Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2012
    Professor of Interpreting Studies, Institute of Translation and Interpreting at ZHAW

  • 2009 – 2011
    Lecturer in interpreting studies and applied linguistics, Institute of Translation and Interpreting, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland

  • 2008 – 2011
    Lecturer/researcher in applied English linguistics (ELF research group), English Department, University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 2001 – 2007
    PhD project, University of Tübingen, Germany; Reintegration grant (Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsprogramm des Landes Baden-Württemberg, HWP); Freelance translating and conference consulting

  • 1997 – 2000
    Family break (two children)

  • 1993 – 1996
    Lecturer/researcher, applied English linguistics, University of Tübingen, Germany

  • 1990 – 1994
    Researcher, EU ESPRIT Project 2315 TWB I and II, University of Heidelberg, Germany

  • 1990 – 1996
    Freelance conference interpreter

  • 1989
    Dipl.-Dolm. (MA equivalent Conference Interpreting English/French) Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (DE), Institute of Translation and Interpreting

  • 1987
    MPhil (Cantab) (International Relations) Cambridge University (UK), Queens' College

Selected publications

  • Tiselius, Elisabet; Albl-Mikasa, Michaela (2019), eds. Special Thematic section on cognitive processes in dialogue interpreting. Translation, Cognition & Behavior. 2(2).

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela (2019). Note-taking. In: Baker, Mona; Saldanha, Gabriela, eds., Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies. London: Routledge, 380-385.

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela (2019). Interpreters' roles and responsibilities. In: Angelone, Eric; Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen; Massey, Gary, eds., The Bloomsbury Companion to Language Industry Studies. London: Bloomsbury, 91-114. Bloomsbury Companions.

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela; Ehrensberger-Dow, Maureen (2019). ITELF – (E)merging interests in interpreting and translation studies. In: Dal Fovo, Eugenia; Gentile, Paola, eds., Convergence, contact, interactions in translation and interpreting studies. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 5-62.

  • Perrin, Stuart; Albl-Mikasa, Michaela (2018). English as a working language in a transnational education environment in China: ELF from the angle of situated and cooperative cognition. Bulletin Suisse de Linguistique Appliquee. 107, 143-157.

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela; Fontana, Giovanna; Fuchs, Laura Maria; Stüdeli, Lena Meret; Zaugg, Aline (2017). Professional translations of non-native English: Before and after texts from the European Parliament’s Editing Unit. The Translator 23(4), 371-387.

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela (2017). ELF and Translation/Interpreting. In Jennifer Jenkins, Will Baker & Martin Dewey (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca. Routledge, 369 – 383.

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela; Hohenstein, Christiane (2017). Cognition in community interpreting: the influence of interpreter’s knowledge of doctor-patient interaction. In: Daniel Perrin; Ulla Kleinberger (Hg.). Doing Applied Linguistics. Enabling Transdisciplinary Communication. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 130-138.

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela (2016). Notation Language and Notation Text: A Cognitive-Linguistic Model of Consecutive Interpreting. In Yasumasa Someya (ed.) Consecutive Notetaking and Interpreter Training. Routledge, Kapitel 3, 71-117.

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela; Glatz, Elisabeth; Hofer, Gertrud; Sleptsova, Marina (2015). Caution and compliance in medical encounters. Non-interpretation of hedges and phatic tokens. Translation & Interpreting, 7/2, 76-89.

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela (2015). English as a lingua franca. In: Pöchhacker, Franz, ed., Routledge encyclopedia of interpreting studies. London: Routledge, 140-142.

  • Albl-Mikasa, Michaela (2014). Receptivism. An intertraditional approach to intuition in interpreter and translator competence. In: Zybatow, Lew; Ustaszewski, Michael (Hg.). Bausteine translatorischer Kompetenz oder Was macht Übersetzer und Dolmetscher zu Profis. Innsbrucker Ringvorlesungen zur Translationswissenschaft VII. Forum Translationswissenschaft – Band 18. (51-81). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • CLINT Cognitive Load in Interpreting and Translation, SNSF Sinergia Project in cooperation with ZHAW translation studies (Prof. Ehrensberger-Dow) and UHZ neuropsychology (Prof. Jäncke, Zurich University), 2018 – 2021

  • ISTIP Indo-Swiss Translation and Interpreting Professionalization in cooperation with the Universities of Pune and Pondicherry; Swiss Federal Government Bilateral Research Collaboration with South Asia Bridging Grant and SNSF Scientific Exchange Grant, 2018 – 2019

  • TIDE Joint Translation and Interpreting Development Effort in Thailand and the ASEAN Region (Seed-money-funded by ETH Zürich, mandated by SERI, Swiss Federal Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation; in collaboration with Association of Asian Translation Industry (AATI), 2015 – 2018

  • WITE Writing Interpreting in (Chinese) TNE (Trans-National-Education) Environments – Impact of English variety on accuracy and performance (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) Research Development Fund, Suzhou, China, and SSSTC Sino Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation Program), 2015 – 2017

  • Training video interpreters in refugee languages in cooperation with SAVD GmbH and BDÜ (German Association of Translators and Interpreters), since 2017

  • JUSTISIGNS Legal Interpreting and Sign Language Interpreting (EU LEONARDO Lifelong Learning Programme 538899, sub-partnership of HfH Zurich), 2015-2016

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of Executive Council of IATIS (International Association of Translation and Intercultural Studies), since 2016

  • Representative for Switzerland (regional node) of CIRIN (Conference Interpreting Research and Information Network), since 2014

  • Member of editorial board (consultant editor) for third edition of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies (edited by Mona Baker), 2017 – 2019

  • Member of TREC (Thematic Network on Empirical and Experimental Research in Translation), since 2016

  • Member of ENPSIT (European Public Service Interpreting and Translation Network), since 2013

  • Member of ELF-Ren (English as a Lingua Franca Research Network), since 2013

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Yoga and transformation

Soft Skills

  • Creativity, receptivity

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 children


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