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Dr Severine Hubscher-Davidson

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in French and Translation
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • severine.hubscher-davidson

Professional biography

I have a PhD in Translation Studies (University of Bath), an MA in Translation and Interpreting (University of Bath), and an MSc in Psychology (Open University). Before coming to the Open University, I lectured in French, translation and interpreting at the Universities of Salford (Greater Manchester) and Aston (Birmingham). I also have several years of experience of working as a freelance translator.

My research interests are in the areas of translator's individual differences, emotions, and translation process research. I have published articles on various aspects of translation psychology, such as translators' intuition, personalities, and emotional intelligence. I have recently published an interdisciplinary monograph with Routledge on the topic of translators' emotions.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Management Committee of the international research network TREC, a Thematic Network on Empirical and Experimental Research in Translation. I am also an editorial board member for the Taylor and Francis journal Perspectives - Studies in Translatology, and an Expert Observer on the 'Creating a Common European Framework for Translation' project.

Research interests

Research Presentations (since 2007)

INVITED

June 2019        Keynote Speaker: ‘Translation, Emotion, and Performance’, Performing Translation Conference, University College Cork.

 

May 2019        Invited research seminar: ‘Translating Emotions and Emotional Translations’, Research Seminar Series, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.

 

May 2019        Invited expert panel member: ‘Educating the Educators’, UK Chapter of Women in Localization, London Metropolitan University.

 

March 2019     Invited Keynote Speaker: Language and Emotion Workshop, AHRC Language Acts and Worldmaking Project, Oxford Brookes University.

 

March 2019     Invited workshop: ‘Emotional Intelligence and Professional Translation’, CIoL Members’ Day, London.

 

Dec 2018         Invited research seminar: ‘Translation and Cognition’, Research Seminar Series, University of Amsterdam.

 

Sept 2018        Invited Keynote Speaker: ‘Cognition, Emotion and Creativity in Translating and Interpreting’, Talking to the World Conference, University of Newcastle.

 

Mar 2018        Invited research seminar: ‘Translating as an intellectual and emotional pursuit’, Research Seminar Series, University of Essex.

 

Feb 2018         Invited research seminar: ‘“I learned a thing or two about myself”: How Translators Perceive, Regulate, and Express Emotions in their Work’, Research Seminar Series, University College London (UCL)

 

Oct 2017         Keynote Speaker: “Translation and Emotions: A new Perspective on Integration”, Translating for Europe Workshop, organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation, University of Malta.

 

Oct 2017         Invited webinar: ‘The Art of Translation - Advanced Translation Techniques’, eCPD Webinars for translation professionals.

 

Nov 2016        Keynote Speaker: ‘Personality Traits and Translation Specialization: Different Strokes for Different Folks’, Annual Meeting of The Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association, Oslo, Norway.

 

Dec 2016         Invited discussant: 5th International Research Workshop on Methodology in Translation Process Research (TPRW5), University of Graz, Austria.

 

Nov 2014        Invited research seminar: ‘Emotion Perception and the Translation Process’, Research Seminar Series, University of Manchester.

 

Jul 2014          Invited speaker at 4th International PhD course in Translation Process Research (TPR), Centre for Research and Innovation in Translation and Translation Technology (CRITT), Copenhagen Business School.

 

Apr 2014         Invited research seminar: ‘Emotions in Translation’, Research Seminar Series, University of Amsterdam.

 

Feb 2014         Invited research seminar: ‘Can Emotional Traits Predict Translation Success?’, Research Seminar Series, Leicester University.

 

Oct 2013         Invited research seminar: ‘The Role of Emotional Intelligence in 155 Professional Translators’ Work’, Research Seminar Series, University of Salford.

 

Jul 2013          Invited research workshop on Empirical and Experimental Research in Translation, organised by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

 

Jun 2013          Invited research seminar: ‘Translators’ Individual Differences: A Personal Journey’, Research Seminar Series, University of Graz, Austria.

