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Friday, 23 October 2020 20:29

Virtual conference: Translating Holocaust Testimony - A Conversation between Translation and Holocaust Studies, 10 November 2020

Our knowledge of the Holocaust has been shaped by texts that come to the English-and French-language worlds largely through translation. The crucial work of translation is rarely acknowledged, and yet the way the collective past is experienced and remembered is dependent on this process of linguistic and cultural transfer. Translation is much more than the mechanical substitution of one language for another: it involves a process of reframing as texts move from their original contexts to new ecologies of reception. Choices of style and tone, terms for historical references — these influence the effectiveness and readability of testimony and involve historical and ethical issues.

Translation is invoked broadly as a reflection on practices of transmission across distances of history, culture and gender and linked to imperatives of contemporary Holocaust education.

The conference is presented by the Azrieli Foundation, in partnership with Concordia University.

Registration: To register, click here.

Please view the pre-conference materials below in advance of the virtual conference. The relevant pre-conference materials will also be streamed via Zoom directly before each session.



9:00AM. Optional screening of pre-conference materials

10:30AM. Memory Across Languages

  • Peter Davies University of Edinburgh
  • Hannah Pollin-Galay Tel Aviv University
  • Naomi Seidman University of Toronto
  • Irene Kacandes Dartmouth College
  • Sherry Simon Concordia University

11:45AM. Optional screening of pre-conference materials

1:00PM. Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and the Mise-en-scène of Translation

  • Dorota Glowacka University of King’s College
  • Francine Kaufmann Bar-Ilan University
  • Rémy Besson Université de Montréal
  • Catherine Person Azrieli Foundation

Organization: Sherry Simon (Concordia University) and Catherine Person (Azrieli Foundation)


For more information, click here

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