Professor Loredana Polezzi
Loredana Polezzi was Professor of Translation Studies in the School of Modern Languages between 2015 and 2020, when she took up the position of Alfonse M. D’Amato Endowed Chair in Italian American and Italian Studies in the Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Stony Brook University (SUNY), New York. She had previously taught at the University of Warwick and also held the post of Monash-Warwick Honorary Associate Professor (2013-2015).
A Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (2017) and past President of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (2017-2021), Prof. Polezzi obtained her first degree from the University of Siena (Italy) and an MA (Research) and PhD from the University of Warwick.
Her research interests combine translation and transnational Italian studies. She has written extensively on Italian travel writing, colonial and postcolonial literature, translingualism and migration. Between 2014 and 2018 she was a co-investigator in the research projects ‘Transnationalizing Modern Languages’ and ‘TML: Global Challenges’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under its ‘Translating Cultures Theme’ and the ‘Global Challenges Research Fund’. She is co-editor of the international journal The Translator and of the ‘Transnational Modern Languages’ series (Liverpool University Press).
While at Cardiff, Prof. Polezzi taught on the MA in Translation Studies and contributed to undergraduate modules in Translation and Transnational Culture. She also co-designed and coordinated the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) ‘Working with Translation: Theory and Practice’ (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/working-with-translation) and supervised doctoral and postdoctoral projects, including Leverhulme Early Career, Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Commonwealth fellowships. She continues to collaborate with The Phoenix Project, a joint initiative between Cardiff University and the University of Namibia (https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/phoenix-project) and with Translation Studies researchers in the School of Modern Languages.