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Towards Utopias of Peace

Theories and Practices of Peace, Hope and Resistance in Troubled Times







    Welcome to the main page for the EuPRA 2024 Conference in Pisa, Italy.


    “PEACE CULTURES thrive on and are nourished by visions of how things might be, in a world where sharing and caring are part of the accepted lifeways for everyone. The very ability to imagine something different and better than what currently exists is critical for the possibility of social change.” (Elise Boulding in Cultures of Peace 2000, 29)


    • We published the Call for Papers on 8 January 2024.
    • Abstract submission has now been closed. We received close to 140 abstracts. Thank you.
    • We are reviewed all submissions and sent emails informing you about the decisions after this process.
    • The registration and payment form for the conference has been communicated. Registration ends 15 July 2024.

    Closer to the conference, this page will provide the conference programme & abstracts. 


    Travel grants 

    These travel grants are open to PhD candidates, lab managers, and post-docs from academic research institutions across Europe)


    In partnership with

    CISPRUNiPaceUniversity of Pisa


    Safe Space

    All EuPRA events are conducted within the frame of the EuPRA Safe Space rules. Attending this event means you agree with these rules.


    Hotels list 




    • Grand Hotel Duomo 
      Via Santa Maria, 94 / 56126 - PISA 
      Tel. (+39) 050 561894 / 050 825088  
      [email protected]
      Double room (1 person) 80,00 euro per night, breakfast included 
      Double room (2 persons) 100,00 euro per night, breakfast included (+3,00 euro per person as municipality tax)   


    • Hotel Leonardo di Pisana Hotels Srl 
      Via Tavoleria, 17 56126 Pisa (PI) 
      +39 050 8667708 
      [email protected]
      Single room 85.00 euro per night, breakfast included; 
      Dus room 95.00 euro per night, breakfast included; 
      Double room 105.00 euro per night, breakfast included.



    Living the city 

    World-famous for its Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa lies on the banks of the Arno and is only a few kilometres from the sea. The city has about one hundred thousand inhabitants, in addition to the tens of thousands of students who gravitate around the university every day. Characterised by its mild and gentle climate, Pisa is a student-friendly city. Here is some general information to help you experience it at its best.


    Pisa Tourism: 


    What to do in Pisa? 

    Museums, art and monuments 

    Piazza dei Miracoli, also known as Piazza del Duomo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Camposanto Monumental Square and the famous Leaning Tower

    In Piazza dei Miracoli, you can visit the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, which collects and preserves sculptures and architectural fragments from the buildings in the square, and the Museo delle Sinopie, which houses the large preparatory drawings found under the frescoes decorating the Camposanto. 

    Among the most important museums is that of San Matteo, which houses the city's largest artistic collection and preserves a complete series of works by the main Pisan masters from the 12th to the 17th century, as well as archaeological and ceramic artefacts. Worthy of mention are the Museo della Grafica, which is one of the most important public collections of contemporary graphics, the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Reale, home of the Medici seigniory in Pisa, and the Egyptological Collections of the Pisa University, which are now a point of reference for scholars and enthusiasts of archaeology and the history of ancient Egypt. 

    The churches reflect the immense artistic and cultural heritage of this city. Among the most characteristic are the Church of Santa Maria della Spina, built in perfect Gothic style and located on the left bank of the Arno; emblematic of the Pisan Romanesque style are the Church of San Sisto, built entirely in stone and a monument to the intense and complex relationship between Pisa and the Islamic world in the Middle Ages, and the Church of San Paolo a Ripa d'Arno, one of the oldest and known as the 'old cathedral'. A special mention goes to the Church of San Michele in Borgo, evidence of the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic style evident in its façade. 

    A stop not to be missed is the Palazzo Blu, located on the Lungarno Gambacorti. It is immediately recognisable by its characteristic blue facade. The building hosts very interesting, well-organised exhibitions: one section is dedicated to the permanent exhibition but the main feature are the numerous temporary exhibitions on different areas and topics. 

