SOAS University of London

Centre for Translation Studies

The 8th Asian Translation Tradition Conference at SOAS: Conflicting Ideologies and Cultural Mediation – Hearing, Interpreting, Translating Global Voices

Date: 5 July 2017Time: 12:00 AM

Finishes: 7 July 2017Time: All Day

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Type of Event: Conference

Keynote Speakers:

Host: Faculty of Languages and Cultures (SOAS, University of London)

Co-host: SOAS Centre for Translation Studies

Co-sponsors: SOAS Japan Research Centre and SOAS Centre of Korean Studies

Conference theme: Conflicting Ideologies and Cultural Mediation - Hearing, Interpreting, Translating Global Voices

It has been a while since Translation Studies started to develop interest in translation beyond the West. This series on Asian Translation Tradition started at SOAS in 2004 as a workshop, which was followed by regular conferences. It has greatly contributed to raising awareness of different views on translation theory and practice, and to shaping non-Western Translation Studies. After more than a decade it is time to take stock, to ask what has been achieved and where yet-untapped opportunities lie.

Recently we have witnessed increasing ideological conflict among and within societies. ATT8 asks whether and how translation can help mediate between ideologies and contribute to constructive dialogue among cultures. Over two thousand languages are spoken in Asia, and its peoples have different value systems, beliefs and customs. Translation therefore plays a crucial role in letting people hear and understand each other’s voices and in making dialogue possible. At the same time, it is now well established that translators manipulate the ‘original’ (including utterances) and intervene in translations for their own reasons. These can include conscious and internalized agendas relating to gender, post-colonial, or other political issues.

While discussing Conflicting Ideologies and Cultural Mediation at this conference, we also seek to promote development of translation theories based on Asian practices in order to contribute to the development of global Translation Studies.

SOAS Conference Organizer:

Nana Sato-Rossberg (Chair of the SOAS Centre for Translation Studies and Executive Council of International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies)

SOAS Conference Organizing Committee:

  • Lutz Marten (SOAS, University of London)
  • Stephen Dodd (SOAS, University of London)
  • Mandana Seyfeddinipur (SOAS, University of London)
  • Andrew Gerstle (SOAS, University of London)

Local Organizing Committee:

  • Jamie Tokuno (PhD student, SOAS, University of London)
  • Kohei Aramaki (PhD student, SOAS, University of London)
  • Yan Jia (PhD student, SOAS, University of London)
  • Zaahida Nalumoso (PhD student, SOAS, University of London)

Steering Committee:

  • Judy Wakabayashi (Kent State University, USA)
  • Rita Kothari (Indian Institute of Technology, India)
  • Lawrence Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Şehnaz Tahir-Gürçağlar (Boğaziçi University, Turkey)

More details are on our Translation Studies website.