"languages" blog posts

Introducing Iberian and Latin American Week 2019

Posted on: 14 October 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Taking place from Monday 28 October to Friday 1 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Filming the Footy

Posted on: 29 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

If you’re reading this, I guess that the World Cup for you, as for most of us, is a cinematic experience, a story told on a screen. At just over an hour and a half the narrative arc of a game plays out across much the same timescale as an average feature film. And although the constraints are very different, cameras are cameras and their vocabulary is structured by their capabilities: to come in close, to sweep across space, to focus on everything in their field or to blur out all but the centre of interest. What is a World Cup game, considered as a film?


Children at the Mexican-US border: '...a long, dangerous, and harrowing journey'

Posted on: 21 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Children sitting on a train

The uproar surrounding the detention of children at the Mexican-US border has brought attention to the migration of Central Americans to the US.


France and football since 1998

Posted on: 18 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

France 1998 World Cup

France’s World Cup victory in 1998 was seen not only as a sporting triumph, but as a political, social and cultural one as well. In one of the lectures I give on the French Fifth Republic, as part of our first-year Introduction to French Studies module, I always include some discussion of France’s World Cup win. It’s always at this point in the lecture when I start to feel old, realising that our students are either too young to remember the World Cup of 1998, or weren’t even born!


Germany and the language of football

Posted on: 14 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Frank Beckenbauer (AP)

Kicking off our blog series on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Veronika Koeper-Saul discusses the linguistic idiosyncrasies that have arisen from perspectives of the beautiful game in Germany: from 1954 World Cup winning manager Sepp Herberger's blunt motivational pearls, to former Bayern Munich manager Giovanni Trappatoni's infamous press conference rant.


Five things to do in Merseyside for anyone interested in languages and international cultures this summer

Posted on: 5 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Chinatown banner

With summer now upon us, you might be looking for things to do in Merseyside before the start of the new term (trust us, this will come around very quickly!). While teaching may be over until September, there’s still plenty of things to do and see in the area that relate to languages: from Chinese to Brazilian culture.


Slaves of Fashion: Indian textiles, new artwork and French colonial history

Posted on: 9 May 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Singh Twins

It was in January 2014 that I first met The Singh Twins. They had conceived a project for a number of new artworks that would explore the history of Indian textiles and, having read my work on the French colonial presence in India, wanted to discuss British and French rivalry in India before 1799 as well as the role that Indian textiles played in revolutionising European fashions in the eighteenth century.


Join us for a celebration of French culture with Francophone Week

Posted on: 26 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

French flag

May 1968 was a period of significant civil unrest in France, with widespread protests across the country causing a temporary shutdown of government. The mouvement sparked an explosion of French music, art and culture which still resonates with the public today. Fifty years on, we're hosting a Francophone Week series of events to celebrate the best in French culture: from art to fashion, cinema to music.


Three things I love about 'Call me by your name'

Posted on: 31 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

call me by your name poster

We're looking forward to the Oscars! Here's Italian language assistant, Margaret Petrarca, to tell us why she loves 'Call me by your name' - nominated for four awards and directed by Italian director, Luca Guadagnino.


"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!


Bittersweet - artist Sebastian H-W on his live art show

Posted on: 3 November 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Hands serving hot chocolate

In this guest blog, Sebastian H-W, artist and residence for Iberian and Latin American Week, talks to us about the ideas and creative process behind his work.


"Music needs poetry" - interview with Catalan electro band, Jansky

Posted on: 1 November 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Male and Female duo

This week we spoke to Catalan band Jansky about electro music, troubadours and Catalan culture, as well as finding out more about their improv workshop for Iberian and Latin American Week 2016.


A ghostly and shadowy world - why we love Nosferatu

Posted on: 24 October 2016 | Category: 2016 posts

Vampire next to a bed.

There's no doubt that vampires continue to be a fascination in the world of film. (Remember that tiny movie called 'Twilight'?) But this Halloween we are thinking back to where it all started: F. W. Murnau’s 'Nosferatu' from 1922.