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Edward Clay

After a very successful online conference in 2021, we look forward to welcoming you back to Berlin from 7 – 9 November 2022 for the 14th edition of Languages & The Media, the International Conference and Exhibition on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media.

Languages & The Media 2022 will be held at Radisson Blu Hotel, which has been our home for the past decade. We are pleased to return to it and enjoy our traditional workshops, presentations, panels and networking with good old-fashioned face-to-face interaction with all of you.

We have certainly ridden not one but multiple waves of discovery and discussion since we last met in person. The streaming revolution has continued strong and is still picking up pace, as original content is exploding, especially in languages other than English, with renewed attention paid to inclusion and diversity, as well as accessibility for all. Workflows and tools have moved entirely to the cloud, to enable more remote connections as home-working has become the new norm in the post-pandemic world, while automation is being applied at every step of the production chain. From online platforms that support better media and project management, to language technologies aimed at augmenting translators’ capabilities with more tools under their belt, to sound and VFX-type technologies used to recreate performances in any language one can imagine, new tech solutions for the media and entertainment sector keep springing up one after the other - with a strong influx of funding to boost their development. 

2020 was the year that dubbing got disrupted and a host of new software applications and solutions appeared in the market, bringing this popular audiovisual translation practice closer to its cinephile cousin, subtitling. The perennial question of whether to dub or to sub was asked anew in 2021 and the answer was a resounding ‘both’, as viewers around the world got reacquainted with the art of media localization. As with other topics that make global headlines, be it a new vaccine or the quality of translation in a top grossing show, everyone has an opinion. If there was ever a time for the creative media localization experts to escape the invisibility of their profession and tell the world their story, it is now.

Deadline for submissions: 14 February 2022

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Scholars from Translation Studies and other disciplines (such as Sociology or Communication Studies) are increasingly becoming more interested in the multi-faceted and thought-provoking topic of interpreting and translation provided by non-professionals of any age and background, with or without remuneration, under a variety of circumstances, and for a wide spectrum of reasons. Non-professional interpreting and translation (NPIT) are widespread enough to allow us to see translation and interpreting not only as recognized and established professions but also as a ubiquitous social practice of much-needed mediation. In this context, one might attempt to investigate NPIT not merely as an opposite, and perhaps problematic, or even renegade, pole to professional mediation, but as ‘unstated’ mediation. NPIT presents an acceptable practice, which, however, remains less visible and less appreciated not only by professionals and society in general but even by non-professional interpreters and translators themselves.

Delving into the ethical aspects of NPIT would provide perhaps one of the most inclusive categories which can act as a generic framework for investigating the forms it can take and its repercussions for all ‘sides’ involved. More specifically, the NPIT6 Conference at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia will attempt to explore the ethical questions arising from the ‘unstated’ character of NPIT. In so doing, NPIT6 aims to align itself with contemporary research trends and continue the fruitful discussions of the previous NPIT conferences, from the ‘natal’ one at the University of Bologna/Forlì in 2012, through to NPIT2 in Mainz/Germersheim (2014), NPIT3 in Zurich (2016), NPIT4 in Stellenbosch (2018), and NPIT5 in Amsterdam & Utrecht (2021). In the 2023 conference, emphasis is placed on the status and conceptualization of NPIT, as well as on ethical questions regarding not only NPIT itself but also professional interpreting and translation, their role in society, and their possible impact on the very notions of mediation and professional identity.

The 6th International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation (NPIT6) Organizing Committee invites proposals for presentations on any theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological aspect of research related to the conference theme. For all proposals, the official conference language is English.

