Final days to register for the ‘Undercurrents: Challenging the Mainstream’ international conference (ULiège)

The conference programme for an upcoming conference on ‘Undercurrents: Challenging the Mainstream’ is now available. The call is now closed but participants are welcome to register until 24 November 2022 by filling in this Google form.

The conference is being organised by the research units LilithCIRTI, and CEREP of the University of Liège on behalf of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education (BAAHE). The conference will take place at the University of Liège on 2 December 2022. Keynote speakers are Kristin Davidse (KU Leuven) and Douglas Robinson (Chinese University of Hong Kong).

Book of abstracts:

Programme:

Call for papers (now closed)

An “undercurrent” literally refers to a stream that runs beneath the surface of a body of water and, figuratively, the term has come to signify concealed tendencies and influences that defy dominant currents of thought. Whilst such subversiveness can be a welcome challenge to the intellectual and ideological status quo, the word “undercurrent” also regularly collocates with items that lend it a negative connotation – one thinks, for example, of “undercurrents of anxiety” or “undercurrents of concern,” phrases that both point to the suppressed nature of a hidden threat. These different associations – subsurface currents, movements that defy conventions, and concealed dangers – aptly capture how equally compelling and perilous it can be to “challenge the mainstream,” including in academia. This conference seeks to explore undercurrents in their different guises in the disciplines of English linguistics, literary criticism, and translation studies.

In the field of linguistics, we welcome submissions that challenge existing frameworks and propose case studies that deal with puzzling analytical, theoretical, or methodological issues. We are looking for innovative research and studies that deal with under-researched or neglected topics in English linguistics, both synchronic and diachronic.

In literary studies, we encourage proposals focusing on past and present challenges to mainstream literary and/or critical movements. Either through theoretical presentations or case studies, presentations may reflect on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • How do newly established or emerging critical movements – e.g., environmental studies or fat studies – challenge (or perpetuate) dominant modes of thought, and what are the epistemological and methodological implications of such paradigm shifts?
  • Is “going mainstream” a challenge in itself? In the past, to what extent did the institutionalization of artistic or critical movements lead to their decline? From a contemporary perspective, are (by now well-established) fields such as postcolonial studies or gender studies in danger of reproducing orthodoxies rather than advancing knowledge?
  • How does the new relate to the traditional in literary studies, and vice-versa? This question may be examined through the analysis of contemporary or older literary works that experiment with form, that explore novel or original topics, that offer fresh approaches to conventional themes or, conversely, that challenge fashionable trends and promote more traditional worldviews.

The field of translation studies has undergone a series of “turns” since its inclusion into academia in the 1970s: the pragmatic (linguistic) turn, the cultural turn, the postcolonial turn, the empirical turn, the globalization turn, etc. These various trends have channelled translation studies into a sort of braided stream and defined it as an autonomous and highly cross-disciplinary scholarly field away from the backwater in the academy it used to be. The latest “turns,” such as the technological turn or the ecological turn, reflect the main, all-encompassing trends to be found in most areas of research. But do these recent developments display particular salient features within translation studies? How do these and other emerging trends run counter to previous theoretical discourses? Do they represent branching streams in a continuous flow or are they epistemological undercurrents generating new and challenging conceptual reframing? How do translation or interpreting practice(s) and theories overlap to anticipate and stimulate new directions?

In order to explore and foresee emerging “turns” in translation studies, we encourage papers tackling any topics related to the latest technological and paradigmatic developments and shifts (new technologies and automated translation, big data and corpus as CAT tools, ecology and sustainable translation practices, interspecies translation, inclusive translation, new translation economies such as localization or fan translation, translation in a time of global shifts of power…)  or related to new, redefining contours of the discipline itself, or “metaturns” (translation studies, translatology, adaptation studies, mediation studies…). 

Recording of the 2022 CETRA/CERES Fall Lecture, “From the translator’s fingers to the reader’s eyes” by Olha Lehka-Paul

Dr. Lehka-Paul’s talk concentrates on how the effort invested by the translator to produce the translation affects the way in which a potential reader processes the output. Translation scholars unanimously agree that the translator’s decisions influence the sensemaking process on the reader’s end (Alves & Jakobsen 2020, Kotze et al. 2021), but there is little empirical research into the extent to which the translator’s effort eventually pays off. This talk presents preliminary findings of an empirical study conducted within the framework of the research project on “The Reading and Reception of Mediated (Translated) Text: The Read Me Project”. The project, which belongs to the field of cognitive translatology, offers an innovative approach to analysing the relationship between translators’ and readers’ effort by means of looking at the key-logging data received from the translation process and readers’ eye movements recorded with an eye-tracker. Some of the questions addressed in the talk include: (1) Does the translator’s effort pay off and the reader does not display difficulty when reading the final text as indicated by long fixations and re-fixations? (2) Do the easy stretches of text production correlate with the ease of reading? (3) How do translation and language errors affect the reading and reception of translated texts? (Rayner and Liversedge 2011). The talk may be interest to both translation studies scholars and reception studies scholars.

