Dr Neil Sadler

Dr Neil Sadler


I completed my BA in Arabic and Spanish at the University of Leeds before moving to the University of Manchester for my MA and PhD, which I completed in 2017 under the supervision of Professor Mona Baker and Dr Dalia Mostafa.

I joined the Centre for Translation and Interpreting at Queen’s University Belfast in 2017 as Lecturer in Translation and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2021.

I joined the Centre for Translation Studies as Associate Professor of Translation in 2023.

Research interests

My current research concentrates on questions of ontology and its relevance to translation and multilingualism more broadly. On this topic I have so far written a monograph – ‘Fragmented Narrative’ – drawing principally on the ontological hermeneutics of Martin Heidegger to understand the kinds of interpretive processes, and their connections to the issue of being, required with the kinds of fragmented stories often encountered on social media. Additionally, I have co-authored a paper titled ‘Translation and the Political’ using the political ontology of Ernesto Laclau to think about the constitutive role of antagonism and hegemony in defining understandings of translation, along with a chapter titled ‘Translation and Datafication’ in the forthcoming collected volume Debates in Translation Studies (edited by Susan Bassnett and David Johnston) which explores the existential implications for the rising centrality of datafied processes in the translation industry.

Prior to this, my research focused on new media and, in particular, the distinctive translation practices encountered in social environments, particularly as carried out by people who do not understand themselves as translators.

I am currently accepting PhD applications and I am particularly interested in supervising projects in the two areas described above.

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  • PhD Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester
  • MA Translation Studies, University of Manchester
  • BA Arabic and Spanish, University of Leeds

Student education

I currently teach the modules:

MOLD5139M Specialised Spanish-English Translation

MOLD5245M Localisation and Project Management

MODL5001M Methods and Approaches in Translation Studies

SPPO3420 Spanish-English Translation

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