International Institute for Baroque Studies
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The prime objective of the International Institute for Baroque Studies is to disseminate multidisciplinary knowledge about the Baroque heritage of mankind and its conservation for posterity. Since the foundation of the Institute in 1996, this objective has been reflected in teaching activities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in extensive research work which has formed the basis of several theses, publications and books, and in prestigious consultancy services concerned with various aspects of the Baroque heritage of the Maltese islands, imported by the Hospitaller Knights of St. John the Baptist in the late sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Recent examples of such consultancy activity was the involvement of the Institute in the formulation of masterplans for the conservation of Mdina and Valletta, both important centres of our Baroque heritage.
On an international level, the International Institute for Baroque Studies has, since its foundation, enhanced its teaching activities by actively participating in several academic conferences organised by overseas universities. It has also taken the initiative to organise a number of international seminars in Malta, and also assumed a pioneering role in the founding of the Baroque Route Network of the Council of Europe, on behalf of which the Institute still regularly publishes a newsletter.