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Julie Boéri

The International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS) has held 6 conferences so far: Seoul in 2004, Cape Town in 2006, Melbourne in 2009, Belfast in 2012, Belo Horizonte in 2015, Hong Kong in 2018. The organisation of the 7th IATIS Conference, to be held in Barcelona in July 2021, is now well underway, and already we’re turning our attention to the 8th IATIS Conference, which is to be held in 2024.

IATIS would thus like to invite interested to prepare proposals to host the 2024 Conference following these guidelines.

Proposals to host the 2024 conference should be emailed to Dr. Julie Boéri, Chair of the IATIS Conference Committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to arrive no later than June 30th, 2021. Please put “IATIS 2024 Proposal” in the subject line. 

The IATIS Executive hopes to announce the venue for the 2021 IATIS Conference in Barcelona in September 2021.

Details of previous conferences and the forthcoming Barcelona Conference are available here:  

Congratulations to our IATIS bursaries!

List of recipients of the IATIS Solidarity & Scientific Excellence Bursaries: 


Pramathesh Nandan, Nepal           

Saswati Saha, India                     

Annie Rachel Royson, India        

Omid Tofighian, Australia           

Afzaal Muhammad, Pakistan/China              

Abdullah Alqarni, Saudi Arabia/UK              

Niu Jiang, China               

Sarah Almeida de Moraes, Brazil/Portugal              

Maíra Pinheiro, Brazil                                               

Gabriela Saldanha, UK                  



For the 7th IATIS Conference, IATIS and the Organizing Committee are joining their efforts to offer One Full Bursary and a Registration Solidarity Fund.  

The scheme is only for delegates whose paper abstract (in or out of a panel) has been accepted by the Scientific Committee (see below for further elegibility conditions). 

Deadline: 30 April 2021

Results: mid-May 2021

IATIS Bursary 

As for every conference, the IATIS bursary covers visa, flight, accommodation, IATIS membership, registration fees, meals during the conference.  


Scientific excellence 

Delegates from bands 3 and 4 countries

Since the bursary is for on-site participation, the awardee needs to be allowed entry into Spain despite the current pandemic. For general entry restrictions and authorizations, please consult the Spanish Ministry of Health portal, updated every two weeks.

Given the frequent updates, delegates from bands 3 and 4 countries are encouraged to apply even if at the moment of application, they are not allowed entry, as this may change by the time the committee takes its decision. 

In the event of a change of entry permission preventing the bursary awardee from attending the conference, the awardee will attend online and the unused funds will be allocated to another bursary or to the solidarity fund.  

Registration Solidarity Fund 

The Organizing Committee has raised a Solidarity Fund to cover the registration fees (online or onsite).  


Scientific excellence 

Delegates from bands 3 and 4 countries  

Delegates from any country whose income has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic 


How to apply 

An online form is being prepared and should be uplodaded here. If you experience any technical hurdle, please contact John Milton (email provided at the bottom of this page).

Please prepare the following information which you will be asked to upload into one single document


Abstract of presentation

Acceptance letter from the conference organizers

Covering letter with details of career, future intentions and, if applicable, how you have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic 

Candidates will automatically be considered for any of the two schemes they qualify for, as per the information submitted.

Deadline: 30 April 2021 

Contact: For any enquiries, please contact John Milton, member of IATIS International Committee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

A new Interpreting journal is born! Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, focuses on the societal and scientific challenges posed by interpreting practice and enquiry from an interdisciplinary perspective. Founding co-editors: Julie Boéri & Wen Ren; review editor: Ella Wehrmeyer; published by Sage, in association with Beijing Foreign Studies University. Now welcoming contributions! Circulate the flyer!

Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:03

Artistic Initiative

The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the following Artistic Initiative as part of the conference program:

The Charge of the Bull: A Labyrinth in Barcelona

By Matt Valler

Where Rambla de Catalunya meets Gran Via, The Thinking Bull sits with his back hunched to the traffic, lost in his memories. Perhaps he is remembering the scenes at the Plaça de Catalunya behind him and contemplating the future. Thousands of protestors forcibly evicted by a bullish police force in 2011. And yet so much protest has happened since then. The bull’s back is turned; is this his own protest or is it resignation? Does he believe, in his quiet contemplation, that the time of the bull is coming to an end?
In a city full of iconic buildings and well-known streets, this simple translation of an easily-ignored sculpture places it not just at a traffic intersection, but at a cultural intersection too. To translate El toro pensador is not just to re-name it, but to tentatively reveal it within the story of contemporary Barcelona.

Yet such a translation is always many-layered. Climate change poses risks to the city, with rising temperatures, water shortages and coastal flooding an increasingly likely feature of Barcelona’s future. With such an anthropogenic disaster looming, does the anthropomorphism of The Thinking Bull reflect the anthropocentrism that has led us to dominate and manipulate the natural world at great cost? Just behind the sculpture is a statue of Joan Güell i Ferrer, the wealthy slave-trader whose money helped kick-start the development of the Eixample district. That was once a future to contrast with the city’s walled past. Now the future seems equally uncertain, and the pathways to reach it just as ethically fraught. 

For IATIS 2021 conference, I am proposing to design and facilitate an interactive Labyrinth storytelling experience through the streets of Barcelona. Labyrinth is a project that explores the meaning of city spaces by uncovering complex stories told through the physical features of a place. Walking between a series of locations, translations of spaces - such as the above at el toro pensador - are woven into an uncertain, emerging narrative that invites participants into a series of questions, designed to embroil them in the ecology of the city.

