Florence hosting conference on Jordanian history

Historians and archaeologists from around the world

21 January, 13:12

    FLORENCE - Florence is hosting the International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan (ICHAJ) from today until January 25.

    The 14th edition of the conference has been entitled 'Culture in Crisis: Flows of Peoples, Artifacts and Ideas'. The event draws experts from around the world, especially historians and archaeologists who focus on the Middle East and the Mediterranean at the international level. The works open at Palazzo Vecchio.

    The initiative is promoted by Jordan's Department of Antiquities under the patronage of Prince El-Hassan Bin Talan and the by the Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Arts and Performing Arts of the University of Florence. One of the events linked to ICHAJ on January 24 will see El-Hassan Bin Talal as protagonist at Teatro della Compagnia, where discussion will be held on cultural archaeology of the region, which has been at the center of a long military and political crisis. Since 1980, ICHAJ conferences have been hosted in cultural capitals and the most important research institutes throughout the world. The edition in Florence was preceded by ones in Amman, Berlin, Paris, and Washington.

    The event will also serve as an opportunity to develop communications strategies and practices for scientific research within the humanities and history and archaeology to a broad public. Regional council chief Eugenio Giani said that hosting an event of this type ''is prestigious. Florence and Tuscany are a reference point at the cultural level''. Guido Vannini, director of the school of specialization in archaeology at the University of Florence and head of the scientific committee of the conference, said that organizing the event was ''an honor''.

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