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Thursday, 13 March 2014 16:23

Translation Research for Industry and Governance, Leuven, Belgium

CFP: Translation Research for Industry and Governance, Leuven, Belgium:

DEADLINE: 31 March 2015

Keynotes: Jan Blommaert, Fred Hollowood, Tove Hansen Malloy. With the participation of Yves Gambier, Reine Meylaerts, Anthony Pym, Christina

Organized by: Centre for Translation Studies (CETRA), KU Leuven, ITN project Translation Research Training: An integrated and intersectoral model for Europe (TIME)

Research in the humanities is increasingly under pressure to justify its
applicability to real-world problems, if only to secure respectable funding.
Research on translation, interpreting and localization is no exception.
Academic projects are nowadays supposed to correspond in some way to needs
beyond the academic world. At the same time, however, the training of
researchers largely takes place within the walls of universities.

Here we are concerned with this problematic with respect to translation in a
wide sense, including all forms of interpreting, audiovisual translation,
localization and the use of translation technologies.

This conference will address issues including the following:

1. What kinds of interests do non-academic institutions (industry, NGOs,
governmental and intergovernmental institutions) have in research on
translation? What kind of research do they do on translation? What kind of
research would they like to be doing?

2. How can such institutions participate in academic research? How can they
assist in the training of researchers?

3. What arrangements can be made for funding, internships (³secondments²,
practicums, stages) for researchers?

4. What experiences have we had in cooperation between academic researchers
and non-academic institutions? Which have been positive? Which have been

5. What channels of communication are open between academic research
institutions and non-academic institutions? How can those channels be

6. What kinds of research projects merit or seek industry involvement but
are currently unable to find suitable partners? What kinds of industry
projects are unable to find partners within academic institutions?

7. How does Europe (particularly in view of the largely failed Lisbon
Strategy) compare with other parts of the world in this respect?

8. As academic research is pushed towards non-academic institutions, what
are the threats to our independence? Can we still voice radical critiques?

Proposals for 20-minute papers and posters are invited on these and related
issues. Proposals should be of about 500 words, including bibliography. They
should be submitted via EasyChair at Please do not submit
your proposals any other way.

We are particularly keen to attract representatives of non-academic
organizations, with a view to promoting contacts for future research

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2014

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 May 2014.

Conference fee:

The conference fee is 200 euros for non-students and 100 euros for students
enrolled in a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral program. The fee will help
cover catering for coffee breaks, lunches, and an evening reception.
(Further information will be provided on how to pay the fee and register for
the conference.)

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