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Bethlehem began studying a PhD by Distance Learning in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham in September 2021.

1. Tell us a little about your academic career

I completed my BA in English language and literature at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. In 2000, I got my MSc in Gender, Culture and Society from Birkbeck, University of London. Over the years, I have worked in the humanitarian sector as well as private startup business ventures, with vast experience across emergency relief and rehabilitation project work, gender and human rights advocacy, business management, interpretation, literary translation and creative writing. I provide mentoring and one-to-one literary translation on-line courses.

2. How did you discover that you could study by Distance Learning?

I found the Distance Learning programme content on the University of Birmingham’s website after searching the internet for potential courses in my area of research interest.

3. Why did you choose to study by Distance Learning and why at Birmingham?

I am currently living in Nepal, so distance learning is the best option. While researching, I couldn’t find any Supervisor with African literary translation expertise but I was fascinated by Professor Gould’s experience in Persian, Arabic and Georgian literature and her interest in intersection of anthropology and comparative literature. I am currently researching Sub-Saharan Africa Vernacular Literature: Translating Amharic Fiction, under the supervision of Professor Rebecca Gould.

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