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 Abdullah Alqarni

Abdullah Alqarni

Research student

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ABDULLAH ALQARNI

Research Student, School of Modern Languages

I started my PhD studies at the School of Modern Languages in 2018, undertaking translation research that discusses the sociological turn in translation studies. My PhD research focuses on the sociology of translation in general and on the application of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological theory on the translation of self-help literature in particular.

I obtained my BA (Hons) degree in English Language from King Khalid University (Saudi Arabia) in 2012, where I was subsequently appointed as a teaching assistant in Translation Studies in the department of English Language. In 2016, I was awarded a full scholarship by the University of Bisha (Saudi Arabia) to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK. In 2018, I received an MA in Translation Studies (distinction) from the University of Leicester and was appointed to be a lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Bisha.

Research interests

My PhD research project is primarily inspired by statements from (co)producers of Arabic translations of English self-help (S-H) literature and claims made by translation researchers of S-H literature. These concern the influence of socio-cultural and historico-political motivations and factors on the emergence and genesis of English S-H literature in Arabic translation. My thesis aims to answer the following research questions:

  • To what extent were the emergence and development of Arabic translations of English S-H literature influenced by religiously-motivated, intellectually-motivated, economically-motivated or politically-motivated factors?
  • Are there other socio-cultural and historico-political factors that have impacted the translation activity of English S-H literature into Arabic?
  • What is the reflection of these factors on the translation agents and products of English S-H literature in Arabic translation?

Drawing on Pierre Bourdieu’s sociological theory and its heuristic concepts’, namely field, habitus and capital, my thesis explores’ the translation activity in this postulated field, potentially termed ‘English S-H Literature in Arabic Translation’, as a socially situated activity, along with its social agents.

My PhD is being supervised by Professor Loredana Polezzi and Dr Abdel-Wahab Khalifa.

My wider research interests are:

  • Translation strategies
  • Translation theories
  • Audio-visual translation
  • Amateur translation
  • Fansubbing

SUPERVISORS

Professor Loredana Polezzi  

Dr Abdel-Wahab Khalifa.

PAPERS

  • “Retranslation of Self-help Literature”.

An MA translation dissertation submitted to The University of Leicester in 2017.

  • “The Ramifications of Digital Technologies on the Practice of Audio-visual Translation (AVT)”.

This was part of the ‘Current Issues in Translation Research and Practice Module’ during the 2nd semester of the MA Translation Program at The University of Leicester in 2017.

  • “An Exploration of the Debate Surrounding Nida’s Theories on Equivalence and the Principle of Equivalent Effect”.

This was part of ‘The Development of Translation Studies Module’ during the 1st semester of the MA Translation Program at The University of Leicester in 2017.

  • “Feasibility of Toury’s Proposed Laws of Translation and Chesterman’s S-universals and T-universals”

This was part of ‘The Development of Translation Studies Module’ during the 1st semester of the MA Translation Program at The University of Leicester in 2017.

  • “Comparison of Translation Strategies’ Effectiveness on Arabic Readership: Self-help Books”.

This was part of the ‘Research Methods and Skills in Translation Studies (1) Module’ during the 1st semester of the MA Translation Program at The University of Leicester in 2017.

 

Teaching

(TRN 441) Translating religious texts from Arabic into English (University of Bisha)

(TRN 340) Introduction to Translation Methods (University of Bisha)

(ENG 115) Reading Comprehension (1) (University of Bisha)