Newspoint - University of Malta - University of MaltaUnfixing the root: Tree-loss anxiety and politics in Malta<img src="" width="1251" height="450" alt="" title="WIPSS Seminar: Prof Mark-Anthony Falzon" /><div> <strong>Event:</strong> WIPSS Seminar: Prof Mark-Anthony Falzon - Unfixing the root: Tree-loss anxiety and politics in Malta </div> <div> <strong>Date:</strong> 8 February 2023<br /> <div> <strong>Time:</strong> 18:00 </div> <div> <strong>Venue:</strong> Online <em>via Zoom</em><br /> <div style=""> <strong>WIPSS Convenors:</strong> <u><a href="" target="_blank">Peter Mayo</a></u>, <u><a href="" target="_blank">Michael Briguglio</a></u>, <u><a href="" target="_blank">Francois Zammit</a></u> </div> <div style=""> <strong>Register by sending an <a href="" target="_blank">email</a></strong><br /> <hr /> <div> <em>Photo: Grove at Ghajn Tuffieha (Mark-Anthony Falzon)&nbsp;</em> </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Abstract: Increasingly, trees are a feature of Maltese landscapes and townscapes. And yet, there is a palpable 'tree-loss anxiety' that permeates the public sphere, and that at times translates into tree activism. The talk explores this apparent contradiction in light of the symbolism and politics of trees. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <a href="" target="_blank">Prof. Mark-Anthony Falzon</a> is a social anthropologist and a resident academic in the <u><a href="" target="_blank">Department of Sociology</a></u> in the <u><a href="" target="_blank">Faculty of Arts</a></u> at the University of Malta.&nbsp; </div><br /> For more information about this WIPSS Seminar, please visit our <u><a href="" target="_blank">Facebook Webpage</a></u>.<br /> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 15:05:55 +0100 students' participation in Policy Planning seminar<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="MEDAC students' participation in a seminar on Policy Planning" /><div> <a href="" target="_blank">MEDAC</a> students participated in a negotiation seminar on <em>‘Policy Planning: The Role of the Subject Matter Expert in Formulating Policy Options &amp; Forecasting</em>’ delivered by H. E. Ambassador Keith Azzopardi, Mr. Joseph Micallef and Dr. Jeff Baker. </div> <div> <br /> </div> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 15:02:21 +0100 Erasmus mundus first consortium meeting for 2023<img src="" width="1251" height="450" alt="" title="Erasmus Mundus First Consortium Meeting January 2023" /><div> <p><em>Photo caption: Prof. Cacciottolo with some of the meeting's participants</em></p> <hr /> <br /> The first consortium meeting of the FLOURISH Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programme in Resilience in Educational Contexts was held at the University of Malta on 12 and 13 January 2023. Delegates from the University of Malta (coordinator), University of Lisbon, University of Crete and University of Suceava, attended the two day meeting. <p>During the meeting, the partners were addressed by <a href="" target="_blank">Professor Joseph Cacciottolo</a>, Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs. The University of Malta team included <a href="" target="_blank">Professor Carmel Cefai</a> (project coordinator), <u><a href="" target="_blank">Professor Paul Bartolo</a></u>, Christian Debono (project manager), <u><a href="" target="_blank">Rachel Spiteri</a></u> and <u><a href="" target="_blank">Natalie Galea</a></u>.<br /> <br /></p> <div> The FLOURISH Project is a six year project funded by the EU, offering four editions of a Joint Master Programme in Resilience in Educational Contexts awarded by the four Universities. The first edition of the course starts in October 2023. The project is coordinated by the <u><a href="" target="_blank">Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health</a></u> (CRES) at the University of Malta. Further details on the project may be found <u><a href="" target="_blank">online</a></u>.&nbsp;<br /> </div> <div> <br /> <br /> </div> </div> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 14:59:59 +0100 for Seminars by the Faculty for Social Wellbeing<img src="" width="1251" height="450" alt="" title="Invitation for Seminars by the Faculty for Social Wellbeing" /><div> <p>The sessions aim to inform students of the value of qualitative research, when it is most appropriate to use this approach, and how to ensure rigor and trustworthiness in qualitative research studies. All sessions will draw on examples to demonstrate key points and will include discussion and interactive exercises.</p> <p>These Seminars are being organised for Undergraduate Students, Master's Students, and for the UM Academic Staff.