Month: November 2015

Graduate Student Conference on Translation Studies

Call for papers: Graduate Student Conference on Translation Studies University of Massachusetts, Amherst

April 22-24, 2016

The graduate students in the Comparative Literature and Translation Studies Programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are pleased to announce the third biennial UMass Amherst Graduate Student Conference in Translation Studies, to be held on April 22-24, 2016.

This conference aims to provide a forum for emerging translators and researchers from diverse backgrounds and academic fields united by a common interest in translation and its broader applications.

We invite submissions of 200-300 word abstracts addressing topics in translation studies, taking into account the interface of text and context, language and culture.

Our aim is to foster interdisciplinary inquiry into the question of translation, and therefore welcome research and approaches addressing the intersection of translation with disciplines such as history, philosophy, sociology, linguistics, information technology, the natural sciences, and more. Translation is a tool for exchanging ideas, whether they be artistic, linguistic, cultural, technical, or theoretical. No discipline exists outside the boundaries of translation, and every discipline can benefit from it.

Key questions we hope to address include, but are not limited to:

  1. What can other disciplines offer us in the way of developing theories of translation?
  2. What role does translation play in shaping public opinion and cultural discourses?
  3. How does prior knowledge and personal experience influence how we translate?
  4. In what ways can non-Western translation traditions inform contemporary translation in theory and practice?
  5. How has translation shaped visions and images of particular literatures? To what extent do translators act as mediators between multiple cultural and literary traditions?
  6. How have history and power influenced translation and the reception of translated texts?
  7. What are the examples of experimental approaches toward translation and how can they enlarge translation studies?

We invite presentations of twenty minutes. Proposals are due January 31, 2016. Please submit by email to umasstranslationconference2016@gmail.com ​and please include the title of your presentation, your name, affiliation, and contact information. Participants will be notified of their acceptance in February.

New! Literary Translation Workshops in Prose and Poetry

We also invite submissions to our inaugural literary translation workshops, run by two established literary translators in the Pioneer Valley. The goal of these sessions is not only to discuss some of the particular challenges of translating literature, but also to revise and share your work in a comfortable and engaging workshop environment.

To apply to the Prose Workshop, please submit the following in a single document:

  • a one page single spaced cover letter describing the project, the original author and some of the challenges you have experienced while translating this text
  • no more than 8 pages double spaced of a current, unpublished translation project, preferably Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction
  • the corresponding source text

To apply to the Poetry Workshop, please submit the following in a single document:

  • a one page single spaced cover letter describing the project, the original author and some of the challenges you have experienced while translating this text
  • up to ten pages double spaced of a current unpublished poetry translation
  • the corresponding source text

Graduate students may submit to both the Conference and the Workshops. Please email translation submissions to: umasstranslationconference2016@gmail.com.

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