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Centre for Translation Studies

Centre for Translation Studies Members

Chair of Centre

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg

Centre Steering Committee

Nana Sato-Rossberg
Chair, Centre for Translation Studies
Nano Sato-Rossberg

History of Translation Studies in Japan, Intergeneric translations (manga to film), Translation of oral narratives or orality, Cultural translation, The relationship between translation and power.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4224
  • Email: ns27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 380
  • Office Hours: Monday 4-5pm /Friday 4-5pm (term 1)
Lutz Marten
Ex-officio Steering Committee Member
Lutz Marten

Bantu languages and linguistics; syntax; semantics; pragmatics; historical linguistics; language and society in Eastern and Southern Africa

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4653
  • Email: lm5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 360
  • Office Hours: Please email for an appointment

Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem, OBE
Steering Committee Member for Arabic
Muhammad A S Abdel Haleem Qur’an, Hadith, Tafsir; Islam in society; classical and modern Arabic literature
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4325
  • Email: ha4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 427
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00-13:00/Wednesdays 12:00-13:00
Song Lianyi
Steering Committee Member for Chinese
Lianyi Song Modern Chinese language and language pedagogy
  • Tel: 020 7898 4226
  • Email: ls2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 397
  • Office Hours: Monday 2-3pm/Tuesday 2-3pm

Grace Koh
Steering Committee Member for Korean
Grace Koh

Korean and East Asian literary traditions (prose and fiction); literary and intellectual history; travel literature and cultural encounters; critical theory and comparative literature

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4290
  • Email: gk5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 385
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2-3pm/Thursday 3-4pm (term time only)
Nima Mina
Steering Committee Member for Persian
Staff Silhouette Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
  • Email: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00-15:00 / Weds 11:00-13:00

Chege Githiora
Steering Committee Member for Swahili
Chege Githiora Swahili and Gĩkũyũ Language and Linguistics. Translation and Literacy in African Languages. Culture and Society of East Africa, Latin America and the African Diaspora.


Helen Blatherwick
Staff Silhouette

Classical Arabic literature, Popular literature, Comparative literature

Cosima Bruno
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Cosima Bruno

Contemporary Chinese poetry; translation studies; Chinese language art; Sinophone literatures

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4421
  • Email: cb65@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 456
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-3pm

Alan Cummings
Alan Cummings
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4200
  • Email: ac50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 391
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm / Friday 5-6pm
Stephen Dodd
Steve Dodd Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in representations of the native place (furusato), gender/sexuality and modernity
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4216
  • Email: sd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 381
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3-4pm/Email for an appointment

Ayman El-Desouky
Ayman El-Desouky

Comparative Literature, 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4355
  • Email: ad48@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 423
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2015-16
Nada Elzeer
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Staff Silhouette Arabic language and translation

Rossella Ferrari
Rosella Ferrari Chinese-language theatres; Chinese-language cinemas; intercultural performance; theories and practices of the avant-garde
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4047
  • Email: rf24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 399a
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 2.30-4.30pm
Bernhard Fuehrer
Bernhard Fuehrer Classical Chinese philology, rhetoric, philosophy and literature; the history of Sinology in Europe; reception of the canon with specific reference to the Analects
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4218
  • Email: bf3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 398
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm

Wanli Gao
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Staff Silhouette Chinese language teaching
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4234
  • Email: wg@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 382
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 12-1pm(V322)/Wednesday 2-3pm(382)
Andrew R George
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Andrew George Cuneiform and Ancient Mesopotamian studies
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4335
  • Email: ag5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 414
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 4-5pm/Friday 2-3pm

Andrew Gerstle
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Drew Gerstle Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4207
  • Email: ag4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 390
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11am-12noon/Email for an appointment
Nathan W. Hill
Nathan Hill

Tibetan language from Old Tibetan to Modern Standard Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; historical, descriptive and corpus linguistics, in particular with reference to Tibetan or other Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan languages; Chinese minorities; Mongolian

Rachel V Harrison
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Rachel Harrison
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2015-16
Michel Hockx
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Michel Hockx

Yan Jiang
Yan Jiang

Semantics (formal, cognitive, lexical), pragmatics (relevance theory, formal pragmatics), Chinese linguistics (syntax, semantics and pragmatics of Mandarin, Wu and Yue dialects), dynamic syntax, Chinese rhetoric, linguistic theory of translation, literary stylistics

  • Email: yj9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 393
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11.30-12.30 / Friday by appointment

Shin-Ichiro Okajima
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Shin Okajima
Martin Orwin
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Martin Orwin Somali language and literature; metrics and use of language in poetry; the relationship between language and music; Amharic.

Zhaoxia Pang
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Zhaoxia Pang
  • Tel: 020 7898 4257
  • Email: zp1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 480
  • Office Hours: Monday 3-4pm/Tuesday 3-4pm
Anne Pauwels
Professor Anne Pauwels
  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4474
  • Email: ap62@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 372
  • Office Hours: See info outside rm 372 (English in Global World)
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2015-16

Barbara Pizziconi
Barbara Pizziconi Japanese applied linguistics; language teaching methodology; second language acquisition with emphasis on pragmatic aspects; linguistic politeness
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4225
  • Email: bp3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 362
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3-5pm/Email for an appointment
Lik Suen
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Staff Silhouette Modern Chinese languages; language pedagogy
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4264
  • Email: lx@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 361
  • Office Hours: Mon. 11.15-11.45am & 1.15-2pm/Wed. 11.05-12.05

Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅
Tian Yuan Tan Pre-modern Chinese literature, with emphasis on drama, fiction, and poetry in the later dynasties; Chinese literary history and historiography; court theatre and performance; cross-cultural interactions between China and other countries
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4570
  • Email: tt26@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 396
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm, or by email appointment
Hanne-Ruth Thompson
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Hanne-Ruth Thompson

Structural and descriptive linguistics, syntax, semantics, Bengali grammar and lexicography, philosophy of language

Shejiao Xu
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Shejiao Xu
Amina Yaqin
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Amina Yaqin Urdu language and literature; post-colonial literature and theory; gender studies; South Asian literatures in English; feminism in a Third World context; gender and politics in Pakistan
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4305
  • Email: ay@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 470
  • Office Hours: Wednesday & Friday: 2-3pm

Research Associates

Xiangqun Chang
Research Associate
Xiangqun Chang

Xiangqun works at the centre for developing 'Chinese for Social Sciences', a branch of 'Chinese for Specific Purposes' (CSP), and Chinese and English dual language publications.

Associate Members