    Pisa is also home to Keith Haring's latest work, the Tuttomondo mural, a jewel of street art, the largest ever created in Europe. It is painted on the rear facade of the 'Servi di Maria' friars' convent in the church of S. Antonio. The church is located a few metres from the station, in an urban context in which the artist knew how to express himself at his best. This is not the only example: in Pisa there is one of the largest murals in Italy and it bears the signature of Kobra, who has portrayed one of the city's most symbolic characters, Galileo Galilei, intent on looking at the stars with a telescope in the shape of the Leaning Tower. The work is located in the Porta a Mare district. 


    Parks and natural attractions 

    For nature lovers, the Botanical Garden of Pisa, the oldest university botanical garden in the world, founded in 1543, is worth a visit. It is currently divided into seven areas, each of which houses one or more botanical collections: in total, there are about six thousand plants growing inside and they come from all five continents. 

    The Giardino Scotto, located on Lungarno Fibonacci, was an ancient fortress built by the Florentines in the 16th century and is now one of the city's most popular public parks. A corner where you can relax and read lying on the grass. 

    Viale delle Piagge is a long tree-lined street on the right bank of the Arno River and is flanked by a cycle path and a very attractive city park that runs along the entire street. It is the ideal place to meditate, stroll, run and breathe clean air. There are bars and picnic areas.


    Where to eat in Pisa? 

    Pisan cuisine is traditional and linked above all to the territory and peasant culture. There are a number of restaurants, including 'trattorias' and osterias, where you can enjoy the city's typical dishes: Sant'omobono, Osteria i Santi, Osteria di Culegna, Vineria di Piazza, Osteria dei Mille, Osteria Micheletti, Trattoria da Stelio, Cantina Vasari, La Grotta and La Buca. For fish dishes where innovation and tradition meet, we recommend Branzo, not far from Piazza dei Cavalieri. 

    For international cuisine, one street in particular is worth a visit, Via San Martino, where you can sample the Greek cuisine of Makedonia, the Syrian-Lebanese cuisine of Al Madina and the Italian-ethnic dishes of Numeroundici; nearby, in Piazza della Pera, there are two Indian restaurants, Namastè and Tanduri. 

    For lovers of street food, there are two places we recommend: I Porci Comodi, with plates of cured meats, sandwiches and typical Tuscan specialities; l'Ostellino, which has a wide selection of sandwiches. Lastly, the city's historic pizzeria is definitely the Montino, famous for its 'cecina' (chickpea porridge) and Pisan-style pizzas and focaccia.


    Street Food 



    What to do on a Friday night? 

    The main movida areas are the Pisan lungarnos with their famous 'spallette' (parapet) of the Arno river always crowded, especially at the weekend, where people sit and chat but... be careful not to fall in the water! 

    Landmarks of Pisan entertainment are also Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza Vettovaglie. Make a note of these tips: Ir Poncino, which offers excellent Livorno-style punch, bitters and grappa, and Baribaldi, ideal for an aperitif or a drink. In Piazza Vettovaglie, Deviribé and The Violin, where you can enjoy cocktails. Among the pubs and wineries, the most famous and popular are Orzo Bruno, which is the city's oldest craft brewery, and SUDPisa, where you can enjoy a fine selection of cold cuts and cheeses, wines and liqueurs. Other deserving pubs: Gramigna, Scaccomalto, Spaventapasseri, Magazzino; other quality wine bars: La Dolce Vite and La Gallina Nera. Among the city's most famous bars is La Tazza d'Oro, in Via San Martino. 

    So... if you don't want a drink, do you want to dance or listen to music? In Pisa there are two clubs in the city centre: we are talking about Lumiere, a live club that organises dozens of concerts by national and international artists every year. During the weekend, after the concerts, it hosts parties and DJ sets. The second club is Borderline, where you can listen to good music played live, from blues to jazz, fusion to rock, pop to metal. Other venues where you can drink and listen to good live music are Caracol and ExWide, the latter a reference point for jazz music lovers.

