Fil-jiem li għaddew, Elena Cardona għamlitli intervista fuq id-Diploma fil-Letteratura Maltija li se tixxandar fuq l-istazzjon tar-radju tal-komunità ta’ Għajnsielem, Radju Lauretana, fuq il-frekwenza 89.3FM.
Elena Cardona tmexxi l-programm Il-Malti, il-Letteratura u lil Hinn li beda jixxandar f’Awwissu tal-2016. Oriġinarjament kien jismu Ilsienna Teżor imma Elena biddlitlu ismu biex ikun jista’ jinkludi temi li mhumiex direttament marbuta mal-lingwa Maltija. L-istazzjon Radju Lauretana jxandar erba’ darbiet f’sena: fi żmien il-Milied, l-Għid, il-festa ta’ Sant Antnin u l-festa tal-Madonna ta’ Loretu.
Il-programm Il-Malti, il-Letteratura u lil Hinn hu twil nofsiegħa u ġew diskussi diversi temi li huma marbuta mal-Malti. Saru wkoll xi intervisti lil kittieba Maltin (Claudia Gauci, Jean Paul Borg), gruppi mużikali (Plato’s Dream Machine), u artisti (Katel Delia)
Il-programm dwar id-diploma se jixxandar fis-6 ta’ Ġunju fl-10.00am.
Ir-rikordings tal-programmi kollha ta’ Radju Lauretana jinsabu fuq is-sit tal-istazzjon skont meta xxandru. http://www.radjulauretana.com/podcast.htm
Il-mistoqsijiet ta’ Elena Cardona dwar id-Diploma fil-Letteratura Maltija kienu dawn:
Fl-edizzjoni tal-programm Il-Polz taċ-Ċittadin fuq Radju Malta tal-11 ta’ April 2018, ħadu sehem id-Direttur Ġenerali tal-Edukazzjoni għall-kurrikulu, it-tagħlim matul il-ħajja, u l-impjegabilità, is-Sur Stephen Cachia, u Dr Adrian Grima, mid-Dipartiment tal-Malti tal-Università ta’ Malta. Mexxiet il-programm Cynthia Zerafa.
Registration is open for an information seminar taking place this Saturday, March 24, on the Poetry on Film project.
The project itself sees poems by Maltese writers translated into poetry films to be premiered at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, being held from August 24 to 26 at Fort St Elmo, Valletta.
The seminar will introduce prospective directors and film-makers to the poems chosen for this year. It will include an introduction to the literature festival and poetry films by Adrian Grima, followed by a close reading of the poems by Immanuel Mifsud and a discussion.
There will also be screenings of local and foreign poetry films, namely by Nicky Aquilina/Lyanne Mifsud and Trevor Borg who will also attend the seminar.
Following the seminar, a call for proposals will be published for two poetry films of four to eight minutes in length to be produced and shown at the literature festival.
A grant of €3,000 is being offered by the Valletta 2018 Foundation and Inizjamed for the making of each film.
Applicants are to choose one of the proposed poems. The six poems, selected by Mifsud, literary consultant for the Poetry on Film project, are by Oliver Friggieri and Achille Mizzi.
The deadline for the final proposal will be April 8 and the pitch will follow on April 14.
The two selected proposals, each one focusing on a poem, will need to be translated into film by the end of July.
Participants who have produced films for the Poetry in Film project in the past may also submit proposals. The choice of applicants is at the discretion of the jury.
The information seminar is being held on Saturday at Studio Solipsis in Rabat from 9am to noon. Participation is free and applications close on Friday. The project is organised by the Valletta 2018 Foundation and Inizjamed. For more information, write to email@example.com.
Dr Frank Fabri, Segretarju Permanenti fil-Ministeru tal-Edukazzjoni u x-Xogħol, u Dr Adrian Grima, mid-Dipartiment tal-Malti fl-Università ta’ Malta, jiddiskutu d-dħul tas-suġġett tal-Malti bħala Lsien Barrani u l-Malti Applikat fil-programm Arena fuq ONE TV tal-21 ta’ Marzu 2018.
