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University names a Building in honour of Ġużè Cassar Pullicino (1921-2005)

Ġużè Cassar Pullicino was Malta’s pioneer folklorist, a writer and a librarian. The University of Malta commemorated this notable figure by naming a building in his honour.

Rector Professor Juanito Camilleri stated that Cassar Pullicino’s stature was doubly significant at University. Apart from his work as a University Librarian, he was also a serious promoter of Maltese folklore and a researcher of note.

Ġużè Cassar Pullicino was born in Birkirkara on the 21st September 1921. He was council member of the Għaqda tal-Kittieba tal-Malti, secretary of the Xirka għat-Tixrid ta' l-Ilsien Malti and a very active member of Għaqda tal-Malti (at University) as well as assistant director of Leħen il-Malti. He was also editor of Maltese Folklore Review, editor of Melita Historica, and honorary president of the Għaqda tal-Folklor from its foundation in 1964.

Cassar Pullicino was Librarian of the Royal University of Malta from 1953 till 1958. He laid the foundations of the library's Melitensia Collection which has long become one of the best collections in this field. For many years Cassar Pullicino was a lecturer within the Department of Maltese teaching Maltese Folklore, Literary and Social History. He was behind the publication of scholarly Maltese linguistic and literary works and promoted manuscripts that may otherwise have never been published. However, Cassar Pullicino's main academic contribution is in the field of folklore. He became a member of London's Folklore Society in 1946.

In 1976, Cassar Pullicino published the seminal Studies in Maltese Folklore. In 1981 he co-authored with Michelin Galley Femmes de Malte dans les Chants Traditionnels and in 1989 he published Studi di Tradizioni Popolari Maltesi, for which he compared texts reflecting the Maltese popular mentality to similar texts from other Mediterranean areas.

Cassar Pullicino was honoured with various awards. In 1970, he received the Silver Medal for Merit from the Confederation of Civic Councils and in 1979 he was awarded the Malta Literary Award. He was the first Maltese person to be elected Associate of the Library Association of London.

An M.Phil. (Honoris Causa) from the University of Malta, Ġużè Cassar Pullicino was awarded the Medalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (M.Q.R.) in 1993.

His portrait hangs in the Library Conference Room at the University of Malta.

Ġuzè Cassar Pullicino 

Ġuzè Cassar Pullicino

Ġuzè Cassar Pullicino


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