Esperança Bielsa is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Before joining the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2010 she held positions as Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester, as Research Fellow at Warwick University’s Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies, and as Research Fellow and Sociology Tutor at the University of Glasgow.
Her research interests are in the areas of the sociology of culture, the sociology of translation, globalisation and cosmopolitanism, Latin American culture and literature.
Her current research is on the theoretical foundations of a sociology of translation and on the pivotal role of translation for an account of contemporary cosmopolitanism. She is principal investigator of an interdisciplinary research project entitled ‘Cosmopolitan Openness to the Other’, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (2012-2015).
Recent work focused on the relationship between globalisation, translation and the media, exploring the pivotal role of the news agencies as agents of globalisation in historical perspective. She has also conducted research on the Latin American crónica, a hybrid literary and journalistic genre that is popular throughout the region, as a way of approaching the space of overlap between high and low culture.
Esperança Bielsa is author of The Latin American Urban Crónica: Between Literature and Mass Culture (Lexington Books 2006), co-author (with Susan Bassnett) of Translation in Global News (Routledge 2009), and co-editor (with Christopher Hughes) of Globalisation, Political Violence and Translation (Palgrave Macmillan 2009).
She was co-founder and co-editor (1996-98) and sub-editor (1998-2006) of Guaraguao. Revista de Cultura Latinoamericana, and founder and member of its editorial board at the University of Glasgow (2001-2005). She is currently a member of its international advisory board. She is also a member of the editorial board of the journal New Antigone.
A list of her publications is available.