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Olivia Hellewell

PhD in Russian and Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

Translation and Cultural Capital in a Small Nation: The Case of Slovenia

Research Summary

My research seeks to evaluate and measure the role of translated literature on processes of nation-building in the new Slovenia. It will do so by questioning how the status and spread of translated literature has changed in Slovenia since independence and by identifying the main sectors and agencies through which cultural translations shape discourse about a nation. Slovenia presents a particularly interesting case study due to its status as small nation whose cultural visibility on the international stage has historically been subsumed within larger political units. In light of this status, my research will question to what extent and in what ways the international economy of translation mediates the dynamics of nation-building in a small state.

Research Interests

Translation Studies, Polysystems Theory, Slovene Literature, Nation-Building, Slovenia, National Identity

Research Supervisor/s

Dr Polly McMichael, Dr Maike Oergel

Primary Funding Source

  • ESRC Studentship

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships


  • 'Translating Dane Zajc's Krokar', Slovene Studies, Vol.35, 1-2, 2013
  • Translation: Gabriela Babnik, 'Dry Season' [Sušna doba] (extract), in The European Union Prize for Literature: Twelve Winning Authors (Brussels: The European Commission, 2013)

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • 'Production, Promotion and Polysystems: Domestic vs Translated Literature in Slovenia', Cultures of Economy in South East Europe, University of Sarajevo, May 2013
  • 'Production, Promotion and Polysystems: The Global and the Local in the Slovene Literary Sphere', New Research in Language Based Area Studies, The University of Manchester, March 2014

Additional Information

Work Experience:

  • Internship: Ljubljana Guidebook Contributor at Wallpaper* City Guides, Phaidon Press, London (August 2013)
  • Spanish and Slovene Media Analyst at Esmerk Ltd, Reading (August 2011- September 2012)

Other Achievements:

  • Winner of the Society for Slovene Studies' Rado L. Lenček Graduate Essay Prize 2013
  • Member of the Production Team and Cast for the Russian Theatre Group, 2013, 2014

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