Ġorġ Mallia

Author, cartoonist, and instructional technologist

 

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Head, Department of Media and Communications
Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
University of Malta, Msida MSD2080, Malta
Office phone: 2340 3943
e-mail: gorg.mallia@um.edu.mt
 

Personal

1957 – Born at Qormi, Malta


Research and lecturing Interests

Graphic Design; personal communications; impacts of immersed new media usage; social network use in education; independent-individual, incidental learning acquisition through mobile connectivity; illustration; visual storytelling and sequential narrative.


Education

2003 – Ph.D in Instructional Technology, University of Sheffield, UK. Doctoral thesis: The Transfer of Literature Learning Tasks.

1994 – M.A. in Communications, University of Malta, Malta. Masters dissertation: Comics as Illustrators: The Use of Comics in Instruction.

1979 – B.A. (Hons) in English, University of Malta, Malta


Positions Held

2008 to date – Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta, Msida, Malta.

2003-2008 – Lecturer, Centre for Communication Technology, University of
Malta, Msida, Malta

1996-2003 – Asst. Lecturer, Centre for Communication Technology, University of Malta, Msida, Malta

1979-1995 – Teacher, Archbishop’s Minor Seminary, Tal-Virtù, Rabat, Malta. Taught English, Maltese and Art.


Extra-mural positions

2010-2013 – Guest lecturer at Malmö University, Sweden.

1990-2016 – Design and production of Leħen is-Sewwa, weekly newspaper

1988-1991 – Producer, designer and pagemaker of Il-Ġens, weekly newspaper

1984-1985 – Teacher of Maltese Literature at St. Aloysius College, Malta sixth form

1980-1992 – Teacher of Maltese Literature at Stella Maris College sixth form, Gżira, Malta

1979-1980 – Producer and designer on Heritage (Cultural Encyclopedia), Klabb Kotba Maltin, Valletta, Malta

1978-1995 – Teacher of TEFL with National Students Travel Foundation English Language School, Gżira, Malta


Other lecturing assignments

1994 to 2015 – Lectured in Communications and Instructional Media in:

  • TEFL certificate courses organized by the University of Malta and others;

  • Lectured about Teaching Literature in the Secondary School for the Faculty of Education Department of Arts and Languages in Education

  • Faculty of Education diploma courses in adult training and development; (4) Diploma courses organized by the University of Malta for lecturers at the Institute of Tourism Studies;

  • Courses organized by the University of Malta and by MCAST for lecturers at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology.

  • Courses in Personal Communications given to Masters students in the Masters Integrated Resource Management, organized by the International Environment Institute, and in the Masters in Heritage Studies and Masters in Conservation Studies, organized by the Institute for Conservation, University of Malta.

  • At the Universities of Lund and Malmö, Sweden, on subjects ranging from graphic design to New Media impacts.

  • Gave 5 seminars and workshops for the University of Malta Academic staff in the use of Instructional Media, organized by the Quality Assurance Committee. Gave a seminar on the use of PowerPoint to academic staff for the QAC in 2006.

  • Has also given public talks on children’s books & illustrations, cartoons and comics (for ex. British Culture Association, Friends of the Manoel Theatre, etc.).

  • Has lectured and given papers in courses organized by the National Council of Women, the Commissioner for Children, etc.
     

Academic papers, presentations, & publications

Mallia, G. (2016). Robert Caruana Dingli's Cartoons from the Early 1920s. Giovanni Bonello (Ed.), Robert Caruana Dingli: Letters, Caricatures and Other Works, p.p. 139-158. Malta, MT: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti.

Mallia, G. (2015). Alice in Wonderland in Maltese. J. A. Lindseth (Ed.), Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Carroll's Masterpiece, p.p. 368-371. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press.

Mallia, G. (2014). The Library’s Role in Social Networking Site Use in Education. In Against the Grain, 26 (4), 32-36.

