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Edward Clay

The focus of this year’s conference is on the challenges and opportunities opening up in an evolving translation and interpreting landscape, especially during this time of insecurity and rapid change in the profession.

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Editors: Enza De FrancisciUniversity of Glasgow & Cristina MarinettiCardiff University

This special issue seeks to begin a discussion about the particular contexts, material conditions, and individuals that have enabled authors, texts, and performance traditions to travel through translation. Covering theatre, opera and song from a range of different languages and time periods, we aim to shed light on the contexts and networks of agents – actors, singers, singing/acting masters, censors, directors, critics, writers and translators – who have intervened in the circulation of translated texts in a range of performance cultures. While cross-cultural encounters and transnational exchanges have characterized theatre history from its inception, little attention has been paid to the agents mediating those encounters and to the multiple forms of translation they engendered. Engaging with the growing academic interest in theatre translation, this special issue aims to advance research by bringing this area into dialogue with broader discussions around world literature and the sociology of translation.

Abstracts are invited for articles exploring the translation of plays, opera and song in different time periods and performance cultures. Contributions are invited on any of the following topics (but other issues and questions are also very welcome):

  • Exploring the labour of the theatre translator and its relationship to its objects, environment and collaborators;
  • Celebrity capital and the rewriting of theatre texts: actors, directors, singing/acting masters as agents of translation;
  • Direct and indirect censorship: the role of censors and institutional gatekeepers on the selection, rewriting and circulation of foreign drama and song;
  • Uncovering theatre translation networks around the world, shedding light on how they have contributed to the process of theatre making across time;
  • The economics of drama translation: copyright, performance rights, and their impact on the translator’s visibility/invisibility;
  • Theatre archives as an alternative source of knowledge for translation research

Deadline for submissions: 21 December 2020

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This role is designed to deliver teaching at BA and MA. The Department teaches a range of languages – including Mandarin, Arabic, French, German, Italian and Spanish – at levels from the informal conversational to the post-graduate.  We offer a BA English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting, which teaches students from partner universities in China (on 2+2 BA degrees and 1+1 BA / MA schemes), and have a large cohort of Mandarin students on our twin MA programmes in Translation and Interpreting and Professional Translation.

The successful candidate will lead teaching on the BA English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting, including  Translation Workshop modules and the supervision of translation projects, the Mandarin elements of the above-named MA programmes, including modules in both simultaneous and consecutive interpreting.

The College is committed to innovative forms of teaching and to enhancing the employability of its students and thus welcomes applications from individuals with ideas and experience in these fields.

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and particularly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds.

This position may offer the opportunity to teach across College of Arts and Humanities (COAH) programmes, including those in the Department of Adult Continuing Education, and to teach on cross-COAH modules, including the Foundation Year. This position may involve occasional working in the evenings or weekends in order to deliver off-campus or out-of-hours teaching and recruitment activities.

Deadline for applications: 28 October 2020

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Keynotes: Prof. Loredana Polezzi (Stony Brook University), Prof. Sherry Simon (Concordia University)

Organising committee: Andrea Ciribuco, Anne O’Connor (NUI Galway)

Urban spaces have always been places of translation, where encounters between languages and cultures have given birth to both conflict and exchange. In the last few decades, increasingly diverse urban environments have emerged, making coexistence between different communities a key contemporary issue. As a multi-disciplinary event, this conference explores urban spaces (cities and towns) as areas of translation, of dialogue and silence, communication and interaction. This conference deals with translation in society and beyond the text: translation as the managing of difference, a tool for inclusion or exclusion within the context of the contemporary urban space. As a multi-disciplinary, multi-media event, the conference intends to explore the different instances where people perform translation on the social stage in response to the many challenges and stimuli of 21st century globalization. Some of these translations are performed by professionals, some by nonprofessionals; some are intended to impact policy or contribute to a public debate, while others may last the short space of an oral exchange.

The two-day conference will take place online, with panelists connected from three different continents: if you wish to attend, please visit to register and you will be sent a link to the Zoom webinars. Please register beforehand as places are limited. The event is free to attend online.

The conference “Translating the Neighbourhood: Migration, dialogue and spaces of translation in the 21st century” takes place within the scope of project “Language Integration and New Communities in Multicultural Societies”, which is funded by the Irish Research Council and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713279.

Edited by: Roberto A. Valdeón and Youbin Zhao.

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Edited by: Carmen Valero-Garcés.

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Guest editors: Jie Zhang and Jia Li

Multilingual crisis communication has emerged as a global challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Global public health communication is characterized by the large-scale exclusion of linguistic minorities from timely high-quality information. The severe limitations of multilingual crisis communication that the COVID-19 crisis has laid bare result from the dominance of English-centric global mass communication; the longstanding devaluation of minoritized languages; and the failure to consider the importance of multilingual repertoires for building trust and resilient communities. These challenges, along with possible solutions, are explored in greater detail by the articles brought together in this special issue, which present case studies from China and the global Chinese diaspora. As such, the special issue constitutes not only an exploration of the sociolinguistics of the COVID-19 crisis but also a concerted effort to open a space for intercultural dialogue within sociolinguistics. We close by contending that, in order to learn lessons from COVID-19 and to be better prepared for future crises, sociolinguistics needs to include local knowledges and grassroots practices not only as objects of investigation but in its epistemologies; needs to diversify its knowledge base and the academic voices producing that knowledge base; and needs to re-enter dialogue with policy makers and activists.

