The PhD programme in Translation and Intercultural Studies, in the Department of Translation and Interpreting at the UAB, allows PhD students to train in different lines of research associated with the broad areas of knowledge: Translation and Interpreting, and East Asian Studies.

The programme derives from a PhD programme that has run for more than twenty years and has always been recognised for its quality through the Excellence award (the old Quality award). These distinctions are recognition of the scientific and technical and training assets that the programme possesses as well as the researchers and research groups that take part in it.

The programme offers PhD students a first class academic environment in which to carry out their research. Highlights are the Permanent Research and PhD Seminar, Young Researchers Symposium and the PhD Summer School. Different collaboration agreements with other organisations also facilitate the mobility of PhD students, who enjoy an interdisciplinary and enriching environment in which to conduct their doctoral research.

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Within the Field of Research of East Asian Studies of the PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies, the following lines of research are developed:


East Asian Languages and Literatures

  • The study of East Asian languages: phonology, lexicon, semantics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics.
  • Linguistic variation in East Asian languages: register, dialect, and classical language.
  • Contrastive studies in East Asian languages.
  • Sociolinguistic studies of East Asian languages: dynamics of language contact.
  • The study of genres.
  • Major trends and literary movements in East Asia. Reception. Problems of translation.
  • Contemporary Chinese and Sinophone literature and the global literary system.
  • Literary theory and comparative literature in relation to East Asian literatures.

East Asian Societies, Politics and International Relations

  • Evolution of East Asian political systems
  • Dynamics of East Asian international relations.
  • East Asian political and administrative structures and processes: agents, institutions, and public bodies.
  • Social and demographic structures in East Asia.
  • Causes of gender inequality and its reproduction in East Asian societies.
  • Internal and international migration in East Asian societies. Diaspora and transnationalism in East Asia .
  • Construction of identity and citizenship in East Asia.
  • Family and social relations in East Asia.
  • Social policies in East Asia : employment, education, health care, housing and the welfare system.
  • Ethnic diversity in East Asia ; East Asian identity management policies and their evolution.

East Asian Culture, Thought and Interculturality

  • Classical, modern and contemporary thought in East Asia (values, beliefs and ideologies). Construction of the discourse of modernity.
  • The role of East Asian cultural products in the West and vice versa: adaptation, incorporation, re-creation and suppression. Production, circulation, consumption and dynamics of interchange of cultural icons.
  • Cultural representations and the analysis of visual culture.
  • Cultural diversity in East Asia and bi-directional cultural transfer between East Asia and the rest of the world.
  • Comparative studies of cultural aspects of East Asia .
  • Popular culture in East Asian countries.

East Asian  Economies

  • East Asian economic structures and processes: how markets and businesses function; international trade.
  • Business organization, administration and management in East Asia
  • Social relations, protocol, and negotiation in decision-making processes in East Asia .
  • Ethnic economies in East Asia


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