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Taking the AHRC-funded Experiential Translation Network (www.experientialtranslation.net)
as a departure point in its focus on intersemiotic translation (Campbell and Vidal 2019), this
edited volume aims to explore the nature of translation in contemporary society and asks
what role experiential translation can play in addressing the ‘untranslatable residue that
reveals unbridgeable cultural differences’ (Kramsch and Zhu 2020:10). Where cultural
translation aims to ‘make untranslatable experiences translatable across cultural
boundaries’ (ibid:9), experiential translation aims to make experiences translatable across
the linguistic and sensory boundaries and media that together serve to generate, maintain
or challenge cultural hegemonies. In a conflicted world we ask how experiential translation
can contribute to growing calls to employ ‘different strategies … to resist traditional
perceptions of translation and the translator’ (Bhanot and Tiang 2022:11). Whether
favouring opacity or porosity, the translator’s subject position in relation to the ‘original’ is
transformed by the role of experimentation, creativity and play where, as Lee (2022)
explains in his book Translation as Experimentation: ‘Instead of discarding … idiosyncrasies
and epiphanies as irrelevant to the work of translation, a ludic perspective embraces them
and actively considers how they can be co-opted to add value to the original work in
unexpected ways’ (Lee 2022: 46). At the same time the notion of (‘original’) text as world
comprising not just words but all modalities of communication including the human beings
that produce them and the natural and technological environment within which humans
operate explodes the outward turn in translation studies (Vidal Claramonte 2022) to
encompass translation as a transdisciplinary, pluriversal phenomenon. Experiential
translation embraces the visibility of the translator and eschews semiotic erasures imposed
by the norms and expectations of source and target cultures. As such it aims to undo
acquired knowledge and give voice not only to the sensory and affective, but to endow
nature with the status of ‘text’ (Taivalkoski-Shilov and Poncharal 2020). Experiential
translation views translation as a holistic, co-creative process of discovery and renewal in a
dynamic ecological context where Western anthropocentric discourse is displaced by a
pluriverse of local and global, analogue and digital, (dis)embodied voices.
The Experiential Transaltion Network (ETN) Conference and Exhibition (2022) brought
together artists, curators, scholars and educators to experiment, produce works and
interrogate the notion and implications of Performative and Experiential Translation:
Meaning-Making through Language, Art and Media. Presentations and exhibits explored
modes of meaning-making, community engagement and intercultural communication
through multimodal translation including video, dance, painting, print-making, immersive
installations, sound art, film and photography.
Following an expression of interest from a major academic publisher for an edited volume
as part of a series on new perspectives in translation, the present cfp seeks to build on the
findings and questions that arose from this event.

 

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Deadline for proposals: 1 Nov 2022

Call for proposals for thematic issues for review by the journal’s editorial board

Guest editors may submit proposals for thematic issues to the journal’s editorial board. To do so, please send your proposal to Dr Isabelle Robert, using the journal’s general e-mail address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

To be considered, proposals must include the following five elements:

  • guest editors’ names and affiliations;
  • guest editors’ track records in the suggested research domain(s) (e.g., proof of achievements, credentials, expertise);
  • a title and a brief presentation of the proposed topic (500–1000 words), consisting of a general description of the theme, followed by more specific research topics;
  • a working reference list in APA format (7th edition) and
  • a motivation (max. 500 words) explaining why the proposed topic is innovative, relevant for Translation Studies and feasible considering the scope of an annual publication.

Proposal reviews for thematic issues

The editorial board will draw up a shortlist of proposals by initially examining proposals based on their originality, international thematic relevance, innovativeness and (non)redundancy with former thematic issues. For an overview of former issues, please consult the following URLs:

Proposals for thematic issues are discussed at the annual meeting of the editorial board, which generally takes place in November. The editorial board will take one of the following three decisions:

  • accept the proposal without modifications;
  • accept the proposal with suggestions for modifications (‘conditional acceptance’) and
  • reject the proposal.

Deadline for proposals: 25 October 2022

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Leiden University is looking for an assistant professor to conduct research and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Machine Translation in Leiden.

