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Dr Olga Castro

Dr Olga CastroAssociate Professor in Translation Studies (Hispanic)
Convenor of MA Translation and Cultures

Office H4.26, Humanities Building, University of Warwick
Coventry, England, Great Britain CV4 7AL
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 24419
Email: Olga dot Castro at warwick dot ac dot uk
Twitter: @olgacastro80

About me

Olga Castro is an Associate Professor in Translation Studies (Hispanic) at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and convenor of the MA Translation and Cultures. She joined the University of Warwick as an Assistant Professor in September 2019. Since 2014 she is also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to joining Warwick, Olga was Lecturer in Translation Studies and Director of Postgraduate Studies in Translation Studies at Aston University, Teaching Fellow in Translation at the University of Exeter and Teaching Associate at the Universidade de Vigo, Galicia. She obtained her PhD from the Universidade de Vigo, with International Doctorate Mention, and was awarded an Extraordinary Doctorate Prize for the best thesis in the humanities in 2010. Olga is sworn translator and interpreter Galician-English. She is also Vice-president of APTIS, the Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting Studies in the UK and Ireland.

Research interests

Olga’s main research areas include feminist translation studies (namely approaches from historiography, literature, cultural studies and linguistics), women writers in translation, translation in minorised and non-hegemonic cultures, the analysis of transnational travels of texts, as well as self-translation in multilingual contexts. Overall, her research focuses on the social and political role of translation in the construction of gender and cultural/national identities in a transnational world, with a particular focus on the non-hegemonic cultural/linguistic contexts of Spain. Olga also has publications in the fields of Gender and Media Studies, Feminist Linguistics and Galician Studies.

Doctoral supervision

PhD students currently supervised:

  • Konstantinos Plisiotis. 'Greece in Translation: Rewriting Nation in Translated Texts on Tourism and Culture'. (Main supervisor, as external supervisor since September 2019), Aston University, Birmingham.
  • Katherine Osgood. 'Translation, Gender, and Empire: Women Arabic Translators in Victorian Britain'. (Main supervisor, as external supervisor since September 2019), Aston University, Birmingham.

PhD students supervised to successful completion:

  • Claudine Borg. 'A Literary Translation in the Making: Investigating in-depth the Process and Product of a Literary Translation from French into Maltese' (Co-supervisor). Awarded in 2017, Aston University, Birmingham.

Administrative roles

Convenor of the MA in Translation and Cultures. For updates: @Warwick_Transla

Current funded research project

"Stateless Cultures in Translation: the case of 21st century Basque, Catalan and Galician literatures in the UK", funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant scheme (2018-2021). This project examines the circulation and reception in the British book market of the 21st-century Basque, Catalan and Galician literatures in English translation. Despite the substantial investment that the regional governments of these three stateless cultures in Spain have made in translating their literatures abroad (with an increasing number of titles published in Britain in recent years), little was known about their circulation and reception, which are essential markers to measure the success of a translation initiative. Trying to address this gap, Olga aims to determine to which extent translation support policies from each of these three stateless cultures are successful, when considered in relation to patterns of circulation and reception in Britain. Besides being beneficial for improving British understandings of cultural and linguistic diversity in contemporary multilingual Spain, the Stateless Cultures in Translation project seeks to create impact beyond academia and through stakeholder engagement.

Authored and edited books

Castro, Olga and Helen Vassallo (eds.). 2020. Translating Women in the Anglosphere: Activism in Action. ITI Research eBook, published by the Institute of Translators and Interpreters in the UK. Available here.

Castro, Olga and Emek Ergun (eds.). 2017. Feminist translation studies: local and transnational perspectives. London: Routledge, 281 pp. (See contents here). Read authors interview at LSE Review of Books blog.

Castro, Olga, Sergi Mainer and Svetlana Page (eds.). 2017. Self-translation and power: negotiating identities in multilingual European contexts. London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 302 pp. (See contents here).

Castro, Olga and María Liñeira (eds). 2015. Trama e urda: Contribucións multidisciplinares desde os estudos galegos. Santiago de Compostela: Consello da Cultura Galega, 328 pp. (See contents here).

Castro, Olga and María Reimóndez. 2013. Feminismos. Vigo: Edicións Xerais. 294 pp. Info here.

Edited journal special issues

Castro, Olga, Emek Ergun, Maria Laura Spoturno and Luise von Flotow (eds.). 2020. Special issue on Feminist Translation Studies, Mutatis Mutandis, Latin American Translation Journal 13(1). (See contents here).

Castro, Olga and Laura Linares (eds.). 2019. Special issue on Translation and Interpreting Studies, Galicia 21. Journal of Contemporary Galician Studies, issue I. (See contents here).

Castro, Olga and María Liñeira (eds.). 2015. Special issue on “Crevices Exposed. Blind Spots in Galician Textuality”, journal Abriu: Textuality Studies in Brazil, Galicia and Portugal 4. (See contents here).

Castro, Olga (ed.). 2013. Special issue on “Gender and Translation”, journal Gender and Language 7. (See contents here).

