Cultural Translation ends 2009 on a high note
Friday, December 18, 2009
Professor Mieke Bal - the keynote speaker
The Cultural Translation conference held at Cardiff University on 11 December was opened by keynote speaker Professor Mieke Bal of Amsterdam University, who’s paper ‘Lost in space’ addressed key issues in migration, diaspora and cultural identity.
Over the day six sessions saw eleven papers delivered based upon the conference theme of cultural translation, by an international audience of scholars, practitioners and academics.
The conference was co-hosted by Cardiff University’s Schools of ‘Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies’ (JOMEC) and ‘European Studies’ (EUROS) and represented the highlight of a year’s events organised by JOMEC’s ‘Race, Representation & Cultural Identity’* research group under the title of ‘Postcolonial Ethnicity, Visuality & Cultural Politics’.
Paul Bowman, the research group’s director and conference organiser said “The conference has been a great experience for all; all of the panels were of an extremely high standard of scholarship, and the whole event was bookended by significant and I suspect even paradigm-shifting contributions to our understanding of cultural translation”.
Each of the panels examined areas where matters of linguistic translation come into contact with questions of community and cultural politics, each applying and exploring the notion of cultural translation in different senses and contexts, from the translation of texts across various locations of transnational popular culture to those of communities in migration.
* Please note that from August 2010 the 'Race, Representation and Cultural Identity' group became the 'Race, Representation and Cultural Politics' group
Conference images on Flickr The school's Flickr site
Paul Bowman - Conference organiser and Director of the 'Race, Representation & Cultural Politics Research' Group
www.miekebal.org - The website of Professor Mieke Bal