The lecturer will hold a position within the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics and teach courses as needed in the BA programme Linguistics, the MA programme Linguistics (specialization Computational Linguistics and specialization Translation), and the Minor programme Translation.

Key responsibilities

  • Developing, teaching, and co-ordinating courses on Machine Translation and Computational Linguistics. The position will have a focus on adaptivity in machine translation: adaptivity to specific end-user groups (such as refugees or people with low-literacy), specific contexts (e.g. medical or legal translation, or creative and literary translation) or specific media (i.e. MT in audio-visual translation).
  • Supervising student internships, and BA and (Res)MA theses in English;
  • Playing an active role in recruiting students by contributing to open days, orientation and information sessions;
  • Fulfilling administrative duties within the programme, the LUCL institute and/or the Faculty of Humanities;
  • Conducting research based on an individual research plan within one of the research programmes of LUCL and presenting the results in the form of publications, conference presentations and other means to academic, professional/societal partners and wider audiences;
  • Acquiring project funding at national, European and international levels;

Selection criteria

* You hold a PhD degree in Computational Linguistics, Machine Translation, or Artificial Intelligence;

* You are aware of current issues and viewpoints within the field of Machine Translation;

* You have a strong academic teaching record, both at the BA and MA level, as demonstrated by teaching evaluations;

* You are a committed and inspiring teacher, with an inclusive approach to education and the ability to engage a diverse community of BA and MA students;

* You have a research profile that fits within LUCL and a proven track record of research, as demonstrated by a list of peer-reviewed publications commensurate with career stage;

* You are a clear communicator and team player, enthusiastic to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, in both teaching and research;

* You possess excellent language skills (preferably C1) in both English and at least one other language (preferably one of the languages taught in the BA and MA programmes of Leiden’s Faculty of Humanities, i.e. Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, Arabic)

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2022

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Research group “Translation and Language Studies” (Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology) is pleased to invite you to participate in the international conference on linguistics, discourse, media, communication, translation, cultural literacy and impact on society “Intermediality in Communication: Translation, Media, Discourse” held in Kaunas, Lithuania. You are invited to present your projects and experiences in the formats of oral or poster presentations on the topics below. Abstracts may not be longer than 2500 characters including spaces. The minimum number of characters for an abstract to be reviewed is 1500 including spaces. The presentations will last 30 minutes including 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Topics

The scope of the conference “Intermediality in Communication: Translation, Media, Discourse” includes the following topics:

  1. Challenges in Translation/Interpreting: Methodologies, Tools, Practices
  2. Intersemiotic Translation and Cultural Literacy
  3. Language and Social Media
  4. New Media Language
  5. Discourse, Communities, Gender, Impact on Society
  6. Imagology Studies

Deadline for abstracts: 3 October 2022

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The Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages at San Diego State University (SDSU) seeks to hire a tenure-track Professor of Japanese at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in fall 2023. The candidate is expected to have native or near-native proficiency in Japanese in addition to strong proficiency in English.

The ideal candidate will pursue research in Japanese language, linguistics, culture, or literature, and demonstrate potential for substantial contributions to the field. Possible areas of specialization include the acquisition and teaching of Japanese as a second/foreign language, the acquisition and teaching of Japanese as a heritage language, Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature and culture, and Japanese cultural studies. The successful candidate should have a proven track record of teaching undergraduate courses in Japanese that is grounded in communicative language teaching and possess knowledge of current trends in second/foreign language teaching methodologies and new technologies in language learning. The candidate must be able to teach all levels of Japanese language courses. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the expertise to teach two or more upper-division courses that are part of the Japanese major, such as Business Japanese, Newspaper Reading and Advanced Composition, and Japanese Literature through Text and Film. We are especially interested in candidates who demonstrate strong potential to collaborate effectively with existing faculty to manage and grow the Japanese Language Program, which includes a Japanese major and minor, and to maintain the program’s ties with relevant units across the university. Applicants should present evidence of teaching experience and scholarly potential.

