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Dr Ruselle Meade

Dr Ruselle Meade

Lecturer in Japanese Studies

School of Modern Languages

+44 (0)29 2068 8488
1.10, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS

My primary area of research is modern Japanese history. I am particularly interested in the relationship between science and national identity in Japan since the mid-nineteenth century.

Before joining Cardiff University in September 2015, I was a lecturer in Japanese studies at the University of Manchester and then a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo. I was also awarded a D. Kim Foundation fellowship in the history of science in East Asia.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Manchester in 2013, and hold an MA from SOAS (London).

I originally trained as an engineer. After completing undergraduate studies, I moved to Tokyo where I worked for an intellectual property translation firm. This experience sparked my interest in history of technical translation – the focus of my doctoral research – and in the development of science and technology in Japan.

Module leaderships

  • ML1580 Japan in Context
  • ML5364 Memory & Symbols in Japan

Teaching contributions

  • ML8100 Introduction to Translation Methods
  • ML2201 Introduction to Specialised Translation
  • ML1360 Culture, Political Protest and Dissent in the 1960s
  • MLT401 Theory of Translation (postgraduate)
  • MLT412 Translation and Adaptation in the Arts (postgraduate)
  • MLT820 Culture, Creativity and Globalization (postgraduate)

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research focuses on the cultural history of science and technology in modern Japan. I am interested in how scientific and technical knowledge circulates, particularly through the processes of translation and popularization.