International Historical Conference

Europe at a crossroads

The 1922 Genoa International Conference

The conference

From April 10th to May 19th, 1922, Genoa was the scene of an important, albeit little known, International economic and financial Conference, joined by 34 European countries, in order to make “a joint effort (…) to remedy the paralysis of European system”.

On the centenary of that event, the Ligurian Institute for the Resistance and the Contemporary Age (ILSREC), in collaboration with the Department of Political Sciences (DISPO) and the School of Social Sciences of the University of Genoa, organizes an international historical conference in Palazzo San Giorgio, where the Conference held the most important sessions and where, in memory of the event, a plaque was placed and restored in 1972 after its destruction during the war.


1st day – October 10th, 2022
Palazzo San Giorgio


L’Europa in the post WWI

  • 9.00: Institutional Openings
    Marco Bucci, Major of Genoa
    Giovanni Toti, President of Regione Liguria
    Paolo Emilio Signorini, President of the Ports Authority
    Federico Delfino, Dean of the University of Genoa
  • 9.30 – Introduces and chairs Giacomo Ronzitti, ILSREC President
    • Projection of a short video with pictures and tapes of the Genoa Conference, by Guido Levi, Anna Lombardi e Alessio Parisi
    • Daniela Preda, Università di Genova
      University of Genoa Europe at a crossroads: the Genoa Conference between echoes of peace and the birth of totalitarianisms
    • Stefano Stefanini, Ambassador
      From Genoa 1922 to Genoa 2022: 100 years that change diplomacy
  • 11.00 – Chairs Luca Beltrametti, Department Head of the Social Science School
    • Realino Marra, University of Genoa
      A Carthaginian peace. John Maynard Keynes on the Versailles results
    • Ilaria Queirolo, University of Genoa
      The League of Nations and the International Law
    • Giovanni Battista Pittaluga, University of Genoa 
      The return to the fixed exchange rates system: Gold Exchange Standard and central banks


The International dimension of the Conference

  • 15.00 – Chairs Maria Elisabetta Tonizzi, ILSREC Vice-president
    • Giorgio Petracchi, University of Udine
      The meaningless attempt of diplomacy in a fragmentated world
    • Lucio Valent, University of Milan
      “Welsh Wizard’s Last Trick?” David Lloyd George, the Genoa Conference and the British Foreign Policy in the early 1920s
    • Maria Eleonora Guasconi, University of Genoa
      The United States and the 1922 Genoa Conference
    • Evgeny Yurevich Sergeev, Russian Science Academy
      The Bolshevik Russia and Cicerin’s diplomacy
  • 17.00 Chairs Maria Eleonora Guasconi, Social Science School Vice-president
    • Lara Piccardo, University of Genoa
      The Russian-German Treaty of Rapallo
    • Andreas Wilkens, , University of Lorraine (Metz)
      From Rapallo to Locarno. Germany looking for its role in Europe
    • Valerij Ljubin, INION-RAN (Scientific information of social sciences Institute of the Russian Science Academy)
      The Komintern and the Genoa Conference

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2nd day – October 11th, 2022
Palazzo San Giorgio


Italy at the Genoa Conference

  • 09.00 – Chairs Enrico Di Bella, DISPI Vice director
    • Agostino Giovagnoli, Università Cattolica of Milan
      Italy from the war to fascism
    • Adriano Roccucci, University Roma Tre
      Peace echoes: the talks between Sturzo and Cicerin / The agreements between the USSR and the Vatican
    • Guido Levi, University of Genoa
      The Genoa Conference in the Italian political debate
    • Roberto Sinigaglia, University of Genoa
      The Genoa Conference in the communist newspaper “L’Ordine Nuovo”
  • 11.00 – Chairs Guido Levi, Co-director of the magazine “Storia e Memoria”
    • Maria Teresa Giusti, University of Chieti-Pescara “G. D’Annunzio”
      The recovery of the Italian-Russian trade relationship, from the birth of C.I.C.E. to the Genoa Conference
    • Fernando Salsano, University of Rome Tor Vergata
      The Italian industrialists and the Genoa Conference
    • Irene Guerrini – Marco Pluviano, ILSREC
      The scenarios of the baltic-Polish area: a look from Italy

The places of the Genoa Conference

  • 15.00
    • Beppe Manzitti, Scientific readings and conversations Society
      Ernest Hemingway journalist, his letters as special correspondent of North American newspapers at the 1922
    • Massimo Bacigalupo, Accademia Ligure di Scienze e Lettere
      Hemingway in Rapallo
    • Andrea Spiriti, University  of Insubria
      Palazzo San Giorgio and the other palaces of the Conference
    • Andrea Zanin, University of Genoa
      Diplomacy and big hotels in the Genoa Conference context
  • 17.00
    • Touristic tour in Genoa
Genova Conferenza Internazionale 1922 Cartolina
A postcard from Genoa’s International 1922 Conference

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3rd day – October 12th, 2022
Albergo dei Poveri

Mattina – Aula magna – albergo dei poveri

Genoa in the International scenario

  • 09.30 – Chairs and introduces Daniela Preda, DISPI Director and ILSREC Scientific Director
    • Paolo Battifora, ILSREC
      Genoa after WWI
    • Gianluca Cerruti, University of Genoa
      The Conference socioeconomic context: Italy and Genoa
    • Luigi Oddo, University of Genoa 
      The race to Russia: an Italian perspective
  • 11.00 – Chairs Guido Levi, University of Genoa
    • Giorgio Grimaldi, University Link Campus
      The Genoa Conference in the local political debate
    • Antonio Iodice, University of Genoa
      The Genoa Conference in the Italian press: themes, expectations and impact
    • Anna Lombardi, ILSREC
      The Genoa Conference through the Corriere Mercantile pages

Simulation of the 2022 Genoa Conference

  • 15,00 – for the Political and International Science students and for the High School students

Organizing bodies

With the patronage of the European Commission Representation in Italy

With the patronage and collaboration of

With the support of


  • ILSREC – Istituto Ligure per la Storia della Resistenza e dell’Età Contemporanea “R. Ricci” Fondazione ETS
  • DISPI – Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche Internazionali
  • Scuola di Scienze Sociali
  • Regione Liguria
  • Comune di Genova
  • Autorità di sistema portuale del Mar Ligure Occidentale
  • Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per la Liguria

with the patronage and collaboration of

  • Commissione Europea
  • Consiglio Regionale della Liguria
  • Città Metropolitana di Genova
  • Camera di Commercio di Genova
  • Fondazione Ansaldo
  • Accademia Ligure di Scienze e Lettere
  • Goethe-Institut Genoa
  • Liguria Digitale
  • Istituto Storico della Resistenza e dell’Età Contemporanea della provincia di Savona “U. Scardagni”
  • Istituto Spezzino per la Storia della Resistenza e dell’Età Contemporanea
  • Istituto Storico della Resistenza e dell’Età Contemporanea della provincia di Imperia

Project Manager

  • Giacomo Ronzitti, Presidente ILSREC

Scientific manager

  • Daniela Preda, Direttore Scientifico ILSREC e DISPI

scientific Committee

  • Luca Beltrametti
  • Alessandro Clavarino
  • Chiara Dogliotti
  • Maria Antonietta Falchi
  • Lorenzo Fiori
  • Marcello Flores
  • Agostino Giovagnoli
  • Maria Teresa Giusti
  • Eleonora Guasconi
  • Irene Guerrini
  • Guido Levi
  • Marco Pluviano
  • Francesco Praussello
  • Daniela Preda
  • Giacomo Ronzitti
  • Andreas Wilkens

Research manager

  • Guido Levi

teaching manager

  • Marco Pluviano

Organizing committee

  • Roberta Bisio
  • Gianluca Cerruti
  • Donatella Chiapponi
  • Antonio Iodice
  • Anna Lombardi
  • Francesco Massardo
  • Luigi Oddo
  • Alessio Parisi
  • Alessandra Santiccioli


Palazzo San Giorgio

Palazzo San Giorgio is a historic building, built around the middle of the 13th century, located in Piazza Caricamento and overlooking the Old Port of Genoa, a few steps from the Aquarium and the Museum of the Sea.

Where it is?

Palazzo San Giorgio, 2, 16126 Genova GE

How to reach it

Marina Porto Antico Parking

Porta Siberia or Molo Vecchio Parkings

Piccapietra Parking

Marina Park Parking

Payment parkings along the road

Stazione Genova Brignole + Bus

Stazione Genova Piazza Principe + Bus

Bus Line N. 1 – Direction to Caricamento – Stop to terminus Piazza Caricamento

Bus Line N. 13 – Direction to Caricamento (Via Turati) – Stop to terminus Via Turati

Metro – San Giorgio stop

Navebus from Genova Pegli stops at Porto Antico

Albergo dei Poveri

Albergo dei Poveri is a historic building, built around the mid-twelfth century, located in Piazza Emanuele Brignole, and home to the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Genoa.

Where it is?

Piazzale Emanuele Brignole, 2, 16136 Genova GE

How to reach it

Garage Olimpo Parking

Payment parkings along the road

Marina Porto Antico Parking

Stazione Genova Brignole + Bus

Stazione Genova Piazza Principe + Bus

Bus Linea N. 39 – From Stazione Brignole direction to Via Vesuvio – Stop to Albergo Dei Poveri/Università

Bus Linea N. 40 – From Stazione Brignole direction to Righi (Via Costanzi) – Stop to Albergo Dei Poveri/Università

From Principe Station, walk along via Balbi to the Nunziata / Bandiera stop in Piazza della Nunziata and take Line No. 40 towards Righi (Via Costanzi) – Albergo Dei Poveri / Università stop.

Funicular Zecca Righi – Stop to Stazione Carbonara

Virtual show

“Europe at a crossroads: the International Conference of 1922”


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