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Symposia Melitensia (10th edition)

The 10th edition of  Symposia Melitensia, a Junior College publication of refereed papers by various authors, has been published.

Current and past editions of the journal are available from local bookshops.



27 April 2015

Publication of the third issue of the Journal of Baroque Studies

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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.  

This issue contains eight articles dealing with paintings, tapestry, literature, architecture, politics and travel in the Baroque age, reflecting the wide spectrum of research interests and lecturing activities in the Institute.
Dr Petra Caruana Dingli of the University of Malta writes about the travel journals of Duke Ludwig Anhalt-Köthen, an influential German nobleman, written in the early 17th-century. An article by Professor Giuseppe Mrozek Eliszezynski of the University of Teramo, Italy, discusses the involvement of Espía Mayor Andrés de Velázquez in the trial against the Duke of Osuna. 

Dr Theresa Vella of the International Institute for Baroque Studies writes about the arrival of the St Michael Archangel altarpiece in the Chapel of Provence of the Conventual Church of the Order of St. John in Valletta. Cynthia de Giorgio, curator of St John’s in Valletta, discusses the history of the famous tapestries in this church.   

Dr Rebecca Hall who lectures on music in the Baroque age at the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta writes about the achievements of the French composer, Elizabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. Professor Francesco Frasca of the Commission Française d’Histoire Militaire Château de Vincennes, explores the Baroque sensibilities of the French King Louis XIV, in relation to military ethics and the idea of the cavalier.  

Angelo Lo Conte writes about the symbolism of blood in two Italian paintings, Caravaggio’s Beheading of the Baptist and Gentileschi’s Judith beheading Holofernes. Mevrick Spiteri and Daniel Borg of the University of Malta are joint authors of a paper on the formation of the architect-engineer, perito and agrimensore, and their regulation by the Order of St John in 18th-century Malta. 

For further information about the Journal and the revised Masters and Diploma courses which will be starting next October, contact the International Institute for Baroque Studies on 21316619 or email the director, Prof. Denis De Lucca. Information about the Institute and forthcoming events is available on its website


20 April 2015

International Journal of Emotional Education April 2015– Special issue


Vol. 7 Issue 1 of the International Journal of Emotional Education (IJEE) has just been published by theCentre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health at the University of Malta. 

This is a special edition on methodologies used to promote mental health in children and young people. It is guest edited by Professor Phillip Slee & Dr Grace Skrzypiec (Flinders University, South Australia) & Dr Donna Cross (University of Western Australia). 

The five papers and the book reviews in this edition may be accessed here

The IJEE is an international, open access, peer-reviewed, electronic journal supported by an international board of reviewers with high level expertise in the field, and included in various international indices.


15 April 2015

Volume: Colonial Encounters: Maltese experiences of British rule 1800-1970s

Colonial Encounters: 
Maltese experiences of British rule 1800-1970s

Editor: Prof. John Chircop 

colonialencountersbookThis volume brings together international and Maltese scholars, offering a line-up of innovative contributions to some of the most current – and demanding – social, economic, and cultural debates on colonialism and colonial rule. The seventeen chapters presented here take as their focus the multiple Maltese experiences of British dominion from the 19th century to postcolonial times, employing a diversified range of research methods and sources to investigate key research themes in the growing literature on colonial studies. Most adopt a critical approach to, and at times propose a challenging reassessment of Malta’s historiography of the period. The outcome is a fresh critical-historical outlook that articulates ambivalent, intriguingly contrasting, and often multi-faceted ‘local’ experiences of British colonialism, the decolonisation process and their postcolonial implications. 

Colonial Encounters is informed by a growing corpus of theoretical literature in line with the cutting-edge research taking place in colonial-historical studies and further afield. The volume’s contributions, together with the analytical introduction, present focused and stimulating approaches to some of the complex dimensions of the colonial encounter in the Maltese context, with specific reference to various Maltese social groups – both within Malta and, as migrants on the move in the region, throughout the British empire.

