The conference "The landscape in Europe, in the name of Benedict twenty years after the European landscape convention" will be held from 4-6 November 2021 at the Congress Center - Praglia Abbey.
Benedict's Rule does not prescribe how the landscape surrounding the monastery should be, but inspires a relationship with nature and, consequently, a lifestyle intended to shape the internal and external space of the cloisters. The attitude of the monks to the act of founding and living in their monasteries is one of adaptability to the nature and geophysical conditions of the environment. This spiritual approach seals the human-environment interaction, indicates the rejection of all forms of rigidity and violence towards nature and also favors a precise relationship with guests and pilgrims, based on hospitality, dialogue and exchange. During the 2021 seminar, the intention is to theoretically re-examine the meaning of the relationship of man (and of the monk) with the territory and the aim is to answer these questions: does the monastic landscape exist? Are the values that inspire the Rule reflected in the style of insertion of Benedictine buildings into the environment? And, in this case, can we speak of the contribution of monasticism to European identity? In line with the tradition of Armonie Composte, students will be divided into working groups who will be entrusted with topics, discussions and insights to be presented at the conclusion of the seminar. Will follow,
as usual, a moment of sharing with the public, with the round table on Saturday 6 November afternoon, which will be attended by eminent personalities who will discuss how much Benedict's legacy can still give indications for current events.
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