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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.
Thalassic Imaginaries Conference
Thalassic Imaginaries: the Mediterranean Sea in Language, Art and Other forms of representation is going to be held on the 23 and 24 of January 2015 at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun - University of Malta. For the programme please click here.
Public Seminar: Knowledge/Power, History/Memory (11 Dec.)
The Mediterranean Institute is organising a seminar entitled 'Knowledge/Power, History/Memory: The Israeli Archives and the 1948 Palestinian Catastrophe' by Prof. Nur Masalha (St Mary's University, London) on the 11 December at 1800hrs. The seminar is going to be held at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Ħursun, University of Malta.   
Academic Oration by Prof. J. Chircop
To have access to the Academic Oration delivered by Prof. John Chircop on Monday 1st December 2014 please click here.
The next Mediterranean Fractures symposium to be hosted by the Mediterranean Institute
After the success of the first Mediterranean Fractures symposium held last May at the University of Kent (UK), the Mediterranean Institute is pleased to announce that it will now be hosting the next edition of the international symposium in Malta. The symposium will be themed as 'Mediterranean Fractures – Contested Pasts, Unrealised Futures'.

The Call for Papers for the next Mediterranean Fractures international symposium is now available on the Mediterranean Institute website and may be accessed here.

Mediterranean under Quarantine Conference held at the Valletta Campus
Mediterranean under Quarantine, the first international conference of the Quarantine Studies Network, has successfully taken place at the Valletta Campus on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November. Hosted by the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Institute and convened by Prof. John Chircop, the conference brought together more than thirty scholars and research teams based at universities, higher-education and research institutes from across Europe, North Africa, the United States and Australia.
Mediterranean under Quarantine Programme and Abstracts
For the Programme please click here. To access the Abstract please click here.
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
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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