 

Jan 2013          Invited discussant: 3rd International Research Workshop on Methodology in Translation Process Research (TPRW3), University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

 

Oct 2013         Keynote Speaker: ‘Translators’ Personalities’, 4th International Anniversary Conference on Translation and Interpretation, The University of Baia Mare, Romania

 

Jan 2012          Invited Webinar: ‘The role of Emotional Intelligence in the translator/interpreter workplace’, eCPD Webinars for translation professionals.

 

Jul 2011          Invited discussant: 2nd International Research Workshop on Methodology in Translation Process Research (TPRW2), University of Gießen, Germany.

 

Jan 2011          Invited research seminar: ‘Emotionally Intelligent Translators’, Research Seminar Series, University of Ulster.

 

Apr 2010         Invited talk: ‘Bilingualism, Translation and Interpretation’: 4th AHRC workshop on “One brain, two languages: bridging neuroscience and linguistics”, Bangor University.

 

Apr 2009         Invited research seminar: ‘Verbalising Strategies: an Ethnographic Study of Translator Behaviour’, Research Seminar Series, University of Toruń, Poland.

 

Mar 2009        Invited research seminar: ‘An Ethnographic Analysis of Translator Behaviour’, Research Seminar Series, University of Durham.

 

Sept 2009        Keynote Speaker: ‘Writing for Translation’ Conference, University of Málaga.

 

Nov 2007        Invited research seminar: ‘Personalities in Translation’, Research Seminar Series, University of Newcastle.

 

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

 

Conferences/Workshops Organized

 

2017                Co-organiser for Panel on ‘Diverse and Disruptive Emotions in the Translation Process’ at XXI FIT World Congress: Disruption and Diversification, August 3rd-5th, Brisbane, Australia [with A. Rojo & E. Tiselius]

 

2015                Co-convenor for Panel 12 ‘New Directions in Cognitive and Empirical Translation Research’ at 5th IATIS Conference, July 7th-10th, Belo Horizonte, Brazil [with R. Jääskeläinen & I. Lacruz]

 

2013                Chair for Special Panel on ‘Translation and Cognition’ at AIETI 6th International Conference, January 23rd-25th, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

 

2013                Organiser & Chair for To Feel or not to Feel? That is the Question: International Online Workshop on Affective factors in the Translation Process, December 6th, Aston University

 

2011                Organiser & Chair for International Online Conference on Translation Process Research: Breaking New Ground, December 9th, Aston University

 

Papers Presented (since 2005)

 

2018                ‘Imaginative Resistance in Translation’, Staging the Literary Translator Conference, May 17th-19th, Vienna

 

2016                'Educating for sustainability in language degrees'. HEA Arts & Humanities Conference, March 3rd, Brighton. [with S. Panichelli-Batalla]

 

2015                ‘Tolerance for Ambiguity and the Translation Profession: A New Direction for Empirical Research in Translation’, 5th IATIS Conference, July 7th-10th, Brazil

 

2014                ‘Emotional intelligence, job satisfaction and career success in a sample of professional translators’, Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society (BPS), May 7th-9th, Birmingham, UK

 

2013                ‘Intuition in Translation’, 54th Annual Conference of the American Translators Association (ATA), November 6th-9th, San Antonio, Texas

  • Review of presentation was published in Vol. 60 of Source, the quarterly publication of the Literary Division of the American Translators Association

 

2013                ‘Non-Cognitive Methods for Translation Process Research', Special Panel, AIETI 6th International Conference, January 23rd-25th, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

 

2011                ‘Emotional Intelligence in the Translation/Interpreting Workplace’, Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) Conference, May 7th-8th, Birmingham, UK

 

2010                'Emotional Intelligence in Translation: a New Psychological Track', 6th EST Congress, September 23rd-25th, Leuven

 

2009                ‘Tapping and Relocating the Translation Process’, Translation Studies: Moving in, Moving on Conference, December 10th-12th, University of Joensuu

 

