ARTIS School


ARTIS International Research School 


The ARTIS International Research School is a new training initiative based on the experience of ARTIS (Advancing Research in Translation and Interpreting Studies, 2014-present) and the former TRSS (Translation Research Summer School, 2001-2013), in collaboration with the Jiao Tong Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies. The School will primarily address the needs of doctoral and early career researchers in translation and interpreting studies, as well as more experienced academics who are new to the discipline or interested in engaging with recent developments in the field.

The ARTIS International Research School will take place in Jiao Tong University, Shanghai once every two years, starting in July 2020 and rotating with the International Research School for Media Translation and Digital Culture.

The ARTIS International Research School aims to contribute to realising one of the priorities articulated by the Advisory Board of the Jiao Tong Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, namely, ‘enhancing dialogue between Chinese and international scholars of translation and creating an open, welcoming space for all scholars, but particularly early career scholars, to interact and explore new avenues of research’.

Conceptual Remit

The ARTIS International Research School will focus on a range of issues. The list below is meant as an indicative rather than exhaustive survey of such issues and themes:

  • Theoretical frameworks: for example, (socio-) narrative theory; affect theory; cultural/soft policy in translation; gender studies and translation; social contract and capability theories; conversation and discourse analysis; sociology of media translation in digital culture; interpretation and hermeneutics; postcolonial approaches to translation; practice theory.
  • Research methods: including elite/focus group interviews; corpus-based methods; qualitative research methods; ethnographic research; comparative textual analysis.
  • Research design and dynamics: including case studies involving multimodal theory; participatory/collaborative forms of translation; positioning of translators; translation in historical contexts; translation and music; translation and social movements.
  • Academic career development: to cover areas such as publishing academic papers; securing an early career post; managing a PhD project; grant applications for external funding; impact; developing and managing partnerships in research with the third sector.

Syllabus and Organization

The ARTIS International Research School will take place over a period of six days, starting in July 2020, and will consist of five modules:

  • Module 1. Theoretical Approaches | 2 x 90-minute sessions
  • Module 2. Research Methods | 2 x 90-minute sessions
  • Module 3. Research Design & Dynamics | 2 x 90-minute sessions
  • Module 4. Featured Theme | 2 x 90-minute sessions
  • Module 5. Academic Career Development | 2 x 90-minute sessions

Each module encompasses three contact hours and approximately six hours of guided reading.

On the sixth and final day, each students will present his or her work to fellow students and staff and receive verbal feedback.

Students will spend their mornings in classes and workshops, while afternoons will be spent in small group tutorials and independent study. Each student will be provided with the opportunity to take part in two tutorials during the week.

Indicative timetable
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
09.00-10.30 Module 1 (A) Module 2 (B) Module 3 (A) Module 4 (B) Module 5 (A) Presentations
Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
11.00-12.30 Module 2 (A) Module 1 (B) Module 4 (A) Module 3 (B) Module 5 (B) Presentations
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13.30-15.00 Tutorials Tutorials Tutorials Tutorials Tutorials Presentations

Admission and Certificates


As part of the application process, all participants are required to submit a Personal Statement (500 words) outlining the reasons for and scope of their interest in participating in the School.


Participants wishing to receive a Completion Certificate will be required to submit a Research Project Proposal (2000 words) within three months of attending the School. Guidelines for writing the proposal will be provided during the Research School.

Completion Certificates will only be issued to applicants whose proposal is deemed satisfactory by the School tutors and will detail the number of contact hours and hours of guided reading completed.

Attendance certificates will be issued to all participants at the end of the School.

Academic Director

Dr Şebnem Susam-Saraeva

Şebnem Susam-Saraeva is a Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Her research interests have included gender and translation, retranslations, translation of literary and cultural theories, research methodology in translation studies and internationalization of the discipline. She is the author of Translation and Popular Music. Transcultural Intimacy in Turkish-Greek Relations(2015) and Theories on the Move. Translation’s Role in the Travels of Literary Theories (2006), and guest-editor of Translation and Music(2008) and Non-Professionals Translating and Interpreting. Participatory and Engaged Perspectives (2012, with Luis Pérez-González). Dr. Susam-Saraeva’s literary translations into Turkish include Kazuo Ishiguro’s 1989 Booker Prize Winner The Remains of the Day (1993). She is also the winner of PEN Wales Translation Challenge 2017 with her poetry translation from Küçük İskender.


