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Earlier this month, Dr Diana Cullell, Head of Catalan Studies in Modern Languages and Cultures, and Departmental Head, Professor Chris Harris, attended a meeting to discuss Catalan studies in the UK and Ireland, organised by the Institut Ramon Llull.

Catalan Studies academic coordinators at Queen Mary, University of London

Catalan Studies academic coordinators at Queen Mary, University of London

The meeting, held at Queen Mary, University of London, brought together Catalan Studies academic coordinators from sixteen British and Irish universities: King’s College, London; Queen Mary, University of London; and the Universities of Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cork, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kent, Leeds, Liverpool, Oxford, and Sheffield.

Liverpool has a high reputation for excellence in Catalan provision and it is exciting to see expert ideas incorporated into new strategic directions for Catalan studies – Chris Harris

The meeting, led by Josep-Anton Fernàndez (Head of the Department of Language and Universities at the Institut Ramon Llull) and Ariadna Puiggené (Co-ordinator of Language and Universities at the Institut Ramon Llull) was organised to discuss and analyse the position of Catalan within the British and Irish university systems, and it also offered the chance to collectively reflect on possible strategies to ensure a place and a future for Catalan studies within this institutional context. Ideas raised at this discussion will be brought to fruition at a regional level over the coming months and years to promote Catalan language and culture in the UK.

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