About the symposium

PEERS.The E Allison Peers Symposium is an annual symposium hosted by Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool, UK since 2009.

It is named for Edgar Allison Peers (left, 1891-1952), Gilmour Chair of Spanish at Liverpool for thirty years from 1922, founder of the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) and the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and a pioneer of Spanish and Catalan Studies.

Professor Peers left a substantial bequest for the support of Hispanic Studies at Liverpool, which he stipulated was to be spent to promote the teaching of Spanish, and we are very grateful to him for enabling us to hold these exciting annual events.

In Liverpool, we now teach and research all five of the principal Iberian languages  – Basque, Castilian, Catalan, Galician, and Portuguese – and the Symposium provides an outstanding opportunity to bring some of the best thinkers and practitioners across all of these fields to Liverpool to share and discuss ideas, research and practice.