<br /></p> <hr /> <strong><br /> Seminar - Theoretical Foundations of Qualitative Research and Thematic Analysis</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> Wednesday 26 April 2023<br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 12:00-14:00<br /> <strong>Venue:</strong> TBA<br /> <strong>Speaker:</strong> Prof. Nollaig Frost<br /> <a href="" target="_blank" style="">Register online</a> <hr /> <strong>&nbsp;</strong> <p><strong>Seminar - Research for Counselling and Psychotherapy</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> Wednesday 26 April 2023<br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 17:00-20:00<br /> <strong>Venue:</strong> TBA<br /> <strong>Speaker:</strong> Prof. Nollaig Frost<br /> <a href="" target="_blank" style="">Register online</a><br /></p> <hr /> <strong><br /></strong><strong>Seminar - Pluralistic Qualitative Research</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> Thursday 27 April 2023<br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 18:00-20:00<br /> <strong>Venue:</strong> TBA<br /> <strong>Speaker:</strong> Prof. Nollaig Frost<br /> <u style=""><a href="" target="_blank" style="">Register online</a></u> <hr /> <br /> <p><strong>Seminar - Supervising qual research (academics and others in supervisory roles)</strong><br /> <strong>Date:</strong> Friday 28 April 2023<br /> <strong>Time:</strong> 12:00-14:00<br /> <strong>Venue:</strong> TBA<br /> <strong>Speaker:</strong> Prof. Nollaig Frost<br /> <u style=""><a href="" target="_blank" style="">Register online</a></u></p> <div> <br /> </div> </div> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 14:56:26 +0100 of Georgia welcomed by MEDAC<img src="" width="1251" height="450" alt="" title="Visit by Ambassador of Georgia welcomed by MEDAC" /><div> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> </div> <div> <p><a href="">MEDAC</a> was honored to welcome H. E. Mr. Konstantine Surguladze, Ambassador of Georgia to Malta on 12 January 2023.</p> <p>During the visit to the Academy, Ambassador Surguladze met with <a href="">MEDAC</a> <em>Chairman Professor Godfrey Pirotta</em> and Director <a href="">Professor Stephen Calleya</a> and explored numerous avenues of cooperation.</p> <p><a href="">MEDAC</a> is proud to count over 20 alumnus from Georgia.</p> </div> <div> <br /> </div> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 09:39:50 +0100 cards available through the University's Library<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="Purchasing of Library Photocopy Card" /><div> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Institute for European Studies</a> Library (EDC) has now been linked to the Main <a href="" target="_blank">Library</a>'s online system for the purchasing of photocopy cards.</p> <p>Patrons can now <a href="" target="_blank">access this resource online</a>&nbsp;and choose to collect their photocopy card from the Institute's Library.</p> </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> <br /> </div> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 09:38:44 +0100 Lecture: The Maltese and La Commedia Dell’Arte<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="Nancy " /><div> <p><strong>Title</strong>: Public Lecture: The Maltese and La Commedia Dell’Arte</p> <p><strong>Date</strong>: Thursday, 23 February&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Time</strong>: 19:00</p> <p><strong>Venue</strong>: Friġġieri Hall, Valletta Design Cluster, 25, Bull Street, Valletta</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> </div> <div> <p>The Institute of Maltese Studies with the support of the Valletta Cultural Agency cordially invite you to a P<em>ublic Lecture: The Maltese and La Commedia Dell’Arte.&nbsp;</em>In their daily jargon, the Maltese unconsciously use names of characters and expressions from the Late Renaissance theatre tradition of Commedia dell'Arte.</p> </div> <div> <p>This theme will be explored by Dr Sir Narcy Calamatta KM.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Dr Sir Nancy Calamatta KM</strong></p> <p>Dr. Calamatta is a perennial student. At the age of 49 in 1988 he followed a Malta University Bachelor of Arts Course in Theatre Studies and Communications.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 1990, in New York, the Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta Federation of Autonomous Priories installed him as a Knight Commander. He is still active and in 2020 was appointed as Vice- Prior of the Arts and Culture Priory of the K.M.F.A.P.<br /></p> <p>In 1997 he invited Commedia dell’Arte master, Jaume Villalba Sanchez to come to Malta for two months to teach Maltese actors the style of Commedia dell’Arte. Since then Calamatta has written four Commedia farces, which were performed all over Malta in theatres and as street theatre, as well as in Germany and in Israel.