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Mediterranean Institute - University of Malta

International Music Pedagogy Workshops
27-30 June 2010

“Introduction to Ethnomusicology and 
Mediterranean Soundscapes”
Taught by Philip Ciantar, University of Malta

“Applied Ethnomusicology in the Classroom”
Taught by Elita Maule, Conservatorio di Musica di Bolzano

With contributions by Mariella Cassar, Education Officer for Music – Ministry of Education – Malta
and Marcello Sorce Keller, Chair Study Group

in conjunction with 

8th Meeting of the Study Group
“Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures”
International Council for Traditional Music/UNESCO
1-4 July 2010

“Musical Translations across the Mediterranean”

Valletta Campus, Old University Building
St Paul Street
Valletta – MALTA

Simon Mercieca, Marcello Sorce Keller

Keynote speaker:

Philip V. Bohlman 
Distinguished Professor of Music, University of Chicago

Collegues interested in submitting a paper to the Meeting of the Study Group are cordially invited to send a one-page abstract, before January 31, 2010, to Marcello Sorce Keller: Papers will be screened by Martin Stokes (Oxford University), Philip Ciantar (University of Malta), Marcello Sorce Keller (Chair, Study Group). 

All queries concerning registration to the workshops and logistics for both events should be addressed to:

Ms Lucienne Bugeja
Conference and Facilities Manager, FIS Ltd
Valletta Campus, Old University Building
St Paul Street
Tel: +356 21 234571; +356 21 234121/2 Ext 202
Fax: +356 21 230551

Mediterranean Institute

The main objective of the Mediterranean Institute is to promote 
Mediterranean studies in both the arts and social sciences, through a holistic understanding of this historic region, its culture and its 

The Institute performs three important functions: training, research and information. Training is performed through the organization of interdisciplinary courses covering a broad range of subject areas: 
Anthropology, Geography, History of Mediterranean Civilisation, 
Contemporary Mediterranean Studies, Music Studies and Theatre 
Studies. Research is undertaken both from within the Institute and in response to external requests. The Institute disseminates 
information through networking, conferences and publications, 
particularly the Journal of Mediterranean Studies.

In this document:

* Registration
* Accommodation
* Social and Academic Programme
* About Malta
* About UoM
* General Information


The Registration Fee for music educators attending the workshops and later auditing the Study Group Meeting is 180 Euros if paid before 30 January 2010.
The Registration Fee is 220 Euros if paid after 31 January 2010.

The Registration Fee includes: coffee breaks and lunches on workshop and conference days, welcome reception and conference bag. 

When filling in the Payment Summary Form on the Registration Form, please ensure that you have added the fees for any optional tours and conference dinner for yourself and any accompanying persons. 


Payment may be effected EITHER by bank transfer (net of charges) and sent to the following bank account held in the name of the Foundation for International Studies Ltd.:

Bank of Valletta plc
45, Republic Street 
Valletta, VLT 1113
ACCOUNT NO: 40017059525
IBAN: MT47VALL22013000000040017392839

Please ensure that when sending a bank transfer, you quote Sort Code and IBAN.


VISA or MASTER CARD giving name of card holder, card number, cvv number (last 3 digits at back of card) and expiry date. 

If you wish to pay by Credit Card, upon receipt of the Registration Form, you will be sent a Payment by Credit Card Form to fill in the necessary details. The form should be faxed to Ms Lucienne Bugeja (Fax: +356 21 230551) or sent as an attachment by email.

Cancellations before 31 January will be possible by sending an email request to and 90% of the fee will be refunded. For cancellations between 1 February and 15 May 50% of the fee will be refunded. After 15 May there will be no refund. 

Arrangements for a special conference rate have been made at the Sliema Hotel.

Sliema Hotel
59 The Strand, Sliema
Tel. (00356) 21 324888

Single room on bed & breakfast basis – 27.5E per night

Sunday 27th June: 

Arrival of Workshop participants

Monday 28th June:
09.30-17.30 Workshop 1 “Introduction to Ethnomusicology and Mediterranean Soundscapes” (Taught by Philip Ciantar, University of Malta). 

20.00-23.00 A cultural tour to Buskett, Rabat where we shall eat the traditional “Fenkata” (Rabbit Stew). 22 Euros (minimum no of pax 17).
Tuesday 29th June:
10.30-14.30 A cultural tour of the city of Mdina and Rabat
22 Euros (minimum no of pax 17)
Evening Free
Wednesday 30th June: 
Arrival of Study Group Meeting Participants

09.30-17.30 Workshop 2 “Applied Ethnomusicology in the Classroom” (Taught by Elita Maule, Conservatory of Music, Bolzano). 
20.00 Organ concert on the Ottavino Organ at Cospicua (Bormla) by John Galea and Robert Buhagiar. A welcoming reception will follow(for both
Workshop and Study Group Meeting Participants).
Thursday 01st July: 
09.30-17.30 Study Group Meeting “Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures.”
(workshops participants are invited to attend)
Free Evening
Friday, 02nd July: 
09.30-17.30 Study Group Meeting “Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures.”
(workshops participants are invited to attend)
Free Evening
Saturday, 03rd July:
09.30-17.30 Study Group Meeting “Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures.”
(workshops participants are invited to attend).
19.00 Kalkara. An open air event of music extravaganza, 
where participants are invited to play ethnic 
Mediterranean instruments. The event will be 
held in the village church and will be followed 
by refreshments (for both Workshop and Study
Group Meeting Participants). 

