The Centre promotes excellence in research into translation-related areas (language learning, audiovisual translation, accessibility to the media and other areas of translation). It also seeks to develop research in the still pioneering area of cultural translation, which considers and compares cultural phenomena in different fields in the contexts of globalisation and localisation. Postcoloniality and posthumanism in literature and film are two main areas of investigation in this respect. In these current contexts, the ever-increasing contact between languages, societies and cultures raises new questions about the construction of (trans)national identity through language and how this is shaped in intercultural and transcultural transactions. This in turn requires fresh ways of approaching research and its impact on the wider community.

Such interconnectivities are the focal point of this centre, and may be articulated through a series of shared themes which include:

  • Media translation
  • Developments in accessibility to the media
  • Translation and language learning
  • Cultural translation and boundaries breaking
  • Postcolonial and posthuman cultures in comparative literature, film and translation
  • Developments in accessibility to the media
  • Development in language and translation-related technologies
  • Language/s, society and transcultural processes and practices

The Centre is hosted in a vibrant postgraduate environment, offering internationally recognised courses such as the MA in Audiovisual Translation (part of the EMT network) and research degrees.


TECHNE The MCL research centres welcome expressions of interest in the AHRC TECHNE research studentship competition. These should be sent to MCLPhD@roehampton.ac.uk. Further information on the scheme can be found here. For informal discussions about applying to MCL in connection with this scheme, please contact the Research Degrees Convener, Dr Mark Jary.