The Department of Modern History and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Szeged in Hungary organized an international conference as part of its celebrations to mark 25 years since its foundation. The theme of the conference was extremely topical concerning the current situation and dealt with borders and identities. The conference took place on the 10th and 11th of November 2022.
I was honoured to be invited to participate and give the closing lecture which was a lecture magistalis on identity and borders. In this lecture, I tackled the subject of how borders conditioned identities in the Mediterranean throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, focusing on the cultural and diplomatic aspects behind identities and borders.
The lecture opened with the story of the sacred crucifix that is venerated at the church of Ta’ Ġieżu in Valletta and how the faithful devotion increased because of its connection – fictitious and real – with the city of Jerusalem.
This lecture was delivered at the French cultural centre in Szeged.