Taking Malta out of the Box: Island Cultures, Economies, and Identities (Taking Malta out of )
|Event Date/Time: May 04, 2011||End Date/Time: May 08, 2011|
|Abstract Submission Date: Sep 01, 2010|
Located at the heart of the Mediterranean and with a population density of about 1300 people per kmÂ², todayâ€™s Maltese archipelago is a bustling microstate. The islandsâ€™ official languages are English and Maltese, a descendent of Medieval Arabic. Maltaâ€™s package tourism industry thrives on the islandsâ€™ 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 loverâ€™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 eventâ€™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.