Erasmus Mundus scholarship holder “Crossways in Cultural Narratives” Master Programme, Cohort 2018-2020
Poland, England, Spain
“My name is Regina Solis Miranda and I am an Erasmus Mundus scholarship holder. I am currently doing the “Crossways in Cultural Narratives” Master Programme, cohort 2018-2020. I started out studying in Poland for six months, now I am at my home university at the city of Sheffield in England, and in a few months I’ll be moving to Spain for my last semester.
My background is in Anthropology, therefore, I chose this programme to explore more about the discourse analysis, the ways narratives are built and how they impact on reality. I’ve also been given the opportunity to learn a new language as a part of my programme, so I am expecting to be able to maintain a simple conversation in French by the end of my masters. The language learning process was a challenge, at first since I received most of my lessons in polish -a language that I don’t know!-. I often had headaches after my courses, because it was a major effort for me to try to keep up. A big shout out to all of my polish classmates who helped me through it and translated into English the lessons for me to understand them.
Throughout this journey, I’ve met amazing people from all over the world: Ukraine, Italy, Lebanon, Brazil, Mexico, Algeria, which has given me the possibility to interact with different cultures and points of view.
My colleagues change in every country I visit, were obliged to develop new social skills, especially due to the diverse social contexts of each society, some more conservative or more progressive than others.
Being a young non-white woman from a little country in Central America has put me in difficult situations in terms of visa permits and racism. However, it has also given me the chance to share the challenges we face in our side of the world, the global south and to demonstrate that we too have our own reading on history, and we too can conduct groundbreaking research.
I constantly talk about the political and social situation of Central America, and being a foreigner in these countries has made me appreciate my roots, and has helped me to have more clarity about who I am.”