Sunday, 04th July: 

Optional trip to the island of GOZO (for both Workshop and Study Group Meeting Participants) – 45Euros (minimum no of pax 17). A full day to Gozo, starting with a 20 minute ferry crossing. A visit to Ggantija Prehistoric Temples, Dwejra & the Azure Window, and the Citadel in the Capital of Victoria. Price includes transport from Sliema Hotel to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal/Return, Transport in Gozo, Licensed Guide, Ferry ticket and Entry ticket to Ggantija Prehistoric Temples. 


MALTA, Gozo and Comino, the inhabited islands of the Maltese archipelago, lie at almost the exact geographical heart of the Mediterranean Sea. With Sicily some 95 kms to the North, Tripoli 350 kms to the South and Tunis 320 kms to the West, Malta is virtually at the crossroads between continents. The islands' strategic position has, in fact, made them subject to a succession of rulers, who in turn left their influence on the country and language as we know them today. Malta's pre-history dates back to 5000 B.C., whilst its documented past is traceable over a period of 2000 years.

In 1964 Malta obtained its political independence from Britain and in 1974 it became a Republic. Elections to the House of Representatives are held every five years. Malta is a member of the United Nations and its various organisations and ever since 1964 has taken an active role in United Nations affairs. In 1967 Malta 
launched the idea of seabed resources being the common heritage of mankind. Malta became a full member of the EU on 1 May, 2004.

The national language is Maltese which is a complex derivative of Semitic and Romance languages using a primarily Latin alphabet but also including a number of additional letters which originate in the Arab language. English is also an official language. The climate is typically Mediterranean, having mild winters and hot summers. Malta has a population of 400,000 and is visited annually by over a million tourists. Air Malta and other international airlines link Malta with the major European and North African cities. There are daily connections to London (Heathrow and Gatwick Airports) and Rome as well as frequent direct flights to Milan, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Athens, Tunis, Cairo, Tel Aviv and Dubai. A sophisticated telecommunications system, cardphone/internet booths and internet cafés, ensure easy international links. The capital city is Valletta commissioned by Grandmaster La Vallette after the Great Siege of 1565.


THE University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense in 1592. Situated at Tal-Qroqq, it is the highest teaching institution of the State by which it is mainly financed and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. There are nearly 10,000 students including over 750 foreign/exchange students from 80 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses, most of them run on the modular or credit system. Some 2,700 students graduate in various disciplines annually. The degree courses at the University are designed to produce highly qualified professionals with experience of research, who will play key roles in industry, commerce and public affairs in general. There are a further nearly 3,500 pre-tertiary students at the Junior College which is also managed by the University.

The University today has eleven faculties: Arts; Built Environment; Dental Surgery; Economics, Management & Accountancy; Education; Engineering; Information & Communication Technology; Laws; Medicine & Surgery; Science and Theology. A number of interdisciplinary institutes and centres have been set up in various fields. These include Agriculture, Anglo-Italian Studies, Baroque Studies, Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking, Energy Technology, Criminology, Health Care, Linguistics, Maltese Studies, Physical Education and Sport, Public Administration and Management, the Mediterranean Institute, the International Environment Institute (which incorporates the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics), the Institute for Islands and Small States Studies and the Institute for Sustainable Development. The centres comprise: the European Centre of Gerontology, the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research, European Centre for Educational Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, Centre for Environmental Education and Research, Centre for Communication Technology, Centre for Family Studies, Centre for Labour Studies, Centre for Literacy and the European Documentation and Research Centre which incorporates the European Documentation Centre established to serve as a repository of European Community documents as well as a resource centre for students and the general public.

A campus on Malta's sister-island, Gozo, offers a part-time evening degree course and facilitates short courses and seminars. Associated with the University is the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies which was established by special agreement with the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. The campus is also home to the International Maritime Law Institute (IMO) and the International Ocean Institute Malta Operational Centre. The public response to the University of the Third Age has been very encouraging with membership constantly on the increase and all activities being well attended.

There are a number of fields which the University has identified as priority areas. Chief among these, are relations with industry and the strengthening of the Engineering departments; the further development of information technology, computer science and artificial intelligence; the University's contribution to the improvement of primary and secondary education and the forging of inter-university links to stimulate international educational exchange.

The University of Malta is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association (EUA), the Utrecht Network, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), the European Access Network (EAN) as well as the Santander Network and the Compostela Group. Through its International and EU Office, University of Malta students participate in programmes such as Erasmus, Leonardo and Comenius. Over the years, the University has participated in various EU Programmes and has won several projects under the Framework Programmes in collaboration with a number of partner universities.

