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23rd Annual International Congress of the Mediterranean Studies Association

25th May 2021
The 23rd Annual International Congress of the Mediterranean Studies Association (MSA) began this Wednesday 26th May in partnership with the University of Gibraltar. The Mediterranean Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization which promotes the scholarly study of the Mediterranean region in all aspects and disciplines. It is particularly concerned with the ideas and ideals of Mediterranean cultures from antiquity to the present and their influence beyond these geographical and temporal boundaries.
Our Gibraltar and Mediterranean Studies Institute Director, Dr Jennifer Ballantine Perera, was awarded the Presidency for the Congress back in 2019 and has been working closing with the MSA committee to pull together an incredible programme for this year’s congress. Panel topics include, ‘Borderlands and Migrations in Spain, Gibraltar, and the Maghreb’, ‘Spain and Gibraltar in the Medieval and Early Modern Period’, ‘The Ancient Mediterranean’, and ‘Nineteenth-Century Literature’. For a full look at this year’s programme, please click here. The conference is set to run over three days until Friday 28th May from 15:00 to 20:00 local time with members joining us from all over the world, including America, Korea, Greece, Spain and the United Kingdom
Dr Ballantine Perera will be presenting her paper on ‘Reclaiming Shakespeare’s The Tempest for a Colonial Mediterranean of the 20th Century, and one of our PhD Commonwealth scholars, Christian Menage will be speaking on ‘ENGADINE, ELLAMY, and SHADER: Recent UK Air Operations in the Mediterranean Theatre’.
The congress will be opened by the Hon Prof. John Cortes, MBE, Minister for Education and the University, and Prof. Catherine Bachleda, Vice Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar.
Due to the current pandemic, the conference will be taking place entirely online. Should member of the public be interested in attending any of the sessions please register directly on the MSA website – https://www.mediterraneanstudies.org/. Should any University of Gibraltar students or associates wish to attend, please contact Karissa Pizzarello directly on Karissa.pizzarello@unigib.edu.gi