panel discussion


humans and their natural environment

2 April 2019 at 6pm

at the House of European History


Our world has entered into the new era of “Anthropocene”: human activity leaves a real footprint on earth and is even now the main force that drives the evolution of our planet. How can we preserve sustainable living conditions for us and our environment?

The speakers


Luisella Battaglia is a professor of Moral Philosophy and Bioethics at Genova University and, since 1995, at Napoli University. She teaches to Bioethics PhD students at Genova University and, since 1992, she is the director and founder of the Italian Institute of Bioethics. She runs the course untitled “Expert in Pet Therapy. Therapy, activity and education assisted by animals” at Genova University. Since 1999, she is a member of the National Committee for Bioethics.


Catherine Larrère, philosopher, is a professor emeritus at Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Expert in Moral and Political Philosophy, she contributed to introduce the English-speaking thinking of Environment Ethics in France, and to develop the Environment Philosophy (protection of nature, risk prevention, environmental justice). After Les philosophies de l’environnement (1997) and, with Raphaël Larrère, Du bon usage de la nature, Pour une philosophie de l’environnement (1997), she recently published, still with Raphaël Larrère, Penser et agir avec la nature, une enquête philosophique (2015), Bulles technologiques (2017) and a collective work, Les inégalités environnementales (2017). She also wrote the preface of the translation of Christopher Stone’s article, Should trees have standing? (1972) and published together with Rémi Beau, the deeds of the colloquium Penser l’anthropocène (2018).

María Sánchez

María Sánchez is a field veterinarian. Her poems have been published in magazines and anthologies such as Bets (La Bella Varsovia, 2014). She regularly collaborates in digital and print media on literature, feminism, extensive livestock and rural culture. She coordinates the project The essence of the text, in which she invites reflection on the creative process. Her poems have been translated into French, Portuguese and English. Field Notebook (La Bella Varsovia, 2017) is her first poetry book. Land of women, An intimate and personal portrayal of the rural world (Seix Barral, 2019) is her first essay. Interweaving family stories with reflections on science and literature, and some of the conflicts that plague the countryside (depopulation and the erasure of entire villages, exploitation of natural resources, inadequate environmental policies and poor working conditions), Land of Women arrives to fill a gap in the debate on feminism and rural literature. It also seeks to offer a realistic vision of country life, away from the bucolic postcards created in the big cities, and to underline the danger of losing knowledge passed down through generations. More information on María Sánchez

The moderator

Tomas Miglierina

Tomas Miglierina (Varese, Italy 1971) graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Milan. Covered the Wars in former Yugoslavia and worked as Press officer for the OSCE mission in Bosnia Herzegovina that supervised the first post war elections. Since 1998 he is a Staff journalist with the Swiss broadcasting corporation – Italian language service. He covers EU affairs from Brussels since 2003, with an intermezzo as US Correspondent from 2011 to 2013.

Practical Information


At the House of European History, rue Belliard 135, 1000 Brussels

On Tuesday, April 2nd 2019 at 6pm

Discussions in original languages, with English interpretation.

Free entrance

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"For a new European social contract" is an initiative led by EUNIC Brussels of which are part the Alliance Française Bruxelles-Europe, the Balassi Institute Brussels, the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Brüksel, the British Council in Belgium, the Instituto Cervantes Bruselas, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Bruxelles and the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. In partnership with the House of European History and the Alumni Association of the College of Europe.

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