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Coming Seminars - May 2017



9 May 17.30 

Venue: Mediterranean Institute (Razzett tal-Hursun)

Understanding Atrocity in the Slave Trade: The case of the Zong
Dr. Jeremy Krikler (Essex)


23 May 17.30 
Venue: Mediterranean Institute (Razzett tal-Hursun)

What is “Integration”? Forms of reception of asylum seekers in Italy.
Dr. Barbara Sorgoni (Univeristy of Turin)

Drawing from field-research carried out in the years 2008-2011 in two different Centres for asylum seekers in Italy, the Seminar aims to question policies of “integration” by showing how this ever-present term hides implicit assumptions about what it means to be a good citizen, which vary in different parts of Italy. The analysis of such assumptions allows to uncover the pervasive and strategic role played by social workers and volunteers in different types of Centres, and the productivity of what in the end appear as highly arbitrary bureaucratic decisions which strongly impact on the lives of those hosted in the Centres.

24 May 17.30 
Venue: Mediterranean Institute (Razzett Tal-Hursun)

A Franco-Korean love affair? Icons, encounter and transnational cinephilia.
Dr. Eun-Jee Park (Busan University of Foreign Studies)

French modernism invokes a particularly ritualised national-cultural memory in a generation of Korean cineastes. The self-confessed ‘Institut Français kids’ refers to a group born out of the theatre salon at the Institut in Seoul. At the time the Institut, known for its French universalist mission, had been a domestic hub for the screening of intellectual arthouse films that could not be shown elsewhere due to censorship. This presentation looks at how the lingering fixation on French cinematic context is represented in Hong Sang Soo’s In Another Country (2012), starring the French icon Isabelle Huppert, has become fluently transcultural in traverse. The once ardent West-to-East influence takes on a form of mutual cross-cultural encounter

25 May 17.30 
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1)

FILM SCREENING In Another Country. 

Screening will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Eun-Jee Park (Busan University of Foreign Studies)

Like many other films by the sly and prolific South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, “In Another Country” is at once a comedy of manners and an oblique commentary on the power of cinema to expose and alter reality. Its three chapters, each a little under a half-hour long, are scenarios dreamed up by an aspiring young screenwriter (Jung Yumi) in the midst of some vague family trouble. The movies she writes, which we see enacted on the screen (with Ms. Jung as a helpful neighbor), are variations on some of Mr. Hong’s favorite themes: social awkwardness, sexual frustration and the selfishness of Korean men.

In each vignette Isabelle Huppert plays a Frenchwoman named Anne, who finds herself the only foreigner in an overcast beach town. Whether she is a filmmaker, the lover of a filmmaker (Moon Sungkeun) or a newly divorced spiritual seeker, she finds herself entangled in an odd group dynamic made more so by her cultural and linguistic estrangement. Whatever the situation, she attracts the clumsy, infatuated attention of a lifeguard (Yu Junsang), with whom she communicates in halting, half-shouted English. (Source: New York Times Movie Review)

Seminar by Dr Bashir Abu-Manneh
This seminar entitled 'Palestinian Trajectories: Novel and Politics since 1948' is going to be held on Wednesday 31st October at 18.00 hrs at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta. 
The Journal of Mediterranean Studies available online
The Journal of Mediterranean Studies (ISSN: 1016-3476) published by the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta is now available online through the prestigious Project Muse platform.
Supervision for M.A./Ph.D research
The Mediterranean Institute is providing trans-disciplinary supervision for Masters of Arts and Doctoral research...
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