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Research in the Department of Languages Cultures and Film at the University of Liverpool contributes to national and international debates about how Modern Languages defines itself, but also – and in this we are pioneering – we envisage Modern Languages approaches as shaping the research agendas of a whole range of other disciplines, how we can influence these disciplines and their ways of working, and how we can, as a result, champion challenge-based and linguistically-sensitive approaches to research from a Modern Languages perspective.

We conceive of Modern Languages as translational in that we see our role as translating between disciplines, between societal boundaries, and between the academy and practice. This is reflected in the different research projects that colleagues of the Department are engaged in, as listed below.

Transnational Memory Practices in the UK and South Korea

Dr Tamara West

Beyond Borders: Transnational Italy

Dr Barbara Spadaro (Italian Studies)

Romani Migration between Germany and Britain (1880s-1914): Spaces of Informal Business, Media Spectacle, and Racial Policing

Professor Eve Rosenhaft and Tamara West (German Studies)

Brews and Brows: Shaping Stories from Eyebrows to Scousebrows

Dr Niamh Thornton (Iberian and Latin American Studies and Film Studies)

Mediating Spanish Women: Popular Culture and Feminist Visibilities

Dr Abigail Loxham (Film Studies)

Memory, Victims and Representation of the Colombian Conflict 

Professor Claire Taylor (Iberian and Latin American Studies)

Monolingual Schools in Multilingual Societies: An Exploration of Language and Education in Cape Verde

Dr Nicola Bermingham (Hispanic Studies)

Specular Ghosts: Memory and Trauma in Mexican Visual Culture

Dr Niamh Thornton (Iberian and Latin American Studies and Film Studies)

Cultural Heritage Promoting Quality of Life in the At-Risk Megacity Periphery of Kolkata

Dr Ian Magedera (French Studies)

Translating Cultures: leading a national Arts & Humanities research theme

Professor Charles Forsdick (French Studies)

Writing the City: Berlin literature anthologies

Dr Lyn Marven (German Studies)

Multilingual Heritage

Professor Robert Blackwood (French Sociolinguistics)