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University of British Columbia, October 3rd 2011

Organizers: Leanne Bablitz, CNERS, Siobhán McElduff, CNERS

Call for Papers: closing date July 15th, 2011. 

What does Rome have to do with Cupertino? Or the bulky and unwieldy technology of the book scroll with the sleekness of the iPad? Although posing the question may seem absurd, the answer is – a great deal. Ancient book scrolls were unrolled at one end and rolled up at the other end as one read; as a result, it was far easier to access the beginning and end of a text than the middle. A similar process occurs when reading texts on a computer screen: unless one knows to search for a particular string of text, the opening and closing sections of a document are the easiest portions to access. What will this mean for processes of reading and translating, especially in societies that do not stress memorization? What will it mean for scholarship and citation processes? This symposium will investigate how we, as readers and translators, process information, exploring how ancient processes of reading and translation can inform the modern – and vice versa.


The International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI) has been created by a group of professional language mediators as a vehicle for promoting ethical practices in their profession, as a venue in which to establish a dialog, without censorship and without conflicts of interest, with the aim of promoting effective professional ethics.

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 10:03

Cognitive Explorations of Translation

IATIS Yearbook 2010

Cognitive Explorations of Translation focuses on the topic of investigating translation processes from a cognitive perspective. With little published on this topic to date, Sharon O'Brien brings together a global collection of contributors covering a range of topics.

Central themes include modelling translation competence, construction and reformulation of text meaning, translators' behaviour during translation and what methodologies can best be utilized to investigate these topics.  Techniques covered include eye-tracking, Think-Aloud protocols, keyboard logging and EEG (Electroencephalogram).

This book will be of interest to researchers and postgraduates in translation studies and cognitive linguistics as well as practicing translators.


IATIS Members can download chapters via the Members Only section.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 16:36

Translating Business Film Material

As they strive to keep up with globalisation and rapid technological change (from video tape to CD, DVD, Internet use, iPhones, iPads, etc.), companies constantly increase their use of film to advertise, communicate information or train staff. This specific type of audiovisual material represents a complex set of problems for the translator.


31 May 2011, 9:30-17:30
University of Salford (Manchester)

Deadline for applications: 5pm on 24th May 2011

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Monday, 18 April 2011 18:58

Other Events of Interest

    9 - 12 JULY 2006, Stellenbosch University
    Forging the Local and the Global

    The conference seeks to examine literary and other modes of cultural production as forms of flow and exchange in the arena of global apartheid. Further information is soon to be posted on the conference website at:

    South Africa's premier arts festival, the National Arts Festival, is held annually in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. In 2006 the Festival runs from 29 June to 8 July. Information about the Festival can be obtained from the Festival website:

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Useful Contacts

General information on the conference

Conference Chair:  Prof. Charlyn Dyers, University of the Western Cape

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Facsimile (att. Lameez Lalkhen) +27 +21 959-1282


Conference programme and presenters

Prof. Alet Kruger, University of South Africa

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Dr Kim Wallmach, University of South Africa

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Dr Dorothy Kenny, Dublin City University

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Publishers’ exhibition

Prof. Ilse Feienhauer, University of Stellenbosch

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Accommodation, the conference dinner and tours



Tel:  +27 (21) 936 4600

Fax:  +27 (21) 936 4654


Melanie Koegelenberg

Conference Co-ordinator

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Candice America

Conference Co-ordinator

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Monday, 18 April 2011 18:57

Practical Information


Travel to South Africa

Flights to South Africa land either at Johannesburg International Airport and then fly to Cape Town International Airport or flights may also be booked directly to Cape Town International Airport. Delegates wishing to visit a game reserve such as the Kruger National Park before the conference should book flights to Johannesburg International Airport, take a domestic flight to the park and then depart from Cape Town International Airport after the conference.


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Car Rental


Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget and Imperial car hire are all represented in South Africa.

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Passports and visas


Nationals from most Australasian, European and South American countries, the UK, USA and Canada do not require a visa for South Africa. However, it is advisable for all visitors to check with their nearest South African Diplomatic Mission or travel agent. It is essential that the formalities of visa applications be dealt with at least eight weeks prior to the conference. VISAS CANNOT BE ISSUED ON ARRIVAL. Conference participants travelling to South Africa on passports that require visas and who plan to visit neighbouring states should ensure that they obtain multi-entry visas for South Africa, as well as visas required for the particular neighbouring state(s).

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Health requirements


Conference participants planning to visit the Kruger National Park and surrounding areas are advised to take a course of anti-malarial treatment in advance of their visit. Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Johannesburg and environs are all malaria-free. No other vaccinations are needed for visitors to South Africa.

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Credit cards, currency and exchange rate


Most major credit cards as well as travellers’ cheques in major currencies are accepted in shops and restaurants in South Africa. Autobanks are located at airports and in shopping centres country-wide. The local currency is South African Rand. Click here for an online currency converter.

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Climate and dress


South Africa ranks high in the world as far as sunny days are concerned – 300 days out of 365 on average.  Despite regional differences, South Africa’s climate is generally mild throughout the year. Overall, the Western Cape climate is typically Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters. Click here for an up-to-date weather forecast.

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The standard power source in South Africa is 200/230 volts. For most foreign appliances it is best to purchase an adaptor or transformer to link with local electrical power.

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South Africa is two hours ahead of Universal Time.

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The organisers, the tour operator and their subsidiaries or associated companies give notice that they do not accept responsibility or liability in respect of either person or property, for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned as a result of attendance of the conference and participation in the tours.

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Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Bellville. The University, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in the year 2000, is one of the youngest and most dynamic places of higher learning in South Africa.


The University of the Western Capewas established in 1959 by an Act of Parliament as an ethnic college for "coloured" students. Since then, it has transformed itself from a small apartheid educational institution to an internationally recognised university with a reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. UWC has a rich history of opposition to apartheid. For nearly three decades - from the 1970s through to the early 1990s -students and staff consistently protested against segregation and inequality in society and, particularly, in higher education.

Bellville is situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. It is 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town international airport, half an hour’s drive from Cape Town city centre, and approximately half an hour from Stellenbosch, the heart of the Cape winelands region.


Cape Town is famous for its stunning views, and visitors can also enjoy the delights of its scenic harbour from the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront complex.

For a map of the area click here.

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IATIS 2006 Sponsors

Flemish Inter-university Council (VLIR) of Belgium

The Conference Organizing Committee of the 2nd International IATIS Conference at the University of the Western Cape gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship received from the Flemish Inter-university Council (VLIR) of Belgium. This funding was received as part of the funding for the Culture, Language and Identity Research Project in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the  Western Cape.


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