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The Gozo Seminar

February 2011

The second dissertation seminar for final year Bachelor of European Studies students  was held in Gozo on the 15 and 16 of February. 39 students and the 5 resident academic staff of the EDRC attended this seminar. The seminar was held  again at the Jesuit Retreat Home, Manresa House, which is located in Victoria, Gozo.

The aim of the seminar was to provide students with the opportunity to present their work on the dissertation. The presentations focused on the research question/s which the dissertations will tackle, the methodology applied and any preliminary findings or specific problems encountered thus far. Following this short presentation, a discussion followed and students received feedback both from the academic staff as well as from fellow students.

The choice of the date was influenced by the need to provide students with sufficient time so that they can make adequate progress in their research. The first semester assessments in January and the Christmas recess are constraining factors and it was considered that holding the seminar in the beginning of December would be too early as most students would still be in preliminary stages of their research work. On the other hand, holding the seminar later than in February was not considered appropriate as students would have limited time to take into account the feedback received in the seminar and adapt their research projects to meet the May submission deadline.

Given the relatively large number of students, the organisation of the sessions was more challenging this year. Following a short introductory plenary session, the seminar involved parallel sessions so that all the presentations would be covered over two days. Students were assigned into different groups for the different sessions. The seminar was very intensive with seven parallel sessions held over the two days. Presentations were grouped according to the subject of the dissertation and the academic staff with the more relevant expertise in that topic attended that particular session. Concluding plenary sessions were held at the end of each day of the seminar to wrap up the discussions. Furthermore, two other presentations were made during the seminar by the Director of the EDRC. The first presentation provided an overview of the Masters in European Studies offered by the EDRC, whilst the second presentation concerned the referencing system and other technicalities involved in writing the dissertation. The sessions were held in the two conference halls of Manresa House, which are equipped with excellent audio-visual facilities. All students delivered a power point presentation on their research.

Building on the experience from the first seminar held last year, preparations started early in the academic year 2010/2011. Students were informed of the seminar in November 2010 so that they would have enough time to work on their research and to prepare their presentations, in consultation with their supervisors.



Book Launch - 9 December 2010

John Bellers


Facsimile of the original essay of 1710

Tercentenary edition

With Introductory Essays and Annotations by Roderick Pace and Peter van den Dungen

9 December 2010 at 1730hrs

Dar l-Ewropa, Valletta

On 9 December 2010 a panel discussion introduced a new book on John Bellers’s 1710 essay,Some Reasons for an European State, to a packed hall at Dar l-Ewropa in Valletta (please click here to view programme). The book which includes a facsimile of Bellers’s original essay was co-edited by Prof Roderick Pace, Director of the European Documentation and Research Centre of the University of Malta and Dr Peter van den Dungen, visiting lecturer at the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.

John Bellers a Quaker, was described by Karl Marx as a ‘phenomenal figure in the history of political economy’. Robert Owen attributed his own ideas of ‘villages of co-operation’ to him and Eduard Berstein accorded him singular importance. In his Some Reasons for an European State, Bellers a friend of the more well known William Penn, proposes a European Senate and the division of Europe in 100 cantons. He also proposes a Council of Religions to achieve at some kind of rapproachement between Europe’s principal religions, a prerequisite for lasting peace.

The book is part of the ‘Idea of Europe in History’, a research project of the EDRC. In 2008 Professors Pace and Carmen DePasquale then head of the French Department published a translation of the 1729 Abrege of the Abbe de Saint-Pierre which was located in the library left by the Knights of St John when they left Malta in 1798.

Some Reasons for an European State (120 pages) is available in paperback ISBN 978-99932-7-328-8 and hard back ISBN 978-9932-7-329-5 at €9.50 and €14.50 respectively (excluding postage) from the EDRC, University of Malta, MSIDA, MSD 2080, Malta. For more information please click here.

John Bellers' proposals remain very relevant today - Professor Pace.
Ms Chiara Bonello from The Mala Independent interviews Professor Roderick Pace about John Bellers' Some Reasons for an European State with introductory essays and annotations by himself and Peter van den Dungen.  Click here to read the article.
Time to think of Europe as a network of regions?  Rev. Professor Peter Serracino Inglott talks to Ms Miriam Vincenti from The Sunday Times.  Click here to read the article.


EU-Turkey deal and the impact on refugee children
Professor Michelle Pace will present her contribution in a book entitled Syrian Refugee Children in the Middle East and Europe: Integrating the Young and Exiled. Professor Pace, together with Somdeep Sen is a co-editor of this publication which will be published in March 2018

Declaration of Authenticity
Please include the Declaration of Authenticity with every assignment you submit to the Institute for European Studies. The Declaration should be printed and filled-in at home, beforehand.

The form can be downloaded directly by clicking here.

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