At this early concept stage, I propose a Labyrinth called The Charge of the Bull that begins in the Parc de la Ciutadella, then walks west to Plaça del Rei before turning north-west to El toro pendsador and on to Casa Batiló, returning via Arc de Tiomf. A route like this would require approximately 2hrs, and therefore a space in the programme of at least 2.5hrs. I would anticipate hosting a facilitated group walk, but this experience could also be delivered via pre-recorded audio for individual self-guided walks. Given the time of year it would be preferable to schedule walks away from the heat of the day. Every Labyrinth I design is always an iterative work, so specific details can be amended depending on the conference requirements.

 For informal enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thursday, 18 June 2020 07:35


Monday, 07 October 2019 19:29

Stay in touch

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Twitter: #iatis2021

Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is fully committed to promoting research in the sciences and humanities aimed at improving our relationship with our planet ( Its public statement is that “UPF aims to become a leading global advocate of planetary wellbeing”, with contributions from various fields of knowledge.

Monday, 07 October 2019 19:27

Scientific Committee & Advisory Board

Scientific Committee (SciCom)

Victòria Alsina, UPF, Barcelona, Spain

Fabio Alves, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brasil

Gemma Andújar, UPF, Barcelona, Spain

Frederic Chaume Varela, UJI, Castelló, Spain

Eva Espasa, UVic, Vic, Spain

Anna Espunya, UPF, Barcelona, Spain

Lucía Molina, UAB, Barcelona, Spain

Marie-Noëlle Guillot, UEA, Norwich, England

Irene Ranzato, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Patricia Rodríguez, UAB, Barcelona, Spain

Sara Rovira-Esteve, UAB, Barcelona, Spain

Agnieszka Szarkowska, UW, Warsaw, Poland

Núria Bel, UPF, Barcelona, Spain

Maialen Marin-Lacarta, HKBU, Hong Kong, China

Olga Torres, UAB, Barcelona, Spain

Monday, 07 October 2019 19:25

Organising Committee

Organising Committee

Chaired by Patrick Zabalbeascoa, UPF

María Aguilar, UPF

Mario Bisiada, Lecturer, UPF

Julie Boéri, HBKU, Chair of IATIS International Conferences Committee

Jenny Brumme, UPF

Montserrat Cunillera, UPF

Marta Marfany, UPF

Luis Pegenaute, UPF

Dídac Pujol, UPF

Monday, 07 October 2019 19:16


The Organising Committee is committed to offering an onsite Conference but given the difficulties some of you may experience in being present on campus, we are switching to a hybrid mode of delivery, allowing for remote attendance or on-site attendance. However, on-site attendance will only be available for delegates who are scheduled to speak at the conference; remote attendance will only be available to some speaker-participants (priority given to to speakers with travel restrictions). This is because the Organising Committee intends to strike a balance between the need to encourage face-to-face, on-site interaction, the need to accommodate for people’s travel restrictions and the obligation to ensure social distancing and any other safety and health regulations applicable at the time of the conference. 

Please note that IATIS offers a bursary and the OC has raised a solidarity fund for delegates experiencing difficulties in the pandemic. Deadline 30 April 2021. Check eligibility and application process here.  

For on-site participation, please check entry restrictions and authorizations, on the Spanish Ministry of Health portal, updated every two weeks.

Note: Early bird deadline is 30th May, and all fees are shown in EUROS

Registration is required for all presenters and participants of the conference. Co-authors do not need to register unless they plan to participate in the conference.

Registration fees, in euros, for the IATIS Barcelona Conference are as follows:

ON CAMPUS — physical attendance

Speakers & Panel Convenors only





Including catering

Excluding catering

Including Catering

Excluding Catering



250 €

180 €

280 €

210 €


300 €

230 €

350 €

280 €



195 €

125 €

210 €

140 €


225 €

155 €

275 €

205 €

OFF CAMPUS — online participation


Speakers & Panel Convenors

special cases only







160 €

190 €


200 €

230 €



120 €

150 €


150 €

170 €


Until full

30 €

60 €


You can check the corresponding fee in your own currency by consulting online currency converters.

Register via the following webpage:

>>> Before registering, read the conference policy. <<<

ON Campus registration fee includes attendance to the sessions, active participation, conference materials and campus WI-FI access. 

OFF Campus registration fee includes all of the same services as On Campus participation, except for some conference materials (like pens and badges), plus the additional technical support required to enable online participation.

Catering fee is for lunches and coffee breaks throughout the Conference.

All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. They do not cover travel, accommodation, conference dinner or other meals not specified, but they can be switched from on-site to off-site or vice-versa with the necessary refunds or extra payment in the event of change of type of participation. All fees allow for remote access to all presentations in parallel sessions live and recorded by registered participants only, and for the period of one month.

An official letter of acceptance will be provided upon request.

Registering as an IATIS member

If you want to register as an IATIS member, please make sure your affiliation is valid between the moment you register and the last day of the conference. You can check your status by logging in onto the IATIS main page and by clicking upon my membership. This information will be cross-checked on the IATIS DATABASE by the Conference organisers.

In order to subscribe to IATIS or to renew your membership, please click HERE.

Delegates will have to register early bird (by 30 May 2021) to have their presentations included in the conference programme. After 30 May 2021, late registration will be open only to those wishing to attend the conference without giving any form of presentation whatsoever. 

Monday, 07 October 2019 19:13

Key Deadlines

 CONFERENCE DATES: 14-17 September 2021


30 November 2020: Deadline for potential presenters to submit proposals.

15 January 2021: Deadline for panel convenors to evaluate the paper proposals submitted for their own panel.

15 February 2021: Notification of acceptance to presenters (all formats).


25 February 2021: Registration opens

30 May 2021: Early-bird registration closes 

30 June 2021: Registration closes for speakers

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