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Why your business should hire a Modern Languages student from the University of Liverpool

Posted on: 11 January 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Map of Europe

Dr Liam Lewis (Lecturer in French) and three students from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures explain why businesses should consider hiring a Modern Languages student as part of the University of Liverpool Year Abroad programme.


How is Christmas celebrated around the world?

Posted on: 14 December 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

A Christmas tree overlooking a beach in the Canary Islands

With Christmas right around the corner, lecturers from the University of Liverpool's Department of Modern Languages and Cultures share some of the traditions enjoyed by their country of expertise each Christmas.


2020 – the year from a 6-foot distance: Coronavirus and TikTok

Posted on: 1 December 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Film Studies student Harriet Bell

Second year Film Studies student Harriet Bell talks about the unusual year that 2020 has been and how it has creatively inspired her and many others, in ways that she could not predict.


Italian film noir: a new cinematic concept?

Posted on: 27 November 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

A scene from the film Romanzo Criminale

Is there an Italian film noir? And if so, what is it? These crucial questions, among many others, will be tackled by the Italian film noir special issue co-edited by Dr Marco Paoli (University of Liverpool) and Dr Barbara Pezzotti (Monash University) and recently published in Studies in European Cinema. In particular, this special issue explores crime films from a creative and innovative thematic perspective, namely the influence of the concept of noir on Italian cinema.


My Little Samurai – The Story of the Boy Who Didn’t Live

Posted on: 9 November 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Trans activist Ekai Lersundi

“I remember that day”, said one of Ekai’s fellow trans activists who Athanasia (Nancy) Francis, PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies, collaborates with in her research, recounting the events of 15th February 2018. “I was in class, had my phone on vibration, and the notifications on our Whatsapp group just kept coming non-stop. My friends’ profile pictures were turned black. I had a feeling that something bad was happening- something really bad. I left class and called a friend to find out. I just couldn’t believe it…” Ekai had taken his own life at the age of 16.


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.


All Hands on Deck for Colombia Project

Posted on: 31 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

MVR logo with twitter handle

MLC offers a warm welcome to two new faces joining us this term - William Condiza and Marina Echeverría - the department’s first ‘Virtual’ Visiting Scholars.


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.


Why study Italian at the University of Liverpool?

Posted on: 16 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The city of Matera in Italy

2020 graduate Wendy O’Neill decided to study Italian at the University of Liverpool after 30 years in IT, initially choosing Liverpool as she wanted to study close to home. Read about her experience of studying at the University of Liverpool and Italy during her year abroad.


Monuments and memorials: how should a city acknowledge its past?

Posted on: 1 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Wreath laying by descendants of the enslaved

Modern Languages and Cultures postgraduate student Rudi Hart talks about their time in the Netherlands whilst researching for their master's degree, the importance of monuments and memorials in cities and acknowledging the past.


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