Valerie Henitiuk is Vice-President Academic and Provost at Concordia University of Edmonton (Canada), where she also holds an appointment as Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages. Previously, she has served as Executive Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence at MacEwan University (2013-2017) and as director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia (UK; 2007-2013). Following a PhD in Comparative Literature in 2005 from the University of Alberta (Canada), she went on to conduct research at Columbia University, supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship. Her research focuses primarily on Translation Studies, World Literature, Inuit Literature, Japanese Literature, and Women’s Writing.
Dr. Henitiuk’s work has been published in journals such as the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, META, Translation Studies, and TTR, and in collected volumes such as Teaching World Literature (MLA 2009), Thinking through Translation with Metaphors (St Jerome 2010), and Translating Women (University of Ottawa Press 2011). Her books include Embodied Boundaries, on liminal metaphor in women’s writing in English, French and Japanese (2007); Worlding Sei Shônagon: The Pillow Book in Translation (2012); a co-edited collection of short stories by women from India’s Orissa province (2010; a new, fully revised edition appeared in 2016); and a co-edited volume of critical essays on the work of W.G. Sebald (founder of the BCLT; 2013). She served as editor of Translation Studies from 2012-2017.
Major awards include the Kokugakuin University Visiting Researcher Prize (2002-3), the Izaak Walton Killam Scholarship and the Dorothy J. Killam Memorial Prize (2003), the Governor-General’s Gold Medal (2005), the inaugural SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Prize (2005), and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2010-11). Her current research on and translation of Inuit literature is supported by an Insight Development Grant from SSHRC.