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Durham University

Chinese Studies

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Dr Binghan Zheng, BA, MPhil, PhD (NTU), PGCE, FHEA, HonFCIL

Associate Professor in Chinese Translation in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43445
Room number: A12, Elvet Riverside I

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Before taking up the Lecturer position in Durham, I worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Division of Chinese, Nanyang Technological University. My research focuses on contemporary translation theories, cognitive linguistics and teaching Chinese as a foreign language. I am the author of Choice-making in the process of English-to-Chinese translation: An empirical study, which is regarded as a breakthrough in process-oriented translation research in China. I am also one of the major contributors for A Dictionary of Translation Studies in China published by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press in 2011.

Currently I am supervising doctoral students working on eye-tracking based studies on translation revision, self-translation and translation ethics, literary translation in Hong Kong, and cognitive explorations of translation directionality. I also supervise a dozen of MA students in English-Chinese translation every academic year. I am able to and interested in supervising PhD researchers interested in empirical translation and interpreting studies, and in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

I am actively promoting Chinese language teaching in Britain, acting as the Chair of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society (BCLTS) which is an organization of Chinese language teachers in British universities. I am also directing the Centre for Intercultural Mediation of Durham University, and acting as the convenor of the Translation and Linguistics research group based on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Research Groups

  • Translation/Linguistics/Pedagogy - Co-Convenor

Research Interests

  • Empirical Translation Studies
  • Contemporary Translation Theories
  • Neuroscience of Translation and Interpreting
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Contrastive Studies between Chinese & English
  • Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2020: Honorary Fellowship, the Chartered Institute of Linguists:
  • 2020: Threlford Lecturer, the Chartered Institute of Linguists:
  • 2019: Member of Editorial Committee:

    Translation Quarterly, the Journal of Hong Kong Translation Society (2019- )

  • 2017: Member of Editorial Committee: Journal of Translation Studies (2017-2022)
  • 2016: Chair, the Communication and Collaboration Committee: the World Interpreter and Translator Training Association (2016-2021)
  • 2016: Keynote speaker, University of Macau: 3rd International Conference on Cognitive Research on Translation and Interpreting
  • 2016: Member of Executive Committee: Universities’ China Committee in London (2016- )
  • 2016: Visiting Professor: China University of Mining and Technology (2016-)
  • 2015: Visiting Professor: University of International Business and Economics, China
  • 2014: By-fellow in Churchill College: Cambridge University (2014-2015)
  • 2014: Plenary Speaker - Tsinghua University: the 2014 International Symposium on Comparative & Translation Studies Between English & Chinese
  • 2014: Research Fellow: Communication University of China (2014-2017)
  • 2014: Visiting Professor: Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China (2014-2017)
  • 2013: Visiting Professor: Jiangsu Normal University, China (2013-2016 )
  • 2012: Chair: The British Chinese Language Teaching Society (2012-2016)

Selected Publications

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International Collaboration

  • Prof Yan, Aimin, Central South University
  • Dr Li, Su, Cambridge University

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  • Linguistics & Language: Mandarin teaching and acquisition
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Selected Grants

  • 2019: Durham University International Engagement Grant (£1,929)
  • 2019: Durham University Research Equipment Funding (£15.4K)
  • 2019: Universities China Committee in London Conference Grant (£1937)
  • 2016: Russia - Western Europe: The Role of Translation in the Cultural Dialogue (£803.00 from CRCEES)
  • 2016: Universities China Committee in London Conference Grant
  • 2015: Ji Xianlin Foundation Grant
  • 2015: Research Grant from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  • 2015: Research Grant from Hunan Foundation for Practicing Traditional Chinese Culture
  • 2015: Universities China Committee in London Conference Grant
  • 2014: Durham University Seedcorn Funding
  • 2014: Global Engagement Facilitation Grants
  • 2014: Universities China Committee in London Conference Grant
  • 2013: Universities China Committee in London Conference Grant
  • 2015: 13th Annual Conference of British Chinese Language Teaching Society in Oxford University (£10000.00 from Ji Xianlin Foundation)
  • 2015: 4th Asia-Pacific Forum on Translation and Intercultural Studies (£5200.00 from Guangdong University)
  • 2015: Traditional Chinese Culture and Modern Management: Value and Application (£56710.00 from Hunan Foundation for Practicing Traditional Chinese Culture)