Update: Attilio Mori’s description of Gozo at the turn of the 20th Century

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Lecture: Attilio Mori's description of Gozo at the turn of the 20th CenturyUpdate: amendment to starting time – Wirt Ghawdex, in cooperation with Festival Mediterranea, is hosting a public lecture at the Santa Cecilia Chapel, Xewkija.

The lecture – Attilio Mori’s description of Gozo at the turn of the 20th Century – is scheduled for Friday, the 3rd of November and will be delivered by Dr. Paul George Pisani.

Attilio Mori (1865-1937) was an Italian professor, author and geographer who visited Gozo in 1900 in connection with the preparation of a geodetic map of Malta and Italy.

In November 1921, that is a year prior to the nomination of Mussolini as prime minister of Italy, Mori published an illustrated account of his stay in Gozo in the Italian Touring Club magazine ‘Le Vie D’Italia.’

He describes Gozo as ‘the extreme limb of the motherland.’ This was in line with the Fascist policy of ‘redeeming’ Italy’s ‘lost’ appendages.

The illustrated talk will analyse this very rare account of Gozo at the turn of the 20th century, in the context of the political and social ambiance in Malta and Italy between the two world wars.

It will also be compared with contemporary accounts by other non-Italian visitors to Gozo. Wirt Ghawdex said that as far as it is known, it is the first time that this account has been studied.

The lecture, which is open to the general public, will be held in English is now starting at 7.30pm, not 6.30pm as previously stated. For those interested in attending, please reserve seats by email to membership@wirtghawdex.org since seating at the chapel is limited.

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