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Cris Ailsa Jennifer Elizabeth

Cris, Ailsa, Jennifer and Elizabeth

During May, our department welcomed Cris Lira, doctoral student from the University of Georgia, Athens, to Liverpool. Cris was awarded the Franklin College-University of Liverpool Doctoral Research Fellowship, and came to Liverpool to pursue her research interests, working with Claire Taylor and other colleagues within the department.

During a packed programme of activities, Cris met up with fellow doctoral studentsElizabeth Burgess, Jennifer Rodríguez and Ailsa Peate for a networking lunch to discuss her research, followed by a tour of Liverpool – visiting all the key sites, with thanks to Jennifer!

Diana, Cris and Claire discuss Cities in Dialogue

Diana, Cris and Claire discuss Cities in Dialogue

Cris also took part in research discussions with Claire Taylor and Jordana Blejmar, in the context of her own research, and also learnt more about the Latin(o) American Digital Art Project, on which Claire and Jordana are currently working.

At mid-point during her visit, Cris spoke at the Departmental Research Seminar Series on Wednesday 13th May. Entitled “The Domestication of Memory and The History of Women who Fought Against the Brazilian Dictatorship”, the talk drew on Cris’s doctoral research, with a particular focus on the testimonio.

Cris Lira gives research paper2

Cris presents her research

Cris also had the opportunity to visit the offices of the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, where she gained an insight into how an academic journal works, and also helped out with the task of assigning book reviews.

Cris with Lisa Shaw and MLC postgrads as she prepares for her research seminar

Cris with Lisa Shaw and MLC postgrads as she prepares for her research seminar

Cris is now back in UGA, and has emailed us to say how much she enjoyed her time here. Cris says ‘I feel really fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time in Liverpool and to have all the staff and postgraduate students in the department. […] My time in Liverpool was amazing and I can’t be more thankful for having had the opportunity to be an UGA-Liverpool Short Term Fellowship Fellow.’

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