Journal articles and book chapters

Castro, Olga. (accepted). "On the margins and beyond: contemporary Galician women fiction writers in multilingual Spain and the Anglosphere". Angela Fitzgerald (ed.), Storying Interventions against the Gender Gap from a Global Perspective. New York: Springer.

Castro, Olga and Helen Vassallo. 2020. “Women Writers in Translation in the UK: the ‘Year of Publishing Women’ (2018) as a platform for collective change?” Luise von Flotow and Hala Kamal (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Translation, Feminism and Gender. London: Routledge, 127-146. (Info here).

Castro, Olga and Laura Sportuno. 2020. “Feminismos y traducción: apuntes conceptuales y metodológicos para una traductología feminista transnacional”, Mutatis Mutandis, Latin American Translation Journal 13(1), 11-44. (Available here).

Castro, Olga, Emek Ergun, María Laura Spoturno and Luise von Flotow (eds.). 2020. “Introduction: Towards Transnational Feminist Translation?”, Mutatis Mutandis, Latin American Translation Journal 13(1), 2-10. (Available here).

Castro, Olga. 2020. “Por una geopolítica feminista de la traducción: escritoras (gallegas) traducidas en el mercado editorial británico” Transfer. Revista de traducción e interculturalidad 15(1-2), 52-92. (Available here).

Castro, Olga and Laura Linares. 2019. “Editorial. Transnational Encounters: Crossing Borders in Galician Translation and Interpreting Studies”, Galicia 21. Journal of Contemporary Galician Studies, Issue I, 4-10. (Available here).

Castro, Olga and Emek Ergun. 2018. “Translation and Feminism”. In: Jon Evans and Fruela Fernandez (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Politics. London: Routledge, 125-143. (Info here).

Castro, Olga and Roberta Johnson. 2018. “First Wave Spanish Feminism Takes Flight in Castilian-, Catalan-, and Galician-speaking Spain”. In: Silvia Bermúdez and Roberta Johnson (eds.) A New History of Iberian Feminisms. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 250-275.

Castro, Olga. 2018. “Comunicare su diverse lunghezze d’onda? Il collegamento mancante tra la linguistica femminista e gli studi traduttologici” [trans. Silvia Bruti]. In: Elena Di Giovanni and Serenella Zanotti (eds.) Donne in traduzione. Milan: Giunti/Bompiani, 375-412. [Translation into Italian of: Castro 2013]

Kastro, Olga. 2018. “No seksisma brīvs tulkojums un sociālās pārmaiņas: dzimtes aspekti tulkošanā” [trans. Irina Novikova]. In: Irina Novikova (ed.) Dzimte un tulkošana [lit. Gender and Translation]. Riga: LU Akadēmiskajā apgādā [University of Latvia Press], 95-111. [Translation into Latvian of: Castro Vázquez 2010]

Castro, Olga and Emek Ergun. 2017. “Pedagogies of Feminist Translation: Rethinking Difference and Commonality across Borders”. In: Olga Castro and Emek Ergun (eds.) Feminist Translation Studies: Local and Transnational Perspectives. London: Routledge, 93-108.

Castro, Olga and Emek Ergun. 2017. “Introduction: Re-Envisioning Feminist Translation Studies: Feminisms in Translation, Translations in Feminism”. In: Olga Castro and Emek Ergun (eds.) Feminist Translation Studies: Local and Transnational Perspectives. London: Routledge, 1-12.

Castro, Olga, Sergi Mainer and Svetlana Page. 2017. “Introduction: Self-Translating, from Minorisation to Empowerment”. In: Olga Castro, Sergi Mainer and Svetlana Page (eds.) Self-Translation and Power: Negotiating Identities in Multilingual European Contexts. London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 1-22.

Castro, Olga. 2017. “(Re)examinando horizontes nos estudos feministas de tradução: em direção a uma terceira onda?” [Trans. Beatriz Regina Gimarães Barboza]. TradTerm 29, 216-250. [Translation into Portuguese of: Castro Vázquez 2009] (Available here)

Castro, Olga. 2015. “Conciencia e consciencia de xénero na linguaxe: ou como arreporse contra a deslexitimación da linguaxe non sexista”. In: María José Méndez Lois and Celso Taboada Lorenzo (coords.), Mellora da comunicación igualitaria: análise e estratexias socioeducativas. Santiago de Compostela: Servizo de Publicacións e Intercambio Científico USC. 9-25.

Castro, Olga. 2014. “A representación de Rosalía de Castro no ámbito anglófono: feminismo en tradución”. In: Rosario Álvarez, Anxo Angueira, María Rábade Villar and Dolores Vilavedra (eds). Rosalía de Castro no século XXI. Unha nova ollada, Santiago de Compostela: Consello Cultura Galega. 649-666. (Full book available here).

Castro, Olga. 2013. “Talking at Cross-Purposes? The Missing Link between Feminist Linguistics and Translation Studies”, Gender and Language 7:1, 31-54. (Available here).

Castro, Olga. 2013. "Introduction: Gender, language and translation at the crossroads of disciplines". Gender and Language 7:1, 5-12. (Available here).

