The Wed 6th March meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 6th of March at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End for a discussion based on a talk to be given by Dr Piero Georgi, Assistant Professor at the National Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ., on the topic “Structural violence in daily life – Become aware in order to establish a nonviolent society”.

Piero has provided a summary and short bio. I would recommend clicking on his website details provided, and checking out his downloadable book “The origins of violence by cultural evolution”. A talk for Wed, March 6:

“Structural violence in daily life – Become aware in order to establish a nonviolent society” Definitions: Structural violence = the ensemble of ideas and institutions that stop children and adolescents from expressing their human potentialities. Human being = a mature person able to express empathy, solidarity and cooperation in a small township run by active citizens through participatory democracy.

It will be argued that structural violence (SV) is the instigator of all types of violence, which cannot be reduced and eliminated without dealing soon with the forms of SV present in all aspects of our daily life. This difficult change will occur only non-violently, slowly, legally and locally, through education (family-school axis) and by simply saying ‘no’ to commercial-media oppression and other power systems. Without our commitments and struggles, the modern forms of dehumanising oppression will lead to a catastrophe of devastating and annihilating world proportions. Associate Professor Piero P. Giorgi

Retired from University of Queensland and currently Research Affiliate at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin (NZ)

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1965, BSc Hons in Biological Sciences, University of Bologna (Italy) – Developmental biology

1974, PhD in Neurology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) – Multiple sclerosis

1981-2003 Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland – Brain development

1991-2003 Coordinator of the course “Origins of Aggression and Cooperation” for B. of Peace & Conflict Studies

From 2004, member of the European Centre of Gargnano (Brescia, Italy)

2007-2009, Associate Professor ACPACS, University of Queensland

From 2010, Associate Professor NCPACS, University of Otago


Origins of violence, structural violence in daily life, reduction and prevention of violence, applied nonviolence in daily life, anthropology of nonviolence, human nature.


# Giorgi P. P. (2001) The origins of violence by cultural evolution. 2nd edition. Minerva E&S, Brisbane.

Available at UQ library (HM886 .G56 2001, SSAH) and free download at An update version in Italian is Giorgi, P. P. (2008) The inevitable violence – A modern lie. Jaca Book, Milan.

# Giorgi, P.P. & Anati, E. (2004) “Violence and its evidence in prehistoric art – A comparison of ideas” in Anati, E. (ed) Arte preistorica e tribale – Nuove scoperte, interpretazioni e metodi, pp. 263-269. XXI International Valcamonica Symposium. Edizioni del Centro, Capo di Ponte (Brescia). Ask for copy to pieropgiorgi

Hate to raise it, but as to Leon, what does he think of all this, and will he turn up?

He once wrote of his former daily associate Stalin, in an unfinished life of Stalin, before that former daily associate rather violently, so to speak, finished his own: “Under all conditions, well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points”.

Implying disapproval, advocating non-violence, do you think? But then again, he also said, enigmatically, “Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation”.

And, finally, a sort of middle ground perhaps, “The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end”.

So, if he does come, what line will he take?

What matters more is that you come and ask this question of yourself.

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