Haidee Kotze appointed as Professor and Chair of Translation Studies

Prof. dr. Haidee Kotze
Prof. Haidee Kotze

From 1 November 2019 Haidee Kotze will take up the role of Professor and Chair of Translation Studies in the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication.

Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University in Australia. Haidee also holds a position as honorary professor in the research focus area Understanding and Processing Language in Complex Settings (UPSET) at the North-West University in South Africa. She is currently the co-editor of the journal Target: International Journal of Translation Studies, as well as of the book series Translation, Interpreting and Transfer at KU Leuven University Press.

Haidee is an international staff member of the Centre for Translation Studies (CETRA) at KU Leuven, and a member of the international Thematic Network on Empirical and Experimental Research in Translation (TREC). She is a contributor to the grammar of Afrikaans for Taalportaal, and has worked in several projects in the framework of World Englishes, including the Varieties of English in the Indo-Pacific: English in Contact (VEIP-EIC) project.

Haidee completed her PhD in Translation Studies in 2010 at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Her first monograph was published in 2012 by John Benjamins, titled Postcolonial polysystems: The production and reception of translated children’s literature in South Africa. In 2013 she was the co-recipient of the European Society for Translation Studies (EST) Young Scholar Award for this monograph.

Haidee’s current research interests focus on language variation and change in contact settings, with an emphasis on both the psycholinguistic and social conditions of language contact. Within this framework, she studies translated language, World Englishes, and learner language. Her most recent work is at the interface of linguistics and digital humanities, and focuses on language change in parliamentary discourse across varieties of English, and the role of language mediators like editors and translators in this process.

Haidee is also a poet, and has recently published her third volume of poetry, Scrim (Deep South Publishing, 2019).