"france" blog posts

My year abroad: The one with the French culture shock

Posted on: 17 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

After being in France for a few weeks, the initial excitement of moving to another country has started to dwindle and is instead being replaced with a sort of limbo-like feeling. I officially live in France, but I’m still not quite used to the complexities of Rennes life and culture. The things that were exotic and fascinating at first now seem confusing and disorientating. We were warned about experiencing culture shock in Liverpool’s pre-departure briefings, but it’s only now that I’m realising that that’s exactly what this comedown is. To help new travellers out, I’ve prepared a list of things to look out for, things to be warned about and things to get you hyped up about going abroad:


My year abroad: The one with the first week in France (part two)

Posted on: 3 April 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Rennes 2 campus

After meeting the other Erasmus students in Rennes, Emily continues her first week of studying in France by boxing off the admin jobs and going to her first lectures.


My year abroad: The one with the first week in France (part one)

Posted on: 23 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

“Just over a week has passed by in my new home, in my new country, and so many incredible things have happened.” In fact, so many things happened in Emily’s first week of her Study Abroad adventure that we’ve split this entry into two parts. In part one, Emily gets to know her fellow Erasmus students and check out the sights of the city.


My year abroad: The one with the first day in France

Posted on: 10 March 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The day of my departure, I arrived at Birmingham Airport with far too much time to spare as usual (thanks mum). So after some weepy goodbyes and a Prêt A Manger baguette (very appropriate), the nerves were very quickly overtaken by a bit of airport boredom. Not the worst thing in the world, believe me, considering the adventure I was about to embark on.


My year abroad: The one with all the packing

Posted on: 27 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Pack. And then unpack. And then do it again. And still you’ll end up panic throwing something into the case the night before your departure. But at least with this list from Year Abroad student Emily Holtom in front of you, you’re less likely to forget something you really wanted to bring.


My year abroad: The one with the checklist — 15 things to prepare

Posted on: 20 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

There’s a whole lot that needs doing before you go off to live in a foreign country, whatever your pathway. Emily Holtom provides a neat little(ish) list for you to tick off.


My year abroad: The one with revision and research

Posted on: 5 February 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

In the second part of Emily Holtom’s Year Abroad series, she gives an overview of the things you need to do and think about before your Year Abroad journey can begin.


My year abroad: The one with all the introductions

Posted on: 29 January 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

French and English student Emily Holtom kicks off a new blog series where she shares her experiences on her year studying abroad in France. For part one of the series, Emily introduces herself and provides an overview of her time so far in Rennes.


Colette - a writer for our times?

Posted on: 9 January 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Colette film poster

Academic, Pollie Bromilow, reviews Wash Westmoreland’s latest film, 'Colette', and explores what it means for our understanding of this key French author.


France and football since 1998

Posted on: 18 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

France 1998 World Cup

France’s World Cup victory in 1998 was seen not only as a sporting triumph, but as a political, social and cultural one as well. In one of the lectures I give on the French Fifth Republic, as part of our first-year Introduction to French Studies module, I always include some discussion of France’s World Cup win. It’s always at this point in the lecture when I start to feel old, realising that our students are either too young to remember the World Cup of 1998, or weren’t even born!


Five things to do in Merseyside for anyone interested in languages and international cultures this summer

Posted on: 5 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Chinatown banner

With summer now upon us, you might be looking for things to do in Merseyside before the start of the new term (trust us, this will come around very quickly!). While teaching may be over until September, there’s still plenty of things to do and see in the area that relate to languages: from Chinese to Brazilian culture.


Slaves of Fashion: Indian textiles, new artwork and French colonial history

Posted on: 9 May 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Singh Twins

It was in January 2014 that I first met The Singh Twins. They had conceived a project for a number of new artworks that would explore the history of Indian textiles and, having read my work on the French colonial presence in India, wanted to discuss British and French rivalry in India before 1799 as well as the role that Indian textiles played in revolutionising European fashions in the eighteenth century.


Join us for a celebration of French culture with Francophone Week

Posted on: 26 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

French flag

May 1968 was a period of significant civil unrest in France, with widespread protests across the country causing a temporary shutdown of government. The mouvement sparked an explosion of French music, art and culture which still resonates with the public today. Fifty years on, we're hosting a Francophone Week series of events to celebrate the best in French culture: from art to fashion, cinema to music.