17th International Conference INTI International Network of Territorial Intelligence
4th International Conference ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge
Collective Intelligence and Innovative Territories. Transitions, Cultural Changes and Inequalities
23-24 October 2018 – University of Salerno, Italy


The Laboratory International NetworkCultural Changes, Inequalities and Sustainable Development (CcISuD), the network International Network of Territorial Intelligence (INTI), and the International Centre for Studies and Research “Mediterranean Knowledge” (ICSR-MK), invites you to participate in the 17th International Conference of INTI / 4th International Conference of ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge, expected at the University of Salerno, by submitting scientific abstracts.


The conference Collective Intelligence and Innovative Territories. Transitions, Cultural Changes and Inequalities, jointly organized by three international networks  (CcISuD, INTI and ICSR MK), aims at collecting contributions that address the most important issues related to collective intelligence, under the point of view of different social sciences and humanities.

Collective intelligence is the pivot around which we have been working since 2002 as part of a reflection, which, even in its various articulations and disciplinary approaches, is convinced that it will succeed in producing the sharing of roles, strategies and projects.

The valorisation of the territorial resources is a new configuration including, besides the methods in which programmes are merged, the healthy part of the cultural tradition of a community, which constitutes its social capital. The territory, in this sense, in not only taken in consideration under the economical point of view, as was the case of the industrial society, which considered it as an environment in which to exploit material resources without worrying for the territorial depletion and for the distributive destination favourable to minorities.

Today, the role of collective intelligence has to identify paths leading to realize objectives shared by the community and congruent with the environmental policies. At the same time, the sustainability of a development model shall be measured through a survey aimed to define pluralities, possibilities and multidimensionalities of an investment of resources, valorising and privileging the historical-cultural elements. The territory, therefore, is understood as the context in which cultural, human and historical resources, which constitute the intangible heritage, becomes more and more significant.

Too often, when talking about development, the mind goes to economics, but, as is known, the concept of development is not limited to economic paradigms. Today, when we talk of development, we refer to sustainable development, understood as the process aimed at offering environmental, social and economic services to all the members of a community, without compromising the framework of environment and of social system.

Understood in this way, the concept of sustainable development completely changes frameworks and dynamics that characterized the industrial society: the prosperity of a territory does not come only from the capability of producing goods for the market, but also from the ability of integrating all subjects of the community, including disadvantaged and non-productive subjects, in the economic sense of the word. The development of a territory, therefore, today is measured trough a sustainability that put human resources in the heart of the territorial policies. The promotion of such a development is a process that shall last and be congruent with a wider programme, open to social environment, without sacrificing the non-reproducible resources.

In such a context, collective intelligence produces knowledge related to the understanding of territorial structures and dynamics and, at the same time, it orients the social players in the choice of means and strategies that must be used to produce a shared knowledge, able to ease the lasting development of the territory. Collective intelligence, therefore, can be seen as a practice of social, cultural and economic changes, controlling functions and performances in the pursuing of programmed goals. In this sense, it eases the political-economic action of territorial governance and sustainable development: in this way, a congruent communicative and educational interaction is established among the social players operating in a territory; collective intelligence assumes a leading role, because it orients the direction of innovation and development. This development strategy must be oriented to substantiate the sense of territorial belonging through growth and strengthening of consent and social equilibrium; however, in order to achieve this goal, the majority of the social groups – holder of material interests, exigencies, and differentiated needs – must identify and be identified by the sharing of values related to essential elements of society, in order to ease civil coexistence, participation and growth of human capital, inexhaustible source of richness for a territory.

Based on this short theoretical premise, the papers will be presented and discussed in workshops divided into the following topics:

A) Territorial observation: social-technical tools of territorial observation for the collective intelligence

The observation of the territory is experiencing a strong growth at diverse level, with the diffusion of information and communication technologies, particularly geo-localization, big data and artificial intelligence, which have a strong innovative potentiality, but also technical and bureaucratic elements. The territorial observation allows to overcome the production of indicators and enables the actors of a territory to be really involved in determining its needs, in the actuation of concrete shared initiatives and in their evaluation. In this context, it is necessary to develop best practices for the use of tools of observation, in order to evaluate the general impact on social and supportive economy and on the improvement of the collective life.

