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Thursday, 19 July 2012 15:23

First Durham Postgraduate Colloquium

“Theoretical Frameworks and Methodologies: Research in Translation Studies”

25 January 2013 - Durham University, UK


The Centre for Intercultural Mediation of Durham University is pleased to announce the first Postgraduate Colloquium.


Keynote speaker: Ubaldo Stecconi, ‘What is a PhD in Translation Studies?’, European Commission, Belgium.


Venue: The Penthouse Suite of Collingwood College, Durham University, Durham, UK

Date:            25 January 2013

Times:          9:00-17:00


From J. Holmes’s paper of 1978 to G. Toury’s work on defining Descriptive Translation Studies of 1995, the last forty years of research in Translation Studies has often been focused on research methodology and systematization of knowledge.
The colloquium intends to be an opportunity for peers, MA candidates and PhD researchers, to share their views on the methodology of research they are adopting for testing the hypothesis of their original research ideas and innovative investigations. The primary focus of the colloquium is on the methodological issues faced when setting up an original piece of research in Translation Studies. What are we studying? How are we studying it? What are the technical challenges of our research methodologies and our data collection? What are our concerns regarding data reliability? How do interdisciplinary methodologies contribute to shaping and changing our research focus?
The fast pace at which the field of Translation Studies has developed in the last twenty years makes it almost an anomaly in Arts and Humanities as much of the research currently carried out under the umbrella term of Translation Studies adopts an increasing number of approaches from a spectrum of disciplines including the social sciences and computing sciences. Constructing a sound methodology is the aim of all research postgraduates and this colloquium intends to provide a forum for debate with peers and experts,offering the opportunity to share approaches and concerns with an impact which goes beyond individual research projects.
Papers should engage with issues of methodology in the widest possible sense. Papers are expected to last 15 minutes so as to have 10 minutes for questions. Papers can only be accepted in English. The convenors are Denise Filmer and Sarah Weaver of Durham University, UK.
A Scientific Committee will be involved in the selection of the papers for the conference. To submit a paper to the conference, please email both Denise Filmer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sarah Weaver This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. providing:
- A 200-word abstract
- 5 keywords
- Affiliation (university or company for independent researchers)
- E-mail address
- 100 word bio-note
The papers of the colloquium will be assessed to put together a book proposal for a special edition of InTRAlinea. The selected papers for inclusion will be expanded into 5,000-6,000-word chapters, including bibliographies, discussing the topic presented at the colloquium.
Fixed registration fees for speakers and non-speakers: £10 GBP (pays for catering expenses). Registration fees will be payable by cheque (in pounds) and credit card.
25 November 2012: Deadline for submission of abstracts
6 December 2012: Notification of acceptance
7 December 2012: Provisional programme online
7 December 2013: Registration opens
14 January 2013: Registration closes.
Please feel free to circulate this call for papers to colleagues who may be interested.
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