Centre for Translation Studies


SOAS’s Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) was established in 2008.

The centre aims at exploring and developing area-based Translation Studies across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. While addressing questions of Translation Studies, which developed largely based on western languages, the centre aims to focus and shed light on regional translation practice, theory, and philosophy. For this purpose, the centre organises conferences, symposia, workshops, and seminar series, and supports the publication of research in Translation Studies in the contexts of Asia and Africa.

With SOAS expertise in more than 40 Asian and African languages and cultures, and academic staff who passionately study these, the centre aims at establishing new perspectives through area-based Translation Studies.

The centre functions as an intellectual home not only for academic staff but also for the MA Translation and PhD students working on Translation Studies. Student members of the centre play an active part in the Centre and organise postgraduate seminars and conferences.

The centre also encourages translation activities by students, staff, and affiliates. A selection of translations by our members are showcased in the staff translations section.

Our students are happy to take on translation work. We welcome translation work for non-European languages such as Arabic, Chinese. Korean, Japanese, Persian, Turkish, and Swahili. Please contact cts@soas.ac.uk.

Academics who sympathise with the centre’s aims and whose work resonates with our purpose are welcome to become members of the centre.

Meet the members.

Introduction to the Centre for Translation Studies