B) Participative territorial governance, planning of social-ecological innovation, territories and networks

Territorial governance supports the evolution of individual and social behaviours, boosting the innovation in the context of social-ecological programmes of transition, suitable for the specificity of each territory. The topic of the participative governance aims at studying one of the great emergencies of mankind: the regeneration of agency, strengthening the tie between knowledge and the answer to social-ecological problems and integration of synergies (territorial intelligence) and programming of the social-ecological transition. The general goal of this topic will be rethinking the role of human activity in society, connecting the individual responsibility to the concerted activities of cooperation.

C) Vulnerability, resilience of territories and populations

This topic aims at addressing two key concepts, strictly tied each other when one studies the territories and their answers to crises: social vulnerability and resilience. In last decades, attention in not only paid to lack and loss (think to the territories involved in disasters), but also to the ability of individuals to adapt and grow in spite of critical situations. “Resilience” defined as the ability of an individual or group to regain balance after critical events.

D) Fundamental rights, inequalities and protection systems

Three great currents of modern political thought – liberalism, socialism and social Christianity – converge in proposing a system of fundamental rights (although they keep their identity by preferring some rights rather than others). Even if they are not considered natural, human rights are not given once and forever. The present forms of power characterize the present stage in comparison with the previous ages and strengthen the claim for new rights, aiming at reducing inequality and creating systems of productions.

E) Gender, territories and sustainable development

The transversal topic of gender entails to study the integration of this dimension in the definition of new models of development, in order to reduce gender inequality and remove an imbalance that hinders the development itself. Gender is not only an identity dimension, through which is possible to analyse what today is presented, at level of collective imagery, as a clash of civilizations; it is also a dimension that allows to study some aspects of the process of social integration.

F) Cultural changes, communication, knowledge

In last two centuries, societies have been more and more complex, both in the relations and in the processes, with a different gradualism according to geographical areas and social-cultural contexts. Processes of secularization, rationalization and, finally, individualization, have produced cultural transformations that reverberates in the social representations, in the beliefs through which individuals interpret the territories where they live and in the values thanks to which they orient themselves. These transformations of ways of life lead to a sort of “decline of daily life”, understood as a measure of human wellbeing, which  overcomes the economic parameters and includes elements related to the ability of individuals to carry out an activity, to the cultural identity and sociality, as well as aspects related to living environment. This topic, therefore, wants to analyse the role of collective intelligence, communication and knowledge (including educational process) as an element of production of cultural and identity transformations.



10 September: submission of abstracts

20 September: decision of the scientific committee on acceptation of proposals

23-24 October: Conference (language of the papers is that of the proponents; however, slides shall be in English).


Accepted and presented papers will be selected for publication.

For the book series Social Systems, Cultures and Development and Mediterranean, Knowledge, Culture and Development and for the Journal of Mediterranean Knowledge (ICSR-MK), contributions must be submitted in English. For the Journal RIESISE (Revista Iberoamericana de Economía Solidaria e Innovación Sociecológica) contributions can be presented in English, Portuguese or Spanish; for the Working Papers Series-ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge contributions can be presented in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese.



Proposals must not exceed 500 words (bibliography excluded) and shall be submitted to: and o Proposals shall be submitted with two abstracts and three keywords, in English and in the language chosen by the Author (English, French or Spanish). Communications may be submitted as oral communications or posters.


