ARTIS International Research School

ARTIS International Research School

Shanghai International Studies University, 6-11 July 2020

Online registration due to open early December 2019

The Media and ARTIS Summer Schools take place on alternate years at SISU Baker Centre for Translation & Intercultural Studies

Click here for a report on the 2019 Media Summer School

The ARTIS International Research School is a new training initiative based on the experience of ARTIS (Advancing Research in Translation and Interpreting Studies, 2014-present) and the former TRSS (Translation Research Summer School, 2001-2013), in collaboration with the SISU Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies. The School will primarily address the needs of doctoral and early career researchers in translation and interpreting studies, as well as more experienced academics who are new to the discipline or interested in engaging with recent developments in the field.

The ARTIS International Research School will take place at Shanghai International Studies University, China, once every two years, starting on 6-11 July 2020 and rotating with the International Research School for Media Translation and Digital Culture.

The ARTIS International Research School aims to contribute to realising one of the priorities articulated by the Advisory Board of the SISU Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, namely, ‘enhancing dialogue between Chinese and international scholars of translation and creating an open, welcoming space for all scholars, but particularly early career scholars, to interact and explore new avenues of research’.


Conceptual Remit

The ARTIS International Research School will focus on a range of issues. The list below is meant as an indicative rather than exhaustive survey of such issues and themes:

  • Theoretical frameworks: for example, (socio-) narrative theory; affect theory; cultural/soft policy in translation; gender studies and translation; social contract and capability theories; conversation and discourse analysis; sociology of media translation in digital culture; interpretation and hermeneutics; postcolonial approaches to translation; practice theory.
  • Research methods: including elite/focus group interviews; corpus-based methods; qualitative research methods; ethnographic research; comparative textual analysis.
  • Research design and dynamics: including case studies involving multimodal theory; participatory/collaborative forms of translation; positioning of translators; translation in historical contexts; translation and music; translation and social movements.
  • Academic career development: to cover areas such as publishing academic papers; securing an early career post; managing a PhD project; grant applications for external funding; impact; developing and managing partnerships in research with the third sector.


Syllabus and Organization

The ARTIS International Research School will take place over a period of six days and will consist of five modules:

  • Module 1. Theoretical Approaches| 2 x 90-minute sessions
  • Module 2. Research Methods| 2 x 90-minute sessions
  • Module 3. Research Design & Dynamics| 2 x 90-minute sessions
  • Module 4. Featured Theme| 2 x 90-minute sessions
  • Module 5. Academic Career Development| 2 x 90-minute sessions

Each module encompasses three contact hours and approximately six hours of guided reading.

On the sixth and final day, each student will present their work to fellow students and staff and receive verbal feedback.

Students will spend their mornings in classes and workshops, while afternoons will be spent in small group tutorials and independent study. Each student will be provided with the opportunity to take part in two tutorials during the week.


For further details, visit the ARTIS International Research School webpage.

For more information about the school, please contact Dr Xin LI  at


ARTIS School