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The 1st National Conference on Libraries and Literacy (12 Dec.)

The Department of Library Information and Archive Sciences (DLIAS) at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (MaKS), along with the National Library of Malta and Malta Libraries Council, invite all interested scholars, students, professionals, and the general public to attend The 1st National Conference on Libraries and Literacy.

The event will be held on Friday, 12 December 2014 from 1400-1830hrs (refreshments provided) at the National Library of Malta, Valletta.

The conference attendees and participants are welcome to join the inaugural ceremony of the Information Management Profession Awards 2014 of MaLIA (Malta Library and Information Association) and the National Library, occurring shortly after the conference at the National Library.

The Conference Programme
1400-1420hrs: Welcome and Introduction to the Libraries and Literacy Conference

Session 1: Libraries and the Development of Education, Knowledge, and Literacy

1420-1450hrs: Dr William Zammit, 'Catching Them Young: School Libraries and the Promotion of Literacy'

1450-1510hrs: Martin Debattista, 'Giving a Tablet to Every Child in a TL;DR 140-character Digital Society'

1510-1525hrs: Annalise Micallef, 'Facing the Challenges in Maltese Primary School Libraries'

1525-1540hrs: Robert Pisani, 'Digital Media and Information Literacy Skills: A General Overview'

1540-1555hrs: Raelene Galea, 'The Library: A Portal between Knowledge and Users'

1555-1630hrs: Refreshments

Session 2: The Enduring Importance of Libraries

1630-1650hrs: Dr Marc Kosciejew, 'The Library’s Continuing Centrality in the Development of Community, Culture, Education, Economy, and Democracy'

1650-1710hrs: Dr Nadia Maria Vassallo, 'The Library as Third Space: a Positive/Safe Environment for Literacy and Learning Support'

1710-1730hrs: Cheryl Falzon, 'Public Libraries and Literacy'

1730-1750hrs: Mark Camilleri, 'Promoting books in a Liberal and Free Market Economy'

1750-1830hrs: Discussion 



04 December 2014

Public Lecture on Free-viewpoint Television (12 Dec.)

Friday, 12 December 2014
at the Faculty of ICT Auditorium, University of Malta
FTV (Free-viewpoint Television)

Television realised a human dream of seeing a distant world without actually going there. However, it allows users to see only a single view of a 3D scene. Furthermore, the viewpoint cannot be changed by users.

FTV (Free-viewpoint Television) breaks down this limitation of the current television and allows users to see a 3D scene by freely changing their viewpoint as if they were actually present on site. FTV is the ultimate 3DTV and it is ranked as the top of visual media since it has an infinite number of views. FTV has been realized by developing ray capture, processing and display technologies. The international standardization of FTV has been conducted in MPEG since 2001.

The first phase of FTV is MVC (Multi-view Video Coding) and the second phase is 3DV (3D Video). MVC is a standard to encode multi-camera views, and view synthesis is not included. 3DV includes view synthesis, targeting multiview display application. 3DV transmits a few sets of view and depth and synthesizes intermediate views from the transmitted views with the help of depth information at the receiver. The MVC and 3DV standards can realize a partial function of FTV. MPEG has started the third phase of FTV to realize full FTV. The third phase of FTV targets super multiview and free navigation applications and will revolutionise the viewing of 3D scenes.

During the public talk by distinguished academic and developer of Free-viewpoint Television, Masayuki Tanimoto, from Japan, the technologies of FTV and FTV standardisation in MPEG will be presented.

Masayuki Tanimoto received the B.E., M.E., and Dr.E. degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1970, 1972, and 1976, respectively. From 1994 to 1995, he stayed at Institute of Semiconductor Electronics, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He joined Nagoya University in 1976. He was a Professor at Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University from 1991 to 2012. In 2012, he retired from Nagoya University and became an Emeritus Professor. Currently, he is a Senior Research Fellow at Nagoya Industrial Science Research Institute. He was the president of the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE). He is Honorary Member of the ITE, Fellow of the IEICE (Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers) and IEEE Life Fellow. He received the ITE Distinguished Achievement and Contributions Award, the IEICE Achievement Award, and the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.



02 December 2014

Classics Conference (11-12 Dec.)

