SOAS University of London

Centre for Translation Studies

Centre for Translation Studies Members

Chair of Centre

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg

Centre Steering Committee

Dr 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
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  • Room: 380
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment/email
Professor 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
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  • Room: 426
  • Academic Support Hours: Please book an appointment (campus, online)

Dr 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
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  • Room: 385
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12noon (online)

Dr Song Lianyi
Steering Committee Member for Chinese
Lianyi Song
Modern Chinese language and language pedagogy
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4226
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  • Room: 367
  • Academic Support Hours: Tues 2-4pm & Fri 2-4pm (email for appointments)


Dr 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
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  • Room: 388
  • Academic Support Hours: 2021-22 On leave term 1

Dr Yorgos Dedes
Yorges Dedes
Early Anatolian Turkish; Ottoman language and literature; Ottoman history; Turkish-Greek relations; modern Turkish culture
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4344
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  • Room: 424
  • Academic Support Hours: ON CAMPUS Tuesday 3-5pm; ONLINE see full Bio

Professor Stephen Dodd
Steve Dodd
Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in gender/sexuality, Modernism and translation studies
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4216
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  • Room: 381
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm (Term 2 only)
  • On Sabbatical:2018-2019 (Term 1)
Dr Nada Elzeer
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
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Arabic language and translation
  • Tel: 020 7898 4340
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  • Room: 418
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Professor 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
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  • Room: 398
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm

Professor 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
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  • Room: 390
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm / Email for an appointment

Professor Rachel V Harrison
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Rachel Harrison 2018
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
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  • Room: 455
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment online

Dr Dana Healy
Dana Healy
Modern Vietnamese cultural studies (literature, film, gender); Vietnamese social and cultural history (the Vietnam War; art and politics); the sociology of contemporary Vietnamese literature; the Vietnamese diaspora
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4252
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  • Room: 465
  • Academic Support Hours: SEE FULL BIO
Dr 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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4512
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  • Room: 456
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave until 2022

Dr David Lunn
David Lunn

19th- and 20th-century Hindi and Urdu literature; cinema; music; journalism; north Indian literary history; intellectual history; literary translation; literary and cultural history of Southeast Asia; Malay; comparative literature; postcolonial studies.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4294
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  • Room: 457
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 10.30–12.00, or by appointment

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
Wen-chin Ouyang
Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4348
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  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 12-1 or by appointment online
Ms Zhaoxia Pang
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Zhaoxia Pang
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4257
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  • Room: 378
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 12-1 & Thurs 1-2 (email for appointment)

Dr Barbara Pizziconi
Barbara Pizziconi
Japanese applied linguistics; language teaching methodology; second language acquisition with emphasis on pragmatic aspects; linguistic politeness

Mr Naresh Sharma
Naresh Sharma
Urdu and Hindi language
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4296
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  • Room: 452
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 3-4pm, Thursday 3-4pm
Ms Lik Suen
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Lik Suen
Modern Chinese languages; language pedagogy
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4264
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  • Room: 382
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 11.15am-12.15pm/Wednesdays 12-1pm

Dr Satona Suzuki
Satona Suzuki

Modern Japanese history; modernity, imperialism and militarism. Social and political issues of contemporary Japan.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4234
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  • Room: 390
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 4-5pm / Fridays 2-3pm
Dr Hanne-Ruth Thompson
Member, Centre for Translation Studies
Hanne-Ruth Thompson

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

Mrs Rosa Vercoe
UKRI/AHRC Covid-19 research project administrator
Rosa Vercoe

UKRI/AHRC Covid-19 research project administrator

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  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am - 2.30pm

Senior Teaching Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr Sam Mirelman
Sam Mirelman

Music and performance in the ancient Near East, Sumerian liturgical texts, Mesopotamian rituals, Sumerian-Akkadian language contact, Mesopotamian intellectual history

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4283
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  • Room: 305
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-5pm

Research Associates

Associate Members