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Research interests

My research focus lies in the area of sign language interpreting and translation and, particularly, translation between written and signed texts, combining my interests in multimodal translation, Deaf literacy practices, social approaches to translation and qualitative, ethnographic and participatory methodologies, as well as addressing my more general motivation to encourage exchange between signed and spoken/written language translation, and translation and interpreting scholarship.

Roles & Responsibilities

Heriot-Watt Programme Director of the European Master's in Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI)


PhD in Languages, Heriot-Watt University

MSc in Translation Studies (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh

BA (Hons) British Sign Language / English Interpreting and Linguistics

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language Social Sciences
literacy Social Sciences
interpreter Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
research method Social Sciences
legislation Social Sciences
multimodality Social Sciences
event Social Sciences

Research Output 2007 2018

From Writing to Sign: An investigation of the impact of text modalities on translation

Wurm, S., 2018, In : Translation and Interpreting Studies. 13, 1, p. 130-149 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
text analysis
Open Access
research method
public health

Interpreter Training, University

Wurm, S. & Dean, R. K., 2016, The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. Gertz, G. & Boudreault, P. (eds.). Sage

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

All framed: Media perceptions of signed language interpreting on Chinese television

Zhao, X., Wurm, S. & Turner, G. H., 28 Mar 2014

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Guardian Social & Community Impact Award Winner

Graham H. Turner (Recipient), Gary Quinn (Recipient), Jemina Napier (Recipient), Jordan Fenlon (Recipient), Stacey Webb (Recipient) & Svenja Wurm (Recipient), 29 Mar 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2007 2013

  • 8 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Editorial activity

Title 2, Take 4’: An Exploration of the Concept “Translation” in a Sign Language Context

Wurm, S. (Invited speaker)
13 Mar 2013

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Gebärdensprachübersetzung [Sign Language Translation]

Wurm, S. (Invited speaker)
12 May 2012

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

EdSign Lecture Series

Wurm, S. (Organiser)
Sep 2012Sep 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Finding the Bones for the Skeleton: A Case of Developing Sign Language Translation Practices

Wurm, S. (Invited speaker)
10 Feb 201111 Feb 2011

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Sign Language Translation: Insights into a new field

Wurm, S. (Invited speaker)
21 Jan 2009

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk