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Luise von Flotow


Professor,  and Director of School of Translation and Interpretation

Brief Bio

Canadian by birth with strong German cultural influences (and passport); education interrupted and enhanced by arrival of 4 children between 1975 and 1982, and various stints at life abroad. Ensconced at the University of Ottawa in the field I like best since 1995.

University degrees

1991 – PhD in French, University of Michigan
1985 – MA in French, University of Windsor
1975 – Postgraduate Certificate of Education, University of London
1974 – BA Honours in German and French, University of London

Academic experience

  • 2007 -           Director, School of Translation, University of Ottawa
  • 2006-            Interim Director, School of Translation, University of Ottawa
  • 2005 -           Full Professor, Translation Studies, University of Ottawa
  • 1996-1999 – Assistant Professor, Translation Studies, University of Ottawa
  • 1995-1996 – Postdoctoral fellow/Lecturer, University of Ottawa
  • 1994-1995 – Maître de Conference, University of Strasbourg, France
  • 1991-1994 – Lecturer, Freiburg University, Germany
  • 1987-1988 – Lecturer, Marburg University, Germany

Extra-curricular activities

Fields of interest

  • Political and ideological influences on translation, specifically translation and gender;
  • Audiovisual translation: dubbing and subtitling;
  • Literary translation as public diplomacy
  • Actual literary translation: from German and French into English

Ongoing research

Canada in Latin America: The objective of this SSHRC-funded research project is to trace and describe the movement of Canadian writing (fiction and non-fiction) into Latin America via translation. It examines the scope of this cultural transfer, the trajectories along which it moves, the agents and networks that promote it, and the images of Canada circulated as a result.  (Co-researchers are Marc Charron (Ottawa) and Hugh Hazelton (Concordia) and Claudia Lucotti (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico), Miguel Montezanti (Universidad de La Plata, Argentina) and Eloina Prati dos Santos (Universidad federal de Porto Alegre, Brazil).