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Julia Claire Hernández, PhD student in Hispanic Studies at the Department of Romance Languages, Franklin College, University of Georgia (UGA), will visit Liverpool next month, having been awarded a prestigious Franklin College-University of Liverpool Doctoral Research Fellowship. During her visit, Julia will be drawing on her research on late medieval and early modern Spanish literature in order to deliver a guest lecture on the final-year undergraduate module HISP327 ‘Resistance & Renewal: Spanish Poetry from the Folk Songs of the Frontier to the Slam Sessions of Madrid’, co-taught by Drs Diana Cullell and Şizen Yiacoup. In addition to meeting with staff and postgraduates in Modern Languages & Cultures and History and conducting research in the Special Collections & Archives, Julia will present a research paper on the depiction of monstrous races in the first European accounts of the Americas as part of the postgraduate ‘tertulia’ series.

The University of Georgia campus

The University of Georgia campus

Julia’s doctoral studies explore how conceptions of “self” and “otherness” shaped Castilian identity in the era of first contact with the Americas. She has previously been taught by Dr Yiacoup, who guest lectured at UGA in autumn 2014 through the Franklin College-University of Liverpool Faculty Exchange programme and will be mentoring Julia during her visit.

Modern Languages & Cultures has taken an active role in the University of Liverpool’s partnership with the University of Georgia, of which this is just one example. In particular, colleagues from Spanish have participated in the schemes which operate to increase mobility between Merseyside and Athens, GA.