Prof. Norbert Bugeja

Prof. Norbert Bugeja

Prof. Norbert Bugeja


Associate Professor

Tal-Hursun Farmhouse
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3769
Dr. Norbert Bugeja graduated with a doctorate in Postcolonial Studies from the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies of the University of Warwick in 2011, under the mentorship of Neil Lazarus, Benita Parry and Rashmi Varma. In 2012, his book-length monograph 'Postcolonial Memoir in the Middle East' appeared from Routledge in its Research in Postcolonial Literatures book series. Since then, he has published extensively in postcolonial and Mediterranean studies, comparative post-colonial literatures of the Mediterranean, autobiography, cultural and political dynamics and developments in the MENA, and the literature of Malta.

Dr. Bugeja is a member of the international Advisory Council of the Anna Lindh Foundation, General Editor of the Journal of Mediterranean Studies, and a Key Research Area Coordinator at the Mediterranean Institute.

Dr. Bugeja has delivered keynotes, invited lectures and readings at universities and higher-education institutions in the UK and the US, and various countries in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He has lectured at the universities of Kent (UK), Warwick (UK), Toronto and others. Dr. Bugeja was awarded the Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship (2007-2010). He has published three poetry collections in Maltese, 'Insa li Mhijiex Hawn' (Klabb Kotba Maltin 2021), 'Nartiċi' (Klabb Kotba Maltin 2016, shortlisted for the National Book Prize 2017) and 'Bliet' (Edizzjonijiet Emma Delezio 2009, awarded second placing at the National Book Prize 2010), and two in English translation, 'South of the Kasbah' (Midsea Books 2015, shortlisted for the National Book Prize 2016, translated by Irene Mangion) and 'Stay, Fairy Tale, Stay! (Midsea Books/Inizjamed 2005, translated by Maria Grech Ganado). He has recited his poetry at literature festivals in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Dr Bugeja convenes the MA (Research) in Mediterranean Studies and the Mediterranean Institute Seminar, and is a member of the Board of the Mediterranean Institute, the Faculty Board of Arts and the Institute Board of European Studies. He has acted as Advisory Editor and reviewer for high-profile publishers, journals and scholarly publications, including Routledge ABES, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing and CounterText, and is a member of various scholarly organisations.
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Postcolonial literatures
  • MENA Studies
  • Materialist Critique
  • Life writing and travel writing

BUGEJA, N., 2021. 'Il-Vuċi tal-Ilsien-Art: Ftit ħsibijiet dwar in-novelli ta' Steve Borg'. Tad-Demm u l-Laħam -- Novelli. Klabb Kotba Maltin, pp. 6-19.

BUGEJA, N., 2021. Insa li Mhijiex Hawn -- Poeżiji. Klabb Kotba Maltin.

BUGEJA, N., 2021. A Polity in Poetry? Notes on the Edge(s) of Memory in Stephanos Stephanides’s The Wind Under My Lips'. In: A. EVANGELOU, ed, Borderlands in World Literature: Essays in Honour of Stephanos Stephanides. Leiden: Brill, .

BUGEJA, N., 2021. 'Rhapsody for a Shore in Flames', a translation of 'Chants de l'Autre Rive' (Fata Morgana, 2013) by Möez Majed. Torkito Tarjoni, ed. by Shantanu Ghosh and Anindita Datta, December, pp.

BUGEJA, N., 2020. 'Five Years and Count(er)ing: Memoir after Memoir. CounterText: A Journal for the Study of the Post-literary, Fifth Anniversary Issue, 6(1 (April 2020)),.

BUGEJA, N., 2019. 'What do you do when you cannot leave and cannot return?’ Memoir and the Aporia of Refuge in Hisham Matar’s The Return'. In: L. STONEBRIDGE, S. DURRANT, D. FARRIER and A. WOOLLEY, eds, Refugee Imaginaries: Research Across the Humanities. Edinburgh University Press, .

BUGEJA, N., 2018. ‘‘I remember, I remember so as not to forget!’ -- Orhan Pamuk and the Splenetic Périples of Mediterranean Writing’. In: S. DECKARD and R. VARMA, eds, 'Marxism, Postcolonial Theory and the Future of Critique: Critical Engagements with Benita Parry'. London and New York: Routledge (Taylor and Francis), .

BUGEJA, N., 2018. ‘Haunting the Mediterranean? Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book and its Afterwardly Politics'. In: Y. ELHARIRY and E. TAMALET, eds, Critically Mediterranean — Aesthetics, Theory, Hermeneutics, Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, .