Olha Lehka-Paul is a senior lecturer at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, and previously an assistant lecturer at Ivan Franko University in Lviv, Ukraine. She is also a freelance translator and interpreter with English, Polish and Ukrainian as working languages. Her research is concerned with establishing connections between translator’s personality characteristics and translation performance, translator’s self-efficacy, translator’s decisions and revision tactics, translation training and translation process research in general. She is a strong advocate of translation psychology as both a line of research and a new course to set in translator training curricula.

Call for submissions: Martha Cheung Award for Best English Article in Translation Studies by an Early Career Scholar (deadline 31 October)

The Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies is accepting submissions for this year’s Martha Cheung Award for Best English Article in Translation Studies by an Early Career Scholar up until 31 October 2022.

The Award is established in honour of the late Professor Martha Cheung (1953-2013), formerly Chair Professor of Translation at Hong Kong Baptist University. Professor Cheung was an internationally renowned scholar whose work on Chinese discourse on translation made a seminal contribution to the reconceptualization of translation from non-Western perspectives. For a brief biography and a list of her most important publications, see Professor Martha Pui Yiu Cheung’s Publications.

The Martha Cheung Award aims to recognize research excellence in the output of early career researchers, and to allow them, like Professor Cheung herself, to make their voices heard in the international arena and play a role in charting the future directions of research in the discipline. The restriction of the award to articles published in English is also intended to ensure consistency in the assessment process.

The Award

The award is conferred annually for the best paper published in English in the previous two-year period, and takes the form of a cash prize of 10,000 RMB (approximately 1,400 euros). A certificate from the SISU Baker Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies will also be presented.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have completed their PhD during the five-year period preceding the deadline for submission of applications, or be currently registered for a PhD.
  • Given the emphasis on early career scholars, the award is restricted to single-authored articles: co-authored articles will not be considered.
  • The scholarly article submitted must be already published. Work accepted for publication but in press will not be considered.
  • The term ‘published’ also covers online publication
  • The article must have been published in English, in a peer-reviewed journal of good standing. Book chapters and entries in reference works do not qualify.
  • The article does not have to have appeared in a journal of translation or interpreting. Journals of media, linguistics, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, etc. all qualify, as long as the article engages with translation/interpreting in a sustained manner.
  • Submissions will be assessed solely on their scholarly merit, as judged by a panel of established scholars; considerations such as formal journal ranking and impact factor will not form part of the judging criteria.
  • The article may present research relating to any area of translation, interpreting or intercultural studies, and may draw on any theoretical models or methodologies.
  • Applicants can only submit an article once. Resubmissions of articles already assessed in an earlier round will not be admitted. 

Submission

Applicants may apply directly themselves for the award, or their work may be nominated by other scholars. A full copy of the article should be submitted in e-copy, in pdf format, together with the completed application/nomination form, downloadable here. Completed, typed applications should be sent to the Award Committee at this address: ctn@hkbu.edu.hk. The Committee will not consider handwritten applications.

Timeframe

For the submission of articles published between 30 September 2020 and 30 September 2022:

Application closing date for the 2023 Award:           31 October 2022

Announcement of award winner:                                31 March 2023

Fall Lecture (October 20): “From the translator’s fingers to the reader’s eyes: Empirical research into how readers process translated texts” by Olha Lehka-Paul

This lecture is co-organised by CETRA and CERES – Centre for Reception Studies (KU Leuven).

Thursday, 20 October, 12:30pm to 2pm

Follow the lecture online (Microsoft Teams) or on-site (KU Leuven, Campus Antwerp – Sint-Jacob)

Entrance is free, but you are kindly asked to register by Tuesday, 18 October via email to jack.mcmartin@kuleuven.be. Note that on-site seating is limited to members of CETRA and CERES, and preference will be given to doctoral researchers.

Professor Lehka-Paul’s talk will concentrate on how the effort invested by the translator to produce the translation affects the way in which a potential reader processes the output. Translation scholars unanimously agree that the translator’s decisions influence the sense-making process on the reader’s end (Alves & Jakobsen 2020, Kotze et al. 2021), but there is little empirical research into the extent to which the translator’s effort eventually pays off. This talk will present preliminary findings of an empirical study conducted within the framework of the research project on “The Reading and Reception of Mediated (Translated) Text: The Read Me Project”. The project, which belongs to the field of cognitive translatology, offers an innovative approach to analysing the relationship between translators’ and readers’ effort by means of looking at the key-logging data received from the translation process and readers’ eye movements recorded with an eye-tracker. Some of the questions addressed in the talk include: (1) Does the translator’s effort pay off and the reader does not display difficulty when reading the final text as indicated by long fixations and re-fixations? (2) Do the easy stretches of text production correlate with the ease of reading? (3) How do translation and language errors affect the reading and reception of translated texts? (Rayner and Liversedge 2011). The talk should be of value to both translation studies scholars and reception studies scholars.

