"As the biggest non-profit international organization for professional translators, interpreters and terminologists working for the wellbeing of the international community, FIT in 2012 will continue to build bridges among diverse cultures and facilitate intercultural communication that creates prosperity and cultural enrichment for all.
In his new book Language: The Cultural Tool (2012), Professor Daniel Everett argues that language is a tool to solve a common human problem – the need to communicate efficiently and effectively. Indeed, one of the most important activities that help people of diverse ethnic origins and different political and cultural backgrounds to communicate is translation, a distinctive feature of which is the crossing of the boundaries between Self and the linguistic and cultural Other. In other words, translation, as intercultural communication, is a means of transporting the ways of life, customs, attitudes, mindsets and values of one particular culture across time and space to another culture or other cultures.
Facilitated by the major changes and shifts in the global economy, culture and information technology in the last three decades, we now have a radically altered linguistic, socio-political and cultural context for intercultural communication. If “to be or not to be ... global” is hardly a question for people and nations in the contemporary era, then “to live or not to live … in translation” is no longer an option but a reality of our everyday life.
As brokers of peace and mutual understanding, FIT members will, in various ways and through different channels, celebrate International Translation Day (ITD) 2012 with the theme of “Translation as Intercultural Communication”."
Read the full text of the press release: International Federation of Translators (ITD) 2012 Press Release