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John Patrick Leech

Associate Professor

Department of Interpreting and Translation

Academic discipline: L-LIN/12 Language and Translation - English

Curriculum vitae


Degree in European History in 1980 at the University of Kent at Canterbury (GB). Masters in European History at the University of Sussex and subsequently a DPhil in history from the same university.

Academic career

Taught as a Lector in English Language at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bologna, from 1983 to 1992. Became a contract professor at the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators and then in 1995 a researcher in the L-LIN/12 area (English language). In 2005 became Associate Professor at the Department of Interpretation and Translation (formerly SSLMIT).


From 1992 to 1999, professor of English language on the preparatory course for the competitive exam for the diplomatic service, later the Masters in International Relations at the University of Bologna and the International Sociology Department of Gorizia.

From 1995, regular teaching on a number of different courses (English language, English Language and Culture, Translation from Italian to English, Museum Communication, English for Interpreters) on the degree courses of the Department of Interpreting and Translation.

Has also taught modules in contemporary British history and organized a number of seminars on areas of research interest.

Research activity

Principal areas of research are cultural studies and English language, with a particular focus on Irish history and culture, on migration and public memory. Visiting professor at University College Dublin in 2002 and Dublin City University in 2008. Period of research at McGill University (Montreal) in 2003. Numerous translations from Italian into English in particular in the areas of history and economics. Since 2013 collaboration with the International Centre for Study and Documentation on Youth Culture of Trieste.

Institutional Activity

President of the Teaching Commission of the SSLMIT from 2005 to 2009. Previously member of the Teaching Committee of the Doctorate in Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies and responsibility for a number of Socrates exchanges between Bologna University and universities in Great Britain, as well as Overseas exchanges.

He is currently Delegate of the University for Multilingualism and Interculturality.

Other institutional activity

From 2009 to 2014, City Councillor of Forlì with responsibility for Culture and International Relations. Responsible for libraries, museums, theatre and music and a number of European projects, in particular in Territorial Cooperation.

From 2013 to 2016, President of the ATRIUM international association (Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes in Europe’s Urban Memory), cultural route recognized by the Council of Europe with 14 members in 6 different countries (see ).  At present member of the Scientific Committe of ATRIUM.

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