DISCERN, the Diocesan Research Institute on the Signs of the Times, is convening a round table on Thursday, 21 July 2022, to reflect on the findings of a study of representations of Catholicism in Malta. In the words of the research report, “The study of representations of Catholicism in Malta is important. By studying such representations, one opens a window into the Maltese cultural milieu. More importantly, changes in the local representation of Catholicism over time reflect, precipitate, and run parallel to, changes within the wider social sphere.” (p.11)

Dr Luke Buhagiar, who led the research while Chief Research Officer at Discern, will present the study’s principal findings. Three experts and commentators on trends in Maltese society and in the Catholic Church will examine the research report and reflect upon it from a range of perspectives. The event will conclude with questions and remarks from the floor.

The general public is invited to attend this event which will be held in The Old Refectory at the Archbishop’s Curia in Floriana. The seminar will start at 6pm and end at 8pm. Due to space restrictions, kindly reserve a place by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling 25906136, by noon on Tuesday, 19 July 2022.

About Dr Luke J. Buhagiar

Luke J. Buhagiar holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Malta and lectures at the same institution. His thesis looked at Arab-Maltese relations and presented an action-oriented approach to the study of intergroup relations. Dr Buhagiar has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on argumentation analysis, intergroup relations, methodology and philosophical social psychology, and is an editorial assistant with the academic journal, Papers on Social Representations. His research interests range from the empirical study of joint projects and social representations to the philosophical study of liminality.