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Honorary Director

 Photo of Professor Susan Bassnett, Honorary Director of the Birmingham Centre for Translation

Professor Susan Bassnett

Professor of Comparative Literature and Special Advisor in Translation Studies at the University of Warwick.

 

Director

Dr Gabriela Saldanha

Dr Gabriela Saldanha

Lecturer

Department of Modern Languages

I am a Lecturer in Translation Studies in the department of Modern Languages. I teach translation theory and research methods on the MAs in Translation Studies (distance and campus-based). My research interests are: translation stylistics and the artistic nature of translation, the reception of translations and their impact on literary landscapes, and the relationship between gender identity and ...

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+44 (0)121 414 2970
Email
g.saldanha@bham.ac.uk

Steering Committee

Dr Sofia Malamatidou

Dr Sofia Malamatidou

Lecturer in Translation Studies

Department of Modern Languages

By combining linguistics and translation studies, I am interested in the interdisciplinary study of cross-cultural communication, which will generate new insights, and challenge the ways in which we have understood how languages, people, and ideas interact through translation. 

Methodological investigation, and specifically corpora, is also at the centre of my research, and my recent ...

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+44 (0)121 414 7371
Email
s.malamatidou@bham.ac.uk

 

Members

Dr Monica Borg

Lecturer in Italian Studies
Educational Enhancement Fellow (CEEF) College of Arts and Law (CAL)
Associate Lecturer, The Open University

Department of Modern Languages

I teach undergraduate language and culture modules in Italian Studies and CELC (Centre for European Languages and Cultures). I am a keen supporter of enquiry-based interactive learning and have been involved, especially in my role as Educational Enhancement Fellow for the College of Arts and Law,  in promoting and increasing the uptake of educational technology to enhance teaching and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6052
Email
borgmg@bham.ac.uk

Dr Philip Burton

Dr Philip Burton

Reader in Latin and Early Christian Studies

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

I have a long-standing fascination with three areas – language and linguistics, especially Latin and the Romance languages, the early history of Christianity, and the reception of the Graeco-Roman world in modern English literature and culture. In my work at Birmingham, I'm privileged to be able to combine these areas of interest with students and colleagues, and I'm always glad to hear ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8342
Email
p.h.burton@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anissa Daoudi

Dr Anissa Daoudi

Lecturer in Arabic and Translation Studies
Language Co-ordinator for Arabic

Department of Modern Languages

I am currently Head of the Arabic area of Languages for All. I am the Arabic-English-Arabic Translation Specialist and module contributor to the MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.  

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5931
Email
a.daoudi@bham.ac.uk

Dr Paolo De Ventura

Lecturer

Department of Modern Languages

I study early Italian literature and the historical evolution of the Italian language. I love Dante and his world, which is the fascinating and complex universe of the art and thought of the European Middle Ages.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5935
Email
p.deventura@bham.ac.uk

Professor Steve Ellis

Professor Steve Ellis

Emeritus Professor of English Literature

Department of English Literature

I have published many volumes of literary criticism on a wide range of authors, including Dante, Chaucer, T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, plus three collections of poetry and a verse translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. My latest monograph is British Writers and the Approach of World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5689
Email
s.p.ellis@bham.ac.uk

Professor Danielle Fuller

Professor Danielle Fuller

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Department of English Literature

My major areas of research are contemporary cultures of reading, Canadian literature and interdisciplinary research methods that combine textual and empirical modes of investigation.  I also have interests in popular culture, book history and publishing.

I have always been interested in the ways that people make sense of their everyday lives and how lived experience is a type of knowledge ...

Email
dfuller@alberta.ca

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor and Professorial Research Fellow, Islamic World and Comparative Literature

School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Rebecca Gould is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems ...