Core Staff

The School will be staffed by a core group of visiting and local academics. Additional tutors will be involved on a one-off basis on different years, as required by the relevant featured theme. Not all members of the core group will necessarily be involved in each session of the School.

Additional tutors may include members of the ARTIS Associates team, whose expertise cover a wide range of areas in translation and interpreting studies.


Professor Mona Baker

Mona Baker is Director of the Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies and Professor Emerita of Translation Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. She is Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Genealogies of Knowledge: The Evolution and Contestation of Concepts across Time and Spaceand co-editor, with Luis Pérez-González and Bolette Blaagaard, of the Routledge series Critical Perspectives on Citizen Media. She is author of In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation (Routledge, 1992; second edition 2011) and Translation and Conflict: A Narrative Account (Routledge, 2006), Editor of Translating Dissent: Voices from and with the Egyptian Revolution (Routledge, 2016), Citizen Media and Public Spaces: Diverse Expressions of Citizenship and Dissent (co-edited with Bolette Blaagaard), the Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies (1998, 2001; second edition, co-edited with Gabriela Saldanha, 2009); Critical Concepts: Translation Studies (4 volumes, Routledge, 2009); and Critical Readings in Translation Studies (Routledge, 2010). Her articles have appeared in a wide range of international journals, including Social Movement StudiesCritical Studies on TerrorismThe Translator and Target. She is founding Editor of The Translator (St. Jerome Publishing, 1995-2013), former Editorial Director of St. Jerome Publishing (1995-2013), and founding Vice-President of IATIS, the International Association for Translation & Intercultural Studies (2004-2015). She posts on translation, citizen media and Palestine on her personal website,, and tweets at @MonaBaker11.


Dr Kathryn Batchelor

Kathryn Batchelor  is Associate Professor of Translation and Francophone Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is the author of Decolonizing Translation: Francophone African Novels in English Translation (St. Jerome, 2009) and Translation and Paratexts (Routledge, 2018). She has also co-edited four volumes of essays: Translating Thought/Traduire la pensée (special issue of Nottingham French Studies 49.2, 2010), Intimate Enemies: ‘Translation in Francophone Contexts (Liverpool University Press, 2013),Translating Frantz Fanon across Continents and Languages (Routledge, 2017), China-Africa Relations: Building Images through Cultural Cooperation. Media Representation and Communication (Routledge, 2017). Dr Batchelor is also a member of the Peer College of the Martha Cheung Award for Best English Article in Translation Studies by an Early Career Scholar.



Dr Dang Li

Currently a post-doctoral research fellow in Translation Studies at the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dang Li is a member of the Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies. She holds a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies from the University of Manchester and an MA in Applied Translation Studies from the University of Leeds. Her research interests lie mainly in audiovisual translation, translation and technology, citizen media movements, and corpus-based translation studies.





Prof Theo Hermans

Theo Hermans was educated at the universities of Ghent (Belgium), Essex and Warwick. He is currently Professor of Dutch and Comparative Literature at University College London (UCL). He writes in both Dutch and English, and edits the series Translation Theories Explored published by Routledge. His main research interests concern the theory and history of translation. He is the author of Translation in Systems (1999) and The Conference of the Tongues (2007), and editor of The Manipulation of Literature (1985), Crosscultural Transgressions (2002) and Translating Others (2 vols, 2006). Outside the field of translation studies he edited The Flemish Movement: A Documentary History 1780-1990 (1992) and A Literary History of the Low Countries (2009). He was Distinguished Humanities Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001 and Nida Professor at the Nida School of Translation Studies in 2009. He was elected a member of the Flemish Academy in 2008 and is currently also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. His work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish and Turkish.


