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Sixty years after the Second Vatican Council Vatican, the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna is promoting an international conference entitled "The Churches and the City" to be held in Bologna on 7 and 8 March 2024.

This conference is set with a double purpose. From a historical-critical perspective, the conference aims to analyze the relationship between the churches and the city in Europe after the second world war, in reconstruction plans, in the phases of urbanization, intercepting cultural debates on the role of buildings of worship and their design, in the renewal of the image of the city and the Church, according to the Second Vatican Council and its precursory movements, in different European contexts.

A second session will be devoted to scrutinizing the future of the relationship between churches and cities, considering the radical changes in social structure, the acceleration of secularized society towards a post-secularized one, and the definitive distinction between civil and religious communities, and between religion and Christianity: what form, role and model for new churches (and especially parish centers) in the cities of today and tomorrow?

A selection of the best proposals will be published after a blind peer review process respectively on "HPA - Histories of Postwar Architecture" ( - in relation to the first theme - and on "in_bo. Research and projects for territory, city and architecture" ( - in relation to the second session -.

To apply for the conference, please send an abstract of 400 words maximum accompanied by a CV of 200 words maximum to the following e-mail address:

The selection will be made by the Scientific Committee.




- December 11th, 2023 | Deadline for abstract submission - Extension to 8 January 2024

- January 15th, 2024 | Notification of abstract acceptance or refusal

- January 29th, 2024 | Submission of revised abstract and conference registration

- March 7-8th, 2024 | CONFERENCE IN BOLOGNA




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Scientific board

- João Alves da Cunha (CEHR - Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa)

- Luigi Bartolomei (Università di Bologna)

- Umberto Bordoni (Editor in Chief of «Arte Cristiana»)

- Andrea Borsari (Università di Bologna - PNRR Program Coordinator)

- Esteban Fernández Cobián (Universidade da Coruña)

- Luca Diotallevi (Università Roma Tre)

Albert Gerhards (Universität Bonn)

- Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna - PNRR Program Coordinator)

- Andrea Longhi (Politecnico di Torino)

- Claudia Manenti (Centro studi per l'architettura sacra - Fondazione Lercaro)

- João Luis Marques (FAUP - Faculdade de Arquitetura da Universidade do Porto)

- Enzo Scandurra (Sapienza Università di Roma)

- Sofia Singler (Cambridge University)

- Sven Sterken (KU Leuven)

- Rosa Tamborrino (Politenico di Torino - PNRR Program)

- Giuliano Zanchi (Editor in Chief of «La Rivista del Clero Italiano»)



Scientific secretariat

- Giovanni Bellucci (Università di Bologna)

- Ilaria Cattabriga (Università di Bologna)

- Ramona Loffredo (Università di Bologna)

- Raffaella Maddaluno (CIAUD, Centro de Investigação em Arquitetura, Urbanismo e Design, Faculdade de Arquitetura, Universidade de Lisboa)

- Federica Fuligni (In_Bo. Ricerche e progetti per il territorio, la città, l'architettura)








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