Dr Emanuel Buttigieg

Dr Emanuel Buttigieg

Dr Emanuel Buttigieg


Senior Lecturer

Room 203
Department of History
Faculty of Arts
The University of Malta
  +356 2340 2949
Emanuel Buttigieg is a Senior Lecturer in early modern history, Co-ordinator of the Diploma in Maltese History in Context and the MA in Hospitaller Studies, a member of the Board of Studies for the MA in Mediterranean Studies, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for European Studies.

He graduated B.A.(Hons) at the University of Malta in 2002; as part of his undergraduate studies he spent a semester at the University of Exeter as an Erasmus exchange student. During 2003-2004 he was engaged as a Principal Officer at the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta. In 2004 he was awarded a Commonwealth(Cambridge) Scholarship in order to read for an M.Phil. in early modern history at the University of Cambridge; he wrote a dissertation about childhood history in early modern Malta. In 2005, he was awarded further scholarships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain, the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the Janatha Stubbs Foundation (Malta) in order to be able to pursue his studies at a doctoral level. His Ph.D. dealt with nobility, faith and masculinity in the Order of Malta in the seventeenth century. His Ph.D. supervisor was Prof Mary Laven of Jesus College. His college in Cambridge was Peterhouse.

His first book was 'Nobility, Faith and Masculinity: The Hospitaller Knights of Malta, c.1580-c.1700' (London and New York: Continuum, 2011). Together with Dr Simon Phillips of the University of Cyprus he has co-edited 'Islands and Military Orders, c.1291-c.1798' (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013). He is also the author of several papers in journals and edited books. At present he is Vice-President ex-officio of the Malta University Historical Society (MUHS) and he was a Committee member of the Malta Historical Society (MHS) between 2011 and 2015.

Emanuel Buttigieg is happy to supervise dissertations dealing with early modern themes in general, and the Order of St John in particular.

He makes regular appearances on radio and TV programmes as an expert guest speaker on a variety of historical themes and current affairs.
  • History
  • Early modern history
  • Gender studies
  • Mediterranean History
  • History of religions
  • Global history
  • Military-religious orders - Order of Malta (Hospitallers)

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2020. ‘Inquisitor Galeazzo Marescotti’s Instruttione’. Treasures of Malta, 78(XXVI:3), pp. 22-31, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/66527.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2020. 'The ‘Island of the Knights’ at the fault line to the Islamic World – a view from Malta’. In: F. HINZ and J. MEYER-HAMME, eds, Controversial Histories – Current Views on the Crusades. Engaging the Crusades. London: Routledge, pp. 33-35.

BUTTIGIEG, E. and ABELA, J., 2020. ‘NAV: A survey of the past, present and future of the Notarial Archives of Valletta, Malta’. Nuovi Annali della Scuola Speciale per Archivisti e Bibliotecari, XXXIV, pp. 5-26, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/66525.

BUTTIGIEG, E. and AZZOPARDI, S., 2020. ‘L’Università ta’ Malta: A History’. In: E. BUTTIGIEG, K. SCIBERRAS, M.A. FALZON, D. FENECH and G. MARTIN, eds, The University of Malta: Legacies & Bearings. Malta: Malta University Press, pp. 1-63.

BUTTIGIEG, E., SCIBERRAS, K., FALZON, M.A., FENECH, D. and MARTIN, G., eds, 2020. The University of Malta: Legacies & Bearings. Malta: Malta University Press.

