Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Manifestations of Maritime Culture: Objects, Voices and Landscapes

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Classics and Archaeology

DESCRIPTION The collective memory of seafarers, fishermen and others employed in maritime services forms an essential part of a people whose lives have been greatly influenced by the sea. Such memories and experiences manifest themselves in a variety of ways including storytelling, popular superstitions, iconography and other traditions such as the making of fish traps. This course will not just stimulate an awareness of these various factors but will also cover aspects such as how to study and preserve them for future generations.

Study-unit Aims:

- To introduce students to the sea's contribution to social and cultural processes;
- To provide a framework within which the student can explore the synergy between human creativity and the sea;
- To present students with the multi-faceted aspects related to maritime cultures.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- develop an interpretive understanding of the creation, functionality and evolving perceptions/meanings of rituals, objects, images and buildings related to the sea;
- acquire a detailed insight into the plethora of elements (both natural and human-made) that inspired the creation of rituals, objects, images and buildings related to the sea;
- to distinguish, choose, utilise (and if necessary modify) strategies and methodologies for the study of rituals, objects, images and buildings related to the sea;
- to critically read and analyse iconographic evidence, ethnographic sources alongside archaeological and historical material.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- choose and modify the right methodologies for research projects;
- conduct verbal interviews related to ethnographic studies;
- to correlate data from a variety of sources and combine these in a cohesive and practical manner;
- to present data from a variety of sources to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Arenson, S. (1991) The Encircled Sea: The Mediterranean Maritime Civilization (Carolina).
- Baker, S. (2010) Written in Water: British Romanticism and the Maritime Empire of Culture (University of Virginia Press). (PR590 .B24).
- Bentley, J.H., Bridenthal, R., and Wigen, K. (2007) Seascapes: maritime histories, littoral cultures and transoceanic exchanges (University of Hawaii Press).
- Brebbia, C. and Gambin, T. (eds.) (2003) Maritime Heritage 2003 (Southampton: WIT Press).
- Cunliffe, B. (2001) Facing the Ocean The Atlantic and its Peoples (Oxford: Oxford University Press). (CB203.C88)
- *Horden, P. & Purcell, N. (2000) The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers). (DE59 .H66)
- Hunter, J. (1994) Maritime Culture: notes from the land International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 23.24: 261-264.
- Mack, J. (2011) The Sea: a cultural history (Reaktion).
- *Parker, A.J. (2001) Maritime Landscapes Landscapes 1: 22-41.
- Prins, A.H.J. (1989) In Peril on the Sea: Marine Votive Paintings in the Maltese Islands (Malta: Said International). (ND1432.M37 P7)
- Smyth, W.H. (1854) The Mediterranean: A Memoir, Physical, Historical and Nautical (London: Admiralty Office). (MZZ)
- Stefano, L., Davis, P., and Corsane, G. (eds) (2012) Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (Boyell Press).
- *Westerdahl, C. (1992) The maritime cultural landscape International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 21: 5-14.

Publications marked * signify main readings.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Fieldwork and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (30 Minutes) SEM2 No 25%
Project SEM2 Yes 25%
Report SEM2 Yes 50%

Joseph Brincat
Emanuel Buttigieg
Timothy Gambin
Liam Gauci
Reuben Grima
Conti Emanuel Magro
Keith Paul Sciberras
Stephen Spiteri
Nicholas Vella

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