2009                'What Lies Beneath? Exploring Behaviours During the Translation Process: an Interdisciplinary Approach', 3rd IATIS Conference, July 8th-10th, Melbourne

 

2009                ‘An Ethnographic Analysis of Translators' Verbalisations and Implications for Translator Training’, 2nd International Conference on Teaching Translation and Interpreting, April 24th-25th, Łódź

 

2008                ‘Personal Diversity and Diverse Personalities in Translation’, XVIII FIT World Congress: Translation and Cultural Diversity, August 3rd-7th, Shanghai

 

2007                ‘TAPS: bridging the gap between Theory and Training’, 5th EST Congress, September 3rd-5th, Ljubljana

 

2007                ‘Verbalisation Exercises in Translation Classes’, International Conference on Interpreter and Translator Training, September 9th-10th, Newcastle University

 

2007                ‘Translation Pedagogy: A Student-Based Approach to Methodology’, XXth Canadian Association for Translation Studies Annual Congress, May 11th-12th, Saskatoon

 

2006                ‘Translator Training at Undergraduate Level: Expectations’, The Bath Big Forty: Interpreting & Translating Symposium, September 8th-9th, Bath, UK

 

2005                ‘Creativity in a TAPs Experiment’, Fifth Portsmouth Translation Conference: Translation and Creativity, November 12th, Portsmouth, UK 

 

Impact and engagement

Online CPD provided for translation professionals:

https://www.ecpdwebinars.co.uk/author/severine_hubscheryahoo-com/ 

 

Selected articles in professional magazines and other publications:

'Why Donald Trump desperately needs interpreters for his ‘chat’ with Kim' (The Conversation,, June 2018)

‘Going through emotions’ (The Linguist, October 2017)

‘Once more with feeling’ (ITI Bulletin, September 2017)

‘Trumpslation: why Donald Trump’s words give translators so much trouble’ (The Conversation, August 2017)

‘Look before you Teach’ (ITI Bulletin, May 2017)

‘Titty or Tatty: What's in a name?’ (Open Learn, July 2016)

