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Environment for Small Children (5 Oct.)


Date: 5 October

Time: 18:00-20:00

Venue: BEN 'B', Faculty for the Built Environment 




05 October 2015

The Visual Power of Military Architecture in the Baroque Age (9 Oct.)


An International Symposium organised by the International Institute for Baroque Studies, University of Malta

9 October 2015 

National Library, Valletta

This symposium on a relatively unexplored aspect of military architecture is the first of several public activities organised by the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta during the academic year 2015-2016. It  sets out to explore and discuss the manner in which architects, designers, and military planners of works of military architecture during the Baroque age, sought to bring together architecture, engineering, technology, urbanism, and art in their defensive works in an attempt to endow them with aesthetic appeal. The seminar gathers together eminent scholars and researchers engaged in the study of military architecture and military urbanism, to provide a platform for an exchange of scholarship and research in this fascinating field of study. 

The event will take place in the prestigious and beautiful hall of the National Library in Valletta, on 9 October 2015 from 0900hrs to 1700hrs. The activities will conclude with the launch of a pre-publication offer of a prestigious large-format book entitled Lines of Defence, which brings together the collection of some three hundred fortification drawings held at the National Library in Valletta. This book is a collaborative effort between the Institute and the National Library and contains a forward by the Rector of the University, Professor Juanito Camilleri. 

Participants from overseas include Prof. Maria Giuffre (University of Palermo), Prof. Fernando Cobos-Guerra (Alfonso X University, Madrid), Prof. Michele Virol (University of Rouen), Dr Emilie d’Orgeix (University of Bordeaux-Montaigne), and Dr Margherita Taveres (University of Lisbon). Participants from the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta, include the director, Professor Denis De Lucca, Dr Stephen C. Spiteri, Architect Hermann Bonnici , Architect Claude Busuttil and art historian Dr Theresa Vella. 

The general public is welcome to attend. To register please contact the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta, on or call 2340 2772. The registration fee is €25.00. 

The symposium is supported by Mapfre Middlesea p.l.c., Lombard Bank (Malta) p.l.c., and Malta Libraries.


28 September 2015

Public Talk by Paul Brody, Americas Strategy Leader EY (6 Oct.)

Public Talk by Paul Brody

The talk will focus upon what what’s in store for us in the future and how these smart technologies will change our lives.  Paul is EY's Americas Strategy Leader for the technology sector and works with clients on innovation and digital enterprise strategy. Prior to joining EY, he served as Vice President and Global Industry Leader of Electronics at IBM where he was responsible for IBM's Mobile & Internet of Things (IoT) services business in North America.


24 September 2015

La Tuna: Preserving Musical Tradition (12 Oct.)


Salamanca University Tuna will be at the quadrangle (Atriju Vassalli) University Campus on Monday 12 October 2015 between 1230hrs and 1330/1400hrs and at the National Library of Malta in Valletta at 1800hrs. 

The birth of the University of Salamanca brought with it the birth of different artistic manifestations both popular and academic. One of these was La Tuna.

The social disparities present at the University’s inception, spurred the students with less resources to organize themselves in order to get, with their ingenuity, everything they needed to survive and pursue their studies. In this way, the University students created musical groups of troubadours which would go from bar to bar, at weddings, festivals, and the like to get the food and money they needed. And so was born La Tuna, a tradition which has stood the test of time and today preserves the popular musical tradition not only of Spain but also of Latin America.

These groups are set apart by their peculiar costumes. Tradition dictates their clothes maintain the original appearance of their predecessors, the university students of the XVIII century, with their tights, velvet pantaloons, and, most iconically, their capes decorated with colorful embroidered ribbons from loved ones and the crests of the places they have visited. Their instruments are likewise authentic, including the bandurria, the Spanish cousin to the mandolin, and the lute (both twelve stringed instruments played with a pick), as well as the more familiar guitar or accordion.

It’s easy to find La Tuna playing in the local taverns around the city, though they also play at weddings and festivals, or serenading the young women of the city in an attempt to woo them with their songs. There are also conventions they attend where the different groups compete for laurels to pass the time in any number of cities.     
La Tuna is a great way of getting an inside look at the living history of Spanish popular and musical culture, thereby getting to know the traditions, while enjoying the music. 

