Dr Neil Sadler

Dr Neil Sadler


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

Before that, I worked at the Centre for Translation and Interpreting at Queen’s University Belfast as Lecturer from 2017 and Senior Lecturer from 2021.

I completed my PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies and MA in Translation Studies at the University of Manchester and my BA in Arabic and Spanish at the University of Leeds.

Research interests

My current research concentrates on questions of ontology and its relevance to translation and multilingualism more broadly. I have various publications on this issue from the last few years, exploring topics including the datafication of the translation industry, the ontological implications of fragmented social media communication, and the implications of Ernesto Laclau’s political theory for how we define political action as it connects to translation.

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 contribute teaching to modules on topics including Spanish-English translation, localisation and project management, and methods and approaches in translation studies.

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