SOAS University of London

African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Dr Ida Hadjivayanis

PhD SOAS, MA Middlesex, BA National University of Lesotho
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Ida Hadjivayanis
African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

Lecturer in Swahili (Education)

Centre of African Studies


Dr Ida Hadjivayanis
Email address:
44 (0)20 7898 4386
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Academic Support Hours:
Tuesday 11-12pm and by appointment


Ida Hadjivayanis is originally from Zanzibar. She has lived in Dar es Salaam, Paris, Maseru, Conakry, Khartoum and Rome. She studied at the National University of Lesotho (BA in French and English), Middlesex University (MA in Translation) and SOAS (PhD - thesis looked at Norms of Swahili Translation in Tanzania ). She is the translator of Alisi ndani ya nchi ya ajabu, a translation of Lewis Caroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She is currently involved in the production of the first Anthology of Swahili Translations.


o Alisi ndani ya nchi ya ajabu (Swahili translation of Lewis Caroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Evertype, 2015

o Alice in a world of wonderlands, Swahili translation review and back translations, Oak Knoll, 2015

o ‘Intergration and identity of Swahili speakers in Britain, Journal of East African Studies, Volume 9, issue 2 (2015) pp 231-246

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Q&A with Ida Hadjivayanis