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Is There No Honour among the Maltese?

Paradigms of Honour in a Mediterranean Moral Economy

Jean-Paul Baldacchino

political structures in the island of Malta, adopting a primarily ‘lexical approach’ to the study of honour ( Stewart 1994: 5 ). My article is derived from a combination of ethnographic research, analysis of laws, literary texts, historical research and

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Tintin and Corto Maltese

The European Adventurer Meets the Colonial Other

Dani Filc

Tintin has a casual encounter, reads an unexpected article in the newspaper, and embarks on a new adventure; Corto Maltese's exploits begin with a sailing ship and a walk among Venetian canals. Tintin and Corto Maltese are two of the most famous

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Digital Activism, Physical Activism

Malta’s Front Harsien ODZ

Michael Briguglio

On 1 May 2015, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced his government’s support of a new project—the American University of Malta. This project would entail the construction of a private university managed by Jordanian investors on the

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Forced Immobility

Undocumented Migrants, Boats, Brussels, and Islands

Godfrey Baldacchino

.8977E); these constitute international waters in the central Mediterranean sea, just outside the territorial zone of Malta, a small island state and the smallest member state of the European Union (EU). They did so for forty days, thus matching both the

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Translating “Holy Bodies” (Corpi Santi) in Malta, 1667–1795

Frans Ciappara

On 16 October 1609 a group of relics, including a piece of the true cross that the Spaniard Fra Juan Benegas had brought from Rome to Malta, was translated from Valletta to Rabat in a national procession. Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt (1601

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Anthropology of Europe Redux

Déjà vu in the South

Jon P. Mitchell

For good reasons, anthropology some decades ago deconstructed the Mediterraneanist picture of familialist societies in the South. However, this deconstruction unexpectedly had its political twin in Malta’s fight against corruption to meet the conditions for EU-membership in 2004. Drawing on a deeper concept of “territoriality”, introduced by anthropologist Ina-Maria Greverus, the article considers lately observed new variants of nationalist positions that paradoxically are deeply entwined with clientelistic dynamics against the state, culminating in the recent murder of critical journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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The Professionalization of the Clergy

Parish Priests in Early Modern Malta

Frans Ciappara

In 1760, the parish priests of Malta, led by Don Cirillo Formosa of the parish of the annunciation Tarxien, scored a victory over the canons of the cathedral and the collegiate church at Gozo to start wearing the rochet and the cape. 1 The next

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Ritual structure and ritual agency. ‘Rebounding violence’ and Maltese 1

Jon P. Mitchell

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Colonial memory and postcolonial Europe: Maltese settlers in Algeria and France by Smith, Andrea L.


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Cross‐currents: critical essays on art and culture in Malta edited by Vella, Raphael