Research

Translation Studies at Bristol is a vibrant and growing community that includes scholars, practitioners and theorists from a wide variety of languages, disciplines and specialisms.

We have particular strengths in translation theory, translation history, film and subtitling, translation technologies (especially machine translation), translation and translation-editing processes, game localization, experimental translation, and drama. Linguistically and geographically, our expertise ranges from Europe to the Americas and East Asia. Languages include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The translation section collaborates with other researchers across the School of Modern Languages and the wider University who have an interest in languages, communication and mediation. Our research methodologies span a wide range of disciplines. We have expertise in archival research, in literary analysis, and in quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods. Some of our research involves eye-tracking data, which we analyse with iMotions. We welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in any of these areas. Enquiries should be accompanied by a 1,000-word proposal and CV.

Research areas

Our research interests include:

  • audiovisual translation
  • subtitling
  • game localization
  • machine translation and post-editing
  • translation industry
  • translation and cognition
  • censorship in translation
  • history of screen translation
  • literary translation
  • translation history
  • translation and material culture
  • translation policy

For PhD projects starting in 2021, we particularly welcome proposals on lay use of machine translation, and on machine translation as a professional tool in video game localization. See our call for PhD proposals for 2021-2022. Translation technologies is a fast-growing area of research and teaching in the School of Modern Languages. Find out more about our technology partnerships.

Projects

Research in the faculty

Our research forms part of the overall research activities and strategies of the Faculty of Arts.

Research events

We run a regular research seminar series and are frequently involved with one-off research events.

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