ESSAYS: Europe Re-Visioned

Re-Visions: Literary Exchange in an Enlarged Europe
Inizjamed logo by Pierre Portelli
Inizjamed and Literature Across Frontiers International Symposium

3-6 November 2005
St. James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta

The essays on European identity and culture featured in this issue of Transcript grew out of papers given at the Re-Visions symposium held from November 3-6, 2005 in St. James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta, and jointly organised by Inizjamed and Literature Across Frontiers. The symposium brought together participants from 16 European countries to assess the state of literary exchange in Europe and to re-assert the central role of intercultural understanding in the process of European integration. The symposium was supported by the European Union's Culture 2000 programme, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Employment in Malta, The British Council, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in Malta, Casa Rocca Piccola and the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.

Inizjamed is a voluntary non-governmental cultural organization founded in 1998 in Malta committed to the regeneration of culture and artistic expression in the Maltese Islands and actively promoting a greater awareness of the cultures of the Mediterranean. Inizjamed is a secular, non-partisan organization which acknowledges that every generation must seek to create its own language, both responding to the realities of its day and looking beyond them.

Literature Across Frontiers is a programme of literary exchange and policy debate operating through partnership with European organisations engaged in the international promotion of literature and support for literary translation. It aims to enhance the work of its partners and to act as a catalyst for new collaborations and innovative projects. LAF is based at the Mercator Centre, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, a European research and documentation institution which runs projects in the fields of European minority and regional languages and the media, languages and the Internet, and the translation and publishing of literature written in the less widely-used European languages.

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