On November 18th and 19th, the University of Nantes (France) organized an international colloquium on the Peace of Nystad (today, Uusikaupunki, Finland) signed on August 30, 1721 between the Kingdom of Sweden and the Russian Empire and which ended the so-called Great Northern War of 1700–1721.

The colloquium organized by the Center for Research in International and Atlantic History of that French University had the presence and communications of academics from several European Universities, among which, Prof. Tóth Ferenc, from the Human Sciences Research Center in Budapest (Hungary) and member of the Scientific Council of the Places of Peace Route, who presented a paper on the theme “Peace settles in Western and Eastern Europe (1718-1721)”.

In addition to the various papers presented, the colloquium included two thematic conferences: one by Professor Emeritus of the University of Nantes, Jean-Pierre Bois entitled “The Abbot of Saint-Pierre and the reflection on peace in the early 1720s” and the other, by the Professor from the Sorbonne University, Lucien Bely, on the theme “The ideal of peace in Europe 1648 – 1763”.

The Peace Treaty of Nystad 1721 together with the Treaty of Passarowitz (today, Požarevac, Serbia) created an important and extended period of peace in Europe in the first half of the 18th century.

It is recalled that the ENPP, through its President, Eduardo Basso, and its Vice President, Ulf Müller, participated in August 2017 in the “Peace Symposium Uusikaupunki 2017” in the city where the Treaty of Nystad was signed, currently in the territory of Finland, at the invitation of its Mayor, Mr. Atsu Vaino.

The 1st International and Interdisciplinary Conference “Places of Peace: Making Europe throughout Peace Treaties“, held online on June 30th, was very successful both in terms of the quality of the presentations presented and in terms of the number of participants.
The Conference began with an opening speech by the President of the Board of the European Network of Places of Peace, Eduardo Basso, who described the main actions of the association since its foundation and the prospects for future development. Afterwards, the Conference participants had the opportunity to view the promotional video of the “Places of Peace Route”, recently launched, which presents the current dimension of the Route and its main objectives.
An intervention by Ulf Müller, Vice-President of ENPP on the activity carried out around the Castle of Hubertusburg (Germany), where the Treaty that ended the well-known “Seven Years War” was signed, closed the opening session.

The first work session had as Keynote speaker, Patrizia Battilani, Head of Center for Advanced Studies in Tourism, Bologna University, Italy who presented an excellent presentation on the theme “Peace Treaties, Dissonant Heritage and Tourism: Challenges and opportunities” followed by presentations by Antonia Ceballos Cuadrado, University of Seville, Spain ( The Final Act of the Conference of Algeciras (1906) narrated by Jean Jaurès in L’Humanité) and by María Rojas Pavón and Concepción Foronda Robles, also of the University of Seville, Spain (Does the European Heritage Label contribute to the shaping of a Europe of Peace?), followed by a period of debate.

The afternoon began with an important presentation by Fabio Carbone, Lecturer in International Tourism Management, Coventry University (UK), & Research fellow at the Center for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University (United Kingdom) who addressed the theme  “Give Peace a Chance.” The Challenges of an Effective Contribution of Tourism to Peace”.  Papers by Sofia Lopes, European University, Portugal (Academic mobility. Bridging tourism and peace education), Silvia Aulet, University of Girona, Spain (Sacred sites as places of peace: a proposal from tourism approach) and by Anabela Monteiro, European University , Portugal (Tourism and Peace – What kind of relationship?) closed the 1st session of the afternoon.

The last session (entirely in French) took place under the general theme “History and Peace” with presentations by Ferenc Tóth, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of History at the Research Center for the Humanities (formerly RC of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) entitled “Histoire et paix. Valorisation du patrimoine historique à Vasvár en Hongrie” and by Bruno Judic, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tours, who presented the paper “The figure of Saint Martin and the thème de la paix” .

The Closing Session featured small interventions by members of the Organizing Committee, Patrizia Battilani, Áurea Rodrigues, University of Évora and President of the Scientific Council of Places of Peace Route and Eduardo Basso, President of ENPP.

In addition to the speakers, more than 50 people participated in the Conference, mostly academics from various Universities in Europe.

The 2nd Places of Peace Conference will be held next year at a date to be announced shortly.


The registration to participate on the online 1st. Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference “Places of Peace: Making Europe throughout Peace Treaties” which will take place on June 30, 2021 is now open.
The participation in the Conference is free but requires pre-registration which can be done at: https://placesofpeace.eu/places-of-peace-conference…/. 
The Conference is open to the general public but will certainly be of even greater interest to students and professors in the areas of History, Cultural Heritage, Cultural Tourism and International Relations.
You can get more information about the conference and the topics under discussion, the organizers and the Key Speakers at: http://conference.placesofpeace.eu/. The Conference final schedule will be published soon on this website.