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Dr Jean Paul Baldacchino
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Dr. Jean-Paul Baldacchino is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Anthropological Sciences. He graduated in Anthropology from the University of Malta summa cum laude with a thesis on the politics of identity on Native American Reservation. He studied Mandarin at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Korean at Yonsei University in Seoul. In 2007 he completed his Ph.D at La Trobe University, Australia, researching the role of romantic love and guilt in the experiences of urban Korean youth. He has been a visiting researcher at Seoul National University’s Institute for Cross Cultural Research, and a Research Fellow at Victoria University, Australia. While in Australia, he has been conducting research on secularism, popular belief and ethnicity. Recently he has also undertaken research on popular religion and the cult of saints in Malta (The veneration of Dun Gorg Preca), Melbourne (the festa among the Maltese community) and San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. Dr. Baldacchino has conducted fieldwork in Port Madison Reservation (U.S.), Seoul (S.Korea), Melbourne (Australia), San Giovanni Rotondo (Italy) and Malta.

Dr. Baldacchino has also undertaken studies and training in clinical Lacanian psychoanalysis leading to a Masters in Psychoanalysis.


He has published articles on the anthropology of emotions, embodiment, psychoanalysis, social theory, popular culture and religion. He is a Fellow of the Australian Anthropology Society and a member of the editorial board of The Australian Journal of Anthropology. Following this period in Australia Dr. Baldacchino returned to Malta to take up a position at the University of Malta as of 2010. 


Journal Articles

(2014). 'In Sickness and in Love? Autumn Love Story and the Embodiment of Morality in Korean Television Drama' (Forthcoming Autumn 2014)

(2014). 'Contextualizing the secular public sphere: Religious ritual, festa and migrant identity in Malta and Australia'. Ethnicities 14(1)


   (2012). ‘Markets of piety and pious markets: The Protestant Ethic and the spirit of Korean capitalism’ Social Compass 59(3): 367-385. 

    (2011). ‘The eidetic of belonging: Towards a phenomenological psychology of affect and ethno-national identity’. Ethnicities. 11(1)

    (2011). ‘Eidos and affect: A Response to Sullivan, Hook & Dixon & Condor’. Ethnicities 11(1).

    (2011) ‘Miracles and scientific rationality in the Catholic tradition: The canonization of Dun Gorg Preca’ in Jean-Paul Baldacchino & Joel Kahn (eds) Special Issue ‘Believing in the Secular Age’ for The Australian Journal of Anthropology.

    (2011)With Joel Kahn ‘Science, Religion & the Secular Age’,  Introduction to Baldacchino & Kahn (eds.) Believing in The Secular Age

    (2010).The Evil Eye (għajn) in Malta: grappling with Skinner’s pigeons and rehabilitating lame ducks. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 21: 199-207.

    (2009). ‘Dreams in child analysis: Winnicott’s Piggle and dreams as symptoms in a Lacanian clinic’. Analysis. 15: 99-111.

    (2008). ‘Eros and Modernity: Convulsions of the Heart in Contemporary Korea’ in a special issue on ‘Sex in the Asian city’, Asian Studies Review 32(1): 99-122.


    (2009). ‘Review of Questions of Anthropology Astuti, Parry & Stafford (eds.)’ The European Legacy 4(1): 85-86.

    (2009). ‘In memory of Claude - Le triste anthropologue’. Analysis 15: 185-189.


Anthroplogy Study-Exchanges in the EU
The Department of Anthropological Sciences has a number of active Erasmus links to various Anthropology Departments in the EU (see list below).  This results in a two-way exchange. We have hosted students from various universities who normally spend one term/semester with us. This enhances student-learning experiences.  University of Malta students of Anthropology can also take advantage of these exchange links to pursue their studies abroad.
Last Updated: 9 October 2013

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