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Xinyao Zhang

PhD Candidate in Translation & Transcultural Studies

Email: xinyao dot zhang at warwick dot ac dot uk


ZHANG Xinyao is a third-year PhD candidate in Translation and Transcultural Studies at the University of Warwick and is supervised by Dr Olga Castro and Dr Qian LiuLink opens in a new window. Her research is funded by the AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, and she previously earned her MSc degree in Translation Studies at the University of Edinburgh.


Her current PhD project studies Virginia Woolf in China via translation. More specifically, she studies how Woolf’s feminist ideas have been adopted by translators to strengthen local feminist agendas.

Research Interests

  • Gender and translation
  • Fan/amateur translation
  • Audiovisual translation
  • Translation and music


Presenter at The International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting, 23-24 November 2023

Presenter at Transnational Feminism: Explorations, Communications, Challenges and Horizons, 28-29 Oct 2023

Invited speaker at the Feminisms Reading Group at University College London, University College London, 09 May 2023


LN912 Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling and Global Media, Teaching Assistant, 2023/24

LN313 Undergraduate Translation Project, Teaching Assistant in Audiovisual Translation, 2023/24

LN906 Research Skills in Modern Languages, Teaching Assistant in Academic Writing, 2022/23

Work Placement

Internship at ZOO Digital Group plc, 2023/24

Research Activities

Organiser of a TTS reading group session on the reading of Guo, Ting, and Jonathan Evans. "Translational and transnational queer fandom in China: the fansubbing of Carol." Feminist media studies 20.4 (2020): 515-529.

International Research School for Media Translation and Digital Culture, Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, 26 June – 8 July 2023

Warwick School of Feminist Translation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, University of Warwick, 11-12 May 2023

Assistant at New Trends in Translation Studies: Perspectives from China, UK and US, University of Warwick, 26 Nov 2021

Scholarships and Awards

AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Studentship Award, University of Warwick, 2022-2025

China National Scholarship for Undergraduate Students, Oct 2015

Education Background

MSc in Translation Studies at The University of Edinburgh

BA in Translation for Science and Technology at Guangxi University of Science and Technology

Professional Associations

Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI)

Globalization and Localization Association (GALA)