Salamanca University Tuna will be at the quadrangle (Atriju Vassalli) University of Malta Main Campus on Monday 12 October 2015 between 1230hrs and 1330/1400hrs.

Also on the evening of the 12 October, the Tuna will be in attendance at the Book Launch of the Proceedings of History Week 2013/ II Colloquium on Maltese-Spanish History, co-edited by Joan Abela, Emanuel Buttigieg and Carmel Vassallo, at the National Library of Malta in Valletta. 

The event starts at 6pm and is open to the public. The Salamanca University Tuna was brought to Malta on the initiative of the Embassy of Spain with the aim of taking part in the celebrations of Our Lady of the Pillar and of the National Day of Spain, on 12 October.

The event is being organised by the Malta Historical Society, the University of Malta and Malta Libraries, under the auspices of the Embassy of Spain.  


02 October 2015

Workshop: COST Action IS1304 (7-9 Oct.)

Using Expert Judgment to Enhance Health Decision Making

A Workshop and Management Committee meeting of the COST Action IS1304 will be held in Malta between 7 and 9 October 2015. The theme of the workshop is: ‘Using Expert Judgement to Enhance Health Decision Making’. These events will be held at the University of Malta Valletta Campus, St Paul Street, Valletta. 

The COST Action is led by Strathclyde University, UK. The local participants in this project are Dr Philip Bonanno, senior lecturer in Technology-Enhanced Learning, from the Department of Leadership for Learning, Faculty of Education at the University of Malta and Dr Patricia Vella Bonanno, Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner, Department for Health Regulation.

The Programme of the Workshop includes keynote presentations about decision making in different aspects of health including infectious diseases, health technology assessment and risk management in the regulation of  medicinal products. Other major themes discussed during the workshop include various aspects of the methodology of expert judgement and their application in decision making in health and other sectors.  An expert elicitation exercise will be conducted in the area of antimicrobial resistance with the support of experts in the field. 

More information can be obtained from the Action’s website.


24 September 2015

The Knights and their Symbols (14 Oct.)


‘The Knights and their Symbols at St John’s Co-Cathedral during the Baroque Age’

Public Lecture by Cynthia de Giorgio

Wednesday 14 October, 2015

St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta at 18.30

Following the high turn-out at her lecture held last June, Cynthia de Giorgio, curator of St John’s Co-Cathedral, will again be delivering a lecture on the meaning and interpretation of some of the symbols found at St John’s Co-Cathedral. The talk is organised by the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta, in conjunction with the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation on 14 October 2015.

Drawing on her research, Cynthia de Giorgio will illustrate the use of symbols by the Knights of St John that embellish the church. During the Baroque period symbols were profusely used to physical express the Knights’ ambitions and devotions. The Knights had a mission, that of defending the Christian faith.  Their frequent, bold and decorative use of symbols was one way they would ensure they communicated that they were soldiers of Christ leaving their stamp for many generations to come. They made use of symbols in the wide range of visual arts they themselves encouraged in order to achieve this aim.  

Today we are still able to study a rich legacy of symbolic forms especially in sculpture and paintings. In their enthusiasm to record their glories and achievements in an everlasting manner the Knights left behind a unique artistic patrimony.  Beyond their aesthetic appearance, every symbol had a function and a message, either to inform, instruct or even simply to impress. 

For the Knights of St John, a religious Order using symbols played a vital role because this was the best medium to array their devotion and triumph. Eventually, St John’s became the shrine of the Knights’ symbolic legacy. The ability to understand these symbols has diminished with the passage of time and many of these expressions today may go unnoticed or even misinterpreted. 

In the lecture Cynthia de Giorgio will explain the expressive power of exploring the meaning and content, and how a fascinating light can be shed on the values, beliefs and aspirations of the people who created them. Both Faith and triumph are eloquently pronounced by the images of saints and heroes that line the cornice on the vault, whilst some of the symbols such as olive branches as symbol of peace and laurel wreaths as a symbols of triumph, are abundantly displayed throughout the church. Courage is symbolised by lions and wild beasts. The marble inlaid tombstones that line the floor at St John’s are a compendium of death symbolism ranging from a large variety of skeletons accompanied by both the angel of fame and father time. The frequent appearance of the angel of fame is a unifying symbol together with gilded foliage and weapons.


