Dr Sara Ramos Pinto

Dr Sara Ramos Pinto


I am currently an Associate Professor in Translation Studies at the University of Leeds, where I assumed the role of Director of Translation Studies from 2014-17. Before my current appointment, I held the position of Marie Curie ITN Post-doctoral Fellow in the project TIME (2011-2013), as well as teaching positions at the University of Manchester (2009-2011) and at the University of Kent (2008-2009). I hold a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Lisbon (2010) but during my doctoral studies, I was a visiting fellow at the University College London (2006-2009). Currently, I also collaborate with the Centre for Comparative Studies at the University of Lisbon in the context of the Translation Studies Research Group.

Parallel to my academic work, I am an experienced freelance translator in the areas of audiovisual translation, theatre translation and academic writing.


  • Director of Translation Studies (2014-2017)

Research interests

My research has been focused on audiovisual translation and theatre translation as I am interested in investigating the translation of multimodal products. At the moment, I am particularly interested in examining the reception of subtitled products in order to better understand the impact of specific translation strategies in the audience interpretation and perception. In this context, I am developing a series of empirical reception studies aiming at understanding the interplay between the different modes in the construction of meaning of subtitled products, testing current subtitling practices and exploring the possibilities brought by innovative practices of subtitling.

I also maintain a continued interest in linguistic variation and the challenges it brings to translation as well as news translation.

Selected publications

Sara Ramos Pinto and Aishah Mubaraki. 2020. ‘Multimodal Corpus Analysis of Subtitling: The case on non-standard varieties’ TARGET 32:3.

Elisabetta Adami and Sara Ramos Pinto. 2019. ‘Meaning-(re)making in a world of untranslated signs: towards a research agenda on multimodality, culture and translation’ in M. Boria, A. Carreres, M. Noriega-Sanchez and M. Tomalin (Eds) Translation and Multimodality: Beyond Words. London: Routledge.

Sara Ramos Pinto and Yves Gambier. 2018. Audiovisual Translation: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Sara Ramos Pinto. 2017. ‘Film, Dialects and Subtitles: An Analytical Framework for the Study of Non-standard Varieties in Subtitling’. The Translator 24:1, 17-34 (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13556509.2017.1338551)

Sara Ramos Pinto. 2016. ‘Ya care how me speaks, do ya? The translation of linguistic varieties and their reception’ in InTRAlinea, special issue on The Translation of Dialects in Multimedia.

Sara Ramos Pinto and Elke Brems. 2013. ‘Reception and Translation’, in Handbook for Translation Studies (vol. IV), eds. Luc Van Doorslaer and Yves Gambier (Amsterdam: John Benjamins).

Sara Ramos Pinto. 2012. ‘Sociolinguistics and Translation’, in Handbook for Translation Studies (vol. III), eds. Luc Van Doorslaer and Yves Gambier. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 156-162.

Sara Ramos Pinto. 2012. ‘Audiovisual Translation in Portugal: The Story so Far’ in Anglo-Saxnica (special issue edited by Anthony Pym and Alexandra Assis Rosa) 3:3, 335-364.

Sara Ramos Pinto. 2009. ‘How important is the way you say it? A discussion on the translation of linguistic varieties in different media’ in Target: International Journal in Translation Studies 21:2, 289-307.

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  • PhD in Translation Studies
  • BA in Modern Languages and Cultures

Professional memberships

  • EST - European Society for Translation Studies

Student education

During my time at the University of Leeds, I have contributed teaching for MA programmes in Applied Translation, Audiovisual Translation and Interpreting. I have convened and taught cross-programme modules in specialised translation and translation theory where I offered lectures in news and theatre translation focused on the challenges they pose but also they make us rethink established translation concepts such as text, source text or equivalence. I have also contributed with teaching on more specialised modules in audiovisual translation, EN-PT subtitling and computer-assisted translation and literary translation.

Parallel to my teaching at MA level, I have also contributed to undergraduate teaching in intercultural communication as well as Doctoral studies. I currently supervise three PhD students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Multimodality
  • Theatre, Music and Performance
  • Centre for Translation Studies
  • Centre for Translation Studies
  • Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures
  • Language at Leeds
  • Language variation
  • Linguistics and Translation
  • Translation
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American
  • Cinema and Television
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