In May 2014 I organized a meeting at the University between Costanza Ferrini, who took part in the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival in 2012, and met students of the Faculty of Arts who are taking a taught MA course in Literary Tradition and Popular Culture. These students are writing dissertations which deal with issues that Costanza has written about in her many publications on the literature of the Mediterranean, especially as editor of the publishing house Mesogea of Messina.
The MA course in Literary Tradition and Popular Culture was set up by Prof. Gloria Lauri-Lucente, deputy dean of the Faculty of Arts, who is also the coordinator of the course.
Costanza Ferrini is an independent researcher in contemporary Mediterranean literature. She graduated in Philosophy in 1991. Between 1998 and 2002 she was in charge of the Mediterranean literature collection of the publishing house Mesogea and she has published many essays and articles mainly in Italian and French.
In 1999 she published the book Venature mediterranee, a series of interviews with prominent Mediterranean writers, and an anthology of Mediterranean literature in two volumes Lingue di mare… lingue di terra (Languages of sea…languages of land). She worked with the theatre director Marco Baliani to create the piece Sacrifice which was performed in theatres in Rome, Marseille, Cairo, Beirut, and Tirana.
Since 2004 she is president of the international association Ombra del Mediterraneo (Shadows of the Mediterranean), which adopts an interdisciplinary approach (appreciated by UNESCO) in its organization of meetings, exhibitions and publications about Mediterranean culture and olive cultivation in the Mediterranean area.