Abstracts shall include:

  • Author(s) (name and surname) and title of the paper.
  • Affiliation
  • Contacts (mail address and e-mail)
  • Topics: A, B, C, D, E o F

CALL FOR PAPERS (English, Français, Español, Italiano)

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3rd International Conference | ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge
8th International Conference | MedWorlds

 Cultures, Hopes and Conflicts.
The Mediterranean between Land and Sea

 26-28 September 2017 – University of Salerno, Italy

The Conference Cultures, Hopes and Conflicts. The Mediterranean between Land and Sea, jointly organized by the ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge and the Consortium Mediterranean Worlds, aims to collect contributions that address the most important questions related to the Mediterranean Basin from the point of view of different social and human sciences.

The Mediterranean is a sea of cultures, as its shore witnessed the dawn of knowledge: from historiography to philosophy, from natural sciences to political sciences. The Mediterranean, furthermore, is a nexus of civilizations and ethnicities, which have constantly interacted through clashes and peaceful encounters. Indeed, the Mediterranean has always been a meeting place between East and West; this is even more true today as the Mediterranean seems to have become more fragmented and divided between different “worlds”: the secular Western Europe, the Arab-Islamic North Africa and Middle East, the orthodox Christianity of Greece and other Balkan countries, the Jewish culture of Israel, to mention only the most important.

However, one should consider that each of these “worlds” reveals in its internal ethnical, territorial, and social tensions, which adds up to the richness and the peculiarity of the «Mare nostrum».

The Mediterranean, furthermore, is also a sea of hopes: the hopes of hundreds of thousands of migrants who desperately try to cross the sea, on the run from hunger and conflicts; the hope of a fair and lasting peace for those who live in countries affected by civil wars and ethno-religious clashes.

Indeed, the Mediterranean is also a sea of conflicts: armed confrontations (think of Libya, Syria, and Israel-Palestine, as well as the phenomenon of terrorism and the military interventions of Western countries in the Middle East), social clashes (for examples, those provoked by the great economic recession of the Mediterranean countries), cultural battles (mainly related to the confrontation between different mentalities and ways of life), and political disputes (from the recent Arab spring to the growth of new political forces in Europe, both to the right and the left wings), all taking place along its shores.

Analysing the above-mentioned phenomena requires a rather multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach, in order to bring together the contribution of different social sciences; history, sociology, philosophy, literary sciences, economy must cooperate in providing tools for a proper understanding of a complex and multi-faceted reality.


2nd Annual International Conference

 Mediterranean Cultures and Societies
Knowledge, Health and Tourism

4-5 May 2017 – University of Algarve, Portugal

Nowadays, the Mediterranean is affected by major changes. The social role of territories has changed: not only people are able to move and travel in a less expensive and easy way, but an increasing number of people can build their identity with multiple senses of belonging. These changes paved the way for new opportunities for multipolarity and also give new opportunities to territories historically destined to marginalization.

New coexistences can be built with an approach that can effectively go beyond the classical oppositions Europe/Mediterranean, North/South; West/East, etc., and facilitate the configurations of a new dimension of social space and daily life.

In the present context, characterized by conflicts and instability, the dialogue among cultures and societies of the Mediterranean, in order to promote pluralism, diversity and freedom, is undoubtedly more necessary. Indeed, the increasing globalization and the massive migration flows ensure that the exchanges among different civilizations becomes more intense.

The aim of this Conference is thus to increase awareness about the Mediterranean as a departure and arrival point for the construction of a pluralistic society, starting from a great variety of cultures, societies and ways of life. We also aim at disseminating the research results on such topics. On the basis of these considerations, the Conference is open to contributions that address the great questions concerning the Mediterranean, the cultures and the societies developed on its shores.

For additional information please see Conference’s website:

Final Program


“Gender, Sexuality, Migration”

International Conference

ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge

14-15 November 2016, University of Salerno (UNISA) – Italy

The International Centre for Studies and Research Mediterranean Knowledge focuses on the Mediterranean as a place where several forms of knowledge, sociality and culture have developed, met and clashed. A “liquid” border, in constant movement, which has generated a large part of the Western civilization, but which has been also a place of fierce fights.

