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Metropolis - 'the mother of sci-fi cinema' 90 years on

Posted on: 9 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Robot poster

As human beings, we are always fascinated by the future - and Metropolis is the original and perhaps greatest film about a city of the future.


Contradictions, counter-cultures and 'a rural world of mythical force' - film festival highlights

Posted on: 24 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man and woman embracing

As we gear up for the start of the Liverpool Iberian and Latin American Festival on 26 October, three of the team behind the festival have chosen some of their top highlights.


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.


Lives beyond the headlines – Liverpool Iberian and Latin American Film Festival

Posted on: 10 October 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Boy in a slum

We are always looking for new ways of sharing Iberian and Latin American culture with Liverpool audiences and enriching the experience of our students. Since 2006, we have organised a week of events and activities for students and the public, focusing on the Portuguese-speaking world and Spanish, Basque and Catalan-speaking cultures. This year we have put together a Liverpool Iberian and Latin American Film Festival, after being awarded the Spanish Film Club grant by the U.S. distributors PRAGDA.


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.


"After music, languages have always been my second love" - Dan Haggis, The Wombats

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

The Wombats - drums

Les Wombats? It could have happened! We caught up with Dan Haggis, drummer with indie rockers The Wombats, about his memories of studying languages at Liverpool and the tough decision to say au revoir to his degree and kick start his career as a professional musician.


"I ask my dreams to come back home" - Spanish poet, Luis Garcia Montero

Posted on: 7 March 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Illustration of a man with his head in his hands

How does a poet produce their work and how does their poetry fit into the lives of the public? Our Hispanic Studies students got under the skin of acclaimed Spanish poet, Luis García Montero, during his recent visit to Liverpool.


From rainy Belfast to sunny Madrid - Conor's flying start to a new career

Posted on: 15 February 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man standing in an office

Studying a language because you're passionate about it is a great place to start - but how can it help your career? Hispanic Studies graduate Conor Wilkinson tells us about his flying start to a career in marketing, in sunny Madrid.


An alternative to the awards season: three Latin American films to watch

Posted on: 25 January 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

The Oscars and statue

It's awards season, so we asked Dr Niamh Thornton to choose her top three Latin American films released in 2016, as an alternative to the Hollywood heavyweights!


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