Interdisciplinarity – the Only Way to Go The third of a series of three annual conferences leading up to the launch, in October 2007, of the nascent European Master’s in Performer Studies (EMA-PS) will take place this month at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, St George Square, Valletta.

This year’s special guest speaker will be Professor Giacomo Rizzolatti. Formerly President of the European Brain Behaviour Society and the Italian Society for Neuroscience, as well as member of the European Medical Research Council, Professor Rizzolatti has, for several years, directed the European Training Program in Brain and Behaviour Research (ETP) sponsored by the European Science Foundation. He is member of Academia Europaea and of Accademia dei Lincei as well as Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was recently elected Associé étranger of the Institut de France’s Académie des Sciences. Among Professor Rizzolatti’s major awards are the Golgi Prize for Physiology, the George Miller Award of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Accademia dei Lincei’s Feltrinelli Prize for Medicine and the Herlitzka Prize for Physiology awarded by the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino.

Professor Rizzolatti, whose 1996 discovery of the brain’s Mirror Neuron System has opened up new vistas into our understanding of ourselves and of others, will be delivering the keynote speech: ‘Mirror Neurons - t he Neural basis of Social Cognition ’.

The Rector of the University of Malta, Professor Juanito Camilleri, will consider Interdisciplinarity in Higher Education and Research as he launches the second day panel discussion on “Interdisciplinarity as a Mental Discipline”.

Paper titles include ‘Why Culture Cannot Not be Interdisciplinary ’ (Professor Juliusz Tyszka, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan ), ‘The “Culture Industry” – is that Catch-phrase a True Life-line for the Arts?’ (Mr Jacques Sciberras, Economics & Social Policy Analyst, National Commission for Higher Education) , and ‘“Through a Glass, Darkly” – the Performance of the Ideal Self in Behavioural Research’ (Professor Nicholas Arnold, De Montfort University, Leicester).

The conference dates are 29 January ( 0940hrs to 1730hrs) and 30 January ( 0920hrs to 1800hrs).

Registration Fee: Lm7.50, Students: Lm5, (includes coffee breaks)

Registrations and Enquiries: kbail01@um.edu.mt Tel: 2340 2989

E-MAPS’ website: http://www.EMA-PS.com