<br /></p> <p>Calamatta published his plays and a dissertation on Commedia dell’Arte in a book inEnglish and a translation of the same in Maltese.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Sir Narcy Calamatta KM has established himself in Malta as an authority in cultural and artistic communication in television, films and theatre. He is currently polishing a film script he wrote and doing pre-production for an international feature film, which he will direct.</p> <p><strong>Attendance&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>After the Public Lecture, those present are invited for a Vin d’Honneur. Attendance will need to be confirmed by sending an <a href="">email</a> by <strong>Friday, 3 February 2023.</strong></p> </div> <div> <p>As places are limited, kindly confirm attendance at your earliest convenience in order to avoid disappointment. Attendance is limited to those who receive a confirmation email from the Institute of Maltese Studies.</p> </div> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 09:28:34 +0100 Games out with Bloomsbury Publishing<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="Fictional Games out with Bloomsbury Publishing" /><div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Fictional Games: A Philosophy of Worldbuilding and Imaginary Play</a> is the title of a new, exciting volume published by <a href="" target="_blank">Bloomsbury Publishing</a>. It combines perspectives from game studies, literary theory, the philosophy of fiction, film studies and science fiction studies, this pioneering work focuses its attention on an overlooked aspect of our relationship with games, that is games that exclusively exist as fictional props.</p> <p>This new book by our own <a href="" target="_blank">Prof. Stefano Gualeni</a> (<a href="" target="_blank">Institute of Digital Games</a>) and <a href="" target="_blank">Prof. Riccardo Fassone</a> (Università di Torino, Italy) is the first systematic attempt to answer questions such as <em>'What roles do imaginary games have in story-telling?'</em> and '<em>Why do fiction authors outline the rules of a game that the audience will never play?'</em></p> <p>To do so, they introduce five key functions that different types of imaginary games have in worldbuilding.</p> </div> <div> <ol> <li>First, fictional games can emphasize the dominant values and ideologies of the fictional society they belong to.</li> <li>Second, some imaginary games function in fictional worlds as critical, utopian tools, inspiring shifts in the thinking and political orientation of the fictional characters.</li> <li>Third, a few fictional games are conducive to the transcendence of a particular form of being, such as the overcoming of human corporeality.</li> <li>Fourth, imaginary games within works of fiction can deceptively blur the boundaries between the contingency of play and the irrevocable seriousness of “real life”, either camouflaging life as a game or disguising a game as something with more permanent consequences.</li> <li>And fifth, they can function as meta-reflexive tools, suggesting critical and/or satirical perspectives on how actual games are designed, played, sold, manipulated, experienced, understood and utilized as part of our culture.</li> </ol>Discussing examples from over 90 fictional games across a variety of media (and with several illustrations in every chapter bringing the imaginary games to life), <a href="" target="_blank">in this new volume</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Gualeni</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Fassone</a> ask us to consider fictional games not as moments of playful reprieve in a storyline, but as significant and multi-layered expressive devices. <p>The book will soon be available both at the <a href="" target="_blank">library of the University of Malta</a> and as part of the collection of the <a href="" target="_blank">Institute of Digital Games</a>.</p> <p>Have fun!</p> </div> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 08:13:03 +0100 Tower Conservation project wins international award<img src="" width="1250" height="450" alt="" title="water tower" /><div> The Water Tower Conservation Project as Sustainable Industrial Heritage Restoration, has been awarded the prestigious Energy Globe national award by Energy Globe International in 2022. The <a href="">Energy Globe Award</a> is considered as the most important Award for Sustainability worldwide.<br /> </div> <div> <p>This project was funded through the <a href="">ReSHEALience Horizon</a> 2020 project in Ultra-High Performance Concrete (European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research &amp; Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 760824), the University of Malta, the Public Abattoir, the Government of Malta and the Planning Authority. It was led by <a href="">Prof. Ruben Paul Borg</a>, Construction Materials Engineering Research Group, Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta.</p> <p>The Water Tower constructed in the 1930s, stands as a key representative of the Industrial Heritage in the Maltese Islands which, until now, has been largely ignored. The structure which was set for demolition in 2010, has been restored, through advanced engineering solutions, innovation in high-performance materials and sensor systems, with potential for wider applications and interventions in Buildings and Infrastructure in Malta.</p> <p>The restoration project had been recognised at the Malta Architecture and Spatial Planning Awards in 2021. The project was also awarded the Prix d'Honneur in Restoration for “the outstanding contribution to Maltese Cultural Heritage and the achievement of architectural excellence in Malta” and the 2021 Judge Maurice Caruana Curran Award for the best project in all categories, by Din l-Art Ħelwa.</p> <p>The reinforced concrete water tower was constructed in the 1930s to serve the needs of the Public Abattoir. It is the only structure of its type and size in the Maltese Islands and consists of a reinforced concrete structure c.15 m high with a c. 10m diameter tank having a capacity of 400 cubic m. The tank consists of a shell structure with a cylindrical drum resting on a truncated conical structure with a dome at the base and ring beams, supported on 12 slender reinforced concrete columns. The structure had been considered for demolition in 2010 as a result of severe degradation and significant loss of section particularly of the shell structure of the tank. The case for the conservation of the unique water tower was made by the University of Malta, leading to a strategic conservation programme.</p> <p>The project required the development of new methodologies in the emerging field of reinforced concrete conservation, which had to be designed for the complex structure whilst effectively addressing the severe degradation.</p> <p>The intervention was conducted on the basis of scientific restoration methodologies and included key strategic steps in the assessment of the structure. New complex techniques for restoration were developed and applied in the resoration project. Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) with increased ductility, self-healing and self-compacting properties, based on nano-additives, together with carbon textile reinforced high-performance concrete were developed and tested at the University of Malta, and then applied to the Water Tower.</p> <p>An advanced sensor network system based on 150 sensors for monitoring over time was designed based on durability monitoring, structural health monitoring and environmental monitoring, through the collaboration of the Faculty for the Built Environment and the Department of Nano and Micro Electronics. The Government of Malta and the University of Malta entered into a new framework agreement, setting up of the Water Tower research and monitoring station.</p> <p>The complex restoration of the Water Tower has led to its Scheduling as a Grade 1 National Monument in 2022, marking a first important step towards a wider appreciation of Industrial Heritage in the Maltese Islands.</p> </div> <div> &nbsp; </div> <div> <img src="" width="80%" alt="a" style="border: 0px solid rgb(0, 0, 0);" /><br /> </div> Fri, 13 Jan 2023 09:37:52 +0100 Conference on Critical Education: Critical Adult Education and Learning <img src="" width="1251" height="450" alt="" title="International Conference on Critical Education: Critical Adult Education and Learning" /><div> <div> <p><strong>Event:</strong> International Conference on Critical Education: Critical Adult Education and Learning&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Date:</strong>&nbsp; 9-12 May 2023<br /> <strong>Time:</strong>&nbsp;9:00am-5:00pm<br /> <strong>Venue:</strong>&nbsp;University of Malta, Valletta Campus</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> <div> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2023 edition of the International Conference on Critical Education will take place at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Malta, Valletta Campus</a>, between 9-12 May 2023.</p> <p>The conference will be jointly hosted by the <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education</a> and the <em>UNESCO Chair (Global Adult Education)</em>, and co-convened by <a href="" target="_blank">Prof. Carmel Borg</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Prof. Peter Mayo</a>.</p> <p>Full information about the conference is provided <a href="" target="_blank">online</a>.</p> <p>Call for papers (deadline 17 Feb 2023) and registration are open.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Fri, 13 Jan 2023 09:12:44 +0100