University of Malta Summer School on the Knights of St John

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University of Malta Summer School on the Knights of St JohnThe University of Malta Summer School on the Knights of St John, is being held between the 9th and 20th June 2014, at the University of Malta Valletta Campus, and comprises an intensive two-week programme of classroom and on-site lectures, seminars and workshops that will be delivered by leading scholars in the feld.

The summer school is intended for anyone with an interest in getting to know more about the Knights and their history; no prior knowledge is needed. The organisers said that sessions will be held by Maltese and non-Maltese experts and expats in Malta will probably find it of particular interest.

Over the centuries, the Order of Malta has been known by a variety of names – Hospitallers, Knights of St John of Jerusalem, Knights of Rhodes, Knights of Malta – each indicating a particular function and / or link of the Order with a place.

The morphing of the name is in itself an indication of how throughout its history, the Order was elastic enough, both in its ideas and in practice, to respond to the ever-present human desires of conformity and challenge.

Then, as now, institutions were shaped by beliefs, procedures and human relationships that can both sustain and undermine the hierarchies of an organisation. This summer school will be an opportunity to gain an overview perspective of the story of the Order, from its humble beginnings in Jerusalem as a hospice at some point before the First Crusade to its ousting from Malta by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798.

Its relevance across the centuries was at times questioned, yet it always survived because one or more of its functions – charitable, military, naval, land-owning – was always able to pull it through, right up to present times.

Therefore this summer school is meant to serve as a compass to assist the curious and enterprising to chart their own course into a panoramic past, coloured by scores of legends, but which is still unknown to many.

It will be taught by experts in the feld, including, Prof Victor Mallia-Milanes, Prof Keith Sciberras and Dr Emanuel Buttigieg. Moreover, participants will uniquely be able to study about the Knights of St John in the place which they called home for 268 years, Malta, the island which is still home to their archives, churches, palaces and various treasures. An opportunity not to be missed.

This course is registered as a study-unit with the University of Malta carrying 4 ECTS credits.

Tuition fee, including registration fees, all course material and accommodation at the University Residence is 550 Euro. Registration excluding accommodation is 350 Euro. Participants that do not require accommodation are requested to send an to: or telephone on +356 2340 7501/2

Further details and registration can be found here.

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