Vivamos como galegos! Nation, emotions and (super)market

The Centre for Galician Studies will soon welcome Dr Helena González Fernández from the University of Barcelona to give a seminar with the title “Vivamos como galegos! Nation, emotions and (super)market”.

Dr Helena González Fernández is Lecturer in Galician literature and Director of the Centre Dona i Literatura at the University of Barcelona. The main themes of her research are feminist literary criticism, popular culture, Galician contemporary literature, and cultural relations between Galicia and Catalonia.

Her seminar will offer a critical reading of the advertisements of a well-known chain of Galician supermarkets. The ads of this company are quite conservative, but also very popular, and they allow for reflecting on the current society and icons of the popular culture of Galicia.

When? Monday 9th of March at 4 pm

Where? Ashley Building, room 121a

If you are interested in attending this activity, please drop a quick email to to book a place. 


Yesterday, 17th of February 2015, began the registration period for the official Catalan language exams.

Institut Ramon Llull’s Certificates allows you to prove your level of knowledge of Catalan in both the academic and employment purposes (government, companies, institutions) and are divided into five levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages: Nivell bàsic (A2), Nivell elemental (B1), Nivell intermedi (B2), Nivell de suficiència (C1), Nivell superior (C2).

All of them will take place at the University of Birmingham. Here are the dates for the International Certificate of Catalan Language exams. To register click on the following link:

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For further information, check the website:

Or contact directly Gemma Segura:


Catalan Studies at the University of Birmingham is pleased to invite you to the screening of the road movie “Mai és tan fosc” (It’s never darker) directed by Èrika Sánchez. This documentary draws a portrait of Arcadi Oliveres through his fascinating biography and the evolution of social movements. (24th February, 4-6pm, Muirhead Tower G15, UoB).

Arcadi Oliveres is a Catalan economist and a renowned activist for social justice and peace. In all these years, Arcadi Oliveres has devoted his energies to many issues: the reporting of external debt, inequality, unfair North-South economic relations, war, militarism, military research and military expenditure; the need for increased development aid in favor of disarmament, the recognition of conscientious objection to military service and military spending in favor of the promotion of responsible consumption, ethical banking and the ways of a “solidarity economy”, etc.
Èrika Sánchez is a director born in Barcelona in 1983. She earned a degree in Audiovisual Communication for the Universitat Ramon Llull. She also has a  Masters in Management and Production. She has made shorts and documentaries, and she has been producing experimental, poetic and political films around migration, labor and new ways of repoliticising citizens.
When? Wednesday, 24th of February, at 4pm – 6pm
Where? Muirhead Tower, G15, Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham
The activity will be conducted in English and Catalan, with simultaneous translation. We encourage you to come along and discover more about the World Economy through this genius Arcadi Oliveres.
If you are interested in taking part in this activity, just come along to the venue before prior the start of the film.

Christmas comes to Catalan classes

Bringing Catalonian traditions to Birmingham. In Catalonia they find a magic log in the woods, they "feed it" for two to three weeks and then they hit it with sticks whilst singing a song asking the log to poo out all the food in the form of presents, then the log poops out the presents and everyone's happy, well not sure if the log is happy!

Catalan Students at University of Birmingham celebrated the tradition of cagatió.

Here you can see how we party:


The Centre for Galician Studies and the Centre for Portuguese Studies are organising a Christmas Event for all of their language and culture students. This activity will give students the perfect opportunity to celebrate at this time of year the bonds that connect our two cultures.