Professor Kirsten Malmkjær

Professor Kirsten MalmkaerBA, PhD (Birmingham)

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From 2002-2007 I was Chief Moderator, CIoL Diploma in Public Service Interpreting,  I was Founder member: European Society for Translation Studies (EST) and during September 2001-September 2004 I was Board member: European Society for Translation Studies (EST) I was also appointed 20th CETRA Chair Professor 18-29 August 2008, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Recent Publications


‘Schleiermacher’s metaphor’ in Larissa Cercel and Adriana Serban (eds.) Friedrich Schleiermacher and the Question of Translation. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 185-197.


‘The comparative linguistics of absence: A fraction of the story of a discourse particle’ in Lerstin Kunz, Elke Teich, Silvia Hansen-Schirra, Stella Neuman and Peggy Daut (eds.) Caught in the Middle – Language Use and Translation: A Festschrift for Erich Steiner on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday. Saarbrücken: Saarland University Press, pp. 241-254.

‘What happened to God and the angels: An exercise in translational stylistics’. Special Issue of the Journal of the Association of North-East Asian Cultures 40, 2014(9), pp. 63-86.


‘Translation: The intertranslatability of languages; translation and language teaching’ in Keith Allen (ed) 
The Oxford Handbook of the History of  Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

With Anthony Pym, Maria del Mar Gutiérrez-Colón Plana, Alberto Lombardero and Fiona Soliman Translation and language learning: The role of translation in the teaching of languages in the European Union. Studies on translation and multilingualism series. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. ISBN 978-92-79-30926-7. Doi: 10.2782/13783. 2013.


'Language Philosophy and Translation' in Yves Gambier and Luc Van Doorslaer (eds.) Handbook of Translation Studies. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

'What's the point of universals,then?' in Beverley Adab, Peter A Schmitt and Gregory Shreve (eds) Discourses of Translation: Festschrift in Honour of Christina Schaffner. Leipzig:Peter Lang,pp.65-71'.

'Translation Studies:Where are we now? From Holmes' Map till now' in Carmen Millan-Varela and Franscesca Bartrina (eds) Routledge Handbook of Translation Studies. London and New York. Routledge.


Ed. with Kevin Windle: The Oxford Handbook of Translation Studies. Oxford University Press, 2011.


‘The translator’s choice’. In Susan Hunston and David Oakley (eds) Introducing Applied Linguistics: Key Concepts and Skills. Routledge, 2010.

‘The nature, place and role of a philosophy of translation in translation studies’. In Rebecca Hyde Parker, Karla L. Guadarrama Garcia and Antoinette Fawcett (eds) Translation: Theory and Practice in Dialogue. Continuum, 2010.


‘What is translation competence?’ Revue française de linguistique appliquée XIV(1), 2009.

‘Norms and Nature in Translation Studies’. In Gunilla Anderman and Margaret Rogers (eds) 2008 Incorporating Corpora - Corpora and the Translator. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, pp. 49-59.

Also in Italian: ‘Normatività e natura nei Translation Studies’ translated by Francesca Ervas. Paradigmi: Rivista di critica filosofica 2009 (2): 89-100.

‘Wreaking havoc: On forgetting the poetry in the prose’.  In B. J. Ebstein (ed) Northern Lights: Translation in the Nordic Countries. Peter Lang, 2009.


‘Translation competence and the aesthetic attitude’. In Anthony Pym, Miriam Shlesinger and Daniel Simeoni (eds) 2008 Beyond Descriptive Translation Studies. In Homage to Gideon Toury. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 293-309.

Full listing of publications

Papers Presented 2010–


‘In search of conceptual coherence OR With all these data, who needs speculation and philosophy?’ Kolloquium zu aktuellen Fragen der Sprach- und Übersetzungswissenschaft, University of the Saarland,  21 May.