Mallia, G. (2014). Preface. In G. Mallia (Ed), The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education, pp. xxiii-xxxiii. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Mallia, G. (2011). Processing Change Instigated by Immersed New Media Usage and its Implications for School-Based and Informal Learning. In M. S. Al-Mutairi & L. A. Mohammed (Eds.) Cases on ICT Utilization, Practice and Solutions: Tools for Managing Day-to-Day Issues. pp. 97-115. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Mallia, G. (2010). Sequential and Consequential: The Many Narrative Forms of Comics. Presented at The Graphic Novel and Comic Conference, Comics: Cultures and Genres, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 12-14 April 2010.

Mallia, G. (2009). To Browse or to Study: Informal/formal learning preferences of Maltese University Students. In Kinshuk, D. G. Sampson, J. M. Spector, P. Isaías, & D. Ifenthaler (Eds.) Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Cognition And Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA 2009), pp. 342-345. Rome: International Association for Development of the Information Society.

Mallia, G. (2009). Laughter and Tears? The satirical cartoon as journalistic commentator. In J. Borg, A. Hillman, & M.A. Lauri (Eds.) Exploring the Maltese Media Landscape, pp.215-232. Malta: Allied Publications.

Mallia, G. (2009). Hypertextual Processing and Institutional Change: Speculations on the effects of immersed New Media users on the future of educational institutions. The UFV Research Review, Vol.2, No.3, pp.80-96.
 
Mallia, G. (2008). The use of comics in instruction. Reprinted in N. R. Khadpekar (Ed.) Humour as a Strategy, pp.104-114. Hyderabad, India: Icfai University Press.
 
Mallia, G. (2008). Transfer to Learning Flexibility and Hypertextuality. In S. Wheeler (Ed.) Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures: Cyberculture in online learning, pp.185-208. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
 
Mallia, G. (2008). Satirical Cartoons in Malta. International Journal of Comic Art, Vol.10, No.2, pp. 607- 620.

Mallia, G. (2007). A tolling bell for institutions? Speculations on student information processing and effects on accredited learning. In K. Fernstrom (Ed.) Readings in Technology in Education, pp. 24-32. Heraklion, Crete: UCFV.
 
Mallia, G. (2007). Learning from the Sequence: The use of comics in instruction. In ImageText, Vol.3, No.3. University of Florida, USA. [In part presented at the 4th University of Florida Conference on Comics, Gainesville, Florida, February, 2006.]
 
Mallia, G. (2007). Hypertextual Processing as a Result of Immersed New Media Usage. Presented in CAL '07: Discussion, Disruption and Debate conference, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, March, 2007.

Mallia, G. (2005). Callout journals as part solution for Negative Transfer in Desktop Publishing tasks. In A. Mendez Vilas, B. Gonzalez Pereira, J. Mesa Gonzalez & J. A. Mesa Gonzalez (Eds), Recent Research Developments in Learning Technologies (2005), Vol. 1, pp. 363-367. The paper was presented at the Third International Conference on Multimedia and Information & Communication Technologies in Education, Cáceres, Spain.

Mallia, G. (2004). Stand by and Mark the Manner of his Teaching: Lack of Transfer in a non-ICT Oriented Literature Classroom. In K. Fernstrom (Ed), ICICTE Conference Proceedings, pp. 414-419. Samos, Greece: INEAG & UCFV.

Mallia, G. (2003). Pushing Media Democracy: Giving Marginalized Illiterates a New Literacy. In K. Fernstrom (Ed). 4th ICICTE Proceedings, pp.387-392. Samos, Greece: INEAG & UCFV.

Mallia, G. (2000). Audio as an instructional medium in the EFL classroom. In pp.123-126. In C. Mifsud & G. Mallia (Eds), Ways and Measures: Teaching and Assessing Young Learners of English as a Foreign Language. Malta: World Academic.

Mallia, G. (1997). The Use of Comics in Adult Education Practice. In G. Baldacchino & P. Mayo (Eds), Beyond Schooling: Adult Education in Malta, pp. 89-110. Malta: Mireva Publications.
 

