Dr Callum Walker

Profile

I joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Translation Technology in September 2020, having previously taught computer-assisted translation technology, project management, and specialised translation (French>English and Russian>English) in various forms at Durham University (2012-2020), University College London (2018-2019), and Goldsmiths College University of London (2020). I am also an Honorary Research Fellow in Translation Studies at University College London.

I obtained my PhD in Translation Studies from University College London in 2018. Concurrently with my PhD studies and teaching activities, I worked as a freelance translator (beginning in 2009), specialising in legal, business and financial translations from French and Russian into English, as well as managing translations in other language pairs and domains through a wide network of linguists. I am a Chartered Linguist and Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL, UK) as well as a qualified Member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI, UK), and have also carried out consultancy work for the CIOL in connection with the PG Diploma in Translation.

Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager of the MA/PGDip in Applied Translation Studies

Research interests

I have two contrasting areas of research in translation studies. My primary research interest is in the field of cognitive translation studies, and more specifically the reception of stylistic variation in translation. My doctoral and subsequent research and publications have centred around exploring the phenomenological experience of reading source texts and translations in a comparative light, notably using eye tracking to gain an insight into the cognitive dimensions of the reading experience. At the moment, I am looking to build on my methodological proof of concept by incorporating additional biometric sensors to further explore the cognitive and emotional dimensions of reading different written styles in translation. In this context, I have a keen interest in research methods, mixed-methods designs (qualitative and quantitative methods), experimental and empirical methods, and statistical analyses. In light of the case studies employed in my research, I also have a strong interest in language varieties (e.g. dialects, sociolects), especially in a literary context.

In this research area of cognitive translation studies, I co-edited the volume Eye Tracking and Multidisciplinary Studies on Translation (co-edited with Federico M. Federici, University College London), which was published in 2018 with John Benjamins (https://benjamins.com/catalog/btl.143). My monograph – An Eye-Tracking Study of Equivalent Effect in Translation: The Reader Experience of Literary Style – is due to be published in late 2020 (https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030557683). I also have a number of works in progress focusing on experimental research into the reception of written translations, and on eye-tracking methodology.

My secondary research interest lies in the language services industry, and in particular translation project management. Notably, I am interested in translation project constraints (time, cost, quality, scope, benefits, risk), project management frameworks (PMBOK and Prince2), CAT tool workflows in project management, and the micro-economics of the language services industry. I am currently writing a new textbook for Routledge entitled Translation Project Management, which is slated for publication in 2022.

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Qualifications

  • PhD in Translation Studies
  • BA(Hons) in French and Russian

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Linguists
  • Institute of Translation and Interpreting

Student education

My teaching is centred on the MA and PG Diploma in Applied Translation Studies, with a particular focus on computer-assisted translation technology and localisation project management. I lecture on translation theory, with sessions on my research interests in cognitive translation studies and on translation technology research, and am also involved in the supervision and assessment of translation projects (FR-EN, RU-EN) and dissertations within my areas of expertise across CTS.

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