The new appointment is the International Conference “Gender, Sexuality, Migration,” to be held at the University of Salerno on 14/15 November 2016, Aula dei Consigli.

The main purpose of the Conference was to initiate a transdisciplinary reflection on such issues and sexuality, in part by reducing the clear vacuum in scientific research, and at the same time making an issue of sex, sexuality and the multiple identifications of gender of and in migration, involving migratory experiences both on the side of leaving a country and on that of arriving to another. At the same time, the Conference intends to open a permanent reflection on the phenomenon of migration by addressing different aspects.

The concept of “gender” has recently become one of the symbols best expressing what  many now consider a clash of civilizations, i.e., between the West and Muslim countries. recent events – such as the case of the women assaulted by migrants in Cologne or the prohibition of burkinis on French beaches – highlight how gender issues are emblematic of the basic traits of a country’s culture, and thus constitute some of the elements allowing for the construction of dividing lines between cultures, arbitrarily distinguishing between the “evolved” and “backward” ones, therefore with the aim to establish demarcation lines between “Us” and the “Others”.

To the Conference will participate scholars from Spain (Seville and Huelva), France, Morocco, Algeria, and Italy (IRPPS-CNR of Rome and the University of Salerno).

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1st Annual International Conference
University of Salerno
26-28 October 2015



Border/s is the theme of the 1st Annual International Conference to be held between 26th and 28th October, 2015, organised by the ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge and promoted by the University of Salerno.

Among the scientific activities intended to be promoted, and within the peculiarity of the foreign and Italian universities and research centres forming the ICSR Mediterranean Knowledge, the primary objective of this Conference is to initiate a debate on the studies and research about different forms of tangible and intangible knowledge of, and within, the Mediterranean region. The aim is that of creating tools for the planning, management and evaluation of local actions that may produce a positive effect on the Europeanization and on the citizens’ perception of Europe. However, all this cannot take place unless it goes through a radical analysis of the concept of “Border”. Contrary to all metaphysics, ancient and modern, that has sought to immunize the human experience – “the air trips of the soul” as Plato had defined them – a permanent open space needs to be opened for discussion and reflection among the human, philosophical and social sciences. Thus, the aim is that of promoting free thought which is not limited to any particular identity, open to knowledge through a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach. From the humanities and social fields (history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, philology, history of art etc.) to the economic and legislative areas (economics, law, information sciences etc.), the focus must be on the promotion of cultural heritage, the transmission of thought, traditions, languages, as well as ethical, moral and religious values of the Mediterranean region before any political borders that lead to exclusion and immunization.

The current geographical representation of Europe, conveyed since the introduction of the education system, represents it as a “product” of classical antiquity, coinciding with the West. Yet, this representation delimits the wide horizon of the Mediterranean culture and the countries surrounding it. Hence, such a simplistic perspective excludes all the Mediterranean world which is not Western Europe.

Rethinking the boundaries thus means rethinking the current idea of Europe and the Mediterranean. Only from such a rethinking can the foundations for the construction of a real and different European identity be laid. The knowledge and cultural values of the Mediterranean can be the driving force to overcome the impasse of which Europe cannot free itself. The knowledge and cultural values can become the fruitful stimulus for the review of European policies and provide a solid foundation for the protection and promotion of effective cultural heritage and knowledge of the contemporary world, capable of bringing out the legacy of the different cultures and distinct peculiarity of a new future.

Yet again, this means being able to stay – simul – outside and inside the borders; within an image of Europe which finally stops thinking about the Mediterranean as its internal vulnus, as its lesion and contamination: outside the borders, refers to that alteration that every “thinking of the border” leads to within it: promiscuity, exchange, latency, expectancy and hope; inside the borders where these testify and convey the mobility of thought, the circulation of knowledge, the defence of all cultures and the egalitarian recognition of the right to human dignity.

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