Forum 2001 Symposia

The symposia of Forum 2001 in 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2001, were unforgettable events for the participants. Three took place in Tempio Pausania, Galluria, Sardinia; two in La Fratta, Sinalunga, Tuscany.

Face to face encounters of artists, scholars, writers, scientists, social workers and travellers from various countries, continents and ages leave impressions which I still carry with me. They have enriched my virtual reality in ways that made me realize what it means to carry a specific passport, and yet, to be a world citizen. The lesson they taught me is that you only discover the limits of your cultural horizon through contact with ‘strangers’, which tell each other about their experiences and insights. The second lesson is that Plato’s Symposium is no history but a living reality, at least in the hospitable, ancient and beautiful surroundings of Tempio and La Fratta. The names of our hosts, sindaco dr. Antonio Dibeltulu of Tempio and the Contessas Cecilia and Giuliana Galeotti Ottieri della Ciaja of La Fratta, their friends and local communities, the substantial donations by Mr. D. Huijgers of Intercapital bv, the Netherlands, and the Sinalunga Committee in the person of Mr. L. Scaperrotta of Makor, Sinalunga, convey one message to Forum 2001 Foundation: go on to realize Sala-una.

The video of HOS-TV registers the first symposium in Tempio in 1992. Lecturers were Mohammed Arkoun, DuoDuo, Fons Elders, Franco Ferrucci, Grazia Marchianò, Andrei Plesu, Mogobe Ramose, Rob Tielman.
Humanism toward the Third Millennium was published in 1993.

  • 1998, Forum 2001 organizes the third symposium Mythological Europe Revisited in La Fratta, Sinalunga, Tuscany.
  • 1999, the municipality of Tempio Pausania hosts the fourth symposium of Forum 2001, Conference of the Birds, title of the poem by the Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar, 12th century.
  • 2001, the fifth symposium Visions of Nature took place in La Fratta, Sinalunga, Tuscany.

Humankind is on the verge of creating a second nature, in which the so-called original, given nature delivers the inorganic and organic materials for recreation by genetic technology, including the human body and mind. This is a dream – or, if one prefers, a nightmare – that Prometheus or Faust could hardly have imagined. Visions of Nature reveals the complexity of culturally bound interpretations of nature. It clarifies the fact that the scientific/technological approach to nature does not imply, either logically or empirically, that we have understood the meaning of nature.

Visions of Nature was published in 2004

The video above shows Rob Tielman, Grazia Marchianò, Miriam Eliav-Feldon, Fons Elders, Andrei Oisteanu, Mogobe Ramose during the second symposium in Tempio in 1994.
Humanism toward the Third Millennium II was published in 1996.


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