Olha Lehka-Paul is a senior lecturer at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, and previously an assistant lecturer at Ivan Franko University in Lviv, Ukraine. She is also a freelance translator and interpreter with English, Polish and Ukrainian as working languages. Her research is concerned with establishing connections between translator’s personality characteristics and translation performance, translator’s self-efficacy, translator’s decisions and revision tactics, translation training and translation process research in general. She is a strong advocate of translation psychology as both a line of research and a new course to set in translator training curricula.

The University of Galway is recruiting a postdoc for the project ‘Multilingual Island: Sites of Translation and Encounter’

Project: Multilingual Island: Sites of Translation and Encounter (MISTE) School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The National University of Ireland Galway is recruiting a full-time, fixed term Postdoctoral Researcher for the project Multilingual Island: Sites of Translation and Encounter (MISTE). The project takes a ‘shared island’ approach to create an in-depth understanding of intercultural encounters in Ireland through the lens of language and translation, comparing settings in Galway and Belfast. The position is funded under the North-South Research Programme. The successful candidate will be expected to start on 1 January 2023.

Project Description

This project will measure multilingual practices to investigate the role of translation in bringing together migrants/refugees and local communities; and to explore the creative potential of translation to raise awareness of cultural diversity in Ireland. The project compares approaches to language and migrant/refugee integration in different sites with a view to informing policy and best practice. 

MISTE will work in Galway and Belfast to

  • Measure multilingual practices in sites of everyday encounters between migrants/refugees and local communities (religious sites, sports grounds, community centres, libraries);
  • Investigate the role of translation (including non-professional translation provided by religious figures, social workers etc.) in everyday encounters between migrants/refugees and local communities;
  • Explore the creative potential of translation to establish a dialogue between migrants and the community, and to provide a migrant perspective on the theme of Ireland as a ‘shared island’;
  • Compare how Northern and Southern approaches to migrant/refugee integration impact the practice of multilingualism.

The research team comprises researchers in University of Galway (Prof. Anne O’Connor; Dr. Andrea Ciribuco, Dr. Lorna Shaughnessy) and in QUB (Dr. Piotr Blumczynski). The researcher will be based in the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, located in the Hardiman Research Building in University of Galway and will work on sites in Galway and in Belfast.

Contract duration:  1 January 2023 – 31 August 2024 (20 months)

Job Description

The Postdoctoral Researcher (PDR) will perform ethnographic observations of religious and sport sites in Galway and Belfast, coordinating with researchers from the QUB team. They will focus on multilingual interactions in the sites, taking informed annotations on language use, translation, objects and tools. Subsequently, in conjunction with the other team members, as appropriate, the PDR will conduct semi-structured interviews in each site. The PDR will also be involved in the organisation of translation workshops that engage with multilingual migrants in the area, liaising with civil society partners.

The PDR will be responsible for the transcription and pseudonymisation of interviews and session recordings and for qualitative coding of data through Nvivo to individuate common themes and enable a comparative North-South analysis.

The PDR will be involved in the dissemination of project findings and raise awareness on the potential of multilingual, migrant perspective for a ‘shared Ireland’. This will include co-authoring and presenting conferences papers; co-authoring peer-reviewed articles; co-ordinating social media communications, and co-creating and organising community outreach events.

Qualifications

Suitable candidates must meet the following criteria

  • PhD in Translation or Sociolinguistics or related area (submitted before interview date)
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work well both collaboratively and independently
  • Highly motivated, with excellent organisational skills

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience of ethnographic research
  • Excellent IT skills / social media
  • Peer-reviewed publication record
  • Experience of community outreach and partnerships outside academia
  • Familiarity with contexts of migration and diversity
  • English proficiency plus a degree of expertise in at least two additional languages (preferably including one of the following: Polish, French, Romanian, Lithuanian, Spanish, German, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Ukrainian).

To Apply

Applications should include a covering letter outlining the applicant’s suitability for the role, a CV, and the contact details of two referees. Applications should be sent as one pdf file via email to mooreinstitute@universityofgalway.ie 

Please put the relevant reference number University of Galway 240-22 in subject line of e-mail application.

Salary: €39,523 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)

Start: 1 January 2023

Further information on research and working at University of Galway is available on Research at University of Galway

For information on moving to Ireland please see www.euraxess.ie

Further informal enquiries concerning this position may be made by contacting Professor Anne O’Connor: anne.oconnor@universityofgalway.ie.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5:00 pm, 7 October 2022. 

Interviews are planned to be held virtually, the week commencing 17 October 2022.