Twenty-five years ago, on 1 October 1989, the then Department of Classics at the University of Malta was able to re-introduce the study of the Classics after a gap of ten years. This was made possible by the recruitment of Prof. Horatio Caesar Roger Vella who, through the initiative of Prof. Anthony Bonanno, then Head of Department, was able to leave his post in Zimbabwe and introduce the Programme in Classics which is still in operation today and which helped to produce a substantial number of graduates and post-graduates in the subject.

To celebrate this silver jubilee, both the University of Malta and the Malta Classics Association are organising a two-day international conference at the Valletta Campus on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 December, 2014.

Professors at the conference, coming from Belgium, England, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden, will join Maltese Professors from the Departments of Classics and Archaeology, English, Italian, Mathematics, Media and Communication Studies, Oriental Studies and Philosophy, all talking on various aspects in Classics, the study of Greek and Latin languages, history, philosophy, culture and civilization.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.


09 December 2014

Graduation Ceremonies 2014

Graduation Thanksgiving Masses were be held at St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta as follows: 

12 November 2014 at 1830hrs for Faculties of: Built Environment, Dental Surgery, Economics, Management and Accountancy, Medicine and Surgery, Health Sciences and all other Institutes, Centres and School of Performing Arts.

13 November 2014 at 1830hrs for Faculties of: Arts, Education, Engineering, Laws, Science, Theology, Information and Communication Technology, Media and Knowledge Sciences and Social Wellbeing. 

Click here for the full Graduation Ceremonies schedule.
Click here for the list of University of Malta Qualifications awarded for the first time.
Click here for the graduate statistics by Faculty and by Course (as at 12 November 2014).
Click here for the list of graduates.

Graduation Ceremonies
Monday 17 November 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Dr Leonie Baldacchino, The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking PDF
Address by Kenneth Chircop, Ph.D. graduand and representative of the students PDF

Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Dr Ivan Sammut, European and Comparative Law, Faculty of Laws PDF
Address by Daniela Bonanno, LL.D. graduand and representative of the students PDF

Wednesday 19 November 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Dr Kristian Zarb Adami, Faculty of Science PDF  
Address by Jeffrey J. Micallef, Ph.D. graduand and representative of the students PDF

Thursday 20 November 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Prof. JoAnn Cassar, Faculty for the Built Environment
Address by Vincent Caruana, Ph.D. graduand

Monday 24 November 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Dr Elisabeth Conrad, Institute of Earth Systems
Address by Ivan Bartolo, Masters graduand

Tuesday 25 November 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Dr George Vital Zammit, Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy
Address by Noel Buttigieg, Ph.D. graduand and representative of the students

Wednesday 26 November 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Dr Carmen Sammut, Faculty of Arts
Address by Anne-Marie Bezzina, student representativePDF

Thursday 27 November 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Dr Anton E. Grech, Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
Address by Ian C. Ellul, student representativePDF

Friday 28 November 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Dr Roberta Sammut, Faculty of Health Science
Address by Melissa Formosa, student representative

Monday 1 December 2014 at 1630hrs
Oration by Prof. John Chircop, Faculty of Arts
Address by Marilyn Grima, student representative

Tuesday 2 December - Thursday 11 December at 1600hrs
Oration by Dr Albert Gatt, Institute of LinguisticsPDF 


25 July 2014

Screening of Anime Nere (11 Dec.)

Anime Nere

The Department of Italian within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta in collaboration with Cinema Nuovo Italiano and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Valletta is proud to announce the screening of Anime nere (2014) by Francesco Munzi. The film, presented in competition at the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival, drew long ovations at the end of the official screening.

Anime nere will be screened in Malta on Thursday 11 December 2014 at 1900hrs at the Auditorium, Old University Building, St Paul Street, Valletta. The film is English subtitled.

Based on the novel by Gioacchino Criaco (itself inspired by a true story), Anime nere recounts the tragic story of three brothers and their involvement in the ’Ndrangheta, the Calabrian Mafia. Luigi, the youngest, is an international drug dealer; Rocco, Milanese by adoption, runs a business funded by his brother’s drug trade; and Luciano, the eldest, yearns for a preindustrial Calabria and is tormented by spectral visions of the deceased. Munzi draws on and subverts established genres and tropes within Mafia narratives to address issues around traumatic loss, betrayal and revenge in this achingly lyrical and intensely brutal film.

