Theology research seminars

The Department of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology organises research seminars open to students, members of the academic staff and the general public.

These seminars are an important component of postgraduate training. They foster academic scholarship and dialogue with guest speakers, offer opportunities of learning about new developments in various theological fields and expand knowledge and skills through group discussion.

Unless otherwise indicated, the research seminars are held once a month on a Wednesday afternoon between 16:00 and 17:00.

Upcoming research seminars


Wednesday 16 October 2019 

With staves and firearms: Relations between the Order of Malta and church authorities across Europe at the turn of the 18th century
Speaker: Mr Adrian Scerri

Wednesday 13 November 2019
AI: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Speaker: Professor Alexiei Dingli

Friday 20 December 2019
Secluded Treasures in Malta – the Baroque Neapolitan Crib and its Fascinating World
Speaker: Rev. Dr Edgar Vella

Wednesday 8 January 2020
A Migrant, a Mayor and a State - Where's the Humanity?
Speaker: Dr George Vital Zammit

Wednesday 19 February 2020
Church as creative minority: Joseph Ratzinger and the future of the church in Europe
Speaker: Rev. Bernard Falzon

Wednesday 11 March 2020
Ageing, religiosity and spirituality in Malta: Implications for social and health care policy
Speaker: Professor Marvin Formosa

Wednesday 22 April 2020
llull, foucault and eco: Categories of knowledge and arguments for truth
Speaker: Professor Clare Vassallo

Wednesday 20 May 2020
Our Lady of Antiochia Chapel (tas-Samra, Hamrun): Historical Insights and Folklore Curiosities
Speaker: Professor Ray Mangion


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Tuesday 14 May 2019
Science and Spirituality: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Speaker: Sr Mary Anne Sultana

Tuesday 9 April 2019
Poverty and Simplicity in George Preca
Speaker: Rev Dr. Kevin Schembri

Tuesday 12 March 2019
Simone Weil: A Reluctant Believer
Speaker: Dr Tyrone Grima

Tuesday 19 February 2019
Intersex Child: Revisiting Holistic Care
Speaker: Claudia Bartolo

Tuesday 8 January 2019
L-Isport bħala Mera tal-Ħajja u s-Soċjetà
Speaker: Angelo Chetcuti

Tuesday 11 December 2018
Sacred Architecture
Speaker: Conrad Thake

Tuesday 13 November 2018
Spiritual Art: A Personal Experience
Speaker: John Martin Borg

Tuesday 16 October 2018
Faith and Culture: Widening our Horizons
Speaker: Karsten Xuereb

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Santu Wistin and Albert Camus
Speaker: Prof. Anthony Aquilina

Wednesday 9 May 2018
The Semitic Element in the Maltese Religious Lexicon
Speaker: Rev. Prof. Martin Zammit

Wednesday 18 April 2018
Discovering Christian Memory and Identity
Speaker: Dr Cynthia Grech Sammut

Wednesday 14 March 2018
Cave-churches in Medieval Malta
Speaker: Dr Keith Buhagiar

Wednesday 21 February 2018
Public Theology as the New Theological Metaphysics
Speaker: Prof. Dr Stephan Van Erp

Wednesday 17 January 2018
The Fourth Gospel: A Diachronic Interpretation
Speaker: Ms Carmen Zammit

Tuesday 12 December 2017
Science and Religion
Speaker: Christopher Caruana

Wednesday 15 November 2017
Moses the Prophet: Fact or Fiction 
Speaker: Joseph Ciappara Ofm

Wednesday 11 October 2017
Julian of Norwich’s Experience of Prayer and Contemplation 
Speaker: Edward Joseph Clemmer

Wednesday 14 June 2017
Avertan Fenech (1871–1943) 
Speaker: Pauline Dimech & John Berry

Wednesday 24 May 2017
The Dynamism of the Human Spirit. Lonergan on Self-Transcendence
Speaker: Lionel Chircop

Wednesday 5 April 2017
Spiritual Accompaniment: Don Bosco's Method 
Speaker: Louis Grech SDB

Wednesday 15 March 2017
Human Identity and Purpose according to the Qur'an
Speaker: Joseph Ellul OP

Wednesday 15 February 2017
The Eco-Theology of Pope Benedict XVI
Speaker: Claudette Schembri

Wednesday 18 January 2017
Two Lungs of the Church of Christ. Ecumenism as one Breath
Speaker: Dorianne Buttigieg



https://www.um.edu.mt/theology/outreach/researchseminars