Gozo at the turn of the 20th century – Dr Paul George Pisani lecture

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Attilio Mori's description of Gozo at the turn of the 20th CenturyThis Friday, a public lecture is being hosted at the Santa Cecilia Chapel, Xewkija by Wirt Ghawdex in cooperation with Festival Mediterranea.

Attilio Mori’s description of Gozo at the turn of the 20th Century – is the title of the lecture and will be delivered by Dr. Paul George Pisani, as part of the programme of events for this year’s Festival.

An Italian professor, author and geographer, Attilio Mori (1865-1937) 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.’

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

Friday’s 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.

Dr Pisani will also be comparing it 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 and is starting at 7.30pm

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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