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Ricarda Vidal

Dr Ricarda Vidal

Dr Ricarda VidalTeaching Fellow

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 6413
Culture, Media & Creative Industries
King’s College London
4D Chesham Building
Strand Campus 



Ricarda holds a PhD in Cultural Studies (London Consortium/ Birkbeck). She is the author of Death and Desire in Car Crash Culture: A Century of Romantic Futurisms (Peter Lang, 2013) and co-editor of The Power of Death (Berghahn, 2014) and Alternative Worlds (Peter Lang, 2014). She has published on speed, the car and driving as cultural phenomena, Modernism (in particular Futurism), urban space and art in relation to gentrification, as well as society’s fascination with death and murder, and most recently, alternative worlds and utopias. Currently she is pursuing a practice-based research project into the wondrous world of translation within the fine arts and poetry. This links her academic career with her freelance activities as translator and curator. Besides public workshops and exhibitions, the project includes the publication of journal articles and an edited collection on intersemiotic translations (forthcoming, Palgrave 2018). Further information is available on her website.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Translation as creative practice
  • Cultural Constructions of ‘home’
  • Modernism and its legacy
  • Cars, car design and driving as cultural phenomena

Currently my research focuses on translation as creative practice and as research tool. I am co-leading the practice-based research project “Talking Transformations” ( which employs public workshops, chain translation, intersemiotic translation and poetry to investigate the impact of (im)migration on notions of home in the EU. 

Selected publications
  • Ricarda Vidal. Death and Desire in Car Crash Culture: A Century of Romantic Futurisms. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013.
  • Ricarda Vidal & Maria-José Blanco. The Power of Death: Reflections on Death since 1900. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Press, October 2014 (pb 2017).
  • Ricarda Vidal & Ingo Cornils. Alternative Worlds: Blue-Sky Thinking since 1900. Series: Cultural History and Literary Imagination. Oxford: Peter Lang, December 2014
  • Ricarda Vidal. “Can Developers Learn from Art? Janet Cardiff in Spitalfields” in Naomi Segal and Daniela Koleva (eds) From Literature to Cultural Literacy, Basingstoke: Palgrave, July 2014.
  • Ricarda Vidal & Madeleine Campbell. Translating across Sensory and Linguistic Borders: Journeys in Intersemiotic Translation. Palgrave McMillan, 2018 (forthcoming)

Ricarda’s teaching is based on her research and publications in visual culture and cultural history. 

Expertise and public engagement

Ricarda has organised several public workshops, commissioned artworks and curated a number of exhibitions in the course of her practice-based research projects “Translation Games” and “Talking Transformations”. She is regularly collaborating with poets, artists, textile designers, translators, writers and members of the public with an interest in the creative use of language and an expanded notion of what translation can mean. Recent venues for public events have included the Poetry Library (Southbank Centre), the British Library and the Guildhall.

Further, Ricarda has presented her research at public events at Tate, the ICA and artist-run galleries and spaces in the UK and abroad.

She is also always happy to talk about her research into violent death, driving, cars and car crashes as cultural phenomena.

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