United Kingdom, London

Decolonizing Translation and Translation Studies

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 1750

Amongst both scholars of Translation Studies and practical translators decolonization is an area of increasing interest. Two topics gaining particular attention are the tension between cultural universalism and regional diversity, and colonial power structures that remain alive in contemporary translation practice. This summer school program will approach decolonization of translation from both the academic and the practical side. Depending on the background of participants, we will provide a balance of non-language specific modules and practical modules in our most popular languages: Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese.

Course leader

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg and Mai Kataoka

in collaboration with SOAS Centre for Translation Studies.

Target group

You will have completed one year of undergraduate study at the time of joining the Academic Summer School. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- To learn about translation theories and practice in relation to decolonization and translation of cultures
- Awareness and understanding of sensitive issues surrounding translation and Translation Studies
- To effectively mediate across cultural differences in the real world
- Awareness and understanding of otherness and communication beyond borders

Credits info

15 EC
Courses are worth 15 SOAS credits, which is equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.

Fee info

GBP 1750: Credit assessed - if you have opted to study for credit, you will be required to complete all course assessments. Should you complete the assessments with success, you will receive a transcript confirming your marks and credits.
GBP 1600: Non-assessed - if you have not chosen to study for credit, you will be exempt from any course assignments and not receive a mark.

There is a 10% early bird discount for applications received by 31st March 2020.


The SOAS Academic Summer School is delighted to offer four tuition-fee waiver scholarships to passionate students with a desire to make a difference in the world.

The scholarships will cover the tuition fee for one Academic Summer School course in 2020

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