Dr Kyung-Hye Kim

Kyung Hye Kim is Lecturer in Translation Studies at the School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a member of the Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies. She holds a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies from the University of Manchester. Her academic interests lie in corpus-based translation studies, critical discourse analysis, and the application of narrative theory to translation and interpreting. Her publications include ‘Examining US News Media Discourses about North Korea’ (Discourse and Society 2014), ‘Renarrating the Victims of WWII through Translation: So Far from the Bamboo Grove and Yoko Iyagi’ (Target 2017), and ‘Newsweek Discourses on China and their Korean Translations: A Corpus-based Approach’ (Discourse, Context and Media 2017).


Dr Maeve Olohan

Maeve Olohan is Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester, UK. Her research concerns the sociomateriality of professional translation practices, past and present. She has conducted studies in the workplaces of today’s translators and translation project managers but has also worked on case studies of scientific translation practices in 19th-century Europe. Other interests include translation technology, volunteer translation, corpus-based translation studies and translation pedagogy. She is author of Scientific and Technical Translation (2016) and Introducing Corpora in Translation Studies (2004), editor of Intercultural Faultlines: Research Models in Translation Studies I (2000) and co-editor of Text and Context: Essays on Translation and Interpreting in Honour of Ian Mason (20110) and a special issue of The Translator (2011) on the translation of science. She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and a Board member of the European Masters in Translation (EMT) Network.


Professor Luis Pérez-González

Member of AVTD (Audiovisual Translation and Dissemination Committee established by State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and China Alliance of Radio, Film and Television)

Member of CCTSS (Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support Network, China’s Ministry of Culture)

Luis Pérez-González is Professor of Translation Studies and Co-director of the Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies at the University of Manchester, UK, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies. He is a Co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project Genealogies of Knowledge: The Evolution and Contestation of Concepts across Time and Space. Former editor of the Interpreter and Translator Trainer, he is also author of Audiovisual Translation: Theories, Methods and Issues (Routledge 2014), editor of Routledge Handbook of Audiovisual Translation (2017), and co-editor of Rutledge’s Critical Perspectives on Citizen Media book series. His articles have appeared in a wide range of international journals, including The Translator, The Journal of Language and Politics, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Pragmatics and Language and Intercultural Communication. Professor Pérez-González has acted as a consultant for the European Agency for Reconstruction on the development of translation and interpreter training programmes and translation certification mechanisms in Eastern Europe, and for the European Commission on a project on the social impact of translation in multilingual communities.


Dr Rebecca Tipton

Rebecca Tipton lectures in the theory and practice of translation and interpreting at the Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests concern the field of public service interpreting, particularly in contexts of social work, police and third sector organizations. She has a particular interest in qualitative research methods and her PhD (2012) explored interview and focus-group approaches to data collection on inter- and intra-professional perceptions of interpreter mediation in social work, with specific attention to theorizations of researcher reflexivity in the process of data collection and analytical account writing. She is the co-author, with Professor Olgierda Furmanek (Wake Forest University, USA) of Dialogue Interpreting: A guide to interpreting in public services and the community (Routledge, 2016). In 2017 she co-edited a Special Issue of The Translator on Translation, Ethics and Social Responsibility with Professor Joanna Drugan (University of East Anglia, UK). She is also the co-editor of Ideology, Ethics and Policy Development in Public Service Interpreting and Translation (Multilingual Matters, 2017) with Dr Carmen Valero-Garcés (University of Alcalá, Spain). Rebecca also serves as Secretary and Treasurer for IATIS (International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies).


Dr Yifan Zhu

Yifan Zhu is Associate Director of the Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies and Associate Professor in Translation Studies and Linguistics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. She has a PhD in Linguistics with a specialization in translation and contrastive studies of Chinese and English. She teaches a wide range of subjects, including Translation Criticism and Theories of Translation and Interpreting. Her research interests focus on contrastive linguistics and corpus-based translation studies. Her articles have appeared in The Chinese Translators’ JournalJournal of Foreign LanguagesJournal of Foreign Language TeachingJournal of PLA University of Foreign Languages and Foreign Languages Research, among others. Her monograph Translation and the Evolvement of Modern Chinese (1905-1936) was published in 2011 by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.


Registration for the ARTIS Research School will open in September 2019.