BUTTIGIEG, E., ed, 2019. Storja 2018-2019, Valletta. Malta: Kite.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2018. ‘Corpi e anime in schiavitù: schiavi musulmani nella Malta dei Cavalieri di San Giovanni (1530-1798)’. In: E. COLOMBO, M. MASSIMI, A. ROCCA and C. ZERON, eds, Schiavitù del corpo e schiavitù dell’anima. Chiesa, potere politico e schiavitù tra Atlantico e Mediterraneo (sec.XVI-XVIII). 1st edn. Milan: Biblioteca Ambrosiana / ITL Editore, pp. 287-310, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38844.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2018. ‘Early Modern Valletta: Beyond the Renaissance City’. In: M. ABDILLA CUNNIGHAM, M. CAMILLERI and G. VELLA, eds, Humillmia Civitas Vallettae. From Mount Xebb-er-ras to European Capital of Culture. 1st edn. Malta: Malta Libraries & Heritage Malta, pp. 173-184, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38850.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2018. ‘Rituals and Politics in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean: The Hospitaller Island Order State of Malta c.1611-c.1715’. In: N. BUTTIGIEG and G. CASSAR, eds, The Struggle for Supremacy: The Mediterranean 1453-1699. 1st edn. Malta: Sacra Militia Foundation, pp. 121-136.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2018. ‘The 1565 Great Siege, The Founding of Valletta and Their Lasting Effects: Concluding Remarks’. In: S. AZZOPARDI, J. BORG and D. MALLIA, eds, Proceedings of History Week 2015: The 1565 Great Siege, The Founding of Valletta and Their Lasting Effects. 1st edn. Malta: Malta Historical Society, pp. 239-245.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2018. Le cacce reali nell’europa dei principi, edited by Andrea Merlotti; [book review]. Renaissance Quarterly, LXXI(3), pp. 1099-1100.

BUTTIGIEG, E. and ABELA, J., 2018. ‘The Island Order State on Malta and its harbour, c.1530-c.1624’. In: C. VASSALLO and S. MERCIECA, eds, The Harbour of Malta. 1st edn. Malta: Progress Press, pp. 49-74, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38842.

BUTTIGIEG, E. and ABELA, J., eds, 2018. Parallel Existences. The Notarial Archives: A Photographer’s Inspiration. Alex Attard. 1st edn. Malta: Kite.

BUTTIGIEG, E. and AZZOPARDI, S., 2018. ‘‘Colonialism in the Mirror’: An Analysis of Representations of Colonialism in School History Textbooks in Malta before and after Independence (1964)’. International Review of History Education (The Colonial Past in History Textbooks: Historical and Social Psychological Perspectives, Karel Van Nieuwenhuyse and Joaquim Pires Valentim eds.), , pp. 199-216.

BUTTIGIEG, E. and CARUANA, R., 2018. ‘La «fleur de la chrétienté». L’ordre de Malte et la noblesse européenne au xviie siècle’. Cahiers de la Méditerranée, Nobles et chevaliers en Europe et en Méditerranée, 97(2), pp. 73-88, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/40010.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2017. ‘‘Everyday’ Life during the Hospitaller Period: Sources and Approaches’. Melita Historica, 16(4), pp. 167-186, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/29172.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2017. ‘A Space of Land and Sea: The early modern Harbour of Malta’. In: S. DEBONO, ed, Malta: Land of Sea. Malta and Brussels: Heritage Malta, BOZAR Exhibition Centre and Midsea Books, pp. 35-44, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/29169.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2017. ‘Negotiating Encounters, Controlling Spaces: Official meetings between Grand Masters and Inquisitors in Valletta and Vittoriosa’. In: M. ABDILLA CUNNIGHAM, K. CASSAR and G. VELLA, eds, The Roman Inquisition in Malta and Elsewhere. Malta: Heritage Malta, pp. 110-119, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/29170.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2017. ‘Preface’ (book, Un ordine, una città, una diocese.). In: F. RUSSO, ed, Un ordine, una città, una diocese. La giurisdizione ecclesiastica nel principato monastic di Malta in età moderna (1523-1722). Canterano: Aracne Editrice, pp. 13-16.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2017. ‘Ritual, Memory and Landscape of the Hospitaller-Maltese Island Order State: The Possesso of the Vascelli in 1705’. Treasures of Malta, XXIII(2), pp. 28-39, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/26614.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2017. ‘The Order of St John and Power-Projection through Rituals in the Harbour of Malta’. In: J.I. GELABERT, E.G. DOMINGO, I. GONZÁLEZ SÁNCHEZ and O. LÓPEZ MIGUEL, eds, Proceedings of the 4th MMHN Congress in Barcelona 7- 9 May 2014. 1st edn. Barcelona: Barcelona Maritime Museum, pp. 1007-1018.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2016. ‘The Hospitallers and the Grand Harbour of Malta: Culture and Conflict’. In: J. SCHENK and M. CARR, eds, The Military Orders: Vol.6.1 Culture and Conflict in the Mediterranean World. London: Routledge, pp. 177-186.

