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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.


Alice's Adventures in Austria

Posted on: 5 November 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Study Abroad Austria

Alice, a third-year German and English student at the University of Liverpool, provides an update on her year abroad adventure in Vienna, where she'll complete a work placement with 3D printing company Lithoz.


Outsider Insiders: Francis Alÿs and Melanie Smith at Liverpool Biennial

Posted on: 24 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Series of 3 small landscape paintings

As the Liverpool Biennial draws to a close, Dr Niamh Thornton highlights the work of two artists who moved from Europe to Mexico, and considers Mexico as a place with a long tradition of welcoming outsiders.


Music, cinema, language... Introducing Iberian and Latin American Week 2018

Posted on: 23 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

IBLAW 2018

Taking place from Monday 29 October to Sunday 4 November, the Iberian And Latin American Week will bring a taster of Iberian and Latin American Studies’ shared knowledge and interest in the Hispanic and Lusophone world to students.


‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ - film director, Agnès Varda, at Liverpool Biennial

Posted on: 16 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Three screens showing films

French and English student, Paige Johnson, explores the work of pioneering French New Wave director, Agnès Varda at Liverpool Biennial.


Frida Kahlo to Rihanna: there’s a reason eye-catching brows are front and centre

Posted on: 8 October 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Frida Kahlo

Niamh Thornton discusses how eyebrows have always been one of the most important parts of a woman’s body and the inspiration behind her research project Brews & Brows.


Art in the city - what to see at Liverpool Biennial 2018

Posted on: 20 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Biennial guide

More than 40 artists from 22 countries will participate in this year’s Liverpool Biennial which invites artists and audiences to reflect on \"...a world in social, political and economic turmoil\". It's the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK and this year's theme is 'Beautiful world, where are you?'.


Was there a World Cup without Italy?

Posted on: 19 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Buffon reacts after crashing out of World Cup qualifying.

The 2018 World Cup came to an end on Sunday having seen many surprises: the elimination of top teams, such as Germany, Spain and Argentina, in the early stages as well as England reaching the semi-finals, and Croatia their first final, losing to France, who won their second title after twenty years.


InnoConf18: a celebration of language teaching and learning

Posted on: 17 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Matthew Philpotts addresses the delegates at InnoConf18

On Friday, 22 June, we hosted the InnoConf18 Innovative Language Teaching and Learning Conference, titled “New Trends in Language Teaching and Learning at University”.


Exploring translation, diversity and gender

Posted on: 11 July 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

The Odyssey - Homer book cover

In light of Emily Wilson's translation of the Odyssey, which is the first translation into English by a woman, Niamh Thornton and Lyn Marven reflect on translation and diversity.


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

    Colegio Paulo Freire and MLC students

    Posted on: 10 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

    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.


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