School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Cristina Peligra
Cristina Peligra

PhD Candidate in Translation Studies


Dr Francis Jones and Dr Laura Leonardo

Translating culture and identity in Dutch postcolonial fiction

This project aims to analyse translation strategies used in Italian and English to render cultural translation problems – be it culture-specific items (CSIs) or visual or textual depictions of culture, identity and stereotypes – in Dutch postcolonial novels about colonial memory and repatriation from the former colony of the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia.

The objects of investigation are twofold: on the one hand, the study focuses on paratextual choices. On the other hand, textual translating strategies are studied, using several different methods.

The outcomes of this project will shed light on the manipulative power of translation and will enhance the consideration of ‘minor’ languages and literatures in the global field of post-colonial translation studies.  

Research Interests

Dutch literature, postcolonial literature and postcolonial translation, literary translation, identity, culture.


Translation and the Creative Industries International Conference, University of Westminster, 7th-8th October 2016

Competitive funding

2016 Newcastle University PGR Innovation Fund

2015-2018 AHRC Northern Bridge full PhD studentship


2016-2017 student representative Northern Bridge Student Innovation Forum

student committee member – “Researching our Futures: where next on our career journey?” HaSS faculty and Careers Service, Newcastle University, 16th March 2017

student committee member – HaSS First Year PG Conference “Transition: Engaging with Research” Newcastle University, 16th June 2016

Academic Background

PgCert in Research Training, Newcastle University

MA (cum laude) in Modern Languages for International Communication and Cooperation (Dutch and German), University of Padua

Certificate in Global Systems and Intercultural Competence (GSiK Zertifikat Globale Systeme und interkulturelle Kompetenz), Julius-Maximilians-University, Würzburg

BA (cum laude) in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Dutch and German), University of Padua