‘Some notes from the philosophy of science’. Position statement as part of the panel, Empirical research on translation combining process- and product-based approaches Moderator: Silvia Hansen-Schirra, at the 6th EST Congress, Catholic     University of Leuven, Belgium 22-25 September.
2011 ‘What is translator competence’ Centre for Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies, Salford University, 23 March.
‘How to decide on a translation’ University of East Anglia, 24 March.
‘How to choose a translation’, Goldsmith College, University of London, 31 March.
‘What is translator competence’, Hong Kong Baptist University, 7 April.
‘Translation psychology and translation sociology: A few loose thoughts on the possibility of a meeting of minds’, Goldsmith College, University of London, 1 November.
2012 ‘Translation psychology and translation sociology: can there be a meeting of minds?’, The University of Macau, 17 January.
‘How to choose a translation’, Tongjie University, China, 15 May.
‘How translation can change the world (and why)’, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China, 17 May.
‘How to choose a translation’, Vilnius University, Kaunas Campus, Lithuania, 13 September.
‘How translation can change the world (and why)’, Vilnius University, Kaunas Campus, Lithuania, 14 September.
‘How translation can change the world (and why)’, The University of Macau, 22 November.
2013 ‘How to choose a translation: Method and beyond’. Key note speech to the 17th International Symposium on Translation and Interpreting Teaching in Taiwan, Wanzao Ursuline College of Languages, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 22 March.
‘Key Cultural texts in Translation’. Guest lecture to the Department of Translation, University of Oslo, Norway, 3 April.
‘How and If Translation can Change the World and of so Why and So What?’. Key note speech to the Graduate Conference: New Research in Translation and Interpreting, Universitat Rovira I Vergili, Tarragona, Spain, 1. July.
‘Key Cultural texts in Translation’ Opening speech to the panel of the same name, which I organised, at the 7th EST congress, Germersheim, Germany, 29 August-1 September.
With Anthony Pym ‘Translation and language learning: The role of translation in the teaching of languages in the European Union. A Study’. Key note speech to the conference, Translating Europe, held by that Directorate General for Translation of the European Commission, DGT.02 – Communication and relations with stakeholders. 24-25 October.
2014 ‘Angst Angst and repetition in Danish literature and its translation: From Andersen and Kierkegaard to Kristensen and Høeg’. Paper presented at the seminar “Was das Wort nicht sagen kann”, Übersetzergespräche 3, Advanced Translation Research Centre, University of the Saarland and the Literaturarchiv Saar-Lor-Lux-Elsass. 7 February.

‘Translation in Language Teaching”. Portsmouth University. 13 February.


‘Policy-making for translation in language pedagogy in the UK’. Paper presented at the Linguistics and Cultural Interchange: Policy and Practices’ seminar, University of Warwick, 20 February.

‘Translation and Creativity’. CTIS Seminar, University of Manchester, 12 March.

‘Translation and field research’. Presentation at the Advanced Doctoral Training Day: Researching Across Languages and Cultures, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia, 26 March.

‘Translation and language teaching and learning’. 1st Cambridge Translation Day for Graduates, Cribbs Court, Magdalene College, Cambridge, 26 May.

‘Translation in language teaching: policy and practice. New thoughts on an old relationship (with evidence)’. BAAL Annual Meeting, The University of Aston, Birmingham, 2 September.


‘Translation and Creativity’. Invited Opening Key Note Presentation to the Eighth Biennial Conference of the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association, held at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, 31 March – 2 April.

‘Children’s literature in/and translation: The oeuvre as corpus’. Invited Opening Key Note Presentation to the one-day Colloquium on Translation, Narrative Studies, Stylistics and Corpus-based Tools. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and University of Birmingham. Florianopolis, Brazil, 1 June.

‘Language awareness, translation and creativity’. Invited Key Note Presentation to the National Conference of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English and the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, Adelaide, Australia, 7-10 July.


Funded projects

May 2012-
April 2014

PI: “Key Cultural Texts in Translation” an AHRC funded network project on the theme of Translating Cultures. £39.285.
October 2012-
July 2013
Subcontractor (PI Anthony Pym, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain).  Translation and Language Learning: An analysis of translation as a method of language learning in primary, secondary and higher education DGT/2012/TLL. €20.000.
January 2012-
May 2015
Co-director/Joint lead Academic. SME Support to Growth project, funded by the European Union European Regional Development Fund. £408,227.



2000-2009 Co-editor of the journal Target: International Journal of Translation Studies, John Benjamins.
2009-2013 General Editor Target: International Journal of Translation Studies, John Benjamins.
2003- Member of the Advisory Board Interpreting: International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting, John Benjamins.
2004- Member of the Board of Editors, SKASE Journal of Translation and Interpretation, published by the Slovak Association for the Study of English (SKASE) and Prešov University, Slovakia.


Professor Malmkjær’s research interests include translation theory, translation studies, translation and language, translation and philosophy, and Hans Christian Andersen’s language and literary production in Danish and in translations into English. She is the author of Linguistics and the Language of Translation (Edinburgh 2005), Translation in Undergraduate Degree Programmes (Amsterdam and Philadelphia 2004) and Translation in Language Teaching (Manchester 1998). She is editor of The Linguistics Encyclopedia (London 1991; second edition 2002; third edition 2010) and, with Kevin Windle, of The Oxford Handbook of Translation Studies (Oxford 2011). Forthcoming books are on Translation and Creativity, Hans Christian Andersen’s language, Translation and Linguistics, and Key Cultural Texts in Translation (ed).


Due to retirement Professor Malmkjӕr is unable to undertake the supervision of any new students.

Afaneen Al-Dirawi: Investigating the connotation of a cognitive approach to translating literary text and its subtitled miniseries into Arabic: A quality assessment study.

Naif Al-Kureshi: The effect of training in vocabulary acquisition strategies.

Warangkana Sae-Jeng Chaikulab: The use of interpreting exercises in language teaching.

Sio Wai Lo: The relationship between Chinese students' L2 writing errors and their use of translation as a writing strategy.

Dana Mahadin: Translation syllabi in Jordanian universities.

Margrethe Stuttaford: Translations into English, Danish and German of Pippi Longstocking.

Karen Wilson De-Roze: Translation of opera Libretti.

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