Researcher

Professor Ludmila Stern

My Expertise

Western intellectuals & the Soviet Union in the 1920s - 1930s (Soviet cultural diplomacy and Western (French) intelligentsia); interpreted proceedings & cross cultural communication in international & domestic courts and tribunals; war crimes trials in international courts and tribunals

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

I am the founder of the MA in Interpreting and Translation Studies - a professional program endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). I was the Program Convenor (2005-2010, and (2014-15), the Deputy Head of School of Languages and Linguistics (2005-2010), and the Head of School of International Studies (2011-12). I was a Director on the NAATI Board (2010- 2016) and am the Chair of NAATI's...view more

I am the founder of the MA in Interpreting and Translation Studies - a professional program endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). I was the Program Convenor (2005-2010, and (2014-15), the Deputy Head of School of Languages and Linguistics (2005-2010), and the Head of School of International Studies (2011-12). I was a Director on the NAATI Board (2010- 2016) and am the Chair of NAATI's Technical Reference Advisory Committee (TRAC).

Research Summary
My research is in the field of interpreting studies. I examine interpreter-mediated communication in complex legal/courtroom settings, including those of war trials in national and international courts. This includes research on interpreting practices during the Australian War Crimes Prosecutions (1986-1993) and international courts and tribunals, such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). I am the Lead investigator of the ARC Linkage project Communication between judicial officers and court interpreters: Implications for access to justice https://research.unsw.edu.au/projects/access-justice-interpreted-proceedings. I also work on the project Interpreting in War Crimes Trials. From the Nuremberg Trials to the International Criminal Court.

My historical enquiry raises the questions about Western intellectuals' involvement with the interwar Soviet Union, and closely looks at the attraction of eminent Western writers and artists (G.B Shaw, H.G.Wells, V. Gollancz, R. Rolland, L. Aragon, Jean-Richard Bloch, L.Feuchtwanger) to Stalin's USSR in the light of the developing Soviet cultural propaganda. I was among the first researchers who worked on the declassified documents of Soviet 'cultural' organisations in the former Soviet archives - research that led to the publication of her monograph Western intellectuals and the Soviet Union. From Red Square to the Left Bank, 1920-40, Routledge, 2007. I am the co-editor, with Rachel Mazuy, of the book Moscou-Caucase Été 1934. Lettres de voyage en URSS, Jean-Richard et Marguerite Bloch, CNRS Éditions, Paris, 2019. I am working on Soviet espionage in the 1920s-30s France and WWII-time relations between western intellectuals and the USSR.

As a researcher and educator of interpreters and interpreter users (particularly legal and courtroom), I have been a consultant and an invited speaker in Australian legal and judiciary bodies (Judicial Commission of NSW, Bar Association of NSW, National Judicial College of Australia, Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration) and overseas (ICTY, ICC, STL). I was commissioned by AusAID to design and deliver a suite of interpreting workshops for the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR (2005-2011).


My Qualifications

PhD, UNSW


My Awards

  • Recipient of the 2010 Dean's Award for teaching excellence
  • Recipient of the 2010 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • Recipient of the 2015 Dean’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning for the unit Doctors Working with Interpreters in Healthcare Settings – Inter-professional training model for medical students (with Professor Sandra Hale and Mr Sean Cheng)

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I am available to supervise HDR students in interpreting studies, including legal/court and medical interpreting.


Currently supervising

I am currently supervising

With Prof Sandra Hale:

  • Sophia Ra: Cross-cultural communication: A qualitative study of interpreter-mediated medical encounters between Korean patients and Australian doctors (PhD)

With Dr Stephen Doherty:

  • Xiaoyu Zhao: A multidimensional goal-oriented investigation of cognitive load and performance over time during simultaneous interpreting between English and Mandarin Chinese (PhD)
  • Hang Cui: An investigation of Mandarin-speaking interpreters' interactions with English-speaking legal participants in judicial and quasi-judicial settings (PhD)

Completed Research students:

  • Wong Wan Kei: The Role of Preparation using Case-related Materials in Court Interpreting (PhD)
  • Xu Han: Lawyers working with interpreters in Australia. Inter-professional relations, role boundaries and professionalism (PhD 2019)
  • Xin Liu: Fidelity in Consecutive Interpreting - A Contrastive Study between Expert and Novice Interpreters (PhD 2017)
  • Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya: The Formal Literary experiments in Contemporary Russian Poetry in the Context of European Literature techne (PhD 2011)

Recent PhD examination:

  • Adolpho Gentile A policy-focused examination of the establishment of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters in Australia, PhD thesis, Monash University, January 2018.
  • Clément Extier La mémoire à l’œuvre. Drieu La Rochelle et la construction du sens : l’homme et la Grande Guerre, PhD thesis, co-tutelle University of Sydney- University Lyon, December 2017. Report and viva examination (in French).
  • Mansour Amini, Conference interpreting in Malaysia: A Study of Users’, Interpreters’ and Clients’ Quality Expectation, PhD thesis, Universiti SainsMalaysia, August 2015.

