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Ricarda Vidal

Dr Ricarda Vidal

Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies Education

Research interests

  • Culture

Biography

I am a text-maker, translator and curator. My research focuses on an expanded notion of translation, communication and meaning-making across cultures and languages. Together with Madeleine Campbell (University of Edinburgh) I lead the international AHRC-funded Experiential Translation Network. Via public workshops and collaborative projects with practising artists I investigate the multimodal aspects of communication across perceived cultural and/or linguistic divides. Further, I explore how language is used in the cultural and creative industries.

I'm also interested in practice-based and -led research, which informs my two most recent publications, Translating across Sensory and Linguistic Borders: Intersemiotic Journeys across Media (Palgrave 2019), a collection of essays, poetry and art texts, and Home on the Move: Two Poems go on a Journey (Parthian, 2019), a collection of poems, intersemiotic and multilingual translations.

I am currently working on an edited volume on Experiential Translation.

Previously I have published on utopian macro-engineering, urban space, cinematic architecture, the legacy of Modernism and Romanticism, speed, the car and driving as cultural phenomena as well as society’s fascination with violent death.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Translation as creative practice
  • Eco-translation
  • Language use and multimodality online
  • Art writing

My research focuses on translation as creative practice and as research tool. As the PI of the AHRC-funded Experiential Translation Network, I work with international colleagues exploring intersemiotic translation (i.e. translation between media) as a method of creation and communication, as a method for learning and teaching, collaboration and participation within multilingual, multicultural and multimodal settings. This includes understanding the many modes and modalities that contribute to meaning-making in cross-cultural communication (online & offline), language learning and translation, and embracing the role of individual imagination and artistic creation in education and arts institutions (e.g. libraries, galleries, museums).

Teaching

My teaching is based on my research into cross-cultural communication and language use online and in the CCIs more generally. I also teach on cultural memory and art writing. I contribute to BA and MA core and optional modules and have written optional modules for Levels 4, 6 and 7. I supervise BA and MA dissertations across a range of subjects, including creative dissertations.

Selected publications

The Translator’s Gaze: Intersemiotic Translation as Transactional ProcessVidal, R. & Campbell, M., 2019, Translating across Sensory and Linguistic Borders: Intersemiotic Journeys between Media. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-36 36 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97244-2_1

Translating across Sensory and Linguistic Borders: Intersemiotic Journeys between MediaVidal, R. & Campbell, M., 2019, Palgrave Macmillan. 480 p. Research output: Book/Report › Book › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97244-2

The Power of Death: Contemporary Reflections on Death in Western Society. Vidal, R. & Blanco, M-J., 2015 (paperback 2017) Oxford, New York: Berghahn Press. 

Alternative Worlds: Blue-Sky Thinking since 1900. Vidal, R, & Cornils, I. , Series: Cultural History and Literary Imagination. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015.

Death and Desire in Car Crash Culture: A Century of Romantic Futurisms. Vidal, R. 2013, Oxford: Peter Lang.

Expertise and public engagement

I have organised public events (inc. talks and workshops), commissioned artworks and curated a number of exhibitions in the course of my practice-based research projects “Translation Games” (2013-2019) and “Talking Transformations” (2017-2019) as well as within the framework of the Experiential Translation Network (since 2020). I am 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 Inigo Rooms (Somerset House), National Poetry Library (Southbank Centre), Tate Exchange, the British Library, Whitstable Biennale, Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Guildhall.

Further, I have presented my research at public events at Tate, the ICA and artist-run galleries and spaces in the UK and abroad.

My research into the macro-engineering utopian project Atlantropa was featured in the Independent, on Australian public radio and on several online magazines and websites. With over 700.000 readers to date, my article about Atlantropa for The Conversation continues to rank amongst the most widely read research pieces on that platform.

    News

    Dr Ricarda Vidal wins ACE Award

    Dr Ricarda Vidal has just received news from Arts Council England that she has won for a grant of £9,000 to support her "Talking Transformations: Home on the...

    From the CMCI Blog

    Dr Ricarda Vidal leads ludic session on language games

    Dr Ricarda Vidal will be leading a "ludic session" on language games with her collaborator Maria-José Blanco

    cmci wide

    Dr. Ricarda Vidal exhibits collaborative artwork Revolve:R; edition two

    CMCI's Dr Ricarda Vidal and collaborator Sam Treadaway are exhibiting their multidisciplinary work Revolve:R; edition two

    RevolveR

    Atlantropa in the Independent

    Dr Ricarda Vidal, teaching fellow in CMCI at King's, has an article published in the Independent

    Independent

    "Chinese whispers" commission marks AHRC's 10th anniversary

    CMCI's Dr Ricarda Vidal, and Dr Maria-José Blanco from the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies have been involved in a project marking...

    King's flag London

    Poetry Competition: Intermedial Translation

    Translate an image into poetry - win a £20 book voucher

    Poetry Competition

      News

      Dr Ricarda Vidal wins ACE Award

      Dr Ricarda Vidal has just received news from Arts Council England that she has won for a grant of £9,000 to support her "Talking Transformations: Home on the...

      From the CMCI Blog

      Dr Ricarda Vidal leads ludic session on language games

      Dr Ricarda Vidal will be leading a "ludic session" on language games with her collaborator Maria-José Blanco

      cmci wide

      Dr. Ricarda Vidal exhibits collaborative artwork Revolve:R; edition two

      CMCI's Dr Ricarda Vidal and collaborator Sam Treadaway are exhibiting their multidisciplinary work Revolve:R; edition two

      RevolveR

      Atlantropa in the Independent

      Dr Ricarda Vidal, teaching fellow in CMCI at King's, has an article published in the Independent

      Independent

      "Chinese whispers" commission marks AHRC's 10th anniversary

      CMCI's Dr Ricarda Vidal, and Dr Maria-José Blanco from the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies have been involved in a project marking...

      King's flag London

      Poetry Competition: Intermedial Translation

      Translate an image into poetry - win a £20 book voucher

      Poetry Competition