Publications (children’s books - as author/illustrator)

2016 – Sigurd and the Tree of Life (Fantasy for 8-12 age bracket) – Publication Horizons.

2015 – Il-Professur Għasfur (Fantasy for 8-12 age bracket) – Publication Merlin Publishers.

2012 – Avventura madwar l-Ewropa (with Loranne Vella - Educational book) - Representation of the European Commission in Malta.

2009 – Pullu u d-Dinja Nadifa (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb Kotba Maltin.

2005 – Il-Ħolma ta' Pullu (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb Kotba Maltin.

2004 – Il-Kukkudrill Eroj (Children’s book in verse) – Publication Klabb Kotba Maltin.

2003 – Pullu u t-tifla mill-ispazju (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb Kotba Maltin.

2002 – L-Avventura ta’ Pullu (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb Kotba Maltin.

2001 – Pullu u d-Dragun (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb Kotba Maltin.

2000 – Pullu taħt is-Sodda (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb Kotba Maltin.

1993 – Avventura taħt l-Art (Adventure for 8-12 age bracket) – Publication Bugelli Publications.

1993 – Peter Pan (translated from J.M. Barrie’s English original) – Publication PIN.

1987 – Ktieb ix-Xwejjaħ (Fantasy for 12-16 age bracket) – Publication MUT Publications.

1982 – Adron, Re (Graphic novel) Self-published.


Publications (Critical analysis - books)

2002 – Il-Kotba għat-Tfal f’Malta (Children’s books in Malta - co-authored with Charles Briffa and Trevor Żahra) – Publication PIN.

1992 – A Childhood of Delight (co-authored with Charles Briffa) – Publication PIN.


Publications (children’s books - as editor & contributor)

1997 – Tużżana (stories for 8-12 age bracket) - with Trevor Żahra – Publication Merlin Publishers (Winner of the Maltese Literary Prize for Best Children’s Book of 1997; two printings).

1996 – Taħt Sema Kwiekeb - with Trevor Żahra – Publication Merlin Publishers (Winner of the Maltese Literary Prize for Best Book Production of 1996).


Publications (experimental adult fiction)

1985 – Żagħżugħ bla Isem (Experimental short stories) – Self-published.

1977 – Mill-Art ta’ Qatt u Qatt (Experimental short stories) – Publication Il-Ħajja.

1977 – Dwal (as editor and contributor) – Publication Lux Press.


Other

Book reviews for The Sunday Times and other papers. Articles in the popular press on humour, art and education. Short stories, children’s writings, poems in various magazines. Illustrations in books and magazines - among them Grimm’s Fairy Tales in Maltese, a number of text-books, etc.


Cartoons

2014 to date – [Don’t] Think humorous comic strip about University and Research matters in Think magazine, published by the University of Malta.

2015 to date – Satirical cartoons for The Sunday Circle magazine.

2011-2012 – A Point of View single panel cartoon in MaltaNews mass circulation monthly newspaper.

2007 – EU Commission Representation in Malta 2008 Calendar (also production).

2007-2010 – Solicited contributor of cartoons and cartoon covers to The Economic Update.

2004-2007 – Cartoon renditions of the different services given by e-Government. Used to publicise the services.

1993-2008 – One Family satirical, socio/political comic strip in the weekly The Sunday Times

1990-2000 – Solicited contributor of panel cartoons to The Accountant, Industry Today, Bold, WE magazine, First Sunday magazine and others.

