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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.


Austrian translator Michaela Pschierer-Barnfather visits to host translation workshop

Posted on: 21 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Michaela Pschierer-Barnfather

On 6th March 2019, Year 2 students of German were treated to a glimpse of a translator's life and work in a session hosted by Austrian translator Michaela Pschierer-Barnfather.


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.


Discovering Paula Rego - feminism, art and activism

Posted on: 8 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Paula Rego etchings

Luke, one of our language students, tells us why he is passionate about the art of Paula Rego - who is considered to be one of the greatest living painters.


The Boom of Feminism in Spain

Posted on: 27 February 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

The year 2018 represented a boom of feminism in Spain. Spain made a crucial progress in gender equality: thousands of people demonstrated for women’s equality, the government of Pedro Sánchez identified with being feminist: 11 out of 17 positions are in the hands of women, government priorities included agreements against gender violence and for work equality. Moreover, the government turned to the Real Academia Española regarding the 'inclusive' language in the Constitution.


Colette - a writer for our times?

Posted on: 9 January 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Colette film poster

Academic, Pollie Bromilow, reviews Wash Westmoreland’s latest film, 'Colette', and explores what it means for our understanding of this key French author.


Watch an exclusive interview with Pep Guardiola and his Q&A from this year's E. Allison Peers Symposium

Posted on: 20 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Pep Guardiola

In November 2018 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola visited the University of Liverpool for a special Q&A as part of the E. Allison Peers Symposium. The wide-ranging discussion touched upon his incredible career as a player and manager, his engagement with Catalan culture and politics, plans for the future, and advice for today's youth. Check out our exclusive interview with Pep before the event, watch his Q&A and get a view of how the evening unfolded through the lens of social media.


Student delivered Portuguese taster sessions offered to local schools

Posted on: 18 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Students delivering a Portuguese taster session to secondary school pupils.

Ana Bela Almeida, Lecturer in Portuguese at the University of Liverpool reflects on the benefits of the ‘Portuguese language taster’ presentation as an assessment for final year Portuguese students and as an opportunity to increase school pupils’ knowledge of languages at University.


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.


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