Gitanjali Patel

Gitanjali Patel

Department of Modern Languages
Doctoral researcher

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PhD Title: Translation as a critical pedagogy
Supervisors: Dr Emmanuelle Santos and Dr Reza Gholami
Modern Languages (Translation) and Education


  • MA Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London
  • BA (Hons) Spanish and Portuguese, University of Oxford


My PhD research follows on from seven years running the organisation Shadow Heroes which runs translation workshops at schools in England which engage young people in critical thinking about language and power.


My research proposes translation as a critical pedagogical method to engage young people in transformative questions around language and power. It will be based on participatory ethnographic fieldwork over one year, in 2023, with two schools in Brazil.

Other activities

I am a Wolfson scholar.