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Centre for Translation Studies Members

Chair of Centre

Dr Dongning Feng

Centre Steering Committee

Bernhard Fuehrer
Ex-officio Steering Committee Member
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
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.


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

Nada Elzeer
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Staff Silhouette Arabic language and translation
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

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
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

Michel Hockx
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Michel Hockx
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

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
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