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M.A. Mediterranean Studies


Academic Year 2016 - 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)

Next Seminar Series
Our first speaker on the Mediterranean Institute Seminar Series is Dr Jean-Paul Baldacchino, Head of the Department of Anthropological Sciences and Director of the Mediterranean Institute - University of Malta. The Seminar entitled "Cultural Hybridity and the Mediterranean? Neapolitan Music and Renato Carosone" is going to be held on the 23 November at 18.00 hrs in the Mediterranean Institute Farmhouse.
Next Seminar
The next seminar entitled 'Stressful life events, health and well-being: historical and cultural perspectives' by Professor Mark Jackson (University of Exeter) is going to be held on 27th October 2016 at 17:30hrs at the Mediterranean Institute (Razzett tal-Hursun) University of Malta.
Beauty and the Hospital in History: Call for Papers

The eleventh conference of the International Network for the History of Hospitals is going to be held 6th - 8th April 2017.

MediterrAsians - Affinities in Society, Geography, History, Culture
This conference is going to be held on 16 February 2017.
Public Seminar - Caribbean Radicals, a new Italian Saint, and a Feminist Challenge
This public seminar is going to be held on Tuesday 9 February at 17.30 at the Mediterranean Institute Farmhouse. Lecturer: Professor Marcel van der Linden (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam). 
Public Seminar
Professor Eric Dursteler ( Brigham Young University) will be delivering a lecture entitled 'Of Women Learned in the Tongues': Gender and Language in the Early Modern Mediterranean on Thursday 19th November at 12.00 hrs at the Mediterranean Institute farmhouse, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta. 
Public Seminar - The Local and the Global: Malta, Media and Empire in the Mediterranean World, 1920s-1960s
This public seminar is going to be held next Thursday 22 October at 17.30 at the Mediterranean Institute Farmhouse. Lecturer: Dr Chandrika Kaul (Faculty of Modern History, University of St Andrews, Scotland)
Supervision for M.A./Ph.D research
The Mediterranean Institute is providing trans-disciplinary supervision for Masters of Arts and Doctoral research...
2016 International Mediterranean Conference
"Transnational imaginaries: the Mediterranean past and presence" - The fourth conference in the series organised by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies and the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta will be held on the 27-28 January 2015. Further information available here.
Public Seminar - Transhipments of Slaves: Relations between Malta and the British Consuls in the late 19th century.
Dr Michael Refalo will be delivering this public seminar on 12th May 2015 at 17.30 hrs. Venue: Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta, Msida.
Registration Open for the Mediterranean Fractures International Symposium
Online registration for the forthcoming Mediterranean Fractures international symposium, hosted by the Mediterranean Institute in collaboration with the University of Kent and the Associazione Italiana di Studi sulle Culture e Letterature di Lingua Inglese (AISCLI), is now open. The registration portal and conference website can be accessed here:
Public Seminar - Re-Igniting Passion on Issues of Development: Active learning and learning by doing in Global Development Issue.
Dr Alex Apostolides (European University of Cyprus) will be delivering this public seminar on 29 April 2015 at 17.00hrs. Venue: Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta.
Public Seminar: British Labour and Britain's Mediterranean Empire. The case of Malta.
Prof. Andrew Thorpe (University of Exeter) will be delivering this public seminar on 23rd April 2015 at 1730hrs. Venue: Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Ħursun, University of Malta. 
Public Seminar: Necessity and Choice, Tradition and Invention (17 Mar.)
Prof. Carmel Cassar will be delivering a public seminar entitled 'Necessity and Choice, Tradition and Invention. The making of Mediterranean Diet' on Tuesday 17 March 2015 at 1730hrs. Venue: Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Ħursun, University of Malta.
Academic Oration by Prof. J. Chircop
To have access to the Academic Oration delivered by Prof. John Chircop on Monday 1st December 2014 please click here.
Research Projects

The Mediterranean Institute has launched the following three trans-disciplinary research projects as part of its research strategy for the next three years. Academics and independent scholars who are interested in contributing to any one of these research teams should contact the principal coordinator of this research programme: Prof John Chircop.  

The research themes are: Development and Underdevelopment in the Mediterranean; Water; Thalassic Imaginaries - the Narratives of Sea Communities. For further details please click here.

Call for Papers
Call for Papers for the international conference: Intercultural Hybridity in Mediterranean Civilizations

Public Seminar: Sicilian Symmetrical Identity (19 Feb)
The next seminar entitled 'Sicilian Symmetrical Identity: between the Mediterranean and the European Continent' is going to be delivered by Prof. Jung Ha Kim of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, South Korea on 19 February 2015 at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Ħursun, University of Malta at 1730 hrs.
Mediterranean under Quarantine Programme and Abstracts
For the Programme please click here. To access the Abstract please click here.
Thalassic Imaginaries Conference
Thalassic Imaginaries: the Mediterranean Sea in Language, Art and Other forms of representation is going to be held on the 23 and 24 of January 2015 at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun - University of Malta. For the programme please click here.
Last Updated: 18 April 2017

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