Current member of management committee of international research group TREC

Publications

Translation and the Double Bind of Imaginative Resistance (2019)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
Translation Studies ((Early Access))
“The trick was to find adequate words”: the effect of mood on translation (2018-01)
Bain, Tanya J. and Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine
Translation Journal, 21(1)
Going through emotions (2017-10-05)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
The Linguist, 56(5) (pp. 20-21)
Once more with feeling (2017-09)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
ITI Bulletin, 2017(Sept-Oct) (pp. 8-9)
Look before you teach (2017-05)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
ITI Bulletin
Trait Emotional intelligence and translation: A study of professional translators (2016-05)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
Target, 28(1) (pp. 132-157)
Educating for sustainability in language degrees: a tale of 2 case-studies (2016)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine and Panichelli-Batalla, Stephanie
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 17(3) (pp. 404-416)
Sofia’s Story in Translation: Leaving Shanghai (2014-11)
Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine and Leatherbarrow, Jill
The AALITRA Review: a journal of literary translation, 9 (pp. 64-72)
Introduction to the Special Issue: The Development of Professional Competence (2014)
Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen; Englund Dimitrova, Birgitta and Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine
Translation and Interpreting Studies, 9(1) (pp. 1-4)
Emotional Intelligence and Translation Studies: a New Bridge (2013-08)
Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine
Meta: Translators' Journal, 58(2) (pp. 324-346)
The role of intuition in the translation process (2013-06-01)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
Translation and Interpreting Studies, 8(2) (pp. 211-232)
A discussion of ethnographic research methods and their relevance for translation process research (2011-06)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
Across Languages and Cultures, 12(1) (pp. 1-18)
Personal diversity and diverse personalities in translation: a study of individual differences (2009-10-15)
Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine Emmanuelle
Perspectives: Studies in Translatology, 17(3) (pp. 175-192)
A Reflection on Action Research Processes in Translator Training: Project on Group Work in Level 2 Translation Classes (2008)
Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine
The Interpreter and Translator Trainer, 2(1) (pp. 75-92)
Translation and Emotion - A Psychological Perspective (2017-10-31)
Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine
Routledge Advances in Translation and Interpreting Studies
ISBN : 978-1138855335 | Publisher : Routledge
Do Translation Professionals Need to Tolerate Ambiguity to be Successful? A Study of the Links between Tolerance of Ambiguity, Emotional Intelligence and Job Satisfaction (2018)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In: Lacruz, Isabel and Jääskeläinen, Riitta eds. Innovation and Expansion in Translation Process Research. American Translators Association Scholarly Monograph Series (XVIII) (pp. 77-103)
ISBN : 9789027231956 | Publisher : John Benjamins | Published : Amsterdam/Philadelphia
Introduction (2015)
Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine; Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen; Englund-Dimitrova, Birgitta and Norberg, Ulf
In: Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine; Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen; Englund-Dimitrova, Birgitta and Norberg, Ulf eds. Describing Cognitive Processes in Translation (pp. 1-5)
Publisher : John Benjamins
Meeting Students’ Expectations on Undergraduate Translation Programmes (2008)
Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine
In: Pellatt, Valerie and Minelli, Elena eds. Proceedings of the Bath Symposium (pp. 26-35)
ISBN : 9781847188328 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Describing Cognitive Processes in Translation (2015)
Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen; Englund Dimitrova, Birgitta; Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine and Norberg, Ulf eds.
ISBN : 9789027242655 | Publisher : John Benjamins
Global Trends in Translator and Interpreter Training: Mediation and Culture (2012-09-08)
Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine and Borodo, Michał eds.
Bloomsbury Advances in Translation
ISBN : 9781441193407 | Publisher : Bloomsbury
Emotional Intelligence and Professional Translation (2019-03-16)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : CIOL AGM & Members' Day 2019 (16 Mar 2019, London)
Translation, Emotion, and Performance (2019)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Performing Translation Conference (21-22 Jun 2019, University College Cork)
Keynote Speaker: Language and Emotion Workshop (2019)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : AHRC Language Acts and Worldmaking Project (1 Mar 2019, Oxford Brookes University)
Invited expert panel member: ‘Educating the Educators’ (2019)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : UK Chapter of Women in Localization (May 2019, London Metropolitan University)
Invited research seminar: ‘Translating Emotions and Emotional Translations’ (2019)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (May 2019, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)
Keynote Speaker: ‘Translation, Emotion, and Performance’ (2019)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Performing Translation Conference (21-22 Jun 2019, University College Cork)
Invited research seminar: Translating as an intellectual and emotional pursuit (2018)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (Mar 2018, University of Essex)
Keynote: Cognition, Emotion and Creativity in Translating and Interpreting (2018)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Talking to the World Conference (17-18 Sep 2018, University of Newcastle)
Invited research seminar: “I learned a thing or two about myself”: How Translators Perceive, Regulate, and Express Emotions in their Work (2018)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series, University College London (UCL) (Feb 2018)
