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The prime objective of the International Institute for Baroque Studies is to disseminate multidisciplinary knowledge about the Baroque heritage of mankind and its conservation for posterity.  Since the foundation of the Institute in 1996, this objective has been reflected in teaching activities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in extensive research work which has formed the basis of several theses, publications and books, and in prestigious consultancy services concerned with various aspects of the Baroque heritage of the Maltese islands, imported by the Hospitaller Knights of St. John the Baptist in the late sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  Recent examples of such consultancy activity was the involvement of the Institute in the formulation of masterplans for the conservation of Mdina and Valletta, both important centres of our Baroque heritage.

On an international level, the International Institute for Baroque Studies has, since its foundation, enhanced its teaching activities by actively participating in several academic conferences organised by overseas universities.  It has also taken the initiative to organise a number of international seminars in Malta, and also assumed a pioneering role in the founding of the Baroque Route Network of the Council of Europe, on behalf of which the Institute still regularly publishes a newsletter.

The contents of the courses offered by the Institute at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and its publications reflect the interest of the various academic staff members involved in the political, military, religious, social, philosophical, scientific, literary, artistic and conservation aspects of the Baroque age which are presented in such a way as to promote the Baroque world as a holistic cultural entity accommodating the two contradictions of the age: the abstract mathematical and methodical aspect on one side and the rebellious, emotional and exuberant aspect on the other, both manifest in the architecture and art forms of the great Baroque capitals of Europe.  Here, the still-visible residues of this eminently European cultural expression bear testimony to an age of learning, discovery, brilliance and splendor which continues to attract the attention of many scholars, posing a formidable challenge for them to provide answers to a host of yet unanswered questions, to use archival research to identify and disseminate new knowledge about the Baroque achievement and, lastly, to propagate the many lessons covering diverse fields to be learnt from it. This is what the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta is all about.

Arte barocca tra fede e stupore
Professor Denis De Lucca will be giving an illustrated talk mentioning a hitherto unexplored connection between the building of the splendid Baroque church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in  Rome and the Hospitaller Order of Malta. 
Seminar on Bernini's Cappella Cornaro
Seminar on the history and restoration of Bernini's Cappella Cornaro in the Baroque Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome.
Public Lecture: The Knights and their Symbols at St John's co-cathedral during the Baroque Age
Ms Cynthia Degiorgio will be delivering a lecture the subject of “The Knights and their Symbols at St John's co-cathedral during the Baroque Age” The Lecture will be held on Thursday 18th June 2015 at 18.30 at St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta
Publication of the third issue of the Journal of Baroque Studies
The International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta has just published the third issue of its annual Journal of Baroque Studies, edited by Prof Frans Ciappara.
MA in Baroque Studies
The University of Malta is accepting applications from interested individuals to follow a postgraduate course leading to the award of a Masters Degree in Baroque Studies.

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