Olga Castro

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Olga Castro joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Translation Studies and Spanish in September 2011. She is Head of Translation Studies and chairs the Equality & Diversity Committee in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. Since 2014 she is also Fellow of the Higher Academy. Prior to coming to Birmingham, Olga held academic positions at the University of Exeter, UK and the University of Vigo, Spain. She completed her PhD in Translation Studies (with an European Doctorate Mention) at the University of Vigo in 2010, for which she was awarded the PhD Extraordinary Prize. She has a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Translation and Interpreting (Vigo), a BA in Translation and Interpreting (Vigo) and a BA in Media Studies and Journalism (University of de Santiago de Compostela, Spain). Since 2014 she is Fellow of the Higher Academy. At Aston she teaches a variety of modules closely linked to my research interests, on the UG Spanish and Translation Studies with Spanish programmes, and also on the MA in Translation Studies, MA in Translation in the European Context and MA in TESOL and Translation.



Research interests

Olga’s main research areas include feminist translation studies (namely approaches from historiography, literature, cultural studies and linguistics), translation in minorized and non-hegemonic cultures, the analysis of transnational travels of texts, as well as self-translation in multilingual contexts. Overall, her research focuses on the social and political role of translation in the construction of gender and cultural/national identities in a transnational world, with a particular focus on the non-hegemonic cultural/linguistic contexts of Spain. Other research interests include areas like Gender and Media Studies, Feminist Linguistics and Galician Studies

She has been part of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Galician Studies between 2009 and 2015. In June 2017 she was appointed corresponding member of the Royal Galician Academy.

Teaching Activity

  • LI2008 - Communication across Cultures
  • LI3002 - Interpreting Spanish
  • LI3005 - Specialised LSP Translation
  • LIM007 - Practical Translation English-Spanish
  • LIM010 - Specialised Translation Project
  • LS1001 - Spanish Language Skills
  • LS1011 - Advanced Spanish
  • LU2001 - Migrant and Transnational Cinema
  • LS2019 - Spanish Media and Journalism
  • LS3004 - Final Year Dissertation (Spanish)
  • LRM001 - Research Methods
  • LRM003 - MA Dissertation


  • PhD in Translation Studies - with European Mention; PhD Extraordinary Prize (Universidade de Vigo, Spain)
  • MRes in Translation and Paratranslation (Universidade de Vigo, Spain)
  • BA (Licenciatura) in Translation and Interpreting (Universidade de Vigo, Spain)
  • BA (Licenciatura) in Journalism (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Fellow of the Higher Academy
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Aston University, 2014)
  • Certificate in Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (Instituto Cervantes, Spain, 2010)
  • Certificado de Aptitud Pedagógica, CAP (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2007) 

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