Speakers

Perit Ruben Abela

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Perit Ruben Abela graduated as an architect and civil engineer from the University of Malta in 1992 with a specialisation in Land-use Planning and Urban Design.  In 1995 he obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management and an MSc in Conservation Technology in 1997.

For 14 years (1992-2006) he was employed by the Planning Authority and later MEPA serving in managerial positions in Development Control and Enforcement Units.  Since 2006 he has been working as a manager at Heritage Malta and was responsible for a number of conservation and restoration projects, the largest one being the conservation and restoration of Fort St Angelo, where he was the Project Leader of this project funded through the European Regional Development Fund.  He also served as a Chief Executive Officer of the Environment and Resources Authority.

Perit Abela was a member on a number of boards and committees including the Heritage Advisory Committee, the Natural Heritage Advisory Committee, the Valletta and Floriana; Cottonera; and Mdina Rehabilitation Committees and was also appointed as an independent member on the Environment and Resources Authority Board.

For the last thirty years, he worked in the voluntary sector in a number of organisations and was founder of the local NGO Wirt iż-Żejtun.

He is author of  a number of publications, papers  and articles.


Prof Brian W. Blouet

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Educated at Darlington Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, before joining the Royal Air Force National Service in Malta, 1956-57.  At Hull University awarded a B.A. in Geography (1960), then Ph.D. (1964) for a dissertation “The Changing Landscape of Malta, 1530-1798.” Published first edition of “The Story of Malta,” Faber and Faber, 1967.  Eighth edition, Allied Publications, 2017.

He had academic appointments at the University of Sheffield, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Texas A. & M. University.  Currently he is Huby Professor of Geography and International Education, College of William and Mary in Virginia.  Forthcoming, “Malta and Britain,” Midsea Books.


Dr Keith Buhagiar

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Keith Buhagiar is a Ph.D. graduate in archaeology from the University of Malta specialising in central Mediterranean medieval and Early Modern cultural landscape development, hydrology, historical water management systems, cave-settlements, Palaeochristian  and Byzantine archaeology. Dr Buhagiar lectures Palaeochristian, Byzantine and Medieval archaeology at the Department of Classics and Archaeology and the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta.  Research interests include geology, central Mediterranean, North African and Near Eastern water harvesting and water capture systems, human-induced landscape transformation processes, Maltese Medieval and Early Modern giardino-type agricultural estates, Late Roman, Palaeochristian and medieval burial spaces, rock-excavated dwellings and oratories, as well as Mediterranean settlement location and distribution. Dr Buhagiar’s research is widely published in both foreign and local specialist journals and books, amongst which is the Malta and Water (AD 900 to 1900): Irrigating a semi-arid landscape book published by BAR/Hadrian Publishing of Oxford in 2016.


Prof Denis De Lucca

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Professor Denis De Lucca, who holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, was born in Malta in 1952 and graduated as an architect in 1975. He has occupied the position of dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Malta (1989-2001) and is currently the Director of the International Institute for Baroque Studies at the same university. Professor De Lucca has published extensively on the history of the Baroque age and is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and of number of books on Architecture and  Baroque Studies, the last two being Jesuits and Fortifications: The Contribution of the Jesuits to Military Architecture in the Baroque Age (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012) and The Baroque Mind (Malta: International Institute for Baroque Studies, 2018).


Perit Veronica Micallef

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Veronica Micallef is an Architect and project manager for MUŻA (The National Community Art Museum) at Heritage Malta. She holds a B.E.&A.(Hons) from the University of Malta and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh. Micallef participated in the 18th International Course on Stone Conservation organised by ICCROM and the Getty Institute in Rome and was involved in the implementation of the EU funded Fort St. Angelo Heritage Experience. She is currently reading for an MSc in Conservation Technology for Masonry Buildings at the University of Malta.


 

Dr George A. Said Zammit

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George Said-Zammit studied Archaeology and Classics at the University of Malta. Between 1992 and 1994 Said-Zammit pursued his studies at the University of Durham, where he read for a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology. His thesis, entitled Population, Land Use and Settlement on Punic Malta: a contextual analysis of the Burial Evidence, was published in Oxford in 1997. In 2016 Dr. Said-Zammit defended successfully his doctoral thesis at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands), entitled The Development of Domestic Space in the Maltese Islands from the Late Middle Ages to the Second Half of the Twentieth Century. His thesis was published in Oxford in 2016. Dr. Said-Zammit is the author of various papers, studies and publications which he published locally and abroad. He has devoted most of his career in the field of education. For many years he has taught History, Latin and Environmental Studies at the Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat. In 2008 he became Education Officer of Social Studies and European Studies within the Department of Curriculum Management (Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education), a post which he occupied until 2014 when he was appointed Director Student Services within the Ministry for Education and Employment. In 2017 George Said-Zammit was appointed Director of Examinations within the same Ministry. Dr. Said-Zammit is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (UK).


Mr Joseph Schirò

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Joseph Schirò is the head emeritus of the Conservation Division within Heritage Malta. He co-edited the first festchrift in Malta, Liber Amicorum Dr. Albert Ganado in 1994, and also Malta 1796-1797 Thorvaldsen’s Visit in 1997. He co-authored Andersen and Malta in 1991, Fine Bookbindings in 1999, German Malta Maps in 2011, The Brocktorff Mapmakers in 2012 and The Pre-Siege Maps of Malta – second century AD – 1564 in 2016. In 2017 he edited the translation into English of the Russian book by Grigory Krayevski The Island of Malta and the Order of St John. He is the Honorary Secretary of the Malta Map Society and editor of the Malta Map Society Journal. In May 2000, he received the award of Cavaliere Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito Melitense from the Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. In December 2014 was presented the Outstanding Services to Library and Information Science Award by the Malta Library and Information Association.


Prof Conrad Thake

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Prof Conrad Thake is an architect and architectural historian. He graduated with a Masters’ degree in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a Ph.D. degree in Architecture, from the University of California, at Berkeley, U.S.A. He has co-authored with the late Quentin Hughes, the two volumes MaltaThe Baroque Island, (2003) and Malta – War & Peace, an Architectural Chronicle 1800-2000, (2005). He recently published the books, William Scamp – An Architect of the British Admiralty in Malta, The Ottoman Muslim Cemetery in Malta, Contemporary Architecture in Malta, Portals of Valletta and Ta’ Braxia Cemetery (with Janica Buhagiar).

He has published in several prestigious international journals such as Abitare la Terra, L’Arca, Demetra, Palladio, and Spazio e Società. Thake is a Salzburg fellow and a Member of CICA – Comité International des Critiques d’Architecture / International Committee of Architectural Critics. He is currently an associate professor in the department of Art and History of Art, Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta.

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