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A number of historians working on Mediterranean maritime history met at the Third International Congress of Maritime History in Esbjerg, Denmark, in August 2000, and decided on a number of measures to try to bring scholars working in this area of study closer together. The principal aim of the MMHN is to act as a clearing house for the exchange of information concerning research currently underway relating to Mediterranean maritime history topics.

1st MMHN Conference (Valletta, Malta 2002)
A first conference, held in Valletta, Malta, in April 2002, brought together more than thirty researchers from Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Spain, Tunisia and Malta, and was particularly useful as a meeting place for researchers from the French and English speaking worlds. Indeed, with the benefit of hindsight, one could say that it constituted an informal, regional pre-conference for the Fourth Maritime History Congress held in Corfu in 2004.

Journal of Mediterranean Studies No. 12/2 for 2002
From the Malta conference there emerged a publication, a Special Issue of the Journal of Mediterranean Studies (Volume 12, No. 2, Year 2002), containing a selection of papers from the conference by Alain Blondy, Salvatore Bottari, Sadok Boubaker, Michela D'Angelo, Michel Fonteney, Thomas Freller, Henry Frendo, Ruthy Gertwagen, Simon Mercieca, Gerassimos Pagratis, and Daniel Panzac.

Directory of Mediterranean Maritime Historians 
The first meeting in Malta also called for the preparation of a Directory of Mediterranean Maritime Historians setting out the name, contact details and research interests of those working in this field of endeavour, to facilitate exchanges between scholars. The present Directory of Mediterranean Maritime Historians sets out information on nearly 200 historians working in the field of Mediterranean maritime history from nearly two dozen different countries. It is periodically updated with new additions and fresh details as these become available.
To access the directory click here.

Research in Maritime History No. 28 for 2004
Another consequence of the setting up of the MMHN, and what probably constitutes the culmination of the measures taken subsequent to the Esbjerg 2000 decision to organise and give more prominence to the Mediterranean and its maritime historians, is Volume 28 of Research in Maritime History. Entitled New Directions in Maritime History, and edited by Gelina Harlaftis and Carmel Vassallo, it looks at the bibliography on maritime history produced in recent decades in Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Greece, Turkey, and Israel.

2nd MMHN Conference (Messina/Taormina, Italy 2006)
The 2nd MMHN Conference, organised at Messina and Taormina, in Sicily in May 2006, brought together nearly 100 papers on a wide range of topics relating to the maritime history of the Mediterranean by scholars from Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The event was characterised by the participation of many up-and-coming young researchers and impeccable hospitality from Professor Michela D’Angelo and her team.
Click here for the conference programme and abstracts.

Journal of Mediterranean Studies No. 16/1 for 2006 
A Special Issue of the Journal of Mediterranean Studies containing a selection of twenty papers and short communications in English and French has been published. It contains contributions by Seven Agir; Rosaria Bottari; L. Botter, O. Giovanardi and S. Raicevich; C.I. Chessel; Oliver Craig, Marco Biazzio and Mary Anne Tafuri; Diletta D’Andrea; Fabio P. Di Vita; Eric Dursteler; Mario Ellul; Jean Pierre Farganel; Ruthy Gertwagen; Ivan Grech; Maura Hametz; K.A.J. McLay; Katerina Papakonstantinou; Brian Sandberg; Maria Sirago; Salvatore Speziale; Athena Trakadas; and Carmel Vassallo. Complete Conference Proceedings will be published in Italian by the University of Messina.

Anglo-Saxons in the Mediterranean
One of the best attended sessions at the Fourth Maritime History Congress held in Corfu in 2004 was Anglo-Saxons in the Mediterranean. A publication bearing that same name, edited by Carmel Vassallo and Michela D’Angelo, was published at the beginning of 2007 with a selection of papers from the congress (Salvatore Bottari, Rosario Lentini, Michela D’Angelo, Tito Benady, Carmel Vassallo, Gigliola Pagano de Devitiis, Rosario Battaglia, Sergio Di Giacomo and Miquel Casasnovas Camps) and others who were invited to contribute (David De Vries, Colin Heywood, Klearchos Kyriakides and Gerassimos Pagratis).

MMHN Website Selected by INTUTE for Inclusion in its Online Service
In 2007, the University of Malta-hosted website of the MMHN was selected by the UK-based INTUTE for inclusion in its free online service providing access to 'the very best Web resources for education and resources, selected and evaluated by a network of subject specialists.' The service is provided by a consortium of UK universities and partners and is funded by the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee which provides world-class leadership in the innovative use of ICT to support education and research.

3rd MMHN Conference (Izmir, Turkey 2010)
Despite the contrary winds of the economic downturn, strikes at Greek airports, ash clouds, and other phenomena, MMHN colleagues demonstrated that they are not fair-weather sailors and ensured a very good turnout at Izmir for the 3rd MMHN Conference, in May 2010. With as many sessions as we had at the hugely successful Sicilian conference and ranging over a wide array of topics, delegates from no fewer than 16 countries appointed a scientific committee for the next conference in Barcelona in 2014 as well as a number of young researchers to act as MMHN representatives.
Click here for the conference programme and abstracts.

Journal of Mediterranean Studies No. 19/2 for 2010 
A Special Issue of the Journal of Mediterranean Studies containing a selection of thirteen papers and short communications in English has been published. It contains contributions from Constantin Ardeleanu, Tito Benady, C. I. Chessel, Raffaele D’Amato, Enric Garcia Domingo, Jordi Ibarz Gelabert, Panayiotis S. Kapetanakis, Cristian Luca, Gerassimos D. Pagratis, Ana Prata, Timothy M. Roberts, Kahraman Sakul, and Juan Manuel Santana Perez.

European Science Foundation (ESF) 2011 accolade for the Journal of Mediterranean Studies (JMS)
The ESF's European Reference Index for the Humanities has awarded the University of Malta’s Journal of Mediterranean Studies an INT1 ranking in the area of History which qualifies it as an 'international publication with high visibility and influence among researchers ... regularly cited all over the world.' Over the last decade the JMS has served as a showcase for some of the best research being carried out in the field of Mediterranean maritime history, as a consequence of the fruitful association with the Mediterranean Maritime History Network.

Sguardi Mediterranei tra Italia e Levante (XVII-XIX secolo) 
To mark the 150 years of Italy’s unification in 1861, the Malta University Press has sponsored the publication of the papers of Session 6 of the Izmir conference. Dealing with relations between Italian states and the Levant, the publication in Italian is a tribute to Multilingualism and the important Italian contribution to the development of the Mediterranean Maritime History Network.

4th MMHN Conference (Barcelona, Spain 2014)
A total of no less than 116 papers made it into the final programme for the 2014 Barcelona Conference - a new record for the MMHN. Scholars from Australia, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, Ukraine and the USA participated in sessions covering a wide range of topics. At the end of the conference, the MMHN General Assembly accepted Carmel Vassallo's resignation from the post of MMHN Coordinator and agreed that he be replaced by Enric Garcia. The General Assembly also chose Ovidius University in Constantia, Romania as the venue for the 5th MMHN Conference. A Scientific Committee was appointed to prepare for the Romania conference. A Special Issue of the Journal of Mediterranean Studies containing a selection of the papers presented is currently being edited.

Click here for the Barcelona conference programme.

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