Email
r.r.gould@bham.ac.uk

Robert Holland

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Department of English Language and Linguistics

I am a lecturer in Applied Linguistics in English Language Studies at the University of Birmingham. I have a background in English Language teaching, teacher-training and language education project management.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7039
Email
r.l.holland@bham.ac.uk

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

Lecturer in History of Art
Head of Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

My teaching and research focuses on the art and culture of the late medieval and early modern period, especially illuminated manuscripts and book culture, and French and Burgundian court art. Within these areas, I work specifically on women as subjects and consumers of visual cultures, text-image relations, and the querelle des femmes. My research addresses, for instance, questions of maternity, ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4148 042
Email
e.a.lestrange@bham.ac.uk

Dr Elisenda Marcer Cortés

Lecturer in Catalan Studies

Department of Modern Languages

A native of Barcelona, I studied Hispanic Philology and completed the doctorate courses in Catalan Philology at the University of Barcelona. I arrived at the University of Birmingham in 2001 where I completed my doctoral thesis entitled ‘Intertextual dynamics in Gabriel Ferrater’s work: the role of English poetry’. I taught all levels of Catalan Language and content modules ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4467
Email
e.marcer@bham.ac.uk

Dr Gideon Nisbet

Dr Gideon Nisbet

Reader in Classics

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

I teach and research in Greek and Latin literature, particularly epigram and Greek writers in the Roman Empire; ancient books on papyrus; and the reception of classical antiquity in modern culture.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45771
Email
g.nisbet@bham.ac.uk

Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova

Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova

Lecturer in Russian

Department of Modern Languages

Dr Natasha Rulyova has research interests in three areas: post-Soviet Russian media including new media, translation studies with the focus on self-translation, and genre studies.

Her work on post-Soviet media resulted in the following main publications: monograph (with Stephen Hutchings) of Television and Culture in Putin's Russia: Remote Control (London: Routledge, ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6357
Email
n.e.rulyova@bham.ac.uk

Professor Diana Spencer

Professor Diana Spencer

Professor of Classics
Dean of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (2014-2018; 2019-)

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

I am primarily interested in what we think Romans thought about themselves (as reflected in texts), how they conceptualized themselves as a people, and responded to (and were shaped by) the world they lived in.

I enjoy investigating how identity and cultural politics are manifest through narratives emphasising space, territory, cultivation of place, and ethos. I research authors and texts ...

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+ 44 (0)121 41 47967
Email
d.j.spencer@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emma Tyler

Dr Emma Tyler

Senior Lecturer in French Studies
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Department of Modern Languages

I specialise in training students to become translators. I am the convenor of the MA in Translation Studies (campus and distance) and the tutor for the French Practical and Specialised Translation modules on the MA. I am also the Director of Taught Admissions for the College of Arts and Law.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5963
Email
e.e.tyler.20@bham.ac.uk

Professor Dimitris Tziovas

Professor Dimitris Tziovas

Professor of Modern Greek Studies

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

I have taught at the University of Birmingham over twenty years and have supervised many research students. Their research has been disseminated internationally through publication in books or peer-reviewed journals and the standard of my supervision has been recognised by a University Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision (2010).

One of my aims in teaching and research is to test ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5769
Email
d.p.tziovas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emma Wagstaff

Dr Emma Wagstaff

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Department of Modern Languages

I came to Birmingham in 2006, and am based in the Department of Modern Languages. Among a range of teaching and research interests, I am particularly keen to promote the study of French literature and the visual arts, and the interactions between them.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5973
Email
e.r.wagstaff@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Watts

Dr Andrew Watts

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Department of Modern Languages

I was appointed to the University of Birmingham in 2007, having previously taught at the universities of Bristol and Newcastle. I am a specialist in nineteenth-century French prose fiction, especially the work of Honoré de Balzac. My current research focuses on adaptations of classic novels from this period in a variety of different media including silent film, graphic novels, and stage ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5984
Email
a.j.watts.2@bham.ac.uk

Dr Gillian Wright

Dr Gillian Wright

Reader in English and Irish Literature

Department of English Literature

I am a Reader in English and Irish Literature. My research and teaching focus on literature from the early modern period, and in particular on poetry, women’s writing, and book history and editing. I am a General Editor on the AHRC-funded Cambridge edition of The Works of Aphra Behn, for which I am editing Behn’s poetry. I also teach contemporary Irish fiction. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5671
Email
g.wright@bham.ac.uk

Dr Xiaohui Yuan

Lecturer in Interpreting and Translation Studies

Department of Modern Languages

I lecture on Chinese-English Interpreting and Translation Studies. My research interests include intercultural pragmatics in translation and interpreting, using translation and interpreting in mediation, and cultural influence on mediation.