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Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:41

Translation and Interpreting Forum Olomouc 2011: "Teaching Translation and Interpreting Skills in the 21st Century"

Department of English and American Studies, Translation and Interpreting  Section, Philosophical Faculty of Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic

November 11-12, 2011


As a result of the significant changes of the last decade (accelerating globalisation, accession of new countries to the European Union, rapid developments in the IT area, to name just a few) the requirements of the translation and interpreting market have shifted. This poses several important questions: What is the future of the translation and interpreting trade in the 21st century? Whether and how should these changes be reflected in training future translators and interpreters? Is there a need for the university educators to redefine the postulates of the respective academic study programmes?


The conference is intended as an open forum to discuss the above-mentioned issues. Invitation to participate in the discussion is extended to all parties concerned: academics (teachers and students), professional translators and interpreters, trade organisations and professional institutions, agencies providing language services "in-house" language departments of transnational corporations, companies developing support tools and technology, et cetera.


We welcome papers and presentations which will consider the following topics (as well as those that address related questions):

  •   theoretical and practical issues of teaching translation and interpreting skills 
  •   translation as an art vs. translation as a commercial enterprise - disparate paths?
  • the interpreter as a language service provider, or more?
  •  new technologies and their usage possibilities, potentials and limits
  • labour market developments and the demands on graduates of T&I study programmes
  • cooperation of educational institutions with representatives of business and commerce
  • forms of cooperation between clients and language service providers

The deadline for paper/presentation abstracts is September 16, 2011. The contributions should be presented either in English (preferred) or in Czech.


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