalStoria Association), Prolusione
War in «Corriere» of Albertini


Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna
From war to peace: the hard transition
Lectio Magistralis by Luigi Bonanate (University of Torino)
Presented by Giorgio Carnevali (University of Padova)
How has the handling of military violence changed? By analyzing “old” and “new” wars the discussion will try to help understand just how much has been done and how much more could be done to support alternative democratic solutions for the many crises in warmongering and violent areas.

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, della Deportazione, della Guerra, dei Diritti e della Libertà - C.so Valdocco 4/A
A guided tour for the participants of this evening’s debate to the exhibition Chechyna. A war and a violent pacification

Time: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Chechyna: The war after the war
With Frédérique Longuet Marx (University of Caen), Mairbek Vachagaev (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris and ex-spokesman to the Chechyna President Aslan Maskhadov)
Presented by Marco Buttino (University of Torino) and Alessandra Rognoni (University of Torino)
Introduction by Angelo d’Orsi (University of Torino)
In collaboration with the Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, della Deportazione, della Guerra, dei Diritti e della Libertà, and within the duration of the exhibition Chechyna. A war and a violent pacification (from October 8, 2008 through February 22, 2009)
After almost 15 years of conflict in the Northern Caucasian region, even today you cannot speak of peace. This evening, thanks also to the participation of the former spokesman to the Chechyna President, the discussion will confront the risks that Chechyna’s violent pacification can cause on other nearby regions.

Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, della Deportazione, della Guerra, dei Diritti e della Libertà
I postumi degli interventi: le conseguenze sulla salute e sull’ambiente delle “guerre chirurgiche”
Conference by Massimo Zucchetti, with projection of film and documentary clips
“New” wars have put forward smart weapons that can produce effects definitely devastating on people and territories. An expert explains us long term effects.

Time: 9:00 PM
Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna
War is over… The war in Iraq after George W. Bush’s aircraft carrier speech, May 1, 2003
With Sergio Cararo (journalist and international political analyst), Giorgio Carnevali (University of Padova), Michelangelo Conoscenti (University of Torino), Alessandro Lattanzio (Vice-president of IMeDD - Istituto Mediterraneo per la Democrazia Diretta- and editor of «Eurasia»)
Presided over by Maurizio Vaudagna (University of Piemonte Orientale)
Projection of film and documentary clips
On the first of May, 2003, staged on the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Lincoln, George W. Bush announced a speech that will not easily be forgotten. He informed the entire world that “the mission was accomplished”. To some today this could seem absurd, but the American president was in fact speaking about the the war in Iraq. With the numbers at hand, the real beginning of the war had it’s start after this declaration of its conclusion.

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Projection of Brian De Palma’s film Redacted, 2007
A Brian De Palma film about United States troops in Iraq. The film was inspired by a true event that was passed over and ignored by the news.

TORINO FRIDAY October 17

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna
Goodbye Africa? The impossible post-war period of the “Black Continent”
With Remy Bazenguissa-Ganga (University of Lille), Patrice Yengo (University of Brazzaville, Congo), Fabio Viti (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
Presided over by Giampaolo Calchi Novati (University of Pavia)
A lesson for high school students
The event will help us reflect upon the conflicts afflicting this beloved but unfortunate continent. From time immemorial, often without large international emphasis, Africa has been a theatre of war that has brought enormous bereavement and suffering.

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna
The war of the future, a return to the past. Public and private in State politics
Conference by Walter Barberis (University of Torino)
(Followed by a public debate)
It might seem self-contradictory, but the absence of a public justification for international political affairs delimits a future of war very similar to a past as old as five centuries ago. Therefore history offers us two lessons: one about our past and our present, however, not without warnings for our future.

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna
Until there is war… Humanitarian emergencies and “peace-workers”
With Marco Deriu (scholar and organizer), Patrice Yengo (University of Brazzaville, Congo)
Presided over by Luca Rastello (journalist)
Humanitarian “intervention” is going through a difficult period and there seems to be an urgent need to clarify what is exactly intended for “humanitarian action”. Who are the “peace-workers”? Due to the rapidly increasing mixture with political, military, and powerful economic interests their physiognomy and their very role have become ambiguous.

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna
False peace and true wars in Afghanistan from 1970 till the present day
With Elisa Giunchi (University of Milan), Ettore Mo (journalist and writer), Enrico Vigna (journalist and organizer)
Afghanistan, a mosaic of cultures and ethnic groups, is a victim of it’s own geo-strategical position. The Soviet occupation, the civil wars, the rise and fall of the Taleban and the interest and interventions of western governments, starting with the United States, have condemned this country to a profound social and economic crisis. As Ettore Mo said “Does peace not become Afghanistan”?
Now it’s the turn of those responsible for media information (and counter-information) to reveal the real story behind one of the many “wars without end” that have disrupted the strategic equilibrium of the world and risks everyday to set a light other evermore dangerous fuses.

Time: 9:30 PM
Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna
Stories of war and peace
A conversation between Mimmo Càndito (journalist) and Ettore Mo (journalist)
Two professional war journalist of great stature who have lived “inside” conflicts more than many soldiers have, will describe through their experience, the recent evolution of the figure of the war correspondent. Those journalists caught between assuming risks and responsibilities, between problems of censorship, internet and of mass communication.

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(On going) wars and (im)possible peace
“A poetic Tenson” between Giorgio Luzzi and Giulio Stocchi
(Tea and biscuits)
Two civil poets, close to the problems and sufferings of the world, confront each other by reading and performing their verses on the theme of war and peace. The “tenson”, born as a verbal exchange of poetry between provençal troubadours, is newly presented this evening without, however, its original competitive and polemic elements. The poets Luzzi and Stocchi are united in their execration of war.

SALUZZO FRIDAY October 17

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Saluzzo's schools
A lesson for students
Some of our guests who participate at the Fourth Edition of FestivalStoria will meet students of Saluzzo’s schools. This way, already proved in the last edition of the festival, has the purpose of making easy the dialogue with the experts and the understanding of the students. Appointments are organized with teachers’collaboration.

SAVIGLIANO FRIDAY October 17

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 AM
Cinema Aurora – Via Ghione, 10
The trial of the book: Storia della mafia. Dalle origini ai giorni nostri by Salvatore Lupo (Donzelli, 2000)
Performed by students from the high school of Savigliano
Participation by the author as the “defendant” - Presided over by Sergio Soave (University of Torino)
Under the direction of a reliable historian, acting as presiding judge of the “Courthouse”, two groups of students will play the respective parts of the accused and of the defense. A formula invented and successfully experimented by FestivalStoria. Here it is proposed again by leaving the words to our young readers. The audience will be later called upon to participate as the “public jury” to deliver the “verdict”.

SALUZZO SATURDAY October 18

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Antico Palazzo Comunale
The Alpine troops. Between the mountains and the city: myth and reality of the “Black Feathers”
Giorgio Rochat (former professor at University of Torino) in a conversation with Marco Mondini (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Padova) and Pierluigi Scolè (Università of Bicocca, Milano)
Projection of scenes from Passano i soldati by Luca Gasparini, 2006
Originally born as a defense corp in 1872 for the mountainous areas of Italy, the Alpine troops attained their maximum growth during the first world war. During this period, and during world war two, they served an important role in military strategy, even when, as in the unfortunate Russian military campaign, they were to become victims of Mussolini’s madness. The current public opinion has been profoundly influenced by the profuse literature that has surrounded the Alpine troops. It sees the “Black Feathers”, with its strong esprit de corps, as a sort of peace community, a large club of old friends who love their reunions that always end in song and wine. Our three scholars will clarify what is myth and what is reality.

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Antico Palazzo Comunale – Via Salita al Castello
Home we go? After September 8: the case of the Cuneo mountains
With Livio Berardo (historian, Istituto Storico della Resistenza e della Società Contemporanea in Provincia di Cuneo), Mario Giovana (journalist and historian)
Presided over by Santo Peli (University of Padova)
This discussion, with its title inspired by the homonymous film by Comencini, will try to analyze, not only the beginning of the German occupation that left cities and mountains bleeding, but above all, the double disbandment - civil and military- of the Cuneo valleys. That of the IV Armed Forces and that of those who left for the mountains.

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Antico Palazzo Comunale
The mafia, the Americans and the attempt of the post-war Sicilian “secession”
With Salvatore Lupo (University of Palermo), Saro Mangiameli (University of Catania),
Rocco Sciarrone (University of Torino)
In Sicily, during the immediate post-war period, a turbid intertwined drama of events occurred (even today not completely clear) that saw the involvement of the Italian and American mafia, gun men and the Italian police (still evidently little used to the new post-fascist situation). The terrorism that occurred, primarily anti-communist, functioned also as a grand design for a secession attempt masterminded by certain strategists here and across the Atlantic and played out by some of the then local “heros”, first and foremost, Salvatore Giuliano.

Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Antico Palazzo Comunale
(On going) wars and (im)possible peace
“A poetic tenson” between Giorgio Luzzi and Giulio Stocchi
Two civil poets, close to the problems and sufferings of the world, confront each other by reading and performing their verses on the theme of war and peace. The “tenson”, born as a verbal exchange of poetry between provençal troubadours, is newly presented this evening without, however, its original competitive and polemic elements. The poets Luzzi and Stocchi are united in their execration of war.

Time: 9:30 PM
Teatro Don Bosco – Via Donaudi, 36
Songs against the war
Yo Yo Mundi in concert
, with the presence of Fabrizio Pagella
The music of Yo Yo Mundi shifts in balance between folk, popular and acoustical music. Their use of the accordion, guitar and violin with their often forceful and melancholic melodies will sweep the audience away.
Admission fee € 5,00
The proceeds will be donated to the Istituto Professionale Silvio Pellico of Saluzzo

SAVIGLIANO SATURDAY October 18

Ex Convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino sede di Savigliano – Via Garibaldi, 6
Germany, year zero. How does peace and democracy return after the catastrophe?
With Susanna Böhme-Kuby (University of Udine and Venezia), Johann Chapoutot (University of Grenoble)
Presided over by Gian Mario Bravo (University of Torino)
Projection of selected scenes from the films Germany, year zero by Roberto Rossellini (1948) and The marriage of Maria Braun by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1978)
The conflict of the post-war period is one of survival in a world of destruction. The main objective of the “year zero” scenario was the hope to re-establish human relationships and enter again into society. The discussion will lead us to analyze just how much is myth and how much is reality in the formula “year zero”. Peace in an annihilated post-war Germany with its many contradictions and dramatic difficulties is just another demonstration that war, and that specific war (the first real “total war”) leaves deep lasting scars in the body and soul that are extremely difficult to cure.

Time: 11,30 AM - 1,00 PM
Ex Convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino sede di Savigliano
The difficult Italian post-unity: the war from north to south.

The “battle against banditry ”
With Gigi Di Fiore (giornalista e scrittore), Salvatore Lupo (Università di Palermo),
Pierre-Yves Manchon (Università di Parigi-I Panthéon-Sorbonne)
The battle fought by the Italian army against banditry and the revolutionary potentiality of the enlarged farmers revolt, took on, in the immediate years following the unification, the form of a civil war. This discussion will try to delineate, between myth and ideologies, the intensity, the social extension, the territorial scale and duration of the anti-unity resistance.

Time: 3,00 PM - 4,30 PM
Ex Convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino sede di Savigliano
The corsair war, piracy and religious conflict in the modern Mediterranean
With Giovanna Fiume (University of Palermo), Salvatore Bono (Professor Emeritus, University of Perugia), Sadok Boubaker (University of Tunis)
The discussion will focus on the definition of the historical and cultural reality of the Mediterranean. Starting from the 14th century, it saw an entwined evolvement of the phenomenon of piracy and the race to the seas with the surfacing of new religious conflicts: the Jihad and the Crusades.

Time: 5,00 PM - 6,15 PM
Ex Convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino sede di Savigliano
After armistice. Italy during 1943 and 1945: national war, civil war, social war
With Anna Bravo (former professor at the University of Torino), Mirco Dondi (University of Bologna)
Presided over by Bruno Maida (University of Torino)
Even if 65 years have elapsed since the 1943 armistice we need to return again to those dramatic moments and retrace the events that occurred after september 8 that generated the collapse of various levels of our nation: the fall of the political/military authority, the decline of an entire regime that declared itself to be eternal, the profound change in individual and community spirit and the break-up of existing social bonds.

Time: 6,30 PM - 8,00 PM
Ex Convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino sede di Savigliano
Strange defeat (1939-1945). Battles, armistice, occupation: a comparison between Italy and France
With Lucio Ceva Valla (former professor at Università di Pavia), Annie Lacroix-Riz (University of Paris VII - Denis Diderot), Giorgio Rochat (former professor at University of Torino)
The title of this conference was inspired by the posthumous book by Marc Bloch (1946). The intention this evening is to narrate the events, in Italy and France, occurring after the start of the second world war. From the fall of the French army in-front of the German enemy to the events of the Italian armed forces pre and post-armistice.

Time: 9,00 PM
Ala Polifunzionale – Piazza del Popolo
Dancing between the wars
Italian music and dance from the twenties and thirties

Coordinated by the School of Dance Punta Rosa, Savigliano and Progetto per Orchestra Minima, Savigliano
Corps de ballet: Laura Caldera, Veronica Cordasco, Elisabetta Curti, Roberta De Vitis, Antonella Destefano, Alessandro Farotto, Ilaria Fiorito, Francesca Girando, Claudia Marsico, Alexsandra Novakovic, Anna Nyffennegger, Giulia Osella, Chiara Pascale, Anastassia Pirogova, Cinzia Tripolitano, Giulia Trucco, Arianna Vasserot
Musicians: Fabriana Flauret (voice), Bartolo Costamagna (electric guitar), Davide Balangero, Mario Biasio, Davide Castagno (saxophone), Tony Mancuso (trumpet and horn), Marco Castellano (double bass), Walter Vallome (percussion)
Defined as the “Italian response to American jazz”, the songs during the first post-war era recaptured the typical structure of the music of the time and permitted the song writer to “camouflage” ironic and political texts as simple songs. Dances and choreography of Tip Tap, Jazz, Blues, Charleston and Fox Trot.
Admission fee € 5,00
The proceeds will be donated to the group Mutuo Soccorso Operai. Solidarietà pro-alluvionati di Savigliano

SALUZZO SUNDAY October 19

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Antico Palazzo Comunale
Faith and land. From civil war to the birth the Irish state
With Manuela Ceretta (University of Torino), John Gibney (The National University, Galway),
Giulio Giorello (University of Milano)
Presided over by Silvia Calamati (journalist, collaborator with Rai News 24)
Projection of the film An Fhìrinne. The Struggle for the Truth About Collusion, produced by the Belfast Association An Fhìrinne, 2004 (Italian version by Silvia Calamati)
A conflict that goes well beyond a religious or civil war. This conference will examine the management of the conflict by the London authorities, the many assassinations of innocent citizens and the indifference of the international public opinion in front of a violence that has not diminished even after the end of the IRA fighting.

Time: 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Caffè Principe, via Silvio Pellico 24
An aperitif with history
Presentation of the book by Salvatore Bono, Un altro Mediterraneo. Una storia comune tra scontri e integrazioni, Salerno Editrice, 2008 with Alessandro Barbero. The author will be present
Salvatore Bono will analyze and define a part of the world, the Mediterranean, where the destinies of the whole of Europe, the Arab world, Turkey and Israel are interlaced.
Admission fee and consumption € 3,50


Time: 3,30 PM - 5,00 PM
Antico Palazzo Comunale
Kosovo and beyond. After the end of the Balkan war
With Dunja Badnjevic (author and scholar), Nicole Janigro (journalist and psychotherapist),
Fabio Mini (general and scholar)
Coordinated by Tommaso Di Francesco (journalist)
Before the discussion students from Saluzzo’s elementary and junior high schools will read excerpts from the volume by Enrico Vigna Dalla guerra all’assedio. Lettere di bambini serbi del Kosovo Metohija, La Città del Sole, 2004
The analysis presented this evening will start with the present day situation. It will explore, in a detailed way, the roots of the conflict which are also “cultural” dictated by the respective perceptions and evaluations of history that both the Serbs and the Albanians give to lay claim to Kosovo as their homeland. The declaration of the end of the “humanitarian” or to some the “ethical” war hasn’t signified the end to hostilities or an end to the pogrom. It has, if little else, reversed the roles of the victims and the executioner, with an embarrassed silence from the “international community”.

Time: 5,15 PM - 6,00 PM
Antico Palazzo Comunale
How long did the Thirty year war last?
Conference by Johannes Burkhardt (University of Augusta, Germany)
Introduced by Angela De Benedictis (University of Bologna)
The thirty year war was surely the major European conflict of modern times. It had repercussions of political and social nature vital for the new European order. The question this evening that will be addressed is: Did the Peace of Westphalia try to eliminate or rather to institutionalize a violence that the new religious wars have reintroduced in a postmodern form?

TIME: 6,15 PM - 7,00 PM
Antico Palazzo Comunale
Ordination of the Premio FestivalStoria III Edizione

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The children fell from the calendar
Poems of war and peace. Readings with musical accompaniment
Christian Castellano, Francesca Iacovelli
Music by Francesco Mari, Marco Pompei

SAVIGLIANO SUNDAY October 19

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Ex Convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino sede di Savigliano
Civil wars and international tensions in Europe after the end the Great War
With Maurizio Serra (historian and diplomat), Enzo Traverso (University of Amiens)
Presided over by Angelo d’Orsi (University of Torino)
Projections of excerpts from Oh! Uomo by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, 2004
The world exits from the Great War deeply mutated, but the many historical novelties didn’t regard only the change in international relationships. The entrance of the mass movement on the historical scene, the strengthening of socialism and social upheaval would leave a deep sign on the future of Europe for the subsequent decades. Our contemporary world, a direct result of that war, has generated battles without confines between “Revolution” and “Response”, “Conservation” and “Progress”, “Civilization” and “Barbarity” just to mention a few of the most noted political phenomenon.

Time: 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Village Art Café, via Alfieri 8
An aperitif with history
Presentation of the novel by Dunja Badnjevic, L’isola nuda , Bollati Boringhieri, 2008 with Nicole Janigro. The author will be present
A novel and at the same time a biographical history narrates the story of a generation scarred by the tragic events of Ex-Yugoslavia.
Admission fee and consumption € 3,50

Time: 3,30 PM - 5,00 PM
Ex Convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino - sede di Savigliano
The revenge of peace: the repression against the republicans by Franco’s regime after the victory (1939-1975)
With Pelai Pagès, Jordi Ibarz

Conduce Lucio Ceva Valla (former professor at University of Pavia)
Franco’s dictatorship, following the Spanish civil war, gave rise to brutal killings due also to the many trials at special tribunes that lasted thirty years until the death of the tyrant. During the discussion, our guests will analyze the transformation of power of Franco's regime, the practice of violence and the ferocious "quarantine" imposed on the opposition.

Time: 5,15 PM - 6,15 PM
Ex Convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino sede di Savigliano
The rendering of accounts: A comparison between Italy and Germany at the end of the second world war
With Filippo Focardi (University of Padova), Thomas Schlemmer (Institut für Zeitgeschichte of Munich)
Conduce Bruno Maida
The discussion will examine the ordeal of the “purification” in Italy and the “de-nazism” in Germany. While in Germany it was imposed on them by the allied occupational forces at the end of the war, in Italy the purification started while fascism was still present. Was it a successful “experiment”? Could more have been done? Above all, could something different have been done?

Time: 9:00 PM
Milanollo Theater – Piazza Turletti, 7
Straight in the eyes
Performance by students of Centro di Studi Teatrali Milanollo of Savigliano
The piece will confront the conflict between human relations, of non-communication, of suffering, of relationships devastated by the apparent normality of everyday living. The constant war with oneself, with ones personal loves, fears and the judgement and opinions of others.
Admission fee € 5,00



The events in program for the IV Edition of FestivalStoria enter in the Piano delle attività di formazione e aggiornamento di CIDI e FNISM di Torino. All Italian professors can use the special terms provided by art. 62 of C.C.N.L.

The events are free of charge if not specifically stated.