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About the conference

Past, Present, Future is an interdisciplinary series of conferences, which combines history and related disciplines to analyse topics and questions that have an impact on the present. Our aim is to tackle the problems of today and tomorrow by looking for patterns in our past. Our first two conferences dealt with the issues of identity and the aftermath of wars. 

Although war is a frequent and popular topic in historiography peace is just as important for our understanding of human past and present.

Caesar’s conquests are certainly a staple of Roman history, but one cannot highlight the achievements of the Roman Empire withoutunderstanding the “blessings” of the Pax Romana that enabled them. The bellicose Middle Ages with knights and crusaders certainly spark our imagination, but so should the quest for peace pursued by both secular and religious authorities of the era in the form of the Tregua and Pax Dei or the various Landfrieden. The Quakers arose as a pacifist sect in the seventeenth century and various peace movements emerged in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars. The League of Nations, the UN and the EU have a quest for peace built into their core principles. Inextricably linked with peace is the quest for social justice, a just and fair relationship between individual and society which is a topic debated since Antiquity, though the term as such exists from the eighteenth century. Redistribution of wealth, access to healthcare and education, equal opportunities and the protection of one’s dignity are just some of the many themes related to this term.

The aim of the conference is to explore these themes from Antiquity to contemporary times.

Topics can include peace negotiations, peace movements, diplomacy, anti-war anddétente alliances, philosophy and religion of peace and justice, social reforms (agricultural,legal, juridical...), interwar periods, international organizations, the history of pacifism and so on. These are just a few of the myriad questions regarding the end and aftermaths of wars.

In Europe without borders and without wars, the answers from our past may help to better understand the present as well as to prepare us for the challenges in the future.

Keynote speakers

Hannah Cornwell

University of Birmingham


Egidio Ivetic

University of Padua


Elvio Baccarini

University of Rijeka

Book of Abstracts

Conference Programme