Across Borders: Translation and Migration
Date: 17 May 2013
Location: 2.18, 65-68 Park Place
Postgraduate Conference Call for papers
This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the multifaceted nature of translation studies and how its framework can be employed by other disciplines to develop new perspectives. Apart from a discussion of translation proper, which is translating a text from a language to another, the aim of this event is also to encourage a debate around the possibilities which lie beyond this definition, and to take into consideration other possible meanings of the term translation. The role of translation, for example, is key to postcolonial discourse as it captures the 'in-betweenness' of the migration experience. Therefore, the conference will engage with concepts of cultural identity, transnationalism, diaspora and multiculturalism but also with practices of cultural translation (travel narratives, migrant writing, cultural performances and representations) which involve the negotiation of languages, values, and narratives across cultures.
The aim of the conference is to bring together post-graduate students and young scholars from different disciplines working on questions of translation and transnationalism as well as interpreters and cultural heritage professionals from multilingual contexts to share research and practice. Students attending this conference will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with the keynote speaker, Professor Susan Bassnett (Warwick University) one of the founding scholars of Translation Studies.
Keynote speaker, Prof Edwin Gentzler (UMASS, USA) this talk will be the 16th of May, at 17:00.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Boundaries, identity and gender
- Multiculturalism / Interculturalism: discourses and practices
- Diasporic movements and trasnationalism: borders in translation
- Migration, literature and translation
- Adaptation - Multilingualism
- The interplay between lingua franca, indigenous languages and immigrant languages
Please send abstracts of 250 words and a 50 word biography to Mirona Moraru by 20 March 2013. The length of each talk will be 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions.
The conference will be conducted in English, all abstracts should be in English.