Husam Haj Omar

Position:

Instructor in Arabic

Position(s) Held at Other Institution(s):

Associate Lecturer in Translation, The Open University
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Faculty Address:

Office room 109, Oriental Institute

E-mail:

husam.hajomar@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Telephone: 

+44 (0)1865 278238

Qualifications:

PhD Arabic and Translation Studies; MA Arabic/English Translation with Interpreting; BA English Language and Literature

Courses Taught:

  • Grammar in Context (MPhil, MSc)
  • Levantine Dialect (MPhil, MSc)
  • Handwriting & Palaeography (MPhil, MSc)
  • Media Discussion and Language Development (MPhil, MSc)
  • Media Discussion and Translation (MPhil, MSc)
  • Language labs (undergraduate, 3rd and 4th years)
  • Translation tutorials (undergraduate, 3rd and 4th years)

Research Interests:

  • Middle Eastern Studies: Language, Culture and Politics
  • Translation of political discourse in relation to the notions of ideology, media and conflict
  • Translation and narratives in political conflict
  • Translation of Literature
  • Media Translation
  • Interpreting Studies
  • Political Discourse Analysis
  • Discourse Studies
  • Narrative Theory
  • Language of Conflict
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Teaching Arabic as a foreign language
  • Comparative Linguistics (Arabic-English)

Publications:

Peer-reviewed Articles

  • Haj Omar, H. 2019. 'A Narrative Approach Media Reporting of the Arab Israeli Conflict 2000-2010: An Analytic Study. Forum: International Journal of Translation and Interpretation, (16)2. (Forthcoming)
  • Haj Omar, H. 2015. 'Translating the Middle Eastern Conflicts: A Narrative Approach'. Norwich Papers: Studies in Translation, 23, pp. 52-77.
  • Haj Omar, H. 2015. 'Translation of Political Discourse in the Middle-Eastern Context'. Pakistan Journal of Languages and Translation Studies, 3, pp. 16-27.

Books Under Publication

  • Ideology, Media and Conflict in Political Discourse and Its Translation During the Arab Spring: Syria as a Case Study (Monograph)
  • Arabic and English Idioms and Expressions in Context (co-authored with translator Helena Williams)
  • Translation of Political Discourse at Times of Conflict (Monograph)
  • A Collection of Arabic Poems

Current Projects and Articles Submitted for Publication

  • 'Ideology in the Translation of Political Speeches during the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Critical Discourse Analysis'
  • 'Political Discourse, Media and Translation in the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Critical Discourse Analysis'
  • 'The Language of the Arab Spring: Features and Aspects'
  • 'Thinking the Arab Spring: Key Factors'
  • 'The Story of the Arab Spring: One Revolution in Five Countries'
  • 'Towards an Arab Spring: The Status of Democracy in the Arab World Prior to the Revolutions'

Article Review

I am a reviewer of several academic journal in Translation Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Discourse Studies, such as The Translator and The Global Studies Journal.

Conferences and Research Seminars:

  • May 10 The Translation in the News symposium held at the University of Leeds
  • Apr 20, 2018 The Open University National Associate Lecturer Languages and Applied Linguistics Conference, organised by the Open University, Manchester.
  • Dec 4, 2017 Seminar organised by Manchester Salon for Intellectual Dialogue, and hosted by Rethink Rebuild Society, Manchester, UK - paper presented: "Islamism in the Middle East: Experience in Governance and Opposition"
  • Apr 12-14, 2017 The 11th International Conference on Literature, Language and Cultural Studies in Turkey under the auspices of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE), hosted by Çankaya University, Turkey – paper presented: 'The Language of the Arab Spring: Features and Aspects'
  • Jul 10-23, 2017 Celebrating Syria: A Festival of Arts and Culture, organised by Rethink Rebuild Society, UK
  • Mar 28-29, 2016 The Seventh International Translation Studies Conference, hosted by Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar – Paper presented: 'Translation and the Narration of Conflict in the Arab Israeli Conflict'
  • Jul 20-21, 2015 8th Conference on Global Studies, hosted by Imperial College London – paper presented: 'The People Demand the Overthrow of the Regime: Political Situation in the Arab World before and After the Arab Spring'
  • Jun 5, 2015 Arab Spring and Contemporary Cultural Production from Maghreb Conference, hosted by Antony’s College, University of Oxford – paper presented: 'Translation and Ideology in the Context of the Arab Spring in Maghreb'
  • Mar 27, 2015 Leeds Postgraduate Translation and Interpreting Conference, hosted by the University of Leeds – paper presented: 'Political Discourse in the Context of the Arab Spring: Analysis and Translation'
  • Mar 20, 2015 10th Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics hosted by Newcastle University – paper presented: 'Political Discourse in the Context of the Arab Spring: Analysis and Translation'
  • Nov 1, 2014 ILinC (Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference) 2014 hosted by Queen’s University Belfast – paper presented: 'Political Discourse in the Context of the Arab Spring: Analysis and Translation'
  • Oct 29-31, 2014 10th International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting (IPCITI), held at the University of Manchester
  • Oct 17, 2014 Arts/PVAC Poster Conference hosted by the University of Leeds – poster presented: 'Representation of Political Discourse in Translation during the Arab Spring'
  • Oct 29-31, 2010 6th International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting (IPCITI), hosted by the University of Manchester
  • Jun 7-11, 2010 Interpreting training conference hosted by the Interpreting Section at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria
  • May 5, 2010 'Potentials and Paradoxes of the Sociological Study of Translation/Interpreting' Symposium, hosted by the University of Salford

Chairing and Organising of Conferences, Seminars and Workshops:

  • Chair and organiser of the "Translation in the News" Symposium held at the University of Leeds on 10 May 2018
  • Organiser and chair of Scholar’s Vision seminar series hosted by Rethink Rebuild Society, Manchester, UK
  • Organiser of Manchester Salon for Intellectual Dialogue seminar series hosted by Rethink Rebuild Society, Manchester, UK
  • 7 Dec, 2017 Leading a peer-support workshop organised by Leeds Humanities Research Institute LHRI, University of Leeds

Membership of Professional and Academic Bodies:

  • Current member of International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS)
  • Current member of the Association for Translation Studies in Africa
  • Current member of Arab Professional Translators Society
  • Current member of British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
  • Current member of the Global Studies Research Network
  • Member of the Maghreb Academic Network
  • Current member of Watan Foundation

Awards:

  • Teacher of the Year Award, Manchester College of Languages (2014) (2015)

Poetry:

I am a published poet in Arabic and I have presented my poetry in various poetry events and cultural festivals in the UK and abroad.

Poetry Events and Festivals:

  • Jul 10-23, 2017 Celebrating Syria: A Festival of Arts and Culture, organised by Rethink Rebuild Society, UK
  • Mar 5, 2007 'Everlasting Poems', arranged by Culture and Media Office at National Union of Syrian Students, and hosted by Tishreen University
  • Dec 7, 2006 'Poems For Her', arranged by Culture and Media Office at National Union of Syrian Students, and hosted by Tishreen University
  • Nov 13, 2005 'Songs in Love Poetry Event', arranged by Culture and Media Office at National Union of Syrian Students, and hosted by Tishreen University
  • Jan 13-14, 2005 Autumn Festival for Young Poets, hosted by Tishreen University, Latakia, Syria

Published Poems

Husam Haj Omar
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