Taking Malta out of the Box: Island Cultures, Economies, and Identities (Taking Malta out of )

Venue: Valletta

Location: Valletta, Malta

Event Date/Time: May 04, 2011 End Date/Time: May 08, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 01, 2010
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Malta may be small, but with a history featuring the Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Knights of St John, and British, its heritage is monumental.

Located at the heart of the Mediterranean and with a population density of about 1300 people per km², today’s Maltese archipelago is a bustling microstate. The islands’ official languages are English and Maltese, a descendent of Medieval Arabic. Malta’s package tourism industry thrives on the islands’ sunny, beautiful scenery, which forms the backdrop to countless heritage attractions, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From megalithic temples to Baroque bastions, from paleochristian catacombs to Medieval cityscapes, Malta is a culture lover’s paradise.

At 'Taking Malta out of the Box', academics, politicians, artists, civil servants, and businesspeople, will share knowledge across sectors and disciplines, exploring islands, past and present, in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, and worldwide. The event’s theme addresses how the identities of maritime communities and geographical and cultural islands develop alongside their cultures and economies. Papers on all maritime topics are welcome, particularly on comparative island studies.