Professor Rebecca Gould and Dr Kayvan Tahmasebian have edited 'The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Activism', published today.

The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Activism provides an accessible, diverse and ground-breaking overview of literary, cultural, and political translation across a range of activist contexts.

Book cover of the Routledge Handbook of Translation and Activism

As the first extended collection to offer perspectives on translation and activism from a global perspective, this handbook includes case studies and histories of oppressed and marginalised people from over twenty different languages. The contributions make visible the role of translation in promoting and enabling social change, in promoting equality, in fighting discrimination, in supporting human rights, and in challenging autocracy and injustice across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, East Asia, the US and Europe.

"This volume provides a staggering number of much needed and, in many instances, underrepresented voices, perspectives, and trajectories that question, unsettle and reassess the interrelated and largely uncharted connections between translation and activism in the globalized world. The wide-ranging inclusiveness and accessibility of the contributions make of this work a most welcome and inspiring resource for instructors, translators, activists, students, and general readers alike."

Samia Mehrez, American University in Cairo, Egypt

"The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Activism is a mindmover. The translational activists in this volume theorize, witness, and interpret the literary and the vernacular, and transport us to a multitude of spaces globally. Every piece testifies to the possibilities of transformative translation and activism. The editors have created a significant, spirited, and stirring handbook for students, scholars, educators, practitioners, and readers. In an increasingly divided world, where translation and activism are fundamental, this is an indispensable volume for our times."

Nathalie Handal, Columbia University and author of Life in a Country Album