Call for papers and posters

The Conference, organised by the University of Malta with the support of the Honor Frost Foundation, will be held at the University of Malta Valletta Campus in Valletta, Malta, from 6 to 10 April 2022.

The Conference Conveners and Chairs of Under the Mediterranean II, welcome submissions for papers and posters related to one of the Key Themes or Report Sessions listed below. English will be the official language.

Kindly submit a title together with an abstract of no more than 300 words. 

The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2021 (EXTENDED). 

Submission are to be sent by email with the chosen Key Theme or Report Session in subject caption. 

The Conference 

Honor Frost’s connection to Malta can be traced back to 1967 and the Mellieħa Bay project.  Ms Frost’s subsequent publication ‘The Mortar Wreck in Mellieħa’, can be considered as the beginning of underwater cultural heritage activities in Malta, as well as the beginning of a long association between Ms Frost and the island, where she kept a house and considered it a second home. This connection will be celebrated through a small ‘Honor Frost in Malta’ exhibition at the Malta Maritime Museum, which will include her notes and illustrations from the Mellieħa Bay excavation.

We are welcoming papers for the following subjects:  

Key Themes 

Papers submitted to any of the below Key Theme categories should be intended for inclusion in an HFF Under the Mediterranean printed volume, subject to passing a peer review process.

Integrated Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage in the context of the Ocean Decade
Emad Kahlil
Athena Trakadas

Phoenician and Punic Seafaring
Nicholas Vella
Chris Monroe

Cargo Assemblages: New Documentation and Interpretation Approaches
Stella Demesticha
Peter Campbell

Report Sessions  

Researchers presenting their work in the Report sessions are expected to submit a short report to be published on the HFF website (online publication with an individual DOI number).

Maritime Cultural Landscapes
Nicolas Carayon
Helen Farr

Maritime Iconography
Timmy Gambin
Kosta Damianidis

Maritime Archaeology – A History of the Discipline
Lucy Blue
Anna Demetriou

Shipwrecks and Shipbuilding
Giulia Boetto
Irena Radic Rossi

Science from the Deep
Frana Cibecchini
Jon Adams

Poster presentations are not subject to the main conference themes and sessions, but must be related to maritime archaeology in the Mediterranean. Bursaries are now available to successful student and early career applicants from the Honor Frost Foundation region (Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Egypt). More information here

Book stalls, VR and Films: Proposals for Book Stalls, Virtual Reality Stands and documentaries are welcome – these will be accessible throughout the event.

Further information and details can be found on the conference websites

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This conference is also supported by Heritage Malta.