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Celebrating Chinese New Year of the Water Tiger in Liverpool

Posted on: 31 January 2022 | Category: 2021 posts

a stuffed tiger with fruit

Dr Penny Ding, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute, explains the traditions surrounding Chinese New Year, and the significance of the Year of the Tiger.

Year Abroad Diary: October in Lyon

Posted on: 10 January 2022 | Category: 2021 posts

Year abroad student Sarah, standing by a river.

My October as an Erasmus student in Lyon started with a surreal trip to Paris for a weekend during Paris Fashion Week. One of the great things about Lyon is that it’s only a two hour train journey from Paris so if a visit to the capital city is on your agenda, it’s a relatively easy getaway to plan. As well as exploring the city I am based in on my year abroad, I think exploring different parts of the country is equally as, if not more, exciting, as they might not be as easily accessible in the future when living elsewhere. My friend Liv and I stayed in a little hotel near the Eiffel Tower for one night and spent two full days soaking up the Parisian lifestyle by visiting little cafés, doing a lot of window shopping, attending fashion shows and visiting the Eiffel Tower at night in a full on storm - that will always be a funny story to tell.

Christmas markets in Hamburg

Posted on: 22 December 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Hamburg city skyline at night during Christmas, with a lit up christmas tree in the foreground

Year Abroad student Lewis shares his experience of the Christmas markets in Hamburg

Semester 1 Summaries: Emily Teague

Posted on: 16 December 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Liverpool Cathedral banner image

This year I started my second academic year at university, living in Smithdown as appose to last year when I lived in halls. The freedom of living in a house with all your friends is unmatched- I would highly recommend the area; great bus connections for university and two major supermarkets very close! I study Hispanic Studies and Italian and the two work very well together in my opinion. My favourite module for Italian has to be ITAL256 which is our grammar module, as learning grammar is the most interesting part of language learning for me. As for Hispanic Studies, I am really enjoying HISP218, which is a module focused on studying politics in the Basque Country. Every module you will study at Liverpool is extremely engaging, as they ask for students’ opinions all the time, and mould most of the modules around your interests- it is very flexible which is great!

Winning the Hispanic Studies Prize

Posted on: 1 December 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Photograph of prize winner Tanisha.

I am a 23-year-old second year student who transferred to Hispanic Studies from Biological & Medical Sciences.

Year Abroad Diary: September in Lyon

Posted on: 18 November 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Photograph of Sarah in a boat on a lake.

As I prepared myself to move to Lyon at the end of August 2021, the end of UK summer, I can’t lie I was quite apprehensive. Although I’ve always been an adventurous person who loves travelling, the prospect of actually moving to a new country and leaving behind my friends, family and student life in Liverpool was daunting. However, as cliché as it sounds, within a week of living in Lyon my worries were melted away by the utter beauty, excitement and 30 degrees Celsius weather of the city. Moving to Lyon as the UK summer was fizzling out, I didn’t expect to be sucked into an even hotter, sunnier, French summer!

3 year Research Funding Awarded to Eve Rosenhaft and Tamara West

Posted on: 18 November 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Eve and Tamara receive funding for three years to develop and expand their study, with a project entitled Romani Migration between Germany and Britain (1880s-1914): Spaces of Informal Business, Media Spectacle, and Racial Policing.

A look back at Iberian and Latin American Week - Feb 2021

Posted on: 12 November 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Seville Metropol Parasol

Following this semester’s Peers-Iberian and Latin American Week (#Peers-IBLAW21), let’s look back at February 2021’s week-long events celebrating Iberian and Latin American languages and cultures. As ever, they were wide-ranging and included a variety of activities from the very popular Galician language and culture taster to academic and literary talks and the workshop Un Museo para Mi. We had amazing contributions from our students, Hollie and Laura. Both were active in the Modern Languages Society and went above and beyond in designing and running the Teleparty watch along evening and the Quiz night, which were both tremendous fun.

The Battle of Algiers: an iconic film whose message of hope still resonates today

Posted on: 21 October 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Yacef Saadi, military leader of the FLN National Liberation Front networks of the autonomous zone of Algiers, poses after being captured at the end of the “Battle of Algiers”

Dr Maria Flood, lecturer in World Cinema, discusses Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 production The Battle of Algiers in an article for The Conversation.

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