Public talk | A Post-Colonial Mediterranean Alternative

On Thursday 13 November, at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, at 6.00pm, I will be giving a 15-min talk in the third and final session of the Malta Historical Society’s Independence Anniversary Lectures, titled ‘Change and Continuity’. The title of my talk is “A Post-Colonial Mediterranean Alternative.”

The other speakers in this third session are Prof. David Attard, Prof. Vicki-Ann Cremona, Dr Reuben Grima, and Mr Stephen Vella. The coordinator of this series is Dr Theresa Vella.

My talk looks at how the “Modern” writers that came to the fore in the second half of the 1960s and dominated Maltese literature up until the 1980s constructed a Mediterranean literary (and more generally cultural) identity in part as an alternative to the nationalist model of the Romantics. The Mediterranean narrative also served as an alternative to the models proposed by the Anglo-American writers who heavily influenced their initial wave of writings, especially in the field of poetry. This narrative of a Mediterranean identity is firmly rooted in a rather Romantic, supposedly authentic “Malteseness.” The talk will frame my focus on Maltese literature within the larger political discourse, namely that by Dom Mintoff, about the Mediterranean.

This lecture series, in connection with the Celebrations on the 50th Anniversary of Independence, is being held under the auspices of HE The President of Malta, Dr Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.

The 3rd Session at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta is as part of the programme of this year’s Book Festival. The programme for the third Session appears below.

INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY LECTURES 2014

Session 3 – Thursday, 13 November 2014

Sir Temi Zammit Hall, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta at 6.00pm.

Archaeology  – Dr Reuben Grima

Law – Prof. David Attard

Theatre & Performing Arts – Prof. Vicki-Ann Cremona

Design – Stephen Vella

Literature – Dr Adrian Grima

Refreshments will be served at the end of the event.

‘Change and Continuity’ in the arts, sciences and technology during the course of the twentieth century in Malta is the theme chosen for a series of lectures organised by the Malta Historical Society (MHS) to mark Malta’s 50th anniversary of Independence.

Fifteen choice speakers were chosen to give their views as to how Independence has impacted on all aspects of life in Malta.

Organized under the auspices of the President of Malta Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, a set of three sessions were planned to be held in three consecutive months in different historic locations.

The 3rd Series of Lectures start at 6.00pm, on Thursday 13th November at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, Malta conference Centre, Valletta. Leading scholars will be presenting novel research material tracing twentieth-century developments within their respective field, focusing on the transitions and changes that occurred before and after 1964.

The event is sponsored by The Farsons Foundation and supported by the Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb.

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