Towards a New Political Lexicon for Contemporary Europe

Conference by Istituto Camillo Bellieni and Coppieters Foundation

Events / Sat 04 Sep 2021 09:30

Terms such as “independentism”, “nationalism”, “federalism”, “populism” and “sovereignism” are often used in ways that are far from their historical definitions and are therefore the subject of misleading criticism. This makes raising awareness about the dynamics of stateless nations difficult, since these nations’ claims are generally not understood by the general public. The media, in an attempt to read these political phenomena, also tend to simplify the definitions of those words, thereby exacerbating misunderstandings.

The will of the organisers of this conference is to address this situation by giving the public tools to better understand the terms related to self-determination, and therefore better participate in public debates on these issues.

The main objective of this event, organised by the Camillo Bellieni Institute and the Coppieters Foundation, is to operate a re-definition of those terms, and provide the audience with a “dictionary” that would help people understand the complexity of contemporary Europe.


4 September 2021


Introductory speeches by:

  • Maria Doloretta Lai, President of the Bellieni Institute
  • Mario Conoci, Mayor of Alghero
  • Gonçal Grau, Bureau member of Coppieters Foundation & Memeber of the Fundació Nexe.
  • Michele Pinna (Istituto Camillo Bellieni) on the notion of Territory
  • Antonello Nasone (Istituto Camillo Bellieni and University of Sassari) on the notion of Community
  • Giangiacomo Vale (Cusano University) on the notion of Federalism
  • Paolo Bellieni on the notion of Sovereignty
  • Omar Chessa (University of Sassari) on the notion of State

Moderation by Attilio Pinna, Lawyer


When: 4 September 2021
Where: Sa Mandra, Str. Provinciale 44, km 1, Alghero, Sardinia

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This conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.

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