This book highlights my year in Liverpool during the city’s designation as the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in 2008. I illustrate chronologically and thematically some of the events and special moments I experienced. Some were officially scheduled as part of the ECoC programme, others are annual events and still some others sprang from local grass roots organisations.
In addition I offer visual approaches to the different communication themes observable in the city and how urban regeneration was being tackled.
I discovered Liverpool’s past through architectural remains and its museums, I have been enchanted by the livelihood of its cultural life in all its shades and my heart was won over by the fast tongue and the sound of the secret language Liverpudlians speak: the Scouse.
Born in Germany in 1961, I have done my university studies mostly in Brazil at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where in 1987 I got a B.A. in Social Sciences and some years later my M.A. in Social Anthropology at the department of postgraduate studies at the National Museum. Since my PhD in Anthropology of Communication in 1995 at the University of Liege, Belgium, I worked at the University of Liege and from 1998 to 2007, I directed the Laboratory of Anthropology of Communication there. From 2008 to mid 2010 I have been an AHRC/ESRC Research Fellow at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Liverpool studying the impacts of cultural policy on local culture. My main research interests are the social construction of national identities, public space and its culturally differentiated re-appropriation, as well as the impact of tourism on cultural diversity and as a means of poverty alleviation.