University of Galway reserves the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

University of Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.

RECORDED VIDEO OF THE CETRA ROUNDTABLE ON ‘TRANSLATING THE HOLOCAUST’ (14/9/2022, LEUVEN)

The CETRA Roundtable ‘Translating the Holocaust’ (14/9/2022) was a part of the 3-day seminar ‘Voicing the Silence: New Approaches in Russian and Ukrainian Literature on the Holocaust in the 21st Century’ (13-15/9/2022): an initiative of the CoHLIT-21 consortium and KU Leuven’s Department of Literary Studies, that looks into the afterlife of the Holocaust in contemporary Russian- and Ukrainian-language literature. The colleagues who organised this event were Marina Balina (Illinois Wesleyan University), Roman Katsman (Bar-Ilan University) and, last but not least, Kris Van Heuckelom (KU Leuven).

The invited experts of the roundtable, moderated by Pieter Boulogne (KU Leuven), included Yuliya Ilchuk (Stanford University), Anja Tippner (University of Hamburg), Olga Bukhina (New York) and Mateusz Świetlicki (University of Wrocław).

We talked about the translation of historical events into the Holocaust master narrative, the different approaches towards this narrative in Russia, Ukraine and Poland in the post-Soviet time, the circulation of children’s literature (e.g. The Diary of Anne Frank) on the Holocaust across national, linguistic and cultural borders. To conclude, the question was asked whether Russian literature is to be blamed for the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, which has important implications for the Holocaust remembrance. In the midst of war, can (translated) literature make a difference?

Call for papers: The international circulation and translation of Shakespeare criticism (Leuven, 26-27 June 2023)

Abstract deadline: 31 January 2023

As one of the oldest and most widely practised forms of reflection on vernacular literatures, Shakespeare criticism has helped shape modern literary scholarship worldwide. The mutual influence between Shakespeare critics of different nations is well known and has in some cases been extensively studied and debated (see e.g. the controversy that has long surrounded Coleridge’s debt to Schlegel). Going beyond questions of influence, this conference aims to refocus the debate on the actual channels of transmission through which Shakespeare criticism has been circulated and received across linguistic and national boundaries, and on the various new audiences that it has reached through that circulation.   

The conference will take place in Leuven, Belgium on 26 and 27 June 2023. It is organized by the research team of the project ‘Bringing the Bard Back Home? The English translation of foreign Shakespeare criticism in the long 19th century’, funded by the KU Leuven research council. Our plenary speakers are Roger Paulin (Cambridge) and Rui Carvalho Homem (Porto).   

Possible topics include: 

– Translations (faithful or not, authorized or not, with or without paratextual framing…), translators and publishers of Shakespeare criticism in different languages.

– The extracting, anthologizing and international canonization of critical pronouncements on Shakespeare.

– Reprints of Shakespeare criticism in different parts of the Anglophone world / other large linguistic areas.

– Lectures and lecture tours on Shakespeare (Schlegel, Coleridge, Dowden, Bradley, the British Academy Shakespeare lectures, …).

– New media (from 18th- and 19th-century periodicals to 21st-century digital platforms) and their impact on the dissemination/vulgarization of Shakespeare criticism. 

– Audiences and the language(s) of Shakespeare criticism.          

– The rise of English as an international academic discipline and its impact on the production of Shakespeare criticism in other vernaculars.  

The town of Leuven in Belgium is host to KU Leuven, the oldest university in the Low Countries . It is within easy reach of Brussels international airport as well as Eurostar, Thalys and ICE railway terminals. 

For more information, please contact Carmen Reisinger or Raphaël Ingelbien . 

Abstracts (200-300 words) for 20-minute papers and short academic biographies (100-200 words) should be sent to Carmen Reisinger (carmen.reisinger@kuleuven.be) by 31 January 2023. Notification of acceptance for proposals will be sent before 28 February 2023.   

The conference website will be found at https://shakespearecriticism.wordpress.com/

14/9, 6 PM: CETRA Roundtable on ‘Translating the Holocaust’ !!!ALSO ONLINE!!!

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Group photo of the 33th CETRA Summer School

Today, after two intensive weeks of lectures, webinars, Q&A sessions, workshops, break-out room conversations and presentations, the 33th CETRA Research Summer School in Translation Studies was concluded with two very rich panels of students’ presentations. Many thanks to the 25 participants, all promising translation scholars, this year’s chair professor, Kaisa Koskinen, and the numerous teaching staff members and colleagues for their fruitful efforts to make it yet another worthwhile edition!

We already look forward to organizing the 34th CETRA Summer School (especially our colleague Jack Mc Martin, who from October will be the new director of CETRA). Speaking of which: as announced during the opening of the 33th Summer School, the 2023 Chair Professor will be Hanna Risku, from the University of Vienna. A call for participants will be launched in due time – follow our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to be kept posted.