BUTTIGIEG, E. and ALOISIO, M., eds, 2016. Storja 2015. Malta: Malta University Historical Society.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2015. Eroj, Antieroj u ‘Eroj Nieqsa’ fl-Istorja ta’ Malta. In: I. MIFSUD, ed, L-(Anti)eroj: Min Huma? X’inhuma? Fejn Huma?. Malta: Department of Maltese Studies, University of Malta Junior College and Klabb Kotba Maltin, pp. 1.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2015. 'Introduction' (to Great Siege 1565 exhibition). In: D.K. GULLO, ed, Knights, Memory, and the Siege of 1565: An Exhibition on the 450th Anniversary of the Great Siege of Malta. Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, pp. i-v, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38752.

BUTTIGIEG, E., ABELA, J. and VASSALLO, C., eds, 2015. Proceedings of History Week 2013: Second Colloquium on Spanish-Maltese History. Malta: Malta Historical Society.

BUTTIGIEG, E., AZZOPARDI, S. and LICATA, L., 2015. Symbiotics of History and Social Psychology: Understanding Social Representations of History in Europe. Xjenza, 3, pp. 36-https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/8266.

BUTTIGIEG, E. and DAVIES, F., 2015. Remembering 1565: The role of memory in the urban fabric of the Island Order State of the Hospitallers. In: M. CAMILLERI, ed, Besieged. Malta 1565. Malta: Malta Libraries and Heritage Malta, pp. 147-https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/26613.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2014. ‘Introduction’ (to 'Melita Historica' special edition). Melita Historica, XVI(2), pp. 11-20.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2014. The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta – A General History of the Order of Malta. In: D. PRZEMSŁAW and M. PRZEMSŁAW, eds, The Orders of St John and Their Ties With Polish Territories. Warsaw: The Royal Castle in Warsaw Museum, pp. 15-https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38852.

BUTTIGIEG, E., MALLIA-MILANES, V., MERCIECA, S. AND MALLIA, D., ed, 2014. Melita Historica Vol.XVI No.2. Malta: Malta Historical Society.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2013. ‘The Maltese Islands and the Religious Culture of the Hospitallers: Isolation and Connectivity c.1540s-c.1690s’. In: BUTTIGIEG, E. AND PHILLIPS, S., ed, Islands and Military Orders, c.1291-c.1798. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 39-51, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38861.

BUTTIGIEG, E. AND PHILLIPS, S., ed, 2013. Islands and Military Orders, c.1291-c.1798. Farnham: Ashgate.

