"university" blog posts

Sylwia's Erasmus adventure in Liverpool

Posted on: 14 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

My name is Sylwia, and I’m a French student in \"Langues Etrangères Appliquées\" (Applied Languages English and German with a focus on Law, Economy and Literature) from Sorbonne-Université. My taste for adventure led me to do my Erasmus year abroad at the University of Liverpool where I study International Business and German with a specialisation in marketing to prepare me for my future Master’s.


Language Stories in Liverpool — Portuguese

Posted on: 8 May 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Languages Stories in Liverpool is a new project set up to highlight the broad spectrum of international languages and cultures in our great city. Sarah Blohm, Juliet Boardman, Hannah Bone, Olivia Phillips uncover Liverpool's relationship with the Portuguese culture.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Austrian Artist Petra Sterry Visits us for the Second Time!

Posted on: 23 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Petra Sterry comes to visit second-year students, creating postcards that will feature in her exhibition later this year.


From Liverpool to Palermo: Molly's Year Abroad

Posted on: 5 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Molly Davis, Hispanic Studies and Italian Graduate

Hispanic Studies and Italian graduate Molly Davis reflects on her exciting adventure studying in Spain and Italy.


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.


Our top tips to beat the Blue Monday blues this January

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Chinese New Year celebrations in Liverpool

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


Year abroad vlog - Erin's experience in Germany

Posted on: 18 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Female student

Meet Erin Kearns in Bonn, Germany! It sounds like Erin has had a great time on the first part of her year abroad - it's given her a lot of confidence and a feeling of independence too.


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.


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!


Beat stress and visit these top places to chill out in Liverpool

Posted on: 16 January 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Man in a gallery

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?