Professor talks about teaching translation on R...

Professor talks about teaching translation on ‘MTSU On the Record’

The art and discipline of translation studies was the subject of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Mohammed Albakry, professor, Department of English and applied linguistics

Dr. Mohammed Albakry

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Mohammed Albakry, a professor in MTSU’s Department of English, first aired Jan. 29 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and You can listen to their conversation above.

Albakry co-hosts “On Translation,” a podcast that explores the act of translation from ancient times to the present, with Dr. Joseph McAlhany, a history professor at the University of Connecticut. The podcast is available at

WMOT Roots Radio-new logo-2017 web “Translation and the Intersection of Texts, Contexts and Politics: Historical and Sociological Perspectives,” a 2017 book edited by Albakry, is being used as a text in some graduate study programs.

In it, authors cover factors affecting translations in cultures ranging from early modern Europe to contemporary Peru and China.

Regrettably, Albakry said, translation tends to be taken for granted in the academic world.

logo for On Translation podcast with Dr. Mohammed Albakry of MTSU and Dr. Joseph McAlhany of the University of Connecticut“It is sometimes not considered a scholarly activity or a creative activity,” Albakry said. “It’s assumed to be a straightforward process moving from language A to language B. Joseph and I, in our podcast, among other things, we try to change that perception.”

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.