University of Zagreb
Centre for Mediterranean Studies
Don Frana Buliæa 4
20000 Dubrovnik


The relationship between Mediterranean countries and their people in the past can be analyzed from various sources. The testimony of the almost everyday contacts between our countries can be found in the travelers’ and pilgrims’ reports, „avvisi“ from apostolic visitations e.g. or through mutual or even multi influences of music, paintings, art and crafts, language or customs in general. It is exactly the „metissage“ or that wonderful interchange and interinfluence between people that creates the particular Mediterranean world which can be considered as one entire planet called „Mare Nostrum“.
During it's long history, Croatia, no doubt, actively participated in the creation of Euro-Mediterranean cultural identity. Dubrovnik / Ragusa, urbs par excellence, is the city - example of several centuries long custody of immaterial and material heritage and not only of the Croats but rather of all Mediterranean countries. A great French historian, Fernand Braudel stressed the cities of Venice, Genoa and Ragusa/Dubrovnik as main factors of development of the Mediterranean basin in the 16th century.
Today, Mediterranean, a cradle of our civilization, in spite of wars and migrations, is still a special entity.
In order to recuperate our relationships, so vivid in the past and no longer existing, Centre for Mediterranean Studies started a project Mediterranean Memory which aims to gather together all the Mediterranean cities where Ragusa had had its maritime consulates.
Just to mention briefly, Ragusa had more than 50 maritime consulates in the 16th century along the Mediterranean basin and on the Atlantic.
The conference will take place from October, 15th to 17th, 2010 and targeted participants are archival researchers and historians as well as Mayors of the invited cities.
The historians and researchers will tell us how much of our past relationships remained recorded, while the Mayors will explain future development strategies of their cities so that we can maybe establish our new nets of cooperation.





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The Second Meeting of the Cities – Dubrovnik's Consulates

Dubrovnik, October 15th – 17th, 2010

The Conference venue place: Hotel Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik



Centre for Mediterranean Studies of University of Zagreb



Croatian Commission for UNESCO, Croatia

National Hellenic Commission for UNESCO, Greece

Centro UNESCO Valencia, Spain

Intercultural Euro Mediterranean Center for UNESCO, Greece



Thursday, October 14th, 2010 

Arrival of participants, Hotel Rixos Libertas Dubrovnik

20,00                          Welcome Dinner


Friday, October 15th, 2010  – 1st Day


09,00 –09,30             Opening Ceremony - Welcome speech

Nives Malenica, Coordinator for Union for the Mediterranean, Minister Plenipotentiary, Office of the State Secretary for European, Integration Ministry for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Croatia

Ivana Burðelez, Director, Centre for Mediterranean Studies, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Titika Stasinopoulou, President, Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center for Unesco, Greece

José Manuel Gironés, President, Centro UNESCO Valencia, Spain

ªehnaz Yilmaz, Vice President,  Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center for Unesco, Turkey

Tatjana ©imac Bonaèiæ, Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Nikola Dobroslaviæ, County Prefect, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia


09,30 – 10,30                        Plenary session:

Chair Person: Ivana Burðelez 

Martine Boiteux (France): French Historians and the Mediterranean (film of Fernande Braudel)

José Manuel Gironés (Centro UNESCO Valencia, Universidad de Valencia, Spain): Inventing the Mediterranean

Iohaness Scarabelli (Archimandrita della Divina Misericordia, Italy): The Navy of the Order of Malta


10,30 – 11,00                        Coffee break

11,00 – 13,00                        Plenary session:

Chair Person: Mladen Andrliæ 

Enric Olivé i Serret (Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain): The EPUF 

Joseph Mifsud (President EMUNI University, Slovenia): Giving Momentum to Cultural Cooperation in the Mediterranean

Gojko Be¾ovan (University of Zagreb, Croatia): UNICA Network in Urban Studies - Inspiring Impulse for Partnership of Cities and Universities

Antonio Oliver (Corporate Diplomacy Network, Spain): New Diplomacy and Euro-Mediterranean projection in a multipolar world

Suat Oksuz (Dean of Gediz University, Turkey): Gediz University Relationships in the Mediterranean 

Philippe Dumas (Université du Sud, Toulon-Var, France): Territorial Intelligence and the Union for Mediterranée

Tunç Soyer (Mayor of Seferihisar, Turkey): City Counts


13,00 – 15,00                        Lunch


15,00 – 17,30                        Plenary session:

Chair Person: Darko Bekiæ 

Giseppe Perta (Università Dante Alighieri – Reggio Calabria, Italy): The network of the Mediterranean ports in the Early Middle Ages through the pilgrims’ sources

Silvia Assenza (Università di Catania, Italy): Letteratura e sguardo Mediterraneo. Un dialogo sulla soglia

Gianfranco Giraudo e Marcella Ferraccioli (Università Ca’Foscari, Italy): Paravia’s Diary

Jevgenij Pascenko (University of Zagreb, Ukraine): South of Ukraine and Croatia: Odessa-Dubrovnik as Intercultural Dialogue 

Giacomo de Crecchio (Italy): Proposte su alcune volontà possibili

Boris ©urija: What does it mean to be a Mediterranean? 


18,00                          Guided City Tour


20,00                          Opening of the Exhibition Backstage of Dimitra Labretsa (Greece) Sebastian Gallery


21,00                          Dinner, Restaurant Orhan


Saturday, October 16th, 2010  – 2nd Day


09,00 – 10,30                        Plenary session:

Chair Person: Joseph Mifsud

Noel Formosa (Mayor of San Lawrenz, Malta): Malta the Cultural Gateway for the Mediterranean

Alexis Michaelides (Deputy Mayor of Larnaca, Cyprus): From Ragusa to Larnaca and back to Livorno: a Historical Example of Intense Mediterranean Exchanges in Peace and War in the 19th Century.

Ewa Salkiewicz Munnerlyn (Diplomat and teacher of international law, Poland): John Paul II Vatican Diplomacy in the Mediterranean Surrounding

Geza Dologh (İzmir Chamber of Shipping, Turkey): Ports in Izmir Region


10,30 – 11,00                        Coffee break


11,00 – 12,30                        Plenary session:

Chair Person: Iohaness Scarabelli

Mladen Andrliæ (Ambassador, Croatia): Regional Diplomatic Training: the Croatian Experience

Darko Bekiæ (Ambassador, Croatia): Relationships between Moroccan Sultanate and Dubrovnik in the last two decades of the Republic of Ragusa

Joseph Mifsud (President EMUNI, Slovenia): Euro-Mediterranean Diplomacy, an Opportunity for a Constructive Partnership


12,30 – 13,00            The Mediterranean Diet and the Common Market:

Chair Person: Titika Stasinopoulou

Rosalina Lasso de la Vega (Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain): On the Table of the Emperor

Farida Lhassani (Représentante de la Société Civile Marocaine, Morocco): Three Religions Meeting in the Moroccan Cuisine


13,00 – 15,00                        Lunch


15,00 – 19,00                        Free time


19,00 – 22,00                        Excursion to Cavtat, Dinner


Sunday, October 17th, 2010  – 3rd Day


09,00 – 10,30            The Media – Necessary Factors to Maintain the Peace in the Mediterranean Basin

Chair Person: José Manuel Gironés

Grazia Rendo (Film producer, Sicily, Italy): Il cinema  espressione artistica e  strumento universale di comunicazione

José Luís Torró (Journalist 24-9 Radio TV Valencia, Spain): Does Mediterranean Journalism Exist at all?

Gaspar Lasso de la Vega (Editor, Valencia, Spain): Las aguas que nos unen


10,30 – 11,00                        Coffee break


11,00 – 13,30                        Plenary session:

Chair Person: Giuseppe Perta

Erguder Can (İzmir Development Agency, Turkey): Sustainable Tourism Development in İzmir

ªehnaz Yilmaz (Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center for Unesco, Turkey): İzmir Tourism

Adriana Kremenja¹ Danièiæ (President, Europe House Dubrovnik, Croatia): European Cultural Itineraries as Part of the Mediterranean Memory

Biserka Simatoviæ (Senior Advisor for Capital Projects and EU Funds, City of Dubrovnik, Department of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Croatia): Sustainable Cultural Tourism

Giacomo Arezzo di Trifiletti (General Inspector of Ministry of Culture, Italy): Le dimore storiche simbolo di unità nell’Italia mediterranea

Titika Stasinopoulou (Intercultural Euro-Mediterranean Center for UNESCO, Greece): The Role of the Theatre in the Mediterranean

Alfonso Amorese and Giuseppina Chiarello (Italy): Interscambio: opportunita’-sviluppo-lavoro


13,30 – 14,00                        Conclusions of the Conference


14,00 – 15,30                        Lunch


15,30 – 22,00                        Excursion to the Region of Dubrovaèko primorje, Dinner in Ston


Monday, October 18th, 2010

Departure of the participants



PRESS CLIPPING Mediterranean Memory 2010