"research" blog posts

Chile in/en Liverpool: Music & Memories – Música & Memorias

Posted on: 28 September 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

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Richard Smith


Video: Learn Italian with Subtitles

Posted on: 4 November 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The Italian flag

BA in Modern European Languages graduate Alix Beagley introduces the Learn Italian with Subtitles module, newly available to final year students in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.


China-US relations and the US election: Thucydides's Trap?

Posted on: 29 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The flags of USA and China

Dr Chonglong Gu is lecturer/assistant professor in Chinese Translation Studies with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and is interested in issues of power, ideology, political discourse, media and communication.


Researching Race, Registrations and Documentation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted on: 17 June 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Civil rights protestors in the Dominican Republic

Dr Eve Hayes de Kalaf is an honorary fellow at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and a sociolegal specialist working on questions of race, legal identity and citizenship-stripping practices in the Caribbean and Latin America.


GALLERY: Marking thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Posted on: 11 November 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Berlin has just concluded a ‘festival week’ of art installations, performances, exhibitions, talks, tours, workshops and concerts to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago: over 200 events in total. One of the main attractions was the installation ‘Visions in Motion’: a fluttering overhead carpet of 30,000 coloured ribbons, on which Berliners and visitors, young and old, had written their wishes, hopes and visions for the future. It was a mesmerising sight, providing spectacular scenery for the main evening extravaganza at the Brandenburg Gate on 9 November. But what does this tell us about 1989? Is this not too gimmicky – too light on history? Professor Anna Saunders, Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, examines the history of this anniversary.


“…don’t forget the photos, it’s very important” - An exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the ‘Gypsy Camp’ in Auschwitz

Posted on: 9 August 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

A family photo from the exhibition

The travelling exhibition about the Nazi persecution of Sinti and Roma, has returned from across the water – the Mersey, that is.


Modern Languages and Cultures Graduation 2019 — Social media roundup

Posted on: 22 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Last week we said goodbye to our Class of 2019 at Graduation as they begin the next step of their journey as University of Liverpool graduates. Check out our roundup of social media messages from the day.


Students share their year abroad experiences at the HSS Faculty Beacon Project workshop

Posted on: 9 July 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

This academic year, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures was awarded HSS Faculty Beacon Project funding to produce employability-themed videos with final year students who had just returned from their Year Abroad. Dr Nicola Bermingham discusses the project and its aims.


“The Edge of Democracy”: Explaining Brazil’s political crisis

Posted on: 27 June 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Our Latin American politics expert, Dr Marieke Riethof, discusses the latest news in Brazilian politics in light of a new documentary on Brazil, “The Edge of Democracy” (directed by Petra Costa, 2019, available on Netflix).


Sylwia's Erasmus adventure in Liverpool

Posted on: 14 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

My name is Sylwia, and I’m a French student in \"Langues Etrangères Appliquées\" (Applied Languages English and German with a focus on Law, Economy and Literature) from Sorbonne-Université. My taste for adventure led me to do my Erasmus year abroad at the University of Liverpool where I study International Business and German with a specialisation in marketing to prepare me for my future Master’s.


Language Stories in Liverpool — Portuguese

Posted on: 8 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Languages Stories in Liverpool is a new project set up to highlight the broad spectrum of international languages and cultures in our great city. Sarah Blohm, Juliet Boardman, Hannah Bone, Olivia Phillips uncover Liverpool's relationship with the Portuguese culture.


Paula Rego: using her art to learn about history, politics and culture

Posted on: 3 April 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Paula Rego art book

It’s one thing to try and remember many different dates from the past – but how about learning about the history of a country through looking at art?


Why are early modern French female writers so fascinating?

Posted on: 25 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Hélisenne de Crenne

For Women’s History Month, academic Pollie Bromilow explores the work of Hélisenne de Crenne, a French female writer from the sixteenth century.


Coming to terms with the colonial past? A visit to Tervuren

Posted on: 11 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Painting of Belgian colonialism

French history and culture expert, Prof Charles Forsdick, explores Belgium's colonial past.


Young speakers of Mexican indigenous languages: contesting language ideologies and policies

Posted on: 10 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Colegio Paulo Freire and MLC students

Based in Mexico and situated within the broad area of sociolinguistic inquiry into languages in situations of endangerment, Lucia Brandi's research investigates how the institutionalisation of language rights is reconfiguring discourses of indigeneity, reframing cultural and linguistic diversity as state patrimony, and embedding generic notions of indigeneity into Mexican national identity. Such discourses are contextualised as policy responses to increasing unrest and mobilisations which Lucia argues have effectively instrumentalised linguistic and cultural identity in the pursuit of social goals since the late 20th century.


Toussaint Louverture - enigmatic, incendiary and a global icon?

Posted on: 20 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man on a horse

It was in 1998, the year of the sesquicentenary of the abolition of slavery in the French colonial Empire, that I first became very interested in Toussaint Louverture.


How language and immigration are connected, and why we should care

Posted on: 21 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A beach with blue sky

Both in the UK and Europe, immigration is at the forefront of many of today’s political debates. Immigration and language are inextricably tied: For immigrants, knowing the language of their new community can play an important role in their ability to fully participate in day to day life.


Black German - researching the moving story of Theodor Michael

Posted on: 27 April 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A couple

“There were Black Germans?” My students are always surprised to learn that there were and are a community of African immigrants and Afro-Germans that dates back to the nineteenth century - and sometimes earlier.