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The Dark Side of Translation: 20th and 21st Century Translation from Russian as a Political Phenomenon in the UK, Ireland, and the USA

The Dark Side of Translation: 20th and 21st Century Translation from Russian as a Political Phenomenon in the UK, Ireland, and the USA” (RusTrans for short) is a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 802437), and located at the University of Exeter. The project is led by Dr Muireann Maguire (Principal Investigator) and Dr Cathy McAteer (Post-doctoral Fellow).

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Impact case studies

Professor David Houston Jones (French Literature and Visual Culture) and Dr Marjorie Gehrhardt (Department of Modern Languages) combined artistic and medical research which has developed professional practice and changed public perceptions of both disfigurement and maxillofacial surgery, as well as inspiring school students to interact with academic research.

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Pre-Francoist feminist writers and artists were erased from public memory by the Spanish Civil War and the decades of dictatorship that followed. Nuria Capdevila-Argüelles’s research has preserved and given the public access to this lost feminist cultural heritage both in Spain and internationally.

She has collaborated with creative industry businesses and Fundación Banco de Santander on many new cultural products, including critical editions, English translations, documentary and feature films, multimedia projects and plays. Elena Fortún’s previously unpublished Lesbian autobiographical novel became a bestseller and El Pais book of the year, reinstating Fortún in Spanish cultural life and leading to official acts of memorialisation including public building renaming. A two-part documentary about this generation of feminist writers reached over 500,000 households and produced material introduced into the school curriculum by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Capdevila-Argüelles’s research has led to wider understanding of gender roles pre-Franco, contributing even to cultural tourism with historical feminist walks.

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All projects

TitlePIYear AwardedAmount (£)
Salt Babies: AHRC Network Grant for Slavic and East European Maternal Studies
Dr Muireann Maguire 2021/22 42,504
Learning French in Medieval England: The Manuscripts of Walter de Bibbesworths Tretiz/ Dr Thomas Hinton 2019/20 201,821
Building an Alternative Distribution Network for Moroccan Cinema: Online Audiences, Festival Networks and Transnational Talent Development GCRF Professor William Higbee 2018/19 38,949
Nature Photograms in the Anthropocene Dr Ina Linge 2018/19 28,796
Onward migration from Italy to the UK: Sociolinguistic implications Dr Francesco Goglia
2018/19 48,666
Libertine Literature And Criminal Justice Professor Hugh Roberts 2018/19 2,205
Enhancing Shared Reflexive Knowledge of Translation as Cross-cultural Communication Dr Eliana Maestri 2018/19 15,000
AHRC GCRF: Changing the Story ECR Grant application GCRF child award from Leeds Dr Katie Brown 2018/19 20,270
RusTRANS: The Dark Side of Translation: 20th and 21st Century Translation from Russian as a Political Phenomenon in the UK, Ireland, and the USA Dr Muireann Maguire 2018/19 1,036,074
Translating for Change: Anglophone queer cinema and the Chinese LGBT+ Dr Ting Guo 2018/19 147,152
Plagiarizing Posterity (Reading the 19th Century Backwards): A Joint Conference of the 19th and 20th Century BASEES Study Groups Dr Muireann Maguire 2017/18 1,427
Savantes and Salonnires: Women and Classics in Early Modern France Dr Helena Taylor 2017/18 91,279
Poetry on Trial Professor Hugh Roberts 2017/18 22,524
Libertine Literature And Criminal Justice Dr Adam Horsley 2017/18  239,720
Women Of The Brown Atlantic Dr Ana Martins
2017/18 201,792
Zone Of Kaif Life And Work Of Azazello Dr Emily Lygo 2016/17 33,805
Cultivating happiness: Sir William Temple, Confucianism, and the English landscape garden Dr Yue Zhuang
2015/16 45,533
Transnational Moroccan Cinema Professor William Higbee 2015/16 396,715
Santander Research Project Dr Melisa Moore 2014/15 7,500
Consuming Authenticities: Time, Place and the Past in the Construction of "Authentic" Foods and Drinks Dr Ana Martins 2014/15 7,797
Nature-Entangled Dr Yue Zhuang 2013/14 71,429
A Study of the Manuscripts of Walter de Bibblesworth Dr Thomas Hinton 2013/14 735
Shifting sociolinguistic realities of the nation of East-Timor and its Diasporas Dr Francesco Goglia 2013/14 94,658
Philip Leverhulme Prize Professor Sally Faulkner 2013/14 70,000
In search of Italian cinema audiences in the 1940's and 50's: Gender, Genre and National Identity Professor Danielle Hipkins 2013/14 75,821
1914FACES2014 Professor David Jones 2013/14