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Once upon an Archive: Malta, the Langue of Italy and the Order of St. John



Once upon an Archive: Malta, the Langue of Italy and the Order of St. John

On the occasion of the MUHS Andrew Vella Memorial Lecture,

the Institue is proud to partner with the Malta University Historical Society


Friday April 29, at 18:30

at the National Library of Malta


Once upon an Archive: Malta, the Langue of Italy and the Order of St. John

a lecture by Dr. Valeria Vanesio

 poster edited


Among the many research questions wrapping up the history of the Order of St. John, its chancery practices, administrative procedures, and archival history are still unknown or overlooked. Navigating Hospitaller archives, both at central and peripheral level, requires exploring artificial archival collections, facing huge gaps and challenging the traditional understanding of the Hospitaller institutions.


Through one of the connecting bodies between the central and the peripheral institutions, the Langue of Italy, this intervention aims to unravel some of these research knots from an unpublished perspective, the Magistral Archives of the Order in Rome, and to give new light to a sleeping memory, the fragmented archive of the Italian Langue.


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Dr. Valeria Vanesio - Short bio 


Before joining the University of Malta at the Department of Library Information & Archive Sciences, Dr. Vanesio was post-doc in Archival History and Archivist of the Malta Study Center (HMML, USA) from 2018 to 2020. She was also in charge of a 3-years project of reorganization of the historical fonds at Magistral Archives of Order of Saint John in Rome (2014-2017) with the creation of an internal archival guide. 

Her main field of research is the archival and institutional history of the Order of Saint John, with a particular focus on the early modern period and the Maltese and Italian archival scenario. She held a Ph.D. in Archival and Library Science at Sapienza University of Rome and two specialization diploma at the State Archive in Rome and the Archivio Aposolico Vaticano. Dr. Vanesio has conducted research and lectured in Italy, Malta and United States and is part of international research projects.



Date: Friday, April 29, 2022

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Malta University Historical Society

In collaboration with : IIC La Valletta

Entrance : Free


National Library of Malta