Spatial Territories in Translation Studies


  • Farzaneh Farahzad Allameh Tabataba’i University
  • Samar Ehteshami Allameh Tabataba’i University


spatial turn, translation space, translation and urban space, translation and geography, translation and ecology


Space-driven concepts have always been present in Translation Studies. Translation has been historically viewed as a movement between source and target language/text and the field is replete of space-bound metaphors such as “translation as transfer” and “the landscape of translation”. Space in the current study was taken in its Lefebvrian sense, defined as a social construct and identified, among others, as being relational, multiple and dynamic. Therefore, not all views that draw on space would be considered as a spatial theory on translation and those theories that employ static space were excluded from this study. Upon critical analysis of theories on translation, four space-driven strands of conceptualization have been identified, namely, translation space, translation and urban space, translation and geography and translation and ecology; all based on interdisciplinary dialogue. Each of these strands introduced a new arena for studying translation though incorporating a similar episteme. Through mapping spatial theories of Translation Studies, the current positioning and future tendencies of the field would become more vivid.

Author Biographies

Farzaneh Farahzad, Allameh Tabataba’i University

Professor, Department of English Translation Studies, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran;

Samar Ehteshami, Allameh Tabataba’i University

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English Translation Studies, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran;


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How to Cite

Farahzad, F., & Ehteshami, S. (2019). Spatial Territories in Translation Studies. Translation Studies Quarterly, 16(63), 71-87. Retrieved from



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