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  • PB 24 (Unionsgatan 40)



1993 …2023

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Description of research and teaching

I work as a University Lecturer (Senior Lecturer) in Swedish Translation and Interpreting Studies at the University of Helsinki (2009–), and hold the title of Docent in Translation Studies at the same university (2013 –).

My doctoral dissertation from 2008 was translation-theoretical, and focused on semiotic approaches to translation. I have continued my research on semiotic and general translation theory and the semiotics of translation. My current research interests also include translator training and intracultural translation, a phenomenon that is central in Finland with two official languages.

My fields of teaching are Swedish Translation Studies and within the Master’s Programme in Translation and Interpreting, the language pair of Swedish and Finnish as well as Translation Theory. Courses I teach represent both the theory and the practice of translation, and include, for instance, introduction to professional translation from Swedish and other Scandinavian languages into Finnish, interpreting, professional translation from Swedish into Finnish, and specialized translation from and into Swedish. I also teach thesis seminars and supervise MA and PhD theses on Translation Studies.

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • Translation Studies
  • general translation theory
  • semiotic translation studies
  • intracultural translation
  • intralingual translation
  • translation into Easy Language
  • adaptation into Easy Language
  • translator training
  • methodology
  • Swedish translation studies
  • Swedish language
  • 616 Other humanities
  • Semiotics
  • semiotics of translation
  • Charles S. Peirce's semeiotic
  • general semiotics
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Translation Studies
  • Semiotics

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.