Three categories of proposals will be considered: (i) individual presentations, (ii) panels, and (iii) posters. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ethics and professional identity
  • Mapping NPIT
  • Ethical models of mediation
  • Conceptualizations of ethical conduct by professional and non-professional mediators
  • Human crises, conflict situations, and ad hoc translation and/or interpreting
  • Adult/child language and cultural brokering / Family interpreting
  • Non-professional vs professional community translation and interpreting settings (NGOs, asylum-seeking, health care, community and social care, courts, and police)
  • Non-professional translation and/or interpreting within other professional contexts (teaching, journalism, business communication, etc.)
  • Information technologies and machine translation
  • Natural/native translation and interpreting
  • Non-professional church/religious interpreting and/or translation
  • Non-professional interpreting and/or translation for the media
  • Non-professional sign language interpreting
  • Stakeholder perspectives on non-professional interpreters and translators
  • Training for non-professional interpreters and translators
  • Integration of non-professional mediators into professional communities

Deadline for proposals: 18 September 2022

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The conference participants will be addressed by keynote speakers followed by conference sections bringing together researchers in: 

  • linguistics (various aspects in linguistics and translation), 
  • terminology (with emphasis on specialized biology lexis and terminology), 
  • language technology and 
  • lexicography.


Researchers on similar topics related to linguistic diversity, terminology, and statistics are also welcome to apply.

Deadline for abstracts: 31 July 2022

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Artificial intelligence is changing and will continue to change the world we live in. These changes are also influencing the translation market. Machine translation (MT) systems automatically transfer one language to another within seconds. However, MT systems are very often still not capable of producing perfect translations. To achieve high quality translations, the MT output first has to be corrected by a professional translator. This procedure is called post-editing (PE). PE has become an established task on the professional translation market. The aim of this text book is to provide basic knowledge about the most relevant topics in professional PE. The text book comprises ten chapters on both theoretical and practical aspects including topics like MT approaches and development, guidelines, integration into CAT tools, risks in PE, data security, practical decisions in the PE process, competences for PE, and new job profiles.

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The European Association for Machine Translation (EAMT) invites everyone interested in machine translation and translation-related tools and resources ― developers, researchers, users, translation and localization professionals and managers ― to participate in this conference.

Driven by the state of the art, the research community will demonstrate their cutting-edge research and results. Professional machine translation users will provide insight into successful MT implementation of machine translation (MT) in business scenarios as well as implementation scenarios involving large corporations, governments, or NGOs. Translation studies scholars and translation practitioners are also invited to share their first-hand MT experience, which will be addressed during a special track.

Deadline for abstracts: 25 March 2022

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This dynamic collection synthesizes and critically reflects on epistemological challenges and developments within Cognitive Translation and Interpreting Studies, problematizing a range of issues. These critical essays provide a means of encouraging further development by grounding new theories, stances, and best practices.

The volume is a clear marker of a maturing discipline, as decades of empirical study and methodological innovation provide the backdrop for critique and debate. The volume exemplifies tendencies toward convergence and difference, while at the same time pushing against disciplinary boundaries and structures. Constructs such as expertise and process are explored, and different theories of cognition are brought to the table. A number of chapters consider what it might mean for translation to be a form of situated, or 4EA cognition, while others query interdisciplinary relationships of foundational importance to the field. Issues of methodology are also addressed in terms of their underlying philosophical assumptions and implications.

This book will be of interest to scholars working at the intersection of translation and cognition, in such fields as translation studies, cognitive science, psycholinguistics, semiotics, and philosophy of science.

This anthology brings the key writings on translation in Arabic in the pre-modern era, extending from the earliest times (sixth century CE) until the end of World War I, to a global English-speaking audience. The texts are arranged chronologically and organized by two historical periods: the Classical Period, and the Nahda Period. Each text is preceded by an introduction about the selected text and author, placing the work in context, and discussing its significance.

The texts are complemented with a theoretical commentary, discussing the significance for the contemporary period and modern theory. A general introduction covers the historical context, main trends, research interests, and main findings and conclusions. The two appendices provide statistical data of the corpus on which the anthology is based, more than 500 texts of varying lengths extending throughout the entire period of study. This collection contributes to the development of a more inclusive and global history of translation and interpreting.

Translated, edited, and analyzed by leading scholars, this anthology is an invaluable resource for researchers, students, and translators interested in translation studies, Arab/Islamic history, and Arabic language and literature, as well as Islamic theology, linguistics, and the history of science.

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The theme of the 2022 KäTu Symposium is Translator’s Image. With this theme, we wish to shed light on different images of translators/interpreters and translation/interpreting, whether viewed by ourselves or others. What does the work of translators and interpreters look like today? What did it look like in the past? What will it look like in the future? Who defines the image of translators and interpreters, and what kinds of factors affect it? How is translation perceived from outside the profession? The theme also encompasses the relationship between translation and visual elements, from accessibility to audio-visual translation and intersemiotic transfer.

The theme may be approached from various perspectives, including the following:

– The professional image and visibility of translators and interpreters (in real-world contexts and in fiction; in contemporary and historical contexts)

– Future visions of translation/interpreting and translator/interpreter education: inspiration, innovation, threats

– In-depth perspectives on and broad overviews of translation (everyday practices; perceptions, networks, theories)

– The role of images and visual elements in translation (audio-visual translation, translation of children’s literature, instruction manuals etc.; accessibility of images)

– Intersemiotic translation: from visual to verbal (including audio description) or from verbal to visual

– Figurative language and metaphors in and of translation.

In keeping with established KäTu tradition, presentations and posters on other topics related to translation and interpreting are also welcome.

Deadline for submissions: 17 January 2022

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The higher education community of Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland’s second largest multidisciplinary higher education institution, places its faith in the human potential and in scientific knowledge. In this community of 35.000 people, leading specialists are addressing pressing global issues, inspired by the challenge of making changes in the world. The spearheads of our research and learning are technology, health and society.

We are now seeking an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the field of translation in creative industries. 

The position is located in the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences.The Languages Unit explores the intricacies of human interaction and communication in and across different languages. The research conducted in the Unit examines the functions of language in society and the challenges of cultural and linguistic diversity. In translation studies, we are known for a longstanding tradition of sociological approaches to translation, and our current research also focuses on the intersections of multimodality, accessibility and inclusion.

The Degree Programme in Languages provides students with in-depth expertise in the areas of language, literature and translation. After a BA in Finnish, English, Russian, German or Nordic languages (with a possibility to minor in French or Spanish), students can choose to major in multilingual communication and translation studies. The MA programme offers a wide array of research-based specialisations in translating and interpreting, from translation technology to creative translation. 

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated and accomplished scholar who will be an active and innovative co-builder of the research and teaching in the area of translation in creative industries.  We are looking for expertise and innovative research initiatives in areas such as translation in/of performative arts, multilingual and multimodal media practices and audiovisual translation, intersemiotic translation, accessibility in cultural life, transcreation, or literary translation. 

In addition to a strong research profile in translation studies, we appreciate experience from cross-disciplinary approaches to research.  For an applicant keen to explore new avenues of research, the faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences offers a unique multidisciplinary environment. Research groups working on areas such as robotics, virtual and augmented reality, multimodal genres (games, visual journalism, audio description etc.), usability and accessibility issues create a vibrant community for interdisciplinary collaboration.  We appreciate a demonstrated ability or willingness to utilize these opportunities in your research.

In addition to scientific research in this position you are expected to lead, conduct and develop research-led teaching, curriculum development and student supervision, seek, win and manage research funding and engage with external stakeholders.  

Deadline for applications: 20/12/21

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Administrative unit:

  • Department of Translation Studies

Extent of employment:

  • 20 hours per week

Job Description:

In this position you will carry out high level research and specialise in a particular field. You will hold your own lectures, tutor students and participate in administration.

Euraxess: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/platforms/jobs/139/PHIL-KULT-12248

Job profile:

The description associated with this job duties and requirements can be found at:
https://www.uibk.ac.at/universitaet/profile-wiss-personal/post-doc.html

Salary:

The minimum gross salary (stipulated by collective agreement) for this position amounts to € 1.973 per month (14 times)*. Furthermore, the university has numerous attractive offers (https://www.uibk.ac.at/universitaet/zusatzleistungen/).

*as of 2021

Application:

We are looking forward to receiving your online application by 02.12.2021.

The University of Innsbruck emphasizes equal opportunities and diversity in its personnel policy.

The University of Innsbruck strives to increase the percentage of women and thus expressly encourages women to apply. This is particularely true for leading positions and scientific job offers. In case of underrepresentation women with the same qualifications will be given priority.

Following Austrian disability legislation, qualified persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

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