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2022

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Start date/duration: from 01.10.2022 for 6 years
Administrative unit: Department of Translation Studies
Extent of employment: 30 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.

Deadline for applications: 16 September 2022

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The aim of this special issue is to reflect upon the intersection of Translation Studies (TS) and the contemporary relational theorizing of society, culture, and persons and to go beyond narrow interlingual conceptualization of translation by highlighting its procedural nature, and inherent potential in cultural and social theory. As such, relational thinking, which has deep roots in the social sciences, seeks to analyze the concept of agency/structure as a relational rather than individual, and it focuses on connections between interactants; that is, networks of relations and interdependencies, both interpersonal and impersonal, in which interactants and their joint actions are embedded (Emirbayer 1997, Crossley 2011, Donati 2011, Powell & Dépelteau, 2013; Depelteau, 2018).

A relational worldview privileges relations rather than things, in this sense, the terms and units involved in any transaction derive their meaning, significance, and identity from the changing roles they play within that transaction. That is to say, interdependency and interconnectedness have repeatedly been conceptualized and visualized through the concept of network that traces relationships in the emergence or development of social or cultural phenomena. Further, the fast-developing field of network analysis, social network analysis (SNA) in particular, offers a wealth of tools for the analysis of the structure (centrality, functional role, triadic closure, community) and dynamics (information diffusion, robustness) of the networked system built on top social relationships, with revealing applications in Art, History and Cultural Studies (Schich, 2014; Park, 2015; Sigaki, 2018), and also in TS ( Buzelin and Folaron, 2007; Ashrafi, 2018; Roig-Sanz and Subirana, 2020; Risku, 2016). Mapping networks of relations allows non-reductionist contextualized analysis of the individual’s actions (micro), the relationships (meso) that are established or built, and the emergent structures (macro) in the guise of patterns of interactions. Thus, in the wake of a relational approach, we might ask, how do networks structure relationships? or, how do relationships manipulate networks for their own purposes? or, how do relationships emerge and evolve? Our point is not only that those individuals (actors) are formed within and are thus inseparable from interactions and relations, but also, in a more semiotically-informed vein, that we can identify translational mechanisms within interactions, relations and networks which help to explain and understand events in the social world.

From a translational perspective, the embedded and relational character of a translation phenomenon lends itself well to theorizing relational networks of heterogeneous actors (actants). The prominent example of such an approach is the concept of Translation in Latour’s actor-network theory and relational ethnography of Desmond (2014), which involves studying fields rather than places, boundaries rather than bounded groups, processes rather than processed people, and cultural conflict rather than group culture. In this sense, translation as a boundary phenomenon can provide conceptual and methodological insights contributing to “culture as translation” (Wolf, 2014).

We particularly welcome papers that draw upon a methodological and/or conceptual dialogue between the relational approach and TS. We can illustrate this most effectively by simply asking: How does Translation as a meaning-making/taking activity contribute to the emergence of the social? (See Marais’s semiotic approach, 2019).

We anticipate that this exploration will open up new avenues for exploring future directions and prospects in interdisciplinary research in TS. With this ultimate goal in mind, we will welcome both theoretical and methodological reflections, as well as papers based on empirical approaches. Topics that could be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Rethinking the basic sociological/translational concepts of structure, agency, habitus, or norms through the lens of relational approach in a translational context
    • The conceptual/methodological contributions of TS to relational sociology
    • The role of translational networks/interactions/relations in the emergence of cultures and/or societies
    • Rethinking world translation flows and the marginal and/or peripheral cultures/societies
    • Rethinking the relational context of (forced) migration as a translational practice
    • Rethinking poetics and repertoire as relational constructs
    • The significance of networks of relations/interactions in reinforcing /challenging or emergence of a translation policy
    • Methodological reflections on the relational embeddedness of a translational practice
    • The intersection of activist practices (feminism among them), translation, and relational epistemology

Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2022

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The theme of the conference is Diversity Now. The United Nations General Assembly has declared the period between 2022 and 2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages to draw attention to the critical status of many Indigenous languages across the world and to encourage action for their preservation, revitalisation, and promotion. ISB14 especially encourages submissions of work involving lesser-studied bilingual communities and interdisciplinary work examining bilingualism across cultures, societies, and the life-span.

ISB14 invites submissions in all areas of research on bilingualism and multilingualism, including but not limited to: linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, applied linguistics, neuropsychology, language acquisition, clinical linguistics, language and education, and multilingual societies.

Keynote speakers include: 

  • Christos Pliatsikas (Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, School of Psychological and Clinical Language Science, University of Reading)
  • Ingrid Piller (Centre for Workforce Futures, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University)
  • Kevin Kien Hoa Chung (Department of Early Childhood Education, The Education University of Hong Kong)
  • Kilian Seeber (Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Geneva)
  • Leher Singh (Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore)
  • Ofelia Garcia (Urban Education and Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures, City University of New York)
  • Sharynne McLeod (School of Education, Charles Sturt University)

We invite abstracts for two categories of submissions: individual papers and posters.

Individual papers are formal presentations on original research or pedagogy-focused topics by one or more authors, lasting a maximum of 20 minutes with 5 additional minutes for discussion.

Posters on original research or pedagogy will be displayed in sessions that offer the opportunity for individualised, informal discussion with others in the field. Posters are especially effective for presenting work-in-progress, fieldwork, and results of empirical research for which data can be presented visually. Posters will be available throughout an entire day of the conference with presenters in attendance for a 90-minute poster session.

Abstract submission is now open and will end on 30 November 2022.

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The Institute of Translation Studies and Specialised Communication 
(Linguistic and Information Science) at the University of Hildesheim 
is seeking to appoint two research associates (German salary of TV-L E 
13 with 65% of working load each).
The knowledge of German and English is required.

A detailed description (in German), contact details, as well as the 
application link can be found here 
https://bewerbung.uni-hildesheim.de/jobposting/7889b5c712886e0a48fa0973a9493df75d6bf1100

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2022

The concept of domain loss originated in the Nordic countries in the 1990s and was defined
by Laurén, Myking & Picht as “loss of ability to communicate in the national language at all levels of
an area of knowledge because of deficient further development of the necessary means of
professional communication”. Foremost among those ‘necessary means’ are the terms needed to
communicate on specific professional topics in one’s own language.
The term domain loss caught on quickly and became a buzzword shared by journalists and picked up
by national language commissions (Haberland 2005). Extending their theory, Laurén, Myking & Picht
also coined the terms domain conquest and domain reconquest, to refer to examples where a
national language comes up with its own means of communication in a particular domain or supplies
those means where they were at first lacking.


There have also been critics of the domain loss theory: Hultgren (2016) calls domain loss a ‘red
herring’ that detracts attention away from other, more fundamental debates. She argues it might be
more appropriate to speak of “lack of domain gain”. Haberland (2019) criticises the domain concept,
at the same time stressing that variation in language behaviour remains a very worthwhile area of
research that can be approached from a variety of angles. In Myking (2011) the co-author of the
original seminal paper on the subject returns to his topic and notes that “It is possible that too much
discussion has been centred around the negative aspects of domain loss, and that a positive shift of
focus towards domain conquest would be more productive”. In his recent paper, he argues that
language planning, or rather “language management” is always possible but that its outcome is not
predictable.


Worries about the influence of dominant languages on local languages, in particular in professional
contexts, continue to exist, as do worries about the threat of (digital or other) extinction of minority
languages. Conversely, there are many attempts, successful as well as unsuccessful, at enriching
languages with language-specific terms for new concepts. The conference aims to address all these
issues and welcomes theoretical work as well as practical examples.


Keynote speakers
Four keynote speakers have accepted to address the conference:
• Elena Chiocchetti (Eurac Research)
• Manuel Célio Conceição (Universidade do Algarve),
• Johan Myking (University of Bergen, Norway)
• Katelijn Serlet (Director LING 2 - Translation Service at Council of the European Union)

Deadline for applications: 1 October 2022

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