The University is geared towards the infrastructural and industrial needs of the country so as to provide expertise in crucial fields. There is ongoing collaboration with the public and private sectors whilst various services are offered to industry.


VISA :PLS CHECK WHETHER YOU NEED A VISA. Click the Travelling to Malta link under Services. You can also send an email to 

Personal and Other Insurance 
Participants are reminded to take out personal insurance for themselves and accompanying persons, including insurance of personal effects.

Climate and Clothing 
The weather in Malta in July is hot and sunny, therefore light summer clothing is recommended.

New state-of-the-art equipment links Malta to the rest of the World. Broadband Internet Access and fax facilities are readily available while Vodafone, Go and Melita provide the latest generation mobile telephony services (WAP, GPRS). Relatively cheap international calling cards may be bought from various outlets.

The unit of currency in Malta is the Euro. 

There are banks in all the towns and villages with additional "Bureaux de Change" in Sliema, St. Julians and Valletta. 

Bank of Valletta and HSBC banking hours are as follows:

Bank of Valletta 
Monday - Thursday 08:30 - 14:00 
Friday 08:30 - 15:30 
Saturday 08:30 - 12:30

Monday - Thursday 08:30 - 13:30 
Friday 08:30 - 16:30 
Saturday 08:30 - 12:30

The bank at the airport is open twenty-four hours.

Electricity supply is 220/240 volts, single phase, 50 cycle. The square fitting standard three-pin plugs and sockets are used.

Coffee Breaks will be available on conference days. A list of catering outlets in the vicinity of the conference venue will be in the conference pack.

Dietary Requirements 

Please specify on the registration form if you have any special dietary requirements.

Restaurants in Malta offer a wide choice of cuisine ranging from the local to Continental, Indian, Mexican, Chinese. Maltese food is heavily influenced by the Italian and Italian restaurants abound on the islands.

Dinner can cost from 14 Euros to 45 Euros per head depending on the category of restaurant. Snack bars and cafes are cheaper. Nightclubs and discotheques charge entrance fees of around 7 Euros and cinema tickets cost 6.5 Euros.

Malta offers facilities for practically all kinds of sports and the Marsa Sports Club has an 18-hole golf-course, 18 tennis courts, a racetrack and several badminton and squash courts. Many of the leading hotels in Malta have modern health and fitness facilities.

Delegates should ensure that they are covered by adequate medical insurance. Health care in Malta is of a high level conforming to European standards. The new state-of-the-art Mater Dei Hospital is the state hospital. There are also two private hospitals, St. James Capua and St. Philips.

The national language is Maltese which is a complex derivative of Semitic and Romance languages using a primarily Latin alphabet but also including a number of additional letters which originate in the Arab language. English is also an official language and is widely spoken in Malta and will be the language of the conference.

Postal Services 
Stamps may be bought from most Newsagents/Stationers. For full postal services the main Post Office is located in Castille Place, Valletta whilst branches may be found in most areas. Postal rates for an ordinary letter/postcard are as follows: 
Local: Euros 0.19 
Europe and UK Euros 0.37 
USA and Canada Euros 0.51 
Australia Euros 0.63

Shops are usually open from 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00. However, many are closed on Saturday afternoon. Malta is renowned for its Lace, Mdina Glass and reasonably priced gold and silver items. Local honey and wine have been famous since antiquity.

Markets: Il-Monti, Valletta, Mondays to Saturdays, 07:30 to 12:00; St. James Ditch, Valletta, Sundays, 07:30 to 12:00. Marsaxlokk, Sunday mornings.

Useful Telephone Numbers 
Emergency (Police, Ambulance, Fire) 112 
Overseas Operator 1152 
Directory Enquiries 1182 
Vodafone Operator 1189 
Go Operator 1187
Melita 27 27 5000
Flight Enquiries 5004 3333 (Malta International Airport) 
Gozo Ferries 21 556114

Barracuda, 194, Main Street, St. Julians Tel: 21 331817, 
21 337370
San Giuliano, Spinola Beach, St. Julians Tel: 21 332000, 
21 319615 
Dolce Vita, 159, St. Georges Road, St. Julians Tel: 21 337806 
Da Peppino, St. Georges Road, St. Julians Tel: 21 373200 
Portopalo, Tigne Sea Front, Sliema Tel: 21 331915 
Bacchus, Triq Inguanez, Mdina Tel: 21 454981, 21 459437 
Medina, 7, Holy Cross Street, Mdina Tel: 21 454004 
The Arches, 113, Main Street, Mellieha Tel: 21 573436, 21 520533 
The Carriage, South Street, Valletta Tel: 21 247828 
Trattoria Palazz, Old Theatre Street, Valletta Tel: 21 226611 
Grabiel, Marsascala Seafront, Marsascala, Tel: 21 684194 
Porto del Sol, Xemxija Hill, St. Paul's Bay, Tel: 21 573970 

For further information about Malta: which has links to general info about Malta; hotels and events and other MTA sites and