Peppino Mazzotta, who invests a haunting sadness into his performance as Rocco, will be present for the screening. Mazzotta is known for playing Inspector Giuseppe Fazio in the popular 'Il commissario Montalbano' series. A discussion will follow the screening.

Refreshments will be served after the screening. This will give the public the opportunity to meet with Peppino Mazzotta over a glass of wine.

The general public is cordially invited to the screening. Entrance is free. Reservation is not mandatory but seating is limited, so if you would like to reserve a seat, please contact Ms Yanica Cassar on +356 2340 2309 or send an email.


04 December 2014

Public Seminar: Knowledge/Power, History/Memory (11 Dec.)

The Mediterranean Institute is organising a seminar entitled 'Knowledge/Power, History/Memory: The Israeli Archives and the 1948 Palestinian Catastrophe'.

The seminar will be delivered by Prof. Nur Masalha (St Mary's University, London) on the 11 December at 1800hrs and will be held at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Ħursun, University of Malta.   


11 November 2014

Public Lecture: Sino-Indian Ties: Co-operation, Conflict & Complementarities (11 Dec.)

The University of Malta’s Department of International Relations will be hosting a public lecture by Dr Yukteshwar Kumar, entitled “Sino-Indian Ties: Co-operation, Conflict & Complementarities”.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, 11 December 2014 at 1600hrs - 1700hrs in Engineering Lecture Theatre (ELT) at the University of Malta, Msida.  The event is free of charge and open to the general public.

Dr Yukteshwar Kumar is Course Director of Chinese Stream at University of Bath, United Kingdom and has been teaching at Bath for more than 7 years. Prior to joining University of Bath, Dr Kumar taught at top Indian universities like University of Delhi, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan and JNU in different capacities including Associate Professor/Reader in Chinese. He has also served as a Nehru Fellow at Peking University, China (1999-2001). Probably the only Indian today to teach Chinese in a top western University, Dr Kumar has also interpreted for top Chinese and Indian leaders including the Chief Justices of India and China, the Foreign Minister of China, and several other high dignitaries. He has also contributed numerous articles in both Chinese and English for various English and Chinese papers and journals and featured in electronic media including BBC and CCTV.  Dr Kumar has also served as visiting Professor and academic at various universities in China and has taught there at post-graduate level.  

For additional information, please contact the Department of International Relations on +356 2340 3083 or Ms Annelise Calleja.


27 November 2014

Transforming World, Changing Europe: Backdrop to 21st Century Cultural Practice (9-11 Dec.)

The Department of Theatre Studies is organising three 2-hour sessions including talks and discussions exploring twenty-first century cultural practices from differing but complementary perspectives. The sessions are conducted by Ivor Davies (UK).

Tuesday 9 December 2014
1000hrs - 1200hrs
Hall D2, M.A. Vassalli Conference Centre - Gateway Building (GW) – UoM Msida Campus
Transforming World: A Sketch for the Stage on which the Arts Play Today – and May Play Tomorrow
The first talk will consider some perspectives on the nature and likely direction of wider world change – the present and coming context for our lives and practice – as viewed from the ‘outside in’. In this reflection, our ‘stage’ will be global (or, at least, globalising), as well as closer to home. We will touch on some major changing social, economic, political, environmental and cultural influences that we face, and on challenges and opportunities that these influences may represent for us, both as citizens and arts practitioners.

Wednesday 10 December 2014 
1000hrs - 1200hrs 
Hall D2, M.A. Vassalli Conference Centre - Gateway Building (GW) – UoM Msida Campus
Transforming Practice: Living and Performing in the Twenty-First Century
Starting from a brief reference back to Session One, this talk will explore the changing context, as viewed from the ‘inside out’ – that is to say, ways in which the arts and culture may choose or need to evolve, in order to face, embrace or, indeed, challenge this transforming world context. We will consider some of the evolving societal influences on our practice, and our evolving role as artists and citizens of a changing world. Our analysis will touch on the distinctive contributions of uni- and trans-disciplinary practice, on global, as well as local connectedness, and on the increasing urgency to build and sustain within our practice an ‘inside-outside’ sensibility.

Thursday 11 December 2014 
1800hrs - 2000hrs 
Music Room, St James Cavalier, Valletta
Transforming Policy and Practice in the Arts in the Twenty-First Century: from Structures to Relationships
This final session will draw on the first two discussions to explore some questions that seem to be increasingly important for us all: as citizens, public policy-makers, businesses and arts practitioners alike.