1987-1991 – Occasional social commenting colour cartoon panel in The Times
(under the general title Ġorġ at Large)

1987-1991 – Weekly satirical, socio/political cartoon panel in The Times (under the general title Ġorġ)

1990-1992 – Nies - humorous comic strip in Il-Ġens newspaper

1988-1990 – Il-Familja Borg - satirical comic strip in Il-Ġens newspaper

1981 – Viku Mason/Għada - Komik Sagħtar Nru. 3

1980-1990 – Regular cartoonist and comic strip artist of Il-Ħaddiema Żgħażagħ newspaper (including a full strip adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm)

1980-1981 – Cartoon contributor to Il-Ħajja newspaper


Publications designer (a small selection)

2012 – Designer and producer of Avventura madwar l-Ewropa, an educational book for children about the European Union, published by the Representation of the European Commission in Malta.

2006 – Designer and producer of Sisien, a three volume Maltese language course for adults for the Education Division, Malta.

2007-2008 – Editor and Producer of HeyU! (bi-monthly), a magazine in English for children.

2000-2010 – Contributed to the redesigning of official University publications (eg. The Annual Report; University of Malta Strategic Plan, etc.)

1995-2011 – Coordinator of the production by the Printing Processes Class (CCT, University of Malta) of the annual magazine Scream

2005 – Port Reception Facilitiies - A Summary of REMPEC's Activities in the Mediterranean Region - REMPEC, UN. A French version was designed and published in 2006.

1992-2006 – Co-editor, designer & producer of Sagħtar (monthly), then Malta’s most popular children’s magazine

2002-2003 – Designer & illustrator of Konsu bi-annually issued by the Consumer and Competition Division, Ministry for Economic Services Malta

2002-2003 – Designer & illustrator of Young Consumers Magazine bi-annually issued by the Consumer and Competition Division, Ministry for Economic Services Malta

2002 – Protecting the Mediterranean against Maritime Accidents and Illegal Discharges from Ships - REMPEC, UN.

2001 – REMPEC 25 years anniversary brochure (Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea - United Nations.)

1997-2000 – Producer (and assistant editor) of Education 2000 - a journal of Education for Teachers - University of Malta, Faculty of Education, in collaboration with the Education Division. Also contributed articles on instructional technology.


Stamp design

2001 – Maltese traditional Musical Instruments (placed second in the philately competition organized by the Philatelic Music Circle of Great Britain).

2000 – Christmas set

1999 – Tourism set


Exhibitions

Has exhibited paintings and cartoons in a number of collective exhibitions in
Malta, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and Greece.


Radio and television (production and presentation)

2010-2011 – Il-Ktieb (magazine programme about books - 2 series) - Campus FM

2002-2003 – Għandi Pjacir (live discussion programme - 2 series) - RTK

1998 (repeated 2008) – Biex Nidħku (humour analysis) - Radju ta’ l-Università (winner of the educational/cultural category of the Malta Broadcasting Authority Awards for excellence in broadcasting for that year). Repeated with edits on Campus fm in 2008.

1996-1997 – Ilwien (commentated music - 2 series) - Radju ta’ l-Università

1991 – Il-Kastell Imsaħħar (tv series for children on fairytale characters) - TVM

1988 – Lenti fuq l-Arti (an art analysis programme) - National Radio

1981-1982 – L-Arti Madwarna (arts magazine programme) - National Radio

1978-1982 – Mill-Ħsieb ghall-Kelma (literary magazine programme) - National
Radio

1976 to date – Wrote radio plays, short stories (two read on BBC World service in 1977), wrote and presented a number of one-offs both for radio and tv, and has participated extensively in guest slots on local radio and tv, talking about areas of expertise.


Participation and affiliation

2017 – Gave a talk and led workshop on the Learner-Centred Classroom at the Meeting of the Directors General of Higher Education (Pursuing Digital Technology in Higher Education) - organized as part of Malta's EU Presidency in March, 2017.

2016 – Gave a talk on "Effective Communication (Personal Communication at the core of Instruction)" to Air Malta pilots and senior staff trainers. 

2012 to date – Chairman of the Communications Committee and member of the Steering committee of the International Conference on Information, Communications Technology in Education, held in Greece. Associated with the conference since 1999 and attended annually. Has led workshops, presented papers, served on the scientific committee, annually judged the student paper award, designed the website and all publications.

2010 – Chaired a national conference on Bedtime Reading organized by the National Book Council, and held at the Excelsior Hotel, Floriana, Malta.

2010 – Participated and presented a paper in The Graphic Novel and Comic Conference, Comics: Cultures and Genres, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 12-14 April 2010.

2009-2016 – Annual critical talk and/or discussion chairing on different aspects of comics at the Malta Comic Con.

2009-2010 – Lectured K3 students at the University of Malmö, Sweden on graphic storytelling.

2009 – Participated and presented a paper in the IADIS International Conference on Cognition And Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA 2009) in Rome, organized by the International Association for Development of the Information Society.

2008 – Gave a talk on literature in translation at Re-Visions - Literary Exchange in an Enlarged Europe, organized by Inizjamed at St James Cavalier, Valletta.

2007-2010 – (April/March) Lectured Communications and Media students at the University of Lund, Sweden on Modern Media Technologies in a Social Context, and Personal Presentation: The Branding of the Self.

2007 – (April) Was invited and participated in an open forum discussion organized in Malmö, Sweden, by Professor Peter Dahlgren on Media and Citizenship.

2007 – (March) Presented a poster session ("Hypertextual Processing as a Result of New Media Usage") at the Biennial Conference Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) at Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

2006 – (October) Participated in the Fourth Eden Research Workshop: Research into Online Distance Education and E-learning: Making the difference, 25-28, October, 2006 Castelldefels, Spain.

2006 – (February) Presented a paper at the 4th University of Florida Conference on Comics, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

2006 – Gave Ph.D Seminars on the effect of hypertextuality on immersed users of multimedia at the University of Lund, Sweden.

2006- 2012 – Member of the University of Malta E-Learning Committee.

2005-2008 – Member of the University of Malta GIC steering committee for the Mentoring Scheme.

2005-2013 – Chairman of the National Book Council of Malta.

2005 – (August) Workshops on cartooning at the Christian Artists Seminar, Doorn, The Netherlands.

2004 – Affiliated with the International Association for Development of the
Information Society.

2004 – Attended the first IADIS conference, Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA, 2004), held in Lisbon, Portugal.

2003 to date – Lectured first year students at the Swedish Comic Art School – Kvarnby folkhögskola – Malmo, Sweden.

2003 – Gave talks on comics during the Malmö Festival in Sweden. Also the committee of the Swedish Comics Association in Lund, Sweden.

2001-2004 – Was evaluator, lecturer and participant in a number of Comenius projects in Malta, Denmark (Randers), Spain (Barcelona).

2000 to date – Member of the University of Malta Gender Issues Committee.

2000-2008 – Member of the University of Malta Welfare Committee.

1998-2003 – Attended a number of conferences and meetings related to Educational Technology (for ex. Leeds, UK; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Milan, Italy).

1992-1997 – Several Christian Artists Symposia and conferences in the Netherlands (De Bron and Doorn). Gave lectures and workshops and led workshops. Was also a direct participant in proceedings.

1983 to date – Member of the Malta Union of Teachers:

  • past chairperson and founder of the Private Schools Committee and one of the negotiators of the first MUT/Church Schools agreement on equality of pay for church school teachers

  • past Assistant Secretary General; past member of the University of Malta MUT Committee and one of the negotiators of the 2002 agreement;

  • past member of the editorial board of The Teacher magazine and frequent contributor on ‘Media in Education’;

  • chairman of the University Academic Staff Association (2002-2003);

  • member of the MUT Educational Planning Committee.

1980-1990 – Participated in a number of Trade Union sponsored conferences in Sicily, France and the Netherlands.

1977 to date – Member of Għaqda tal-Malti (Università) - literary society (past treasurer and member of the editorial board of its official journal Leħen il-Malti)

1977 to date – Editor or member of the editorial board of a number of magazines, journals and newspapers (including editor of two comics: Avventura, 1982 and Il-Komik, 1983-1984).
 

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