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Motoko Akashi

  • Doctoral researcher
  • Associate Tutor
  • University of East Anglia School of Politics Philosophy Language and Communication Studies
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My research investigates the notion of “invisibility” as it relates to Japanese translators. It aims to re-conceptualize translation studies’ ongoing, dichotomy-based visibility debate by questioning its relation to celebrity translators. The project also investigates the status of celebrity translators, in sociological, cultural, and linguistic terms.


Untranslatablity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives


2015 - Present

Recent publications

  • Translator celebrity: investigating Haruki Murakami’s visibility as a translator

    • Akashi M
  • 著名翻訳家・テクスト分析・可視性概念:村上春樹にみる同化・異化論の進展 [Celebrity Translators, Textual Analysis, and the Visibility Paradigm: How Haruki Murakami can Advance Domestication-Foreignization Thinking]

    • Akashi M
    • Hadley J

Professional experience

Associate Tutor

University of east-Anglia

October 2015 - Present

Language tutor

University of east-Anglia

April 2015 - June 2016(a year)

Visiting assistant lecturer

City University London

January 2016 - March 2016(2 months)

Japanese Arts Database Project Assistant

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

October 2015 - December 2015(2 months)

Freelance Translator

S&N Hayakawa Enterprises Pvt. Ltd

May 2011 - December 2015(5 years)


PhD candidate in Literary Translation

University of East Anglia School of Literature Drama and Creative Writing

January 2015 - Present

Master of Philosophy in Language and Translation Research

University of East Anglia School of Literature Drama and Creative Writing

October 2014 - February 2016(a year)

Master of Arts in Applied Translation Studies

University of East Anglia Department of Language and Communication Studies

September 2012 - September 2013(a year)

Master of Arts in Fashion Design

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

September 1995 - March 1997(2 years)


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