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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 11:22

Call for Papers: APTIS 2019, Newcastle University (23-24 November 2019)

Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting Studies,

UK and Ireland


Newcastle University, 23–24 November 2019

APTIS 2019 - ‘Inside the Academy/Outside the Academy’

As the UK and Ireland’s Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting Studies, our ambition is to improve the quality of learning and teaching as well as research on translation and interpreting programmes at HE institutions. To achieve this ambition, we encourage scholarly research ‘inside the Academy’ while supporting current and future professionals ‘outside the Academy’ by providing a forum where academics, professional organisations and stakeholders can exchange best practice – across and beyond the Academy.

Following the success of our 1st Annual Conference in Aston University in November 2018, our 2nd Annual Conference will act as a platform from which to enable translator and interpreter trainers, professionals and academics alike, to exchange ideas about the interaction and, sometimes, the tension between the academy and the world beyond (23-24 November 2019, Newcastle University). We would therefore like to invite proposals for papers, panels and hands-on workshops that look at the ways in which teaching and learning connects, or indeed, might connect, structures and concerns within the university setting with structures and concerns from outside that setting. Can we go beyond the dichotomy “Inside the Academy/Outside the Academy” in the UK and/or Irish contexts? Particular areas of interest include:

  • University/industry partnerships in training (e.g. industry trainers working with the Academy, or visits by academics to industry players to learn more about them);
  • Industry-inspired teaching in the classroom (e.g. how elements from the ‘outside’ feed into university teaching by helping create, for instance, simulated or life-like environments);
  • Relationships between university programmes (or lecturers or students) and the local language communities surrounding the university;
  • The potential impact of current ‘outside’ societal issues (which may include current debates on racism, sexism, (in)equality, etc.) on pedagogical approaches ‘inside’ the translation/interpreting classroom;
  • The transition from university programmes into careers (academic or non-academic) and how we support them before, during and after;
  • The transition back to university for students who spent time working in T&I outside the academy (free-lance experience, Year Abroad internship etc.);
  • Work placements or internship programmes as part of study;
  • Issues with recruiting etc.

This conference is open to non-UK/Irish academics and proposals on general translator and interpreter training practices are welcome too. However, the main focus of the conference remains TIS teaching and training in the UK and Ireland; the scientific committee will take this into consideration when reviewing proposals.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Don Kiraly, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz;
  • Prof. Cecilia Wadensjö, Stockholm University


APTIS invites proposals for 20-minute papers, 20-minute hands-on workshops and 2-hour panels for its 2nd Annual Conference. Proposals should be submitted via EasyChair. You should follow this link, create an account attach a document with the following information:


Title, author’s name and affiliation, email address, abstract (300 words max.), 5 keywords, author biodata (100 words max.), audio-visual requirements.


Title of the panel, name of panel coordinator, e-mail and affiliation, and summary of panel.

Title of all individual papers, name, e-mail and affiliation of all the members on the panel, summary (300 words max.), each author’s biodata (100 words max.) and audio-visual requirements.


Title, presenter’s name and affiliation, email address, abstract (400-500 words approximately, including whether any previous working knowledge or experience is expected from participants in advance, if and when applicable), 5 keywords, presenter’s biodata (100 words max.), audiovisual and software requirements.

Deadline: The deadline for sending proposals is 31 May 2019

Further Information:

For more information about APTIS’s 2nd Annual Conference, please email the organisers on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check our website for regular updates:

For more information on how an Irish or UK University can JOIN APTIS (annual institutional membership fee for Universities is currently set at £155 per annum) please contact directly:

APTIS President Dr JC Penet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or

APTIS Secretary Dr Anne Stokes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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