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Welcome to the English department’s blog! Our students and staff will be posting about studying at Liverpool, behind-the-scenes at events, and our views on how English shapes the world we live in. 

Controversial colonial landmarks across Liverpool

Posted on: 27 October 2021 | Category: Posts

Albert Dock at night

Liverpool, the city we all love. Home to The Beatles, two Premier League football clubs, and the largest Lush in the world. Not so much a proud aspect of the city is its huge role in the transatlantic slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the basis of Liverpool’s wealth and culture originates from this inexcusable trade, the now multicultural city has come far since. However, there are many landmarks across Liverpool that still subtly remind us of its dark foundations.

Decolonising the Construction and Production of Knowledge

Posted on: 27 October 2021 | Category: Posts

This summer, I held an internship at the University of Liverpool on Dr Natalie Hanna’s project, ‘Decolonising the Database’. My time was spent generating an online, interactive database of new materials which would help diversify, decolonise and decentre the English curriculum. When conducting my research, it quickly became indisputable that companies and universities of the Global North dominate the academic publishing market. As such, they stand at the critical crossroads in the construction and production of knowledge in society: they decide what is ‘in’ and what is ‘out’ of the marketplace of ideas. 

UoL Students vs Colonialism

Posted on: 27 October 2021 | Category: Posts

My previous blog ‘Controversial colonial landmarks across Liverpool’ delved into Liverpool’s colonial past, noting down street names and statues that once celebrated/ commemorated the slave trade.

My Experiences with Decolonisation of Curriculum

Posted on: 27 October 2021 | Category: Posts

Decolonizing the curriculum

WHY I’M INTERESTED  Over the past year I’ve become quite captivated by Native American history and Indigenous rights globally, and I even plan to do my dissertation next year on Indigenous representation in literature.  This project was a superb opportunity for me to foster greater research skills, learn more about similar international initiatives, and perhaps get other students interested too.

Share and Care: My experiences with First Nation Culture and Wellbeing Lectures by Eventbrite

Posted on: 26 October 2021 | Category: Posts

Native Americans and Canadians, as well as indigenous peoples across the world, are getting more political and cultural attention. As they justly deserve. What is coming to light in places such as Canada is the extreme historical degradation and abuse of indigenous peoples under a federal government.

Decolonising the Curriculum Project: Clara Wilson

Posted on: 26 October 2021 | Category: Posts

Me  I grew up in a multicultural area of London and enjoyed my early education being influenced by a wide variety of cultures. Moving to Liverpool a year ago, intensified my feelings surrounding the importance of representation and diversity in higher education, as the city’s history plays such an integral role in how many of its institutes operate. 

Liverpool’s Talking Objects

Posted on: 26 October 2021 | Category: Posts

Liverpool possess a maturity in acknowledging the city’s own legacy and history with the transatlantic slave trade. Central museums and galleries in Liverpool are leading initiatives to re-interpret the city’s past. But how can the objects residing in these museums tell their own stories?

The English Department’s Decolonising the Curriculum Group on their Recent Research Project

Posted on: 26 October 2021 | Category: Posts

This past academic year the Department has been addressing the ways we teach language and literature in light of pressing calls to both diversify and decolonise the curriculum. As part of this work, we’ve run a student liaison group to discuss issues such as reading lists, types of assessment, and support for ethnic minority students joining the Department. We were also fortunate to be joined by Dr Claire Hynes and PhD student Arzhang Pezhman to talk to our students about decolonising activities at the University of East Anglia.

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    Controversial colonial landmarks across Liverpool

    Albert Dock at night

    Posted on: 27 October 2021 | Category: Posts

    Liverpool, the city we all love. Home to The Beatles, two Premier League football clubs, and the largest Lush in the world. Not so much a proud aspect of the city is its huge role in the transatlantic slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the basis of Liverpool’s wealth and culture originates from this inexcusable trade, the now multicultural city has come far since. However, there are many landmarks across Liverpool that still subtly remind us of its dark foundations.