Next month, on 9 February 2011, the University of Leicester’s new Research Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies will open its doors for the first time. The centre will focus on researching subjects related to translation and interpretation. Additionally, it will also help facilitate the spread of knowledge in the translation community by hosting educational events like seminars and conferences.
In a press release from the University, Professor Kirsten Malmkjær, who will lead the centre, commented:
“I am extremely excited about my new post and looking forward eagerly to establishing translation as an academic discipline at Leicester. The main challenge we face is to establish a distinctive profile within the national and international translation studies community.”
Professor Douglas Tallack, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law, explained why the university decided to develop a research centre for translation:
“It’s an important development in the College because Translation Studies has an exciting theoretical reach, while also introducing a vocational and out-reach dimension that will be of particular value to the University in the coming years. I have also been struck on recent overseas visits by the great interest shown in this subject by potential applicants to the University of Leicester, and also by academics seeking research collaboration with us.”
At K International, we’re looking forward to seeing what the Research Centre has to offer!