02 October 2015

Workshop: At the Borders of Identity (15 Oct.)

The Departments of Anthropological Sciences, and International Relations,
University of Malta, and the Organisation for Intra-Cultural Development (OICD)

At the Borders of Identity:

Forces of Cohesion and Division in European Migration at
Local, National, & European levels

 A One Day Workshop

15 October 2015

The Sir Jack Goody Library, Valletta Campus, St Paul’s Street, Valletta, Malta.

1000-1300hrs; 1430-1700hrs


29 September 2015

Senior Research Seminars (Oct 16 - Jan 8.)

Department of Anthropological Sciences
University of Malta

Senior Research Seminar, Semester 1: 2015-16
Fridays, 18.00-19.00

October 16 Prof. Christine Oppong (Wolfson College, Cambridge; University of Ghana)
Big Theories, False Premises: Theorizing Domestic Transformations, Difference and Development – a Consilient Approach

October 30 Prof. Paul Sant-Cassia (Department of Anthropological Sciences)
Towards a New Moral Economy of Risk? Some Considerations on the Changing Navigation and Management of ‘Disability’ in Malta

November 6 Dr. Caroline Ifeka (The Australian National University)
Field Research in African Conflict Zones: Some Anthropological Problems of Theory and Method

November 13 Dr. Brian Campbell (University of Kent) and Dr. David Zammit (Department of Civil Laws)
Where Has the Humour Gone? Hospitality, Humanitarianism and Hostility in Receiving Refugees

December 11 John Micallef (Department of Anthropological Sciences)
An Anthropology of the Night: Recreational Drug-Taking in Malta

December 18 Dr. Rachael Scicluna (University of Manchester)
Fixed Thinking Through Domestic Space and Sexuality: Kitchen Stories from the Lives of Older Lesbians in London

January 8 Dr. Michael Briguglio (Department of Sociology)
Digital Activism, Physical Activism: Malta’s Front Harsien ODZ

Seminars take place at the 'Sir Jack Goody Library', Malta University Valletta Campus, St Paul's Street, Valletta, at 18.00-19.00, followed by (optional) dinner at a Valletta restaurant.


05 October 2015

Senior Research Seminar: Big Theories, False Premises (Oct. 16)

Department of Anthropological Sciences
University of Malta

Senior Research Seminar, Semester 1: 2015-16

Friday, 16 October 18.00-19.00

Prof. Christine Oppong (Wolfson College, Cambridge; University of Ghana)

Big Theories, False Premises: Theorizing Domestic Transformations, Difference and Development – a Consilient Approach 

Seminars take place at the 'Sir Jack Goody Library', Malta University Valletta Campus, St Paul's Street, Valletta, at 18.00-19.00, followed by (optional) dinner at a Valletta restaurant. 


05 October 2015

The Determinants of Wellbeing (20 Oct.)

UoM logo                              The President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society logo

The Determinants of Wellbeing: Insights from Research and Implications for Malta

a conference jointly organised by 
The President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society 
and the Department of Economics, University of Malta 

Verdala Palace 
Tuesday 20 October, 2015

Researchers and policy-makers throughout the world have grappled with the major question of how to chart the progress and welfare of societies. How should we measure human welfare and what are the key factors that determine it? How are these factors influenced by public policy? This half-day conference will discuss key findings on quantitative studies in economics, psychology and sociology of happiness, wellbeing, quality of life, life satisfaction and related concepts. Targeting policy-makers, voluntary organisations, politicians, academics, journalists and anyone with an interest in well-being, the conference will offer scope for discussion on the relevance and implications of these findings for Malta.

Places are on first come, first served basis. Registration is available online.
0830 – 0900hrs   Coffee and registration

0900 – 0915hrs   Opening Speech by Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

0915 – 0930hrs   Introducing the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society by Dr Ruth Farrugia 

0930 – 1030hrs   Wellbeing, Economics and Public Policy by Prof Liam Delaney


1030 – 1100hrs   Coffee Break

1100 – 1200hrs   The implications of Wellbeing research - thought starters for Malta by Dr Marie Briguglio


1200 – 1215hrs   Closing remarks by Dr Philip von Brockdorff


24 September 2015


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