SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

Translation for Dialogue amongst Cultures: The Case of Community and Public Service Interpreting

Various speakers

Date: 3 October 2015Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 3 October 2015Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Symposium

More than 300 languages are spoken in London. In hospitals, at court, or in other difficult situations, people may need to speak in their own language, which is not always English. Community and public service interpreting then plays a crucial role; it can have direct impact on people’s lives.

This one-day symposium aims to inform about the current situation and the challenges faced by community and public service interpreting, to take stock and to develop visions for the future.

A discussion among community/public service interpreters and leading scholars from Translation, Communication, and Socio-linguistic Studies will identify further research needs in this area, addressing not only linguistic but also cultural aspects and asking how this research can be of use to the everyday practice.

Because of SOAS’s unique position, our purpose is to explore in this area especially the situation with respect to Asian, Arabic, and African languages and the needs for translation amongst cultures.

Keynote speaker:

Prof Sandra Hale (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Invited speakers:

Dr Katrijn Maryns (Gent University, Belgium)

Prof Anne Pauwels (SOAS, University of London, UK)

Mr Brooke Townsley (Middlesex University, UK)

Special guests for the roundtable discussion (together with above invited speakers):

Mr Stephen Bishop (Executive Director of National Register of Public Service Interpreters – NRPSI, UK)

Ms Bona Shin (Community Interpreter and Artist, UK - Korean Information Centre and Theatre For All)

The round table discussion will be chaired by Prof Theo Hermans (UCL, UK).


Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London


Participation in the symposium is free of charge, but we ask you to register by 23 September 2015 so we can prepare catering.

Registration form 

Please send your filled registration form here

For more information, please visit our website.

For enquiries: Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg 

Organizer: Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg (SOAS, University of London)

Hosted by the Department of Japan and Korea, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London.

Sponsored through Seedcorn Funding by the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London.

Special thanks to: Ms Chisa Arai, Dr Noriko Iwasaki, Dr Barbara Pizziconi, Prof Jae Hoon Yeon, and Ms Fusako Yoshinaga.

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