Most of the contributions endeavour to approach colonial history against the grain – moving away from conventional, empirically-based historical narratives towards the more theoretically elaborate interpretations of 19th century colonial rule and their postcolonial inferences. Colonial experience is not perceived here only as experienced by elite social groupings (with ‘native’ collaborators and the nationalist opposition in particular) but – and more importantly – through a historiographical perspective, one primarily concerned with hitherto neglected social groups, such as the herdsmen and fishing folk, that emerge here as subjects of their own history, ones endowed with an own agency within the colonial context.  

In these terms, Colonial Encounters stands out as a coming together of thought-provoking stances on current social, economic, cultural and political thematics. The debates generated will be useful for a clearer understanding of the broader ambit of British colonial-historical and postcolonial studies, taking on issues that, apart from their political aspect, have often been partially, sometimes completely, ignored by mainstream historical narratives. Some of the contexts addressed here include received constructions of “Maltese national identity”, racism in specific colonial and nationalist spheres, collaboration and multi-level resistance, the structures and operations of the Colonial State, as well as the more directly tangible issues of employment, migration, public health and medicine, language and cultural hegemony, economic dependence and the colonial impact on the natural environment. Colonial Encounters endeavours to offer, therefore, a range of incisive and often unconventional insights into some of the most consequential and historically fraught Maltese encounters with British colonial rule.

With chapters by John Chircop; Stefan Goodwin; Paul Knepper; David H. Plowman; Joshua M. Hayes; H. Vivian Wyatt; Lianne Tripp; Lawrence A. Sawchuk; Paul R. Sharp; Joseph Falzon and David Lanzon; Michael Refalo; Godfrey Pirotta; Edward Warrington; Brian Blouet; Mario Brincat; Simon C. Smith; Elise Billiard. 


13 April 2015

Baroque Routes Newsletter Issue 10 - 2014/15

The International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta hasbaroqueroutes2015 published the tenth issue of its annual newsletter. 

This issue features an article by Dr Stephen C. Spiteri on ‘Scale Models and the Coastal Fortifications of Malta’. Military engineers studied the landscape in order to make best use of the natural features of the surrounding area. From the 16th century onwards, they carried out meticulous scientific surveying and created detailed maps and plans. An important tool was the scale model, the modello or plan relief constructed of wood, wax or stone, which was used as a visual aid.

Professor Denis De Lucca, director of the Institute, writes about the cuisine of the Baroque age, with its impressive spectacles of food presentations and dining scenarios, which became a daily routine in the palatial homes of Europe’s aristocracy. 

Dr Petra Caruana Dingli reviews a book by Prof. Frans Ciappara on the social and religious history of Qrendi in the 18th century, which explores the cultural world of this village and examines details of its inhabitants, their social and religious practices, family relationships, and the topographical setting in which they lived.

The newsletter also contains information on various activities organised by the Institute, including the second issue of the Journal for Baroque Studies, the Institute’s programme of public lectures, a post-graduate seminar on life, society and culture in the Baroque age, recent publications and an international conference on Baroque military architecture to be held in October 2015.

The International Institute for Baroque Studies is at present engaged in various research / publication activities and is also running Diploma and Master courses about the Baroque age. The next MA in Baroque Studies course is due to start in October 2015 and offers a revised programme of studies targeted at presenting a holistic view of the multi-faceted aspects of Baroque Europe with special reference to Malta.

The newsletter is available online here, or by contacting Mr Andre Debattista.


