TransPositions is…

… a space for shared reflection on our positions with respect to  translation, interpreting  (T&I) and related disciplines. TransPositions is aimed at aspiring or beginning translators and interpreters as well as more experienced T&A professionals or academics who are keen on exploring various aspects of T&I practice or theoretical principles. Topics may include T&I training, terminology, technology,  T&I theory, professional development, associations, certifications, conference and book reviews etc.

Who are we?

Patricia Phillips-Batoma Patricia Phillips-Batoma, Lecturer

Address:  4035 FLB
Phone:  217-300-1489

Patricia Phillips-Batoma received her Ph.D. in French from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches courses for the professional track of the MA in Translation and Interpreting, as well as courses for the certificate program. Her research interests include translation studies, the pedagogy of translation and languages for specific purposes, and medieval French literature. She has an affiliate appointment with the Department of French, where she teaches a variety of courses.

Elias ShakkourElias Shakkour, Instructor

Address:  4058 FLB


Elias Shakkour is Instructor of Interpreting for the MA in Translation and Interpreting. He holds a BA in German from Colgate University as well as three MA degrees: one in German from Middlebury College, one in Conference Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and one in Linguistics from the University of Illinois. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at the University of Illinois. Elias grew up bilingual in Arabic and English in Israel, where he attended an American school in Jerusalem. In addition to his fluency in English, Arabic, and German, he is proficient in Spanish, French, and Hebrew and has some knowledge of Italian and Dutch. He is certified by the American Translators Association for Arabic-to-English, German-to-English, Spanish-to-English, and Italian-to-English translation.

Laura RamirezLaura Ramirez Polo, Lecturer

Address:  4058 FLB


Laura Ramírez Polo holds a degree in Translation and Interpretation from the University Jaume I in Castellón, Spain, as well as a postgraduate certificate in Computational Linguistics from the Ludwig-Maximlians-Universität in Munich, Germany. She received her PhD in Controlled Languages and Machine Translation from the University of Valencia in Spain. She is also finishing a degree in Library and Information Science at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia. Laura has an extensive experience as associate lecturer at the Universitat de Valencia EG, where she has been teaching Translation Technology and Research Techniques to Translators for ten years. She has also collaborated with the MA in Translation Technologies and Localization held at the University Jaume I in Spain, teaching CAT Tools, Machine Translation and Terminology. She also has a 15-years experience as a freelance translator from English, German and French into Spanish, as well as a trainer and language processes professional.  She currently teaches courses for the MA in Translation and Interpreting, as well as courses for the certificate program at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include computer-aided translation, terminology, human-machine interaction and new types of digital genres for translation.

Would you like to contribute?

TransPositions is an open project. We welcome proposals for posts, contributions and suggestions from translation and interpreting professionals or anyone willing to share their opinions, experiences or research with us. Simply write an email to any of us and we will be happy to discuss your proposal.