Worldviews. When AI meets Geopolitics and Religious Studies


Session I: AI and geopolitics 

December 16th | 16.00-19.00

There is an increasing relevance of the relationship between artificial intelligence and geopolitics. In recent years we have experienced the rise of tech powers, particularly in US and China, with a growing influence in the economic and political realm. Cyber has emerged as a new theatre of investment and conflict, at the international, national and local level.
Moreover, the tech competition between the Unites States and China is becoming stronger, due to China’s investments within the framework of Made in China 2025 and of the resistance in the US vis-à-vis Chinese acquisitions, particularly in high-technology fields, with a stronger and sharper use of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Given the AI race of the next years, where are these conflicts leading us? Which are the most relevant trends? Where do EU countries and cities stand? Which role can political actors and traditional companies play in this environment? Our seminar on AI and geopolitics will try to investigate all these topics.

16.15 -16.30 Introduction to the workshop
Marco Ventura, FBK-ISR
Alessandro Aresu, Limes- Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica

16.30 Alessandro Aresu, Limes – Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica
16.50 Cristina Pozzi, Impactscool – Young Global Leader 2019 WEF
17.10  Juan Carlos De Martin, Professor at Politecnico, Turin and co-director of the Nexa Center on Internet and Society

17.30 break

18.10 Francesca Voce, Consultant Deloitte Risk Advisory
18.30-19.00 General discussion with Petr Agha, Academy of Science, Czech Republic

Session II: AI and religious studies

December 17th | 9.30-12.45

This session will explore the connection and the debates between artificial intelligence and religious studies. If a geopolitical analysis can highlight the positioning of the different actors in a power dynamic this session aims at analyzing the interaction between new theories of intelligence and cognition with philosophical, theological and religious perspectives.

9.30-9.45 Introduction to the second day: Marco Ventura, FBK-ISR

9.45- 10.30 Robert Geraci, Manhattan College
10.30- 10.50 Marco Guglielmi, FBK-ISR

10.50-11.15 break

11.15-11.35 Pasquale Annicchino, FBK-ISR, CIRIS
11.35-12.00 Boris Raehme, FBK-ISR

12.00-12.30 General discussion with Petr Agha, Academy of Science, Czech Republic

12.30-12.45 Conclusion
Pasquale Annicchino, FBK-ISR, CIRIS



Students and young scholars are welcome to apply for grants facilitating their participation to the Conference and the Davide Zordan Lecture

Please, see application details below:

Grants |  3
Candidates |  The participation is open to MA and Ph.D. students from different cultural areas
Contribution |  Board and lodging will be covered. Travel expenses (economy) will also be covered up 200 euros on a reimbursement basis. No reimbursement in case of cancellation or partial participation (for whatever reason)
Deadline |  December 6, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Documents | Applications must be sent to [email protected] enclosing a motivation letter, cv and a declaration that the applicant has understood and agrees that travel expenses will be covered up 200 euros (economy) on a reimbursement basis and that no reimbursement is due in case of cancellation or partial participation (for whatever reason).


  • Marco Ventura - Speaker
  • Alessandro Aresu - Speaker
    Limes- Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica
  • Cristina Pozzi - Speaker
    Impactscool – Young Global Leader 2019 WEF
  • Juan Carlos De Martin - Speaker
    Professor at Politecnico, Turin and co-director of the Nexa Center on Internet and Society
  • Francesca Voce - Speaker
    Consulente Deloitte Risk Advisory
  • Paolo Messa - Speaker
    Leonardo, author of “The age of sharp power”
  • Petr Agha - Speaker
    Academy of Science, Czech Republic
  • Manhattan College
  • Marco Guglielmi - Speaker
  • Pasquale Annicchino - Speaker
  • Boris Raehme - Speaker

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