Dr Norbert Bugeja

Dr Norbert Bugeja

Dr Norbert Bugeja


Senior Lecturer

Tal-Hursun Farmhouse
University of Malta
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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 Prof. Neil Lazarus, Prof. Benita Parry and Prof. Rashmi Varma. In 2012, his book-length monograph 'Postcolonial Memoir in the Middle East -- Rethinking the Liminal in Mashriqi Writing' appeared from Routledge in its Research in Postcolonial Literatures book series. Since then, he has published extensively in the fields of postcolonial and Mediterranean studies, comparative literatures of the Mediterranean region, self-narrative studies, post-2011 cultural and political dynamics and developments in the MENA, and the literature of Malta.

Dr. Bugeja has delivered keynotes, invited presentations and creative readings at a number of 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 Warwick (UK), Kent (UK) and Malta. Dr. Bugeja was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship for Doctoral Studies (2007-2010). As a creative writer, Dr Bugeja has published two collections of poetry in Maltese, 'Nartici' (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), as well as two collections 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 numerous literature festivals in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Bugeja is General Editor of the Journal of Mediterranean Studies, co-ordinates the Mediterranean Institute's MA (Research) in Mediterranean Studies, convenes the Mediterranean Institute Seminar Series and is a member of the Governing Board of the Mediterranean Institute. He has acted as Advisory Editor and Reviewer for a number 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
  • Travel Writing and Autobiography
  • MENA Studies
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Materialist Critique
  • Politics and International Relations

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. 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. https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/37978. 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., 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 Go Fina: It-Toghmiet Spjetati tal-Poezija fi Klin u Kapricci Ohra’. 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.

  • ANT3037 - Anthropology and Post-Colonialism
  • ENG2033 - Maltese Literature in English
  • ENG2077 - Practical Criticism
  • ENG2277 - Practical Criticism: Poetry
  • ENG2333 - Maltese Literature in English: Poetry
  • ENG5052 - Writing the Mediterranean
  • GDS5001 - Epistemologies in Gender Studies
  • MDT3001 - Israeli-Palestinian Relations: Pasts, Urgencies, Prospects
General Editor
Journal of Mediterranean Studies

National Book Council (Malta)