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The Mediterranean Institute promotes, facilitates and publishes interdisciplinary academic research on the Mediterranean, with the principal aim of a better understanding of the evolution, history, and environment of this region, with particular reference to its societies and cultures.

The main aims of the Mediterranean Institute are:

  • to promote research on the Mediterranean by bringing together academics from different disciplines (from both the Arts/Humanities and the Social and Natural Sciences), to promote a holistic understanding of the region, and its cultures and peoples across time, through conferences, seminars and ongoing networking with other specialised centres and institutes overseas
  • to operate as a resource centre for the provision of specialists and expertise on Mediterranean issues, and to offer services to public authorities, as well as to other institutions, private organisations and individuals, as the Governing Board may from time to time determine
  • to offer taught postgraduate degree programmes at Masters of Science level, and  provide multi and trans-disciplinary supervision for Doctoral research on the Mediterranean
  • to attract external funding for specific research projects, including joint ones with other similar specialised centres, as determined by the Governing Board.

The Institute publishes an international Journal of Mediterranean Studies as well as other scholarly literature dealing with, amongst others, the history, culture, environment, economy, politics, and societies, of the Mediterranean.
Public Seminars
The Mediterranean Institute is organising another two seminars during the months of November and December 2014. 'The lack of Water as a Potential source of conflicts in the Mediterranean' by Kristzina Ligetvari (Energy Efficiency Expert, EU Project Manager, Hungary) dated 24 November at 5.30pm and 'Recycling the Past and Collective Memory: Kaiser Wilhem II, the Muristan Knights of St John and Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem' by Nur Masalha (St Mary's University, London)  dated 11 December at 6.00pm. Both seminars are going to be held at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta.
Mediterranean under quarantine - UPDATE
The Registration for the upcoming conference  'Mediterranean Under Quarantine', organised by the Quarantine Studies Network is now open. The conference is hosted by the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta. Dates: 7-8 November 2014. Venue: Old University Campus, Valletta. Please follow this link for Registration and direct payment as well as for information re. accommodation and social program: 
Call for Papers - Thalassic Imaginaries: the Mediterranean Sea in Language, Art and Other forms of representation
This is the third conference in the series organised by the Mediterranean Institute and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. The conference will be held on 23-24 January 2015. Further information can be obtained here
Quarantine Studies Network: Mediterranean under quarantine - Call for papers
The first international workshop convened by the Quarantine Studies network: Mediterranean under quarantine will be hosted by the Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta on the 7th and 8th November 2014. Proposals in English and French have to be submitted by not later than the 15th March.
Public Seminars
A series of 8 public seminars are going to be held between 26th November 2013 and 13th May 2014 at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta at 17.30hrs. Further details can be obtained here
Research Projects

The Mediterranean Institute has launched the following three trans-disciplinary research projects as part of its research strategy for the next three years. Academics and independent scholars who are interested in contributing to any one of these research teams should contact the principal coordinator of this research programme: Prof John Chircop.  

The research themes are: Development and Underdevelopment in the Mediterranean; Water; Thalassic Imaginaries - the Narratives of Sea Communities. For further details please click here.

Call for Papers
Call for Papers for the international conference: Intercultural Hybridity in Mediterranean Civilizations

Supervision for M.A./Ph.D research
The Mediterranean Institute is providing trans-disciplinary supervision for Masters of Arts and Doctoral research...

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