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The translation of comics shows certain specificities inherent to the medium that transcend its interlinguistic dimension (Reyns-Chikuma &
Tarif 2016). Consequently, it is commonly defined as a hybrid discipline conditioned by an equally hybrid medium that blurs the boundaries
between the categories seeing/reading through texts, paratexts and images. In such a context, we can re-read John Berger’s words under
new light: “It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo
the fact that we are surrounded by it” (Berger 1972: 7). What happens when our sight reads/sees a comic? How do translators reproduce
such seeing beyond words? Which tools do they use to render culture-specific items, sound symbolic words, non-linguistic signs and
typography? Are translations conditioned by the elements of the visual lexicon, such as page, panel, gutter or speech balloon (Cohn
2013)? In this negotiation with a visual and textual medium, translators occupy an inter-mediation space in culturally-determined semiotic
environments (Zanettin 2009).

We invite scholars working in translation studies, comics studies and related fields to send proposals dealing with the intercultural,
intermodal and interlinguistic sides in the translation of comics and webcomics. Articles can include, but are by no means limited to, the

- Specificities of the translation of comics
- Translation of paratexts and visual lexicon in comics
- Analysis of translated comics
- Translation and reception of comic genres and traditions
- Comic and cultural translation
- Translating humour in comics
- The comic publishing sector and translation
- The professionalization of comic translation
- Fanslation and scanlation

Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2020

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Since its inception in 1966, the Linguistics Colloquium has been held annually without interruption in a total of 18 European countries. Its long term continuity is ensured by a large international committee consisting of its previous organizers. The Colloquium is devoted to research in all areas of linguistics. It is open to different theoretical approaches and aims to create friendly and inspiring conditions for the fruitful exchange of ideas and results. It is also appreciated for its welcoming atmosphere and cooperative discussion culture open to scientists of all ages and nationalities.

Traditionally, authors submit an abstract which, upon acceptance, is presented and discussed at the conference. Afterwards, a full paper has to be submitted, taking into account the outcome of the scientific discussion. As usually, also this year we plan to publish the proceedings as a hardcover book in the series of the publishing house .

Like many other conferences, this year, for the first time in its history, the Linguistics Colloquium will be organized as an online event. As, despite regular attendance from overseas, the Colloquium has been mostly a European event so far, we hope that colleagues from other continents will see this as an opportunity to get to know the friendly and co-operative spirit of the colloquium. To further encourage this and because an online event requires less funding, as a novelty this year we decided to completely waive registration fees.

How the conference will be conducted

In our experience, conferences with pre-recorded presentations have the drawbacks that all presenters have to deal with recording issues, and that a real live atmosphere promoting questions and discussion is hard to obtain.

Therefore, in order to keep as much of the Colloquium's interactive character as possible, the conference will be held in the form of several parallel online sessions, each representing a thematic field and realized as a separate online meeting hosted by a session chair. To minimize technical overhead for participants, we will use the popular "Zoom" video conferencing software which is particularly user-friendly. Registered participants will receive links to the conference sessions. By clicking on these, participation is possible with almost any desktop PC, portable computer or smart device. No cost is involved on the side of the participants and no pre-installation of software is required. Only when clicking on the provided links the user may be asked to allow installation of the free Zoom software (or, alternatively, to rely on the browser). Speakers require devices with a camera and a microphone (e.g. a laptop or tablet computer) and will be allowed to make the presentation screen of their laptop available to the audience. Questions can be either asked using audio/video or in writing via Zoom's chat function (in which case the chair person will read them out). To minimize the risk of technical difficulties, speakers and participants are encouraged to join a test session some time ahead of the conference (see schedule below).

We plan to record all sessions for the following reasons:

  • Speakers can receive a complimentary video of their presentation if desired.
  • We hope that after the conference many speakers will wish to have their presentations published online (e.g. as a service for participants who missed a session or to address a wider audience). But in any case the decision on publication will be entirely up to the speakers.

On the registration form, speakers will be asked to give their permission for their presentation being recorded. During discussions, participants should only ask questions using audio/video if they also agree on being recorded. If not, they are supposed to ask their questions in writing via Zoom's chat function. We hope for participants' understanding that switching the live stream recording on and off for individual speakers and questions would be a burden for the session chair and, during lively discussions involving several participants, appears too error prone to be practical.

The special theme of the conference is "Translation, Multilinguality and Cognition". But contributions from all areas of linguistics are welcome, including but not limited to:

  • Theory of linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Diachronic linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics, text mining
  • Computational linguistics, natural language processing
  • Neural language processing and machine learning
  • Comparative & contrastive linguistics, typology
  • Applied linguistics, language learning
  • Neuro- and psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Lexicology, lexicography
  • Phonology, phonetics
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Text / Discourse
  • Semiotics

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 12 October 2020

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Translaboration, as an essentially ‘blended concept” (Fauconnier & Turner 2002), responds to the confluence of ‘translation’ and ‘collaboration’ that is increasingly widespread not only in Translation Studies but also in a range of neighbouring disciplines. Translaboration’s central aim is to bring ‘translation’ and ‘collaboration’, as well as the often highly heterogeneous practices associated with these two notions, into dialogue with one another. This edited volume builds on exchanges first aired at our successful ‘Living Translation as Translaboration’ panel at the 2019 EST-conference at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and will focus on the ‘translation as collaboration’ vector of the translaboration concept (cf. Alfer & Zwischenberger 2020; Zwischenberger 2020).

Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2020

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