Dr Xany Jansen van Vuuren
Linguistics and Language Practice
23 201
Linguistics and Language Practice
IB 27
Stef Coetzee Building 201

Short CV

I hold a Ph.D. from the University of the Free State in 2022, where I am also a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Language Practice. I teach interpreting and translation on undergraduate and postgraduate level, and supervise both MA and PhD students in Translation and Interpreting Studies, Semiotics and Environmental Humanities.

With regard to research, my areas of focus include ecosemiotics, eco-translation, knowledge translation, translation and activism, and interspecies translation and interpreting. I am currently completing my first monograph, entitled “Interpreting, communication and animal welfare: An ecosemiotic analysis of interspecies translation” with De Gruyter Mouton. I am part of the Eco-translation Network, an international network of scholars working on translation, ecology and environment.



Publications (Short List)

Latest publications

Jansen van Vuuren, X. 2023. “Translation between non-humans and humans: Umwelt and the Functional Cycle”. Translation beyond Translation Studies. Edited by Kobus Marais. London: Bloomsbury.

Cawood, HM and Jansen van Vuuren, X. 2022. “Reconceptualising ecofascism in the Global South: an ecosemiotic approach to problematising marginalised nostalgic narratives”. Acta Academica. 54(3): 81-107.




Recent papers presented at conferences

Jansen van Vuuren, X. 2023. Shifting positionalities in interspecies interaction: interpreting in animal welfare in South Africa. Paper delivered at 6th International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 25-27 May 2023.

 Jansen van Vuuren, X. 2022. Animal photojournalism as knowledge translation: an ecosemiotic approach to visual activism. Paper delivered at Transfers and Traversals: Interdisciplinary translation studies conference, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. 1-2 December 2022.

Jansen van Vuuren, X and Cawood, HM. 2022. A critical approach to urban wildlife photography as translation of solastalgia. Paper delivered at the South African Society for Critical Theory Conference, North-West University, Potchefstroom. 17-19 November 2022.


Area(s) of Interest

Ecotranslation, semiotics, non-professional interpreting and translation, ecosemiotics, biosemiotics, interspecies translation

Courses Presented

HLAP1524 - Introduction to translation and interpreting 

HLAP3738 - Non-professional interpreting and translation 

HLAP3728 - Concepts of translation and interpreting 

LAPI6808 - Interpreting theory and practice



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