My Engagement

  • Chair, NAATI Technical Reference Advisory Committee (2017- ongoing)
  • Director, National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters LTD (NAATI) Board of Directors (2010-16)
  • Education of interpreter users - lawyers and judiciary (Workers Compensation Commitssion, Mental Health tribunal, National Judicial College of Australia, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, International Criminal Court, Judicial Commission of NSW, DPP of NSW, Bar Association of NSW, etc.)
  • Consultant and researcher at the International courts and tribunals (International criminal tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Speicial tribunal for Lebanon (STL)
  • Member of the editorial Board of Australian Slavonic and East European Studies (ASEES), member of the international advisory board of The International Journal for Translation and Interpreting Research, member of the InDialog Advisory Committee (Berlin 2013).
  • Australia and NZ Slavists Association (ANZSA)
  • Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT)
  • Association d'études de Jean-Richard Bloch.
  • Reviewer and referee of submissions for the journals European History Quarterly, Journal of Jewish Identities, The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, ASEES, John Benjamins publishers.

Media coverage of research:

  • Invited speaker interviewed by the media, including ABC RN (24 April 2018), My grandmother the spy Tuesday 24 April 2018 at 11 am. The podcast is out on the ABC Radio National: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-history-listen/my-grandmother-the-spy/9575186
  • European Commission Directorate-General Interpretation, Interpreting in Domestic vs International Courtshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BJAQVGM7oM and Interpretation in international courts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RlgQOLR-6U (2013 and 2014)
  • Phillip Adams Late Night Live (2007), Damien Carrick Interpreters in the Courtroom, Law Report (2007 and 2009); World View, SBS Radio: The Role of the Judge, Training DVD, Judicial Commission of NSW and Australian Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Interpreting assignments include interpreting at the Sydney Writers’ Festival for the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (2006); annual conference interpreting for the UN Commission for the Conservation of the Marine Living Resources of Antarctica (CCAMLR, 1989-ongoing), Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties 50th meeting, the EU Commission for Standardisation of Food, Australian-Russian Business Forum, International Conference of Women Judges and other conferences

My Teaching

Having taught Russian Studies (1989-2004), Ludmila made a transition to teaching interpreting and translation. She currently teaches advanced interpreting courses in the Masters in Interpreting and Translation. She is a guest lecturer in European Studies.

Ludmila is a UNSW teaching summative peer reviewer (2017 - ongoing)

Postgraduate courses:

  • MODL5105 Conference Interpreting
  • MODL5117 Interpreting in International settings

Undergraduate course:
Blended learning multilingual multimedia course ARTS3330: Language Capstone: Introduction to Translation and Interpreting.

Postgraduate supervision (with Prof Sandra Hale):

  • Sophia Ra: Cross-cultural commuincation: A qualitative study of interpreter-mediated medical encounters between Korean patients and Australian doctors (PhD)
  • Wong Wan Kei: The Role of Preparation using Case-related Materials in Court Interpreting (PhD)

Completed Research students:

  • Xu Han: Lawyers working with interpreters in Australia. Inter-professional relations, role boundaries and professionalism (PhD 2019)
  • Xin Liu: Fidelity in Consecutive Interpreting - A Contrastive Study between Expert and Novice Interpreters (PhD 2017)
  • Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya: The Formal Literary experiments in Contemporary Russian Poetry in the Context of European Literature techne (PhD 2011)

Recent PhD examination:

  • Adolpho Gentile A policy-focused examination of the establishment of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters in Australia, PhD thesis, Monash University, January 2018.
  • Clément Extier La mémoire à l’œuvre. Drieu La Rochelle et la construction du sens : l’homme et la Grande Guerre, PhD thesis, co-tutelle University of Sydney- University Lyon, December 2017. Report and viva examination (in French).
  • Mansour Amini, Conference interpreting in Malaysia: A Study of Users’, Interpreters’ and Clients’ Quality Expectation, PhD thesis, Universiti Sains Malaysia, August 2015.
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Location

257 Morven Brown

Contact

9385 2382

Research Activities

This project aims to examine the ways judicial officers can improve courtroom communication and prevent miscommunication and error, particularly in criminal cases where speakers of the 'new and emerging' and Aboriginal languages are involved, and where interpreters receive limited or no specialised training. Using an innovative interdisciplinary approach, the project aims to generate new knowledge in examining the variations in judicial officers’ communications practice when working with interpreters, and their…

This ARC Linkage project investigates how juries and judicial officers respond to evidence mediated by an interpreter under several alternate conditions. Whether an interpreter reduces or augments this bias is an empirical question investigated. Using an experimental design, this multidisciplinary study will show how the location of the interpreter contributes to juror…