Castro, Olga. 2012. “La traducción como mecanismo de (re)canonización: el discurso nacional y feminista de Rosalía de Castro en sus traducciones a inglés”, Quaderns: Revista de traducció 19, 199-207. (Available here).

Castro, Olga. 2011. “Galician Women Translators in the 20th Century: Rewriting the History of Translation from a Gender and National Approach”. MonTi 3 (Monograph Women and Translation), 107-153. (Available here).

Castro, Olga. 2011. “Apropiación cultural en las traducciones de una obra (autotraducida): la proyección exterior de Herba moura, de Teresa Moure’”. In: Xosé Manuel Dasilva (ed.) Aproximaciones a la autotraducción. Vigo: Academia del Hispanismo, 23-43.

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2011. “Feminismo nacionalista nunha nación patriarcal: análise da proposta e recepción crítica da obra de Queizán”. In: Camiño Noia & Manuel Forcadela (eds.) Monográfico María Xosé Queizán: vida e obra. Vigo: Xerais, 81-110.

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2010. “Non-Sexist Translation and/in Social Change”. In: Carol Maier & Julie Bóerie (eds.) Translation/Interpreting and Social Activism. Granada: ECOS, 2010. 106-120.

Castro Vázquez, Olga and Craig Patterson. 2010. “De cara a Forever in Galicia: traducir a Castelao no contexto recente da literatura galega traducida a inglés”. In: Burghard Baltrusch, Gabriel Pérez Durán & Kathrin Sartingen (eds.) Soldando sal. Galician Studies in Translation & Paratranslation. Munich: Maidenbacher, 131-150.

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2010. “La otra violencia en los medios de comunicación: una aproximación a la construcción discursiva de las relaciones de género”. In: Belén Martín Lucas (ed.) Violencias (In)visibles: intervenciones feministas frente a la violencia patriarcal. Barcelona: Icaria, 91-114.

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2009. “El género (para)traducido: pugna ideológica en la traducción y paratraducción de O curioso incidente do can a medianoiteQuaderns: Revista de Traducció 16, 251-264. (Available here).

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2009. “(Re)examining Horizons in Feminist Translation Studies: Towards a Third Wave?”. MonTi 1: Monograph A (Self-)Critical Perspective of Translation Theories, 59-86.

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2008. “(Para)Translated Ideologies in Simone de Beauvoir’s Le deuxième sexe: The (Para)Translator’s Role”. In: Teresa Seruya & Maria Lin Moniz (eds.), Translation and Censorship in Different Times and Landscapes. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 130-146.

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2008. “Género y traducción: elementos discursivos para una reescritura feminista”. Lectora, revista de dones i textualitá 14, 285-301. (Available here).

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2008. “From the Local to the Global: Feminist and Postcolonial Approaches to the Relationship between the Antipodes (Galicia-Australia)”. Antipodas Journal, Special IssueAustralia and Galicia: Defeating the Tyranny of Distance’, 161-188.

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2006. “Ideoloxías textuais e paratextuais nas traducións de Le deuxième sexe, de Simone de Beauvoir”. Viceversa, revista galega de tradución, 12, 49-78.

Castro Vázquez, Olga. 2005. “As traducións de literatura galega no Reino Unido. A situación actual e proxección de futuro” Anuario de Estudos Literarios Galegos 2005, 22-37.

DISSEMINATION

Castro, Olga. 2020. "Plume interviews Olga Castro". Project Plume, online, 20 August 2020. (Available here).

Castro, Olga and Helen Vassallo. 2020. "The Necessity of Translating Women: Monica Manolachi Interviewing Helen Vasallo and Olga Castro". Asymptote Journal, 12 February 2020. (Available here).

Castro, Olga and Ergun Ergun. 2018. “Author Interview: Q&A with Olga Castro and Emek Ergun, editors of Feminist Translation Studies: Local and Transnational Perspectives”, London School of Economics Review of Books, 12 December 2018. (Available here).

Castro, Olga (2017) “Women writers’ work is getting lost in translation”. The Conversation, 21 June 2017. (Available here).

Roles in professional associations

Vice-President of APTIS, Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting Studies in the UK and Ireland (since 2017).

Corresponding Member of the RAG, Real Academia Galega.

Vice-President of AIEG, International Association for Galician Studies (2012-2015); Secretary (2009-2012).

Qualifications

  • PhD in Translation Studies with International Doctorate Mention; PhD Extraordinary Prize (Universidade de Vigo, Spain, 2010)

  • MRes (Diploma of Advanced Studies) in Translation and Paratranslation (Universidade de Vigo, Spain, 2006)

  • BA (Licenciatura) in Translation and Interpreting (Universidade de Vigo, Spain, 2004)

  • BA (Licenciatura) in Journalism (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2002)

    TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education (Aston University, 2014)

  • Certificate in Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (Instituto Cervantes, Spain, 2010)

  • Certificado de Aptitud Pedagógica, CAP (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2007)

Office hours:

Term 1: Mondays 1-2pm, 3-4pm.

Term 2: Mondays 12-2pm.

Term 3: By appointment via email.