Literary translation and imaginative resistance (2018)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : TransLit2018 Staging the Literary Translator Conference (17-19 May 2018, University of Vienna, Austria)
Translation and Cognition (2018)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Translation and Cognition, Invited Research Seminar (Dec 2018, University of Amsterdam)
Keynote Speaker: Translation and Emotions: A new Perspective on Integration (2017)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Translating for Europe Workshop, organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation (Oct 2017, University of Malta)
Invited webinar: The Art of Translation - Advanced Translation Techniques (2017)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : eCPD Webinar for translation professionals (Oct 2017)
Invited discussant (2016-12)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : 5th International Research Workshop on Methodology in Translation Process Research (TPRW5) (1-3 Dec 2016, University of Graz, Austria)
Keynote Speaker: Personality Traits and Translation Specialization: Different Strokes for Different Folks (2016)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Annual Meeting of The Norwegian Non-fiction Writers and Translators Association (Nov 2016, Oslo, Norway)
Educating for sustainability in language degrees (2016)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine and Panichelli-Batalla, Stephanie
In : HEA Arts & Humanities Conference (03 Mar 2016, Brighton)
Tolerance for ambiguity and the translation profession: A new direction for empirical research in translation (2015)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : 5th IATIS Conference (7-10 Jul 2015, Brazil)
Invited speaker (2014-07)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : 4th International PhD course in Translation Process Research (TPR) (Jul 2014, Centre for Research and Innovation in Translation and Translation Technology (CRITT), Copenhagen Business School)
Invited research seminar: Emotion Perception and the Translation Process (2014)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (Nov 2014, University of Manchester)
Invited research seminar: Emotions in Translation (2014)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (Apr 2014, University of Amsterdam)
Invited research seminar: Can Emotional Traits Predict Translation Success? (2014)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (Feb 2014, Leicester University)
Emotional intelligence, job satisfaction and career success in a sample of professional translators (2014)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (7-9 May 2014, Birmingham, UK)
Invited research workshop (2013-07)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research workshop on Empirical and Experimental Research in Translation (Jul 2013, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Invited discussant (2013-01)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : 3rd International Research Workshop on Methodology in Translation Process Research (TPRW3), University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. (Jan 2013, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
Invited research seminar: The Role of Emotional Intelligence in 155 Professional Translators’ Work (2013)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (Oct 2013, University of Salford)
Invited research seminar: Translators’ Individual Differences: A Personal Journey (2013)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (Jun 2013, University of Graz, Austria)
Keynote Speaker: ‘Translators’ Personalities’ (2013)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : 4th International Anniversary Conference on Translation and Interpretation (Oct 2013, The University of Baia Mare, Romania)
Intuition in translation (2013)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : 54th Annual Conference of the American Translators Association (ATA) (6-9 Nov 2013, San Antonio, Texas)
Non-cognitive methods for translation process research (2013)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : AIETI 6th International Conference (23-25 Jan 2013, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
Invited Webinar: The role of Emotional Intelligence in the translator/interpreter workplace (2012)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : eCPD Webinars for translation professionals (Jan 2012)
Invited discussant (2011-07)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : 2nd International Research Workshop on Methodology in Translation Process Research (TPRW2) (Jul 2011, University of Gießen, Germany)
Emotionally Intelligent Translators (2011-01)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (Jan 2011, University of Ulster)
Bilingualism, Translation and Interpretation (2010-04)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : 4th AHRC workshop on “One brain, two languages: bridging neuroscience and linguistics” (Apr 2010, Bangor University, Wales)
Keynote Speaker (2009-09)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : ‘Writing for Translation’ Conference (Sep 2009, University of Málaga)
Verbalising Strategies: an Ethnographic Study of Translator Behaviour (2009-04)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series, University of Toruń, Poland (Apr 2009)
An Ethnographic Analysis of Translator Behaviour (2009-03)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (Mar 2009, University of Durham)
Personalities in Translation (2007-11)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Research Seminar Series (Nov 2007, University of Newcastle)
Invited Keynote Speaker ()
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
In : Language and Emotion Workshop (1 Mar 2019, Oxford Brookes University)
Emotional Intelligence (2019-03)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
Chartered Institute of Linguists
Why Donald Trump desperately needs interpreters for his ‘chat’ with Kim (2018-06-11)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine E.
The Conversation
Trumpslation: why Donald Trump’s words give translators so much trouble (2017-08-07)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
The Conversation
Titty or Tatty: What's in a name? (2016-08-04)
Hubscher-Davidson, Severine
The Open University
Translation and Interpreting Studies, Vol. 9, Issue 1. Special Issue: The Development of Professional Competence (2014)
Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen; Englund Dimitrova, Birgitta and Hubscher-Davidson, Séverine
John Benjamins