BUTTIGIEG, E., ABELA, J. AND FARRUGIA, K., ed, 2013. Proceedings of History Week 2011. Malta: Malta Historical Society and MidSea Publications.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2012.  ‘Politics and power in Grand Master Verdalle’s Statuta Hospitalis Hierusalem (1588)’. In: P. EDBURY, ed, The Military Orders: Politics and Power. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 153-164.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2012. ‘Knights, Jesuits, the Inquisition and Carnival in seventeenth-century Malta’. The Historical Journal, 55(3), pp. 571-596.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2011. ‘“Clash of Civilizations”, Crusades, Knights and Ottomans: An Analysis of Christian-Muslim Interaction in the Mediterranean’. In: HÁLFARSON, G. AND SOFU, H., ed, Developing EU-Turkey Dialogue. A CLIOHWORLD Reader. Pisa: PLUS, pp. 1-18.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2011. Nobility, Faith and Masculinity: The Hospitaller Knights of Malta, c.1580-c.1700. London & New York: Continuum.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2010. Family life and neighbourliness in Malta (c.1640-c.1760): Some preliminary observations based on evidence from the Magna Curia Castellaniæ. Arkivju, 1, pp. 47-58, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38849.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2009. Chastity, Bachelorhood and Masculinity in early modern Europe: The case of the Hospitaller Knights of St John (c.1520-c.1650). In: C. SALVATERRA and B. WAALDIJK, eds, Paths to Gender: European Historical Perspectives on Women and Men. Pisa: Plus-Pisa University Press, pp. 209-224, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/10814.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2009. Knighthood, Masculinity and the Other: The Hospitaller Knights of Malta in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. In: H. ELLIS and J. MEYER, eds, Masculinity and the Other: Historical Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, pp. 281-303.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2009. Protests and Revolts in the History of Malta. In: I. NESS, ed, The International Encyclopaedia of Protest and Revolution: 1500 to the present. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 2182-2187.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2009. Social Relationships in mid-Sixteenth-Century-Malta: An Analysis through Notary Juliano Muscat’s Register R376/11. Storja 2008-09, , pp. 47-66, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/25653.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2009. 'The Pope wants to be the ruin of this Religion’ – The Papacy, France and the Order of St John in the seventeenth century. Symposia Melitensia, 5, pp. 73-84, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/6407.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2008. Childhood and adolescence in early modern Malta (1565-1632). Journal of Family History, 33(22), pp. 139-155.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2008. Encounters with the ‘Other’: Hospitallers and Maltese before the Great Siege of 1565. In: J. UPTON-WARD, ed, The Military Orders: On Land and by Sea. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 229-234.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2008. Growing Up in Hospitaller Malta (1530-1798): Sources and Methodologies for the History of Childhood and Adolescence. In: J. CARVAHLO, ed, Bridging the Gaps: Sources, Methodology and Approaches to Religion in Europe. Pisa: Plus-Pisa University Press, pp. 129-146, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/10841.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2007. “Clash of Civilizations”, Crusades, Knights and Ottomans: An Analysis of Christian-Muslim Interaction in the Mediterranean. In: J. CARVAHLO, ed, Religion and Power in Europe: Conflict and Convergence Pisa: Plus-Pisa University Press, pp. 203-220, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/10903.

BUTTIGIEG, E., 2006. Growing up in Hospitaller Malta (1530-1798): An Overview. In: J. CARVAHLO, ed, Religion, Ritual and Mythology: Aspects of Identity Formation in Europe. Pisa: Plus-Pisa University Press, pp. 97-114, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38848.

  • ATS5510 - Technology and Mediterranean Societies
  • ATS5511 - Sexuality, Gender and the Body in the Mediterranean
  • EST1036 - A Historical Perspective on EU Integration
  • HST1021 - Europe in early modern times c.1450 - c.1789
  • HST1022 - The Order of St John 1530-1798: A Cultural History Approach
  • HST1050 - Maltese History in Context: An Overview
  • HST1052 - Studying History
  • HST2029 - Global history (c.1492 - c.1870)
  • HST3075 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1 - International and Global History
  • HST3076 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2 - European History
  • HST3077 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1 - International and Global History
  • HST3078 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2 - European History
  • HST3089 - Synoptic Study-Unit: Maltese and Mediterranean History
  • HST3090 - Synoptic Study-Unit: European and International History
  • HST3097 - Synoptic Study-Unit: Maltese and Mediterranean History
  • HST3098 - Synoptic Study-Unit (European and International History)