A way to peace. Conscientious objection: history and testimonies, with a look at the present

The conscientious objection to military service is the result of a struggle that lasted over 25 years that involved movements, intellectuals, politicians, priests, Christians of different denominations, libertarians, anarchists, and especially those 706 young people, to whose request to be able to serve the country without weapons, the State has opposed a harsh refusal and prison sentences.

With Dr. Marco Labbate will retrace the struggles of those young people who intersect the repercussions of the Second World War, the Cold War, the atomic threat, the renewal of Catholicism, the youth protest.

The meeting will be enriched by the reading of civil testimonies, edited by the theatre company Nouvelle Plague.


Marco Labbate (1984) obtained his PhD in Humanities at the University of Urbino. He published: Là sotto nell'inferno. Da Pesaro a Marcinelle (Ediesse, 2016); Un’altra patria. L’obiezione di coscienza nell’Italia repubblicana (Pacini, 2020); Non un uomo né un soldo. Obiezione di coscienza e servizio civile a Torino (EGA, 2022). He works as researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History of the Province of Pesaro and Urbino.

Nouvelle Plague is a theatrical resistance collective founded in Turin and permanently composed by Giulia Bocciero and Davide Simonetti. 


In collaboration with Centro Studi Sereno Regis

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