Gibraltar, as one of the Pillars of Hercules, remains a point of departure for investigating the gateway between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic and the crossroads between Europe and Africa. Concentrating primarily on historical, anthropological and archaeological studies, this Institute will develop authentic and non-traditional research methods to reflect the cultural, religious and geopolitical setting of this part of the world, with focus on the Strait region as the meeting point of people, polities and power.
The Associate Researchers in the Institute for Gibraltar and Mediterranean Studies will focus on interdisciplinary research into areas such as, colonial and postcolonial studies, the aim being to address questions of identity, ethnicity, self-determination and nationalism. A wide interdisciplinary approach to spatial history and social geography will offer the tools with which to study the distribution and reconfiguration of domestic, public and military space.
Research into social and cultural history will also involve oral history methods, an area in which we are developing innovative techniques into bilingual interviews and transcriptions, allowing us to further understand bilingualism, code switching and Llanito traditions.
Given our emphasis on Gibraltar as a meeting point of cultures, the Institute will house a centre for Three Cultures (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) which will engage not only with the historic convergence of these three Abrahamic religions and cultures in Gibraltar, but also their continued joint presence on the Rock over more than six hundred years. The Centre will include the study of Sephardic history and culture.
The institute is committed to the building of local research capacity and excellence in scholarship, bringing together leading academic specialists from a range of relevant disciplines. It will strive to be recognised internationally as a centre of excellence in its field.
Its main areas of activity include: interdisciplinary research in socio-cultural themes associated with Gibraltar, supervision of students, engagement with key research associations and expert platforms, seeking funding and projecting the University of Gibraltar’s research presence internationally.
The University of Gibraltar works closely with the Gibraltar Garrison Library and HM Government of Gibraltar’s Department of Heritage as Key Partners within the Institute for Gibraltar and Mediterranean Studies.
The Gibraltar Museum, Gibraltar Garrison Library and the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens are also Associate Campuses of the University of Gibraltar and their resources, including their extensive collections, are available for study to University of Gibraltar PhD Researchers.