16 March 2015

Dr Adrian Grima Lectures at INALCO

Dr Adrian Grima was recently invited to lecture at INALCO (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales), a major university institution in Paris. Dr Grima, who teaches Maltese literature in the Department of Maltese of the Faculty of Arts, made two presentations related to Maltese literature, one about figure of the sacred, and the other about the figures of the woman and couple. A third presentation, one about popular musical traditions, dealt with "għana" and its presence in contemporary music in Malta. 
On Wednesday 25 March, Dr Grima gave a public talk on 'L'imaginaire méditerranéen dans la littérature maltaise.' In this rencontre-débat, Prof. Mourad Yelles, head of the research team on Langues et Cultures du Nord de l'Afrique et Diasporas (LACNAD) which hosted the event, reacted to the hour-long talk.
Adrian Grima argued that Maltese literature has not developed an elaborate narrative of the Mediterranean. Early twentieth-century Maltese authors chose not to follow the lead of Franco-Maltese writers and intellectuals like Laurent Ropa who were influenced by French Mediterraneanist discourse. Neither did it allow themselves to be influenced by the narrative of Malta as the cradle of so-called 'Mediterranean civilisation' developed by Luigi M. Ugolini and other contributors to the journal Archivio Storico di Malta published in Rome and sanctioned by the Fascist regime. Dr Grima focussed on pre-Independence literary works that deal with the Mediterranean by Juann Mamo, Ġużè Bonnici, and Dun Frans Camilleri, and highlighed the important differences in the way their texts represent the sea and the region.
Prof. Mourad Yelles, who specialises in Maghrebi literature and the female oral traditions, was invited twice to the University of Malta by the Department of Maltese to give lectures and work on common research areas. INALCO have asked Dr Grima to return in order to give other lectures and continue the collaboration between the two institutions.
In Paris, Adrian Grima also gave a poetry reading from his books Ici arrivent les mouettes, La coda della freccia and Deciphered Lips. He was accompanied by Elizabeth Grech, who translates his poetry into French, Costanza Ferrini, who edited his book of translations into Italian, and the exiled Syrian poet, Golan Haji. The evening was attended, among others, by the Ambassador of Malta to France, H.E. Vincent Camilleri.

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Adrian Grima (centre) during the poetry reading session


07 April 2015

Journal of Euromed Pharmacy 2015 Issue

empjournal2015The 2015 issue of the Journal of Euromed Pharmacy (JEMP) has been launched during the recently held Annual Pharmacy Symposium 2015. The journal is published by the Department of Pharmacy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta in collaboration with the Malta Pharmaceutical Association and is supported by an unconditional grant by Actavis. The journal publishes original research manuscripts by postgraduate students following a Master of Science in Pharmacy degree and guest contributions related to aspects of research within the field of pharmacy.  The objective of the journal is to disseminate results of scientific investigation and evaluation of pharmacy processes and pharmaceutical services. 

The 2015 issue includes research papers on studies on the monitoring of patients using clozapine by pharmacists, a critical analysis of the Medicines Entitlement System for free medicines on the national health service scheme, pharmacoeconomic processes in the management of national formulary, and a cost evaluation of Collagenase Clostridium histolyticum in the management of Dupuytren's Contracture’, ‘Pharmacoeconomics in Formulary Decision Making’ and ‘Quality Risk Management in Partial Manufacturing Operation’ to ‘Clozapine Treatment in Patients Living in the Community’ and  ‘Perception and Critical Analysis of the Medicines Entitlement System’. The journal issue carries two international guest contributions. Professors Benito del Castillo-García and Carlos del Castillo-Rodiguez from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain have contributed a review article on a historical perspective on pharmacopoeia, which are reference books used in pharmacy.  Professor Daan J. Crommelin from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, has contributed a review article on the current hot topic of innovation in medicines with a particular reference to biological medicines that are used in diseases such as cancer, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.  The journal carries summaries of on-going research projects undertaken at the department and includes reflection of experiences of undergraduate pharmacy students and of post-graduate students following the doctorate in pharmacy degree.

An electronic copy of the journal is available from the research section of the Department of Pharmacy’s website, here.


07 April 2015

Europe's World

Europe’s World is the only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 100-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions. Since its launch in 2005 it has become the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues, read by over 100,000 of the most influential decision makers and opinion formers across Europe.

Published every 4 months, Europe’s World’s objective is to stimulate the much needed debate over topical policy issues by encouraging citizens and stakeholders within civil society, media, academia, business and government, to engage in a series of genuine and informed political debates which reach beyond the Brussels village.

To date over 300 authors, including Heads of State, corporate chiefs, top academics, leading NGO activists or policymakers, have contributed articles, firmly cementing Europe’s World’s reputation as a platform for new thinking and ground-breaking ideas.

Europe’s World’s newly extended website,, is designed to further promote debate on the policy challenges facing Europe. It spans articles and reactions to articles published in Europe’s World, but is not limited to the journal since it also features studies and reports from think tanks throughout Europe.

Its aim is to give readers direct access to the latest in policy thinking across the EU, and encourage visitors to submit their own reports and comment on any of the contributions featured on the website. 


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