The Department of International Relations 2010/2011 Lecture Series Presents Dr Nicholas Vella Department of Classics and Archeology University of Malta In a Public Lecture on "You are the Italian Lawrence in Malta ..." Politics and archaeology in Malta between the two World Wars. Date: Friday 8th April 2011 Time: 15.00-16.00 Venue: Lecture Centre 216 Look out for upcoming public lectures being hosted by the Department of International Relations delivered by the following participants H.E. Mr Douglas Kmiec, Ambassador of the United States of America to Malta Prof Przemyslaw Biskup, Chair of European Studies University of Warsaw; author of, Conflicts between Community and National Laws: an Analysis of the British Approach (2003) Dr Naveed Sheikh, Keele University; author of The New Politics of Islam: Pan-Islamic Foreign Policy in a World of States (2007) and Saudi State, Wahabi World: The Globalization of Muslim Radicalism (2009) For further information please contact the Department of International Relations on 2340 3083 or firstname.lastname@example.org Between the two World Wars the nationalist cause in Malta received much help from the Italian government. This lecture explores the ramifications of the research that a young prehistorian, Luigi Maria Ugolini (1895-1936), was commissioned to carry out on the megalithic remains of Malta. In particular, it considers the role played by archaeology to legitimate the nationalist cause. The account will start with a chance encounter that happened in the Pincio gardens in Rome in the autumn of 1998 and a series of discoveries that ensued. Nicholas C. Vella BA (Hons), PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Malta. His research interests are varied but his lecturing duties compel him to concentrate on issues of archaeological method and theory (in particular landscape archaeology), Phoenician archaeology, and western Mediterranean prehistory. At the moment he is busy collating for publication the archive of the Italian archaeologist Luigi Maria Ugolini and writing up a number of archaeological reports for fieldwork he co-directs. He was Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome in 1998-1999, Research Associate at the American University of Beirut in 2006 and Getty Visiting Scholar in 2007. He co-edited for Equinox (UK) the book Debating Orientalization: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Change in the Ancient Mediterranean (2006) and has just completed co-editing for the British School at Rome the book Identifying the Punic Mediterranean.