In February, Dr Adrian Grima taught a unit on Maltese language and literature to third year university students at Inalco, the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris, an well-established University that teaches 104 languages from around the world. He was also invited to give two talks to his colleagues and post-graduate students in LACNAD, the Department of Languages and Cultures of North Africa and the Diasporas and in the LACNAD-CREAM research team, the Centre of Research and Studies of Maghrebi Arabic.
In his first talk on February 7 about the frontiers of contemporary Maltese literature (“Frontières de la littérature maltaise contemporaine”), Dr Grima explored the ways in which the new literature that started to appear in the 1990s has broke new ground in terms of content and style and what were the conditions that made this renaissance possible. Adrian Grima proposed a number of factors that might have inspired this new wave of writing, including the internet revolution, Malta’s adhesion to the European Union, and the social and cultural upheavals that have opened up Maltese society since the 1990s. He also spoke on the new frontiers of Maltese literature in terms of genre, focusing on Immanuel Mifsud’s now classic, Fl-Isem tal-Missier (u tal-Iben), which he defined as an intimate autobiographical novel that stradles different genres: the novel, poetry, essay, biography and autobiography, philosophy, critical analysis, and intimate diary or journal.
In his second talk on February 7 to colleagues at INALCO and postgraduate students in the context of the LACNAD-CREAM seminar series, Dr Grima spoke about the “iconoclastic” writer Juann Mamo (1886 – 1941), “L’écrivain iconoclaste Juann Mamo,” and especially about his revolutionary novel, Ulied in-Nanna Venut fl-Amerka (1930-31). A self-confessed admirer of Cervantes and his novel Don Quixote, Mamo challenged the established Romantic and nationalist literary tradition of his time and the institutions of the Catholic Church and Nationalist Party, but his main achievement, from a literary point of view, was the way he undermined the dominant literary language. Because of his irreverence, his work was almost completely ignored by the cultural and academic elite for over 50 years. Adrian Grima spoke about Mamo also as an essentially Modernist writer who espoused many of the aspects of the European Modernist credo.
On February 8, Adrian Grima, accompanied by the Paris-based writer, translator and cultural operator Elizabeth Grech, gave a talk at the renowned Mediterranean cultural institute, iReMMO (Institut de Recherche et d’Études Méditerranée et Moyen-Orient) in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Paris. fil-qalba tal-Quartier Latin ta’ Pariġi, on “Malta as a microcosm of Globalization in the Mediterranean” (“Malte, microcosme de la mondialisation en Méditerranée”).
In 2015, the University of Malta, through the Department of Maltese, re-established its Erasmus partnership agreement with this renowned French university. Collaboration in the fields of linguistics and the study of literature and popular culture between the Maltese Department and INALCO has been going on for many years and Prof. Albert Borg has played a major role in fostering this exchange.
The exchange was first established in the 1990s through the efforts of Prof. Dominique Caubet, formerly Head of the Department of Maghrebi Arabic at INALCO, and Prof. Manwel Mifsud and Prof. Albert Borg from the Department of Maltese. Together with Prof. Marie Alexander and Prof. Ray Fabri from the Institute of Linguistics, and Edgar Paul Magro, they lectured for successive years at Inalco. This collaboration was established in the context of the establishment of AIDA, Association Internationale de Dialectologie Arabe.
Adrian Grima was invited to INALCO by LACNAD, the Department of Languages and Cultures of North Africa and the Diasporas, to teach a course called “Initiation au maltais” to third year students. His lectures focused both on the history and the constituent elements of Maltese language and literature and on the ways in which they have been developing in recent years. Materials used in the unit ranged from a recording of the “Cantilena”, the oldest text in Maltese language and literature, to songs by Walter Micallef (“In-Nofsinhar”) and Plato’s Dream Machine (“Int”).
The collaboration between the Department of Maltese and INALCO continues in May with a round table conference on oral traditions to be held in Malta. One of the main speakers will be Prof. Mourad Yelles.
Dr Adrian Grima’s 17-day teaching assignment at Inalco was partly funded by the EU staff mobility programme Erasmus+.