BUGEJA, N., 2018. After the Long Wait: Post-Migrant Agency and the Politics of Return in Tahar Ben Jelloun's 'A Palace in the Old VIllage'. CounterText (Edinburgh University Press), 4.2(August 2018),.

BUGEJA, N., ed, 2018. 'Afterward / Afterword' Special Issue, CounterText 4.2. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

BUGEJA, N. and SHEHADEH, R., 2018. The CounterText Interview. CounterText (Edinburgh University Press), 4(2), pp. 153-168.

BUGEJA, N., 2017. "Mediterranean Fractures: Introduction'. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Mediterranean Fractures Special Issue, 26(1), pp. 1-6.

BUGEJA, N., 2017. Entry for 'Mourid Barghouti' in The Literary Encyclopaedia. In: ABOU RACHED, R., BERNARD, A., ELMARSAFY, Z., GALLIEN, C., SAKR, R., PARR, N., VALASSOPOULOS, A., ed, The Literary Encyclopaedia, .

BUGEJA, N., ed, 2017. 'Mediterranean Fractures' Special Issue, 26.1, Journal of Mediterranean Studies. University of Malta: Project Muse (Johns Hopkins University Press).

BUGEJA, N. and STEPHANIDES, S., 2017. Poetics of a Sea. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 26(1),.

BUGEJA, N., 31 August 2016. "Istanbul: Memories of a City". In: R. SAKR, ed, The Literary Encyclopaedia.

BUGEJA, N., 2016. ‘The Complex (of) Islands in Between’, (review of Insularity — Representations and Constructions of Small Worlds, ed. by Katrin Dautel and Kathrin Schödel (Königshausen and Neumann, 2016). Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 2.

BUGEJA, N., 2016. ‘The Worldly Bearing(s) of Belief’ (review of The Postsecular Imagination: Postcolonialism, Religion and Literature, by Manav Ratti. Routledge, 2015). Postcolonial Text, 11(1),.

BUGEJA, N., 2016. ‘Tunisia’s Endangered Exception: History at Large in the Southern Mediterranean’. Politics: Rivista di Studi Politici (Edizioni Labrys), 5(1(Chambers, I., Cariello, M. eds., 'Mediterranean at Large')), pp. 53-68.

BUGEJA, N., 2016. Nartiċi: Poeżiji. Klabb Kotba Maltin.

BUGEJA, N., April 2015. ‘Postcolonial Springs? The Arab uprisings and the Articulation of (Post-) Despotic Culture in the Southeastern Mediterranean’. CounterText (Edinburgh University Press), 1(1 (Bugeja, Norbert ed., Postcolonial Springs)), pp. 1-19.

BUGEJA, N., ed, April 2015. 'Postcolonial Springs' Special Issue, CounterText 1.1. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

BUGEJA, N., 2015. ‘Hyper-Despotism of the Bullet: Post-Bardo Tunisia and its (Unforgiving) Memorial Communiqué’. Prospero (EUT), XX (Parlati Marilena ed., Unforgiving Memory: Dynamics, Rhetorics and Paradoxes in Representation), pp. 229-250.

BUGEJA, N., 2015. ‘Riefnu minn Ġo Fina: It-Togħmiet Spjetati tal-Poeżija fi Klin u Kapriċċi Oħra’. Malta: Klabb Kotba Maltin.

BUGEJA, N., 2015. 'Reincorporative Trajectories: The Threshold as Emblem in Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness and Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul – Memories of a City'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing (Routledge, Taylor and Francis), 51(1(Wilson, Janet ed., Postcolonial Thresholds: Gateways and Borders)), pp. 7-21.

BUGEJA, N., 2014. 'Post-Imperial Culture and its Melancholies – from Théophile Gautier’s Constantinople of To-day to Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul – Memories of a City’'. Le Simplegadi, XII(11 (Cultures and Imperialisms)), pp. 142-165.

BUGEJA, N., 2012. 'Postcolonial Memoir in the Middle East: Rethinking the Liminal in Mashriqi Writing' (Book-length monograph). Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures edn. London and New York: Routledge.

BUGEJA, N., 2009. Bliet: Poeżiji. Edizzjonijiet Emma Delezio.

  • ENG2033 - Maltese Literature in English
  • ENG2333 - Maltese Literature in English: Poetry
  • ENG5052 - Writing the Mediterranean
  • MDT3001 - Israeli-Palestinian Relations: Pasts, Urgencies, Prospects
  • MDT5002 - Directed Studies
  • MDT5004 - Narratives of Displacement
Member of the Advisory Council, Anna Lindh Foundation

General Editor
Journal of Mediterranean Studies

Space, Narrative, Memory Research Area Coordinator
Mediterranean Institute