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Rita Wilson is Professor in Translation Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and Interim Director of the Monash Intercultural Lab.

Before joining Monash University in 2005, I taught at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and the University of Melbourne.

I have long-standing research interests in women’s writing, translation studies and transcultural narrative practices. My current research sits at the interface of migrant cultural studies, translation and intercultural studies. Focusing on the complexities of cultural contact, I investigate the relationship between language, place, mobility and the construction of cultural identities. My work contributes to a growing strand of research in Translation Studies that explores the connection between translation and migration. The marked visibility of migration phenomena in the contemporary world has led to increased attention to the centrality of language and (self-)translation when discussing topics such as citizenship; social inclusion and exclusion; the representation of individual and collective cultural identities; the dynamic process of settlement. My recent publications relate to various aspects of identity and culture in migratory contexts, including cultural mediation, intercultural competence and transcultural creative practices.

With Loredana Polezzi, I am co-editor of The Translator, a leading international journal in Translation Studies. I am also the Academic Co-Director of the Monash-Warwick Migration, Identity, Translation Research Network



Supervision interests

Since joining Monash, my supervisory expertise and research areas have attracted enquiries from a wide range of potential PhD candidates and, to date, I have successfully supervised 31 postgraduate students to completion across two disciplinary areas: Italian Studies and Translation Studies.

In 2015, I was the winner of Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision, Faculty of Arts. 

My current supervision interests include:

  • Translation, Migration and Social Inclusion; Self-Translation; Literary Translation; Cultural Identities; Intercultural Studies
  • Gender and Literary Culture; Women's Writing
  • Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture


Recently completed PhD theses include

  • Re-imagining the Italian South: Subjectivity and Migration in Contemporary Literature and Cinema
  • Reading literature of the Vietnamese diaspora in translation: a 'transdiasporic' approach
  • The Effects of Translation on Performance: Translating Rhythm and Gesture in Two Plays by David Mence
  • A Grammar of God: Translation, Grammar and Memory in the Arte y reglas de la lengua tagala (1610)
  • Translation in Japanese museums: a study of multimodal linguistic landscape
  • Translating Neighbours: history, communication and translation in the Australian-Indonesian relationship
  • Texts, Paratexts, and Contexts: A Comparative Study of English Translations of the Classic Chinese Novel Jin Ping Mei
  • Revelation and Equivalence: A Methodology for the Translation of Sacred-Texts; as applied to the Tiqqunim of the Zohar


  • Cultural Identity
  • Migration
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Gender Studies
  • Self-Translation
  • Transnational Literature
  • Women's Writing
  • Translation Studies
  • Social Inclusion

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Projects 2004 2020

Research Output 1988 2018

Narrating the polyphonic city: Translation and identity in translingual/transcultural writing

Wilson, R. P., 2018, Multilingual Currents in Literature, Translation and Culture. Gilmour, R. & Steinitz, T. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, Vol. 81. p. 55-80 26 p. (Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature; vol. 81).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Translating adventure tourism: from action to relaxation

Sulaiman, M. Z. & Wilson, R., 1 Aug 2018, In : GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies. 18, 3, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Translating tourism promotional materials: a cultural-conceptual model

Sulaiman, M. Z. & Wilson, R., Sep 2018, In : Perspectives: Studies in Translatology. 26, 5, p. 629-645 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Beyond self-translation: Amara Lakhous and translingual writing as case study

Wilson, R. P., 2017, Self-Translation and Power: Negotiating Identities in European Multilingual Contexts. Castro, O., Mainer, S. & Page, S. (eds.). London UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 241-264 24 p. (Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Forms of self-translation

Wilson, R. P., 2017, Reconstructing Identity: A Transdisciplinary Approach. Monk, N., Lindgren, M., McDonald, S. & Pasfield-Neofitou, S. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 157-177 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Faculty of Arts Dean's Award for Research Impact.

Rita Wilson (Recipient), Marc Orlando (Recipient) & Jim Hlavac (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Other distinction


Rita Wilson (Recipient) & Shani Tobias (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2005 2018

Remix/Replay/Reclaim Your Italian Identity

Rita Wilson (Organiser)
8 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Exploring and Translating Stratified Multilingual Landscapes

Rita Wilson (Invited speaker)
11 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Diaspore Italiane - Italy in Movement

Rita Wilson (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

AUSIT National Conference 2018

Rita Wilson (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Language has become a tool for social exclusion

Loredana Polezzi, Jo Angouri & Rita Wilson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

I giovani italo-australiani ispirano fiducia [Il Globo]

Rita Wilson & Francesco Ricatti


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

Language, citizenship and inclusion: exploding the 'monolingual myth'

Rita Wilson, Jo Angouri & Loredana Polezzi


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

“Diaspore italiane”: A four-day exploration of Italian identity

Rita Wilson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment