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Edward Clay

The “International Working Group on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages” (WGNDV) is delighted to organise the "9th international conference on Pluricentric Languages and their Non-Dominant Varieties". This conference will be hosted by the Austrian German Association (Graz, Austria).  In the light of health concerns and the restrictions in international travelling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will have to be held online.


This conference builds on the results of previous eight conferences and workshops held in Graz (2011), Salamanca (2012), Guilford (2014), Graz (2015), Münster (2017), Nitra (2018), Graz (2019) and Stockholm (2019) as can be seen in the eight published volumes (see website), explored the field, defined the scientific terminology associated with the descriptions of pluricentricity, described the current situation of non-dominant standards in languages of four continents and discussed sociological, educational and cultural implications of managing language standard systems.
The main objective of the 9th WGNDV-conference is to further deepen the already available knowledge about pluricentric languages and to welcome scholars from all over the world to provide an insight into the linguistic situation and the specific characteristics of as many pluricentric languages and their varieties as possible.

Deadline for submissions: June 15 2021

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Editor-in-chief: Aleksandra Matulewska

Guest editor: Anne Wagner & Aleksandra Matulewska

Co-editor: Paula Trzaskawka

'Our rationale skillfully critiques the interdisciplinary fields of culture, law and legal translation with the help of well-established researchers. This work brings together innovative research themes in order to unveil topics that are still under explora tion internationally, but whose complementarities seem highly necessary to discuss the idea of The Evil Twins and their Silent Otherness in Law and Legal Translation. Our research fields cover the foundation of law meaning and law making in legal translation providing an even more solid bedrock when it comes to analyzing specific spaces and their translation issues, either in China or within the Court of Justice of the European Union.'

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The publication of the latest JoSTrans thematic issue is always something to be celebrated. But to do so at the close of one of the most difficult years many of us will have known, represents all the more significant an achievement. 2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenge, but it has also been a year in which we have witnessed the emergence of new ways of working and new ways of thinking, and this is evident in the fresh and forward-looking content we commit to you in this latest round of publications.

This thematic issue, edited by Francis Mus and Sarah Neelsen, and entitled ‘Translation and plurisemiotic practices’ is both a salient appraisal of what has come before, but also an important glimpse into the future of the field. In these times of unprecedented difficulty, the production of this special issue is testament to the continued commitment of colleagues to the field.

Together with detailed introductions from editors Francis Mus and Sarah Neelsen, this issue engages with translation in its widest understanding, and across eight articles includes contributions on translation and its multiple connections with art and visual culture, performance art, and live performance in its various forms. Articles from Yves Gambier, Saulė Juzelėnienė and Saulé Petroniené, and from Ayelet Kohn and Rachel Weissbrod, investigate translational manifestations in visual culture, with case studies of mural painting and modern art respectively, while articles by Kerstin Hausbei and Vanessa Montesi consider translation and its relationship with adaptation. Hausbei explores the movement from Viennese popular theatre to mimodrama, and Vanessa Montesi investigates the translation of a sixteenth-century painting into modern day performance art. The remainder of the issue’s contributions coalesce around the question of live performance. Lucile Desblache considers the relationship between translation and live music on stage, while Nina Reviers, Hanne Roofthooft, and Aline Remael address the role of audio introductions in the context of contemporary stage performance, and Thora Tenbrink and Kate Lawrence examine translation processes at work in a multimodal stage adaptation of children’s drawings. A final contribution from Hao Lin sheds important light on the plurisemiotic practice of signed Chinese poetry.

The issue concludes with seven book reviews, and two interviews, one with Lucile Desblache and the other with Julie Chateauvert

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Given the success of the previous conferences, the 12th edition of the conference aims to continue the exchange of ideas on the impact of new technologies on communication, to highlight the evolution of humanities and social sciences in conjunction with technological innovation, and to identify (new) trends in the language industry in the post web 2.0 era. PCTS12 will be hosted online on Zoom.

Conference tracks: Communication and public relations; Linguistics; Translation studies; Foreign language teaching

Conference format

• Types of presentation: talk (20 minutes), workshop (60 minutes), panel discussion (2 hrs.)

• Working languages: Romanian, English, French, or German

Publication: Selected papers will be published in the volume Professional Communication and Translation Studies (open access, peer-reviewed, indexed by CEEOL, EBSCO – Communication and mass media complete, Index Copernicus, Google Scholar, MLA, ULRICH'S, Scipio and WorldCat) or in the Scientific Bulletin of Politehnica University of Timisoara, Transactions on Modern Languages (open access, peer-reviewed, indexed by CEEOL, EBSCO, ERIHPLUS, Europeana, Google Scholar, MLA, ULRICH'S and WorldCat). 

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2021

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The AALITRA Review is an peer-reviewed online journal published by The Australian Association for Literary Translation (AALITRA), which was launched in March 2010. The editor is Lintao Qi. 

The AALITRA Review aims to publish high quality material concerned with literary translation, as well as translations of literary texts from other languages into English, or vice versa. It hopes to foster a community of literary translators and to be a forum for lively debate concerning issues related to the translation of literary texts.

We welcome submissions in the following areas:

  • scholarly articles on aspects of literary translation (both fictional and non-fictional, practical and theoretical)
  • interviews with established translators or Translation Studies scholars on aspects of their work
  • book reviews of major Translation Studies publications
  • book reviews of literary translations into English, or of Australian writing into other languages
  • original translations into English of literary texts (with a preference for poetry and prose) accompanied by a critical introduction and commentary by the translator
  • original translations of Australian literary texts into LOTE accompanied by a critical introduction and commentary by the translator  

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2021

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This book presents a thoughtful and thorough account of diverse studies on Chinese translation and interpreting (TI). It introduces readers to a plurality of scholarly voices focusing on different aspects of Chinese TI from an interdisciplinary and international perspective.    

The book brings together eighteen essays by scholars at different stages of their careers with different relationships to translation and interpreting studies. Readers will approach Chinese TI studies from different standpoints, namely socio-historical, literary, policy-related, interpreting, and contemporary translation practice.

Given its focus, the book benefits researchers and students who are interested in a global scholarly approach to Chinese TI. The book offers a unique window on topical issues in Chinese TI theory and practice.

It is hoped that this book encourages a multilateral, dynamic, and international approach in a scholarly discussion where, more often than not, approaches tend to get dichotomized. This book aims at bringing together international leading scholars with the same passion, that is delving into the theoretical and practical aspects of Chinese TI.  

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The Editors

Johan Franzon is Associate Professor of Swedish Translation and Scandinavian Languages at the University of Helsinki (Finland).

Annjo K. Greenall is Professor of English Language and Translation Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (Norway).

Sigmund Kvam is Professor of German Linguistics and Translation Studies at the Østfold University College in Halden (Norway).

Anastasia Parianou is Professor of Translation Studies at the Ionian University in Corfu (Greece).

Song Translation: Lyrics in Contexts grew out of a project dedicated to the translation of song lyrics. The book aligns itself with the tradition of descriptive translation studies. Its authors, scholars from Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Norway and Sweden, all deal with the translation of song lyrics in a great variety of different contexts, including music and performance settings, (inter)cultural perspectives, and historical backgrounds. On the one hand, the analyses demonstrate the breadth and diversity of the concept of translation itself, on the other they show how different contexts set up conditions that shape translational practices and products in different ways.

The book is intended for translation studies scholars as well as for musicologists, students of language and/or music and practicing translators; in short, anybody interested in this creative and fascinating field of translational practice.

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Wikipedia is the world's largest online encyclopaedia. It has 303 active language editions, which were accessed from 1.7bn unique devices during October 2020. Now over twenty years old, the encyclopaedia has been studied by academics working within a range of disciplines since the mid-2000s, although it is only relatively recently that it has started attracting the attention of translation scholars too. During a short space of time we have learnt a considerable amount about topics such as translation quality, translation and cultural remembrance, multilingual knowledge production and point of view, the prominent role played by narratives in articles reporting on news stories, and how translation is portrayed in multiple language versions of the Wikipedia article on the term itself. However, translation largely remains Wikipedia's "dark matter": not only is it difficult to locate, but researchers have so far struggled to map out the full extent of its contribution to this multilingual resource. Our aim in organising this international event is to allow the research community to take stock of the progress made so far and to identify new avenues for future work.

Venue

Hong Kong Baptist University*

Dates

15-17 December 2021

Organizers

  • Centre for Translation (Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Topics

It is thus hoped that the conference will serve as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange on the latest developments in this area. Topics to be considered include but are not restricted to the following:

  • Research methodologies (e.g. identifying translated material; exploiting the Wikipedia "research ecosystem"; comparing content across multiple language editions; use of digital tools for data collection, analysis and visualisation; sentiment analysis);
  • Collaborativity vs. self-motivation among Wikipedia translator-editors, including the visibility of translator-editors on article Talk Pages;
  • Theoretical frameworks that have proven valuable for the study of Wikipedia translation (e.g. narrative theory, affect theory, critical discourse analysis);
  • The use of Wikipedia in the translation classroom;
  • The use of Wikipedia by translation professionals;
  • Research ethics and Wikipedia;
  • The nature of Wikipedia translation and how it differs not only from other more traditional types of translation but also from other newly emerging types;
  • Translation quality in Wikipedia;
  • How research into Wikipedia translation contributes to the digital turn in translation studies and/or to digital humanities;
  • Interdisciplinarity in research into Wikipedia translation, as well as research into the multilingual Wikipedia that makes no explicit reference to translation issues.

Deadline for submissions: 12 May 2021

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The goal of the book is to investigate mediating practices used in translation of children’s and young adults’ fiction, focusing on transfer of contents considered controversial or unsuitable for young audiences. It shows how the macabre and cruelty, swear words and bioethical issues have been affected in translation across cultures and times. Analysing selected key texts from Grimms’ tales and Hoffmann’s Struwwelpeter to Roald Dahl’s fiction, it shows that mediating approaches, sometimes infringing upon the integrity of source texts, are still part of contemporary translation practices. The volume includes contributions of renowned TS scholars and practitioners, working with a variety of approaches from descriptive translation studies and literary criticism to translation pedagogy and museum studies.

"The angle of looking into the topics is fresh and acute and I whole-heartedly recommend the book for readers from scholars to parents and school-teachers, for all adults taking a special interest in and cherishing children and their literature".

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Informed by the anthropological research of Professor Donald E. Brown on human universals, this book compiles 10 articles exploring the representation of common human cultural practices and concerns in literature, cinema and language. The book as a whole demonstrates not only that Brown’s human universals are shared by different cultures, but most importantly that they have the potential to form a basis for inter- and intra-cultural communication and consolidation, bridging gaps of misinformation and miscommunication, both spatial and temporal.

The contributors are Egyptian scholars who cross temporal and spatial boundaries and borders from Africa and the Middle East to Asia, Europe and the Americas, and dive deep into the heart of the shared human universals of myth, folklore and rituals, dreams, trauma, cultural beliefs, search for identity, language, translation and communication. They bring their own unique perspectives to the investigation of how shared human practices and concerns seep through the porous boundaries of different cultures and into a variety of creative and practical genres of fiction, drama, autobiography, cinema and media translation. Their research is interdisciplinary, informed by anthropological, social, psychological, linguistic and cultural theory, and thus offers a multi-faceted and multi-layered view of the human experience.

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