SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Theory of translation

The translation studies research cluster investigates a range of issues in translation including translation theory, translation technology, translation as a social practice, translation as political communication, post-modernism and post-colonialism and translation, subtitling, translation of classics, and translation of religious texts. At a time of increased pace of globalisation and heightened risks of conflicts, the role of translation has never been so critical in facilitating communication, cultural exchange and technological development. Research in these areas draws on a range of disciplines, reflecting the background of the department’s research expertise: general linguistics, semantics, and language, culture and society. Recent and current research themes include translations of the Qur'an and Muslim Diaspora, translation in Thai society, film subtitling and dubbing in China, the impact of translation on the transformation of the Arabic language, and language, politics and translation, to name a few.