    Disco and live music clubs



    Going out 

    City at the sea 

    Would you like to sunbathe or relax by the sea? Pisa is only 12 kilometres away from the beaches of Marina di Pisa and Tirrenia, where there is no shortage of excellent seaside places to stop for a drink in the evening. 

    Migliarino, San Rossore and Massacciucoli Park 

    Once a hunting reserve for the Medici family, it is now a protected natural area stretching some 32 km. In the park there are many paths - among sand dunes and pine forests - that can be travelled on foot and by bicycle, to which are added nature areas that are only accessible with an environmental guide. Excursions on horseback and guided tours by carriage are available on request. The park is home to numerous animal species, some at risk of extinction. 

    The Charterhouse of Calci 

    Surrounded by a surreal atmosphere of peace and tranquillity, the Charterhouse was founded in 1366 and is one of the most important Carthusian monasteries in Italy, ten kilometres from Pisa. It houses two distinct museums: the National Museum of the Monumental Charterhouse of Calci and the Museum of Natural History. The Charterhouse is also worth a visit for its extraordinary architecture, which is striking for its large size and the splendid natural setting in which it is located. Inside, it enchants with its frescoes, chapels, monumental cloister and guest quarters. 

    Trekking in the Monti Pisani 

    The Monti Pisani (Pisan Mountains) are rich in trails and itineraries of varying length and difficulty. Among the easiest is the Passo di Dante (Dante's pass): its appellation is due to its mention by Dante in the 33rd canto of the Divine Comedy. Then there is Mirteto attraverso la Valle delle Fonti (Myrtle through the valley of springs), which is very instructive on what was once man's relationship with the mountain (Mirteto); Salita al Castellare di San Giuliano Terme (Ascent of the Castle of San Giuliano Terme), one of the most historical and characteristic excursions where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the entire plain of Pisa. All routes are marked in white and red on hard surfaces (trees or rocks).



    And for the little ones 

    Children visiting Pisa must be good explorers because the city has fantastic places for them to visit! The city preserves long medieval walls, parks, gardens, museums and much more. 

    The Walls of Pisa 

    The Walls of Pisa are the still existing part of the city's medieval walls and are currently 3 km long. The walk on the Walls offers a new view of Pisa, from which it is possible to admire Piazza dei Miracoli from above. These walls were built in the 12th century by the Pisans to defend themselves against their neighbours from Lucca and the imminent arrival of Frederick Barbarossa! A breath of the Middle Ages! 

    Parks and Playgrounds 

    Entering from the Lungarno Fibonacci in the Giardino Scotto there is a large playground with a well-equipped area. In the Parco delle Concette, enclosed between the Barbagianni bastion and the monastery of San Silvestro, you will find a large and quiet green space where children can play safely, away from traffic. If you look closely at the walls, you can see the remains of a breach opened by the Florentines in 1503. Can you see it? 

    Calci Museum and Livorno Aquarium 

    Definitely worth recommending is the Natural History Museum in Calci, only twenty minutes from Pisa, which contains ancient collections dating from the 16th century to recent palaeontological discoveries. You will find showcases with reptiles, mammals, birds, the cetacean gallery and ancient dinosaur stories! the museum contains the largest aquarium with freshwater fish in Italy. 

    The Livorno Aquarium is a voyage of discovery of the Mediterranean Sea with an aquarium trail reconstructing various marine environments and a space reserved to insects, amphibians and reptiles. The aquarium is located on Livorno's seafront, inside the Terrazza Mascagni. 


    There is no shortage of bakeries in Pisa where you can enjoy excellent desserts. To keep the little ones happy, just go to Cioccorocolato, specialising in cookies, macarons, meringues and muffins; Salza, a historic place in Borgo Stretto, where you can sample classic Piedmontese pastries; Le Petit, one of the city's most popular and one of the best-stocked. You can find great ice cream at La Bottega del Gelato in Piazza Garibaldi. The ice cream shop is open year-round.