Primary Department
School of Applied Language & Intercultural Studies
Academic Staff
Patrick Cadwell
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Patrick (Pat) Cadwell is an assistant professor of Translation Studies at the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies. He is a member of the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (https://ctts.ie/). Pat’s current research interests centre on communities of practice and the impact of translation and interpreting on experiences of crisis and disaster. He is a member of INTERACT: the International Network on Crisis Translation (https://sites.google.com/view/crisistranslation/home) and of the now completed COST Action IS1201 on Disaster Bioethics (http://disasterbioethics.eu/). His current PhD supervision covers research into translation carried out by communities of practice and largely non-professional translators in Japan, Vietnam, and China. These PhD projects are being carried out within an ethnographic framework and combine various digital and in-depth qualitative approaches.

Pat would welcome applications from prospective PhD students interested in: Communities of practice involved in translation; Translation and translators in crisis contexts (e.g., earthquakes, health emergencies, mass migrations, etc.); Ad-hoc, citizen, and non-professional interpreting and translation. He is particularly interested in working with students who wish to adopt sociological/ethnographic approaches in their projects.

Research interests

Pat's current research interests centre on how the experiences of crisis, disaster, community, and development are lived from the perspectives of language and culture, especially through the lenses of translation and interpreting.

He engages especially with the concepts of trust, ethics, terminology, and ad-hoc or citizen translation in this research.

He is a member of INTERACT: the International Network on Crisis  Translation (https://sites.google.com/view/crisistranslation/home ) and of the now completed COST Action IS1201 on Disaster Bioethics (http://disasterbioethics.eu/ ).