Translation of science
This research focuses on practices of scientific translation in different times and places. I am interested in the economic, political and scientific contexts in which translation takes place, the personal and institutional networks through which scientific translation is promoted and organised, and the interplay between translators and other agents. Some research on 19th-century scientific translation is published in Olohan 2012 and 2013. I co-edited, with Myriam Salama-Carr, a special issue of The Translator on the translation of science (2011) and have published a postgraduate coursebook, Scientific and Technical Translation (2016).
I completed small-scale studies of the motivations underlying volunteer translation services, in two settings. On the one hand, I examined altruistic translation and publishing in the context of a 19th-century scientific journal (Olohan 2012) and, on the other hand, I researched motivation among present-day volunteer translators for TED.com (Olohan 2013).