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Thursday, 06 March 2014 15:36

Translation and the Third Reich

Call for Papers: International conference, Humboldt University Berlin. Berlin December 5/6, 2014. 
Although searches for “Translation and Power” and “Translation and Censorship” do come 
up with some articles relating to the translation processes during and immediately after the 
fall of the so-called Third Reich, they are few and far between. The few articles published 
suggest that little research has been done in this field from the point of view of translation 
studies. Translation and interpreting are actions within discourse. A period of drastic change 
in discourse and value systems, such as took place between 1933 and 1949, was bound to 
have had a major impact on translation. Alongside general academic interest in researching 
this period from the point of view of translation studies, the following specific issues arise: 
how did translation function within the forced discourse changes under National Socialism? 
How did translation function in the service of National Socialism? Who were the 
stakeholders, decision makers, mediators and gate keepers of the new "values" and how 
much leeway did they have? What happened after the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945? Is 
this a period that can provide new insights into the historiography of translation? The 
conference provides a platform and forum for scholars who are engaged with these 
questions. 
 
Key topics: 
· Translation in the service of National Socialism 
· Translation and (foreign) policy 
· Translation during the Second World War (within the system of forced labour, the 
military / the 'Wehrmacht' / the Allied Forces) 
· Literary translations and translators 
· Subversive translation 
· Translations by victims 
· Translators who were persecuted, silenced and forgotten 
· Translation and resistance 
· Translation in the occupied zones in the post-war era 
 Further suggestions are welcome ! 
 

Conference programme

December 4. 5 pm: arrival and welcome
December 5. 10 am to 6 pm: sessions
December 6. 10 am to 1 pm: sessions. Optional sightseeing tour of Berlin – please let us know if
you wish to book the tour.

Conference languages are English and German
Speaking time: 20 minutes; discussion: 10 minutes

Conference papers will be published in the Transkulturalität – Translation – Transfer series,
Publishing House Frank & Timme Berlin.

Dates

Submission of abstracts (max 1 page): 15 May 2014
Conference programme: available from 1 July 2014 (web site to be announced)
Submission of print manuscripts: 31 July 2015

Accommodation and Registration

A limited number of rooms are available (without breakfast) at the Humboldt University's guest
house. Adresse: Gästehaus der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Ziegelstraße 13a/b, 10117 Berlin.
Prices: € 40 to 45 per night.
Other hotels on request.
Registration:

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via fax: Sabine Lefèvre, Fax-Nr. +49-30-20935171
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Conference fee: € 50 (payable in cash upon arrival).

Submission of abstracts: in electronic format (word)
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Organizers

Dr. Elisabeth Gibbels (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philosophische Fakultät II):
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Prof. Dr. Dörte Andres (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz/Germersheim, FB 06: Translations-,
Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft:
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Univ.-Prof.Dr. Larisa Schippel (Universität Wien, Zentrum für Translationswissenschaft):
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Contact

Sabine Lefèvre (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philosophische Fakultät II):
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Julia Richter (Universität Wien, Zentrum für Translationswissenschaft):
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