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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies

Staff in the Department of French

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Dr Joseph Lambert, BA(Hons), MA (Distinction), PhD Hull

Teaching Fellow (, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43465
Room number: A38, Elvet Riverside I

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Teaching Fellow in French and Translation Studies

I joined Durham from the University of Birmingham in September 2019 having previously completed my PhD in Translation Studies at the University of Hull in mid-2018.

At Durham, I teach across a range of modules in French and Translation Studies, working with students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

As a researcher, I am primarily interested in questions of ethics in translation, writing on topics including professional codes of conduct for translators, ethics in sport interpreting and hermeneutics. More specifically, my research takes the innovative step of synthesising ideas from ethical theory, hermeneutics and translation studies, bringing them into critical conversation and exploring the questions of representation and intervention that accompany all translation. To date, I have engaged with several French thinkers whose ideas are underrepresented in the Anglophone world, including Antoine Berman, Henri Meschonnic and Paul Ricoeur.

At the same time, my research questions the commensurability of existing and newly-developed theoretical conceptions with the concrete, “real-life” practice of translation. It opens a dialogue between theory and practice that I intend to explore further with future collaborative works alongside translation associations and professionals.

This thread of my research is informed by my experience as a freelance translator. Having set up my own freelance translation company in 2012, I have since specialised in sporting translation and worked with a number of high-profile clients.

I am currently preparing several projects including journal articles, a potential monograph and a full-length translation of an as-yet untranslated work by Antoine Berman.

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Hermeneutics
  • Translation Studies

Selected Publications

Journal Article

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