We live in a period when change seems all-pervasive, and when the pace of change appears daily to accelerate. For most of us, this is, at best, an unsettling experience: 
  • as citizens, because it calls into question our roles and identities
  • as policy-makers, because it challenges our capacities for leadership and competence
  • as arts practitioners, because it calls upon us to ask urgent, fundamental questions about our wider role in society and the world.
We may touch on several lines of tension, dilemmas or apparent contradictions in this changing world around us, for example:
  • cultural policy – whose ‘policy’ and whose ‘culture’?
  • whom the arts benefit – artists themselves? the public? the economy?
  • culture, community or commodity – how do we value the arts today?
  • intrinsic or instrumental artistic value – the only choice for artists and society?
  • global connectedness – our practice in the world and the world in our practice?
Finally, we will explore whether the time we live in calls on us to imagine new types of relationship between artists, policy-makers and public – relationships that span diverse interests, disciplines, and cultures – globally, nationally, and locally. And, if this is so, we may then begin to ask what forms these ‘new’ relationships might take.

Ivor DaviesIvor Davies is an independent adviser and researcher in international cultural policy with extensive experience of UK and European scenarios. His long-term project artseurope50: bridges in European arts policy is aimed at encouraging European policy institutions and the arts sector towards a more coherent framework for participation in cultural decision-making.

He worked with Arts Council England as Director of Performing Arts (2000-2010) and was Director of International Strategy (2009). His freelance European experience includes conference speaking and moderation, and as board member of the pan-European Culture Action Europe network (2004-2010). He is an associate of both Relais Culture Europe, the French-based resource centre for culture and Europe, and Leeds Beckett University, Cultural Planning and Policy Unit in the School of Cultural Studies (UK). He has served as adviser to Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (2009-2014), and worked with Culture Action Europe, European Theatre Convention and European Music Council.


02 December 2014

Anniversary Seminar on Foucault & Derrida: Theory and Practice (11 Dec.)

This year, 2014, marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Michel Foucault and the 10th anniversary of the death of Jacques Derrida. Works by Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida caused a sensation in Anglo-American thought in the 1970s when they started to be translated systematically into English, which prompted further transformations in the study of the humanities in Europe, the US and beyond. This sensation and the transformations it led to still ‘haunt’ us today, not only in Departments of Philosophy but in various disciplines that take up ‘French theory’ and work with it in order to help them 'think again', as Jean-François Lyotard put it.

Various Departments within the University of Malta are taking the opportunity of this double anniversary to come together to commemorate the work of Foucault and Derrida, and to support postgraduate work on their ideas both at a theoretical level and in their application across various disciplines. 

To this end, a Seminar for Staff and Postgraduates is being organised on 11 December 2014 to discuss Foucault’s and Derrida’s works and their influence in various areas of contemporary thought.

The venue for this seminar is the KSU Common Room.

Department of Education Studies 
Department of English 
Department of Philosophy

Seminar: Foucault and Derrida


07 November 2014

The Annual Andrew Vella Memorial Lecture (5 Dec.)


The Malta University Historical Society (MUHS) in collaboration with Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum invite you to The Annual Andrew Vella Memorial Lecture

Festive Celebration, Colonial Condemnation: The Events of Carnival 1846 by Professor Vicki Ann Cremona (Chair, School of Performing Arts, University of Malta)

This lecture will discuss the events of the 1846 Carnival using the tools of theatre studies to probe a historical happening. It shall explore the points of view of the different actors, as this approach provides a better understanding of what turned out to be a dramatic event that led to a change in the colonial administration of the islands. 

Date: Friday, 5 December 2014 at 1830hrs
Venue: Palazzo Santa Sophia, Mdina

A €5 donation is kindly solicited at the door. Your donation will contribute towards the activities of the MUHS and of Palazzo Falson. Thank you for your support!

After the lecture, patrons are invited to a meal being organized by the MUHS in the intimate setting of Fontanella Vinum. It will be an occasion to meet the speaker, chat with friends and make new ones. The price for the three-course meal, including free-flowing water and a glass of wine, is €20. Places are limited and must be pre-booked and pre-paid by 26 November 2014. For menu details please see: MUHS Annual Andrew Vella Memorial Lecture or contact


21 November 2014


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