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‘Roots of restlessness? Translations in times of Disruption’

Date: Saturday 10th May 2014

Venue: St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford.

Supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the Modern European History Research Centre (MEHRC)

The University of Oxford’s interdisciplinary network Translations in Transnational Contexts invites submissions for a one-day conference that will consider the relevance, role and impact of translations during periods of serious discontinuity and/or rupture such as wars, invasions, imperial crises, mass migration, natural disasters (including epidemics), and revolutions – be they political, social, cultural or technological. The works studied can be literary and non-literary texts, images as well as records of verbal and non-verbal communications that took place at any time in history.

Key questions and topics to address might include, but are not limited to:

. Have translations ever instigated a crisis, or shaped the way in which it developed? If so, how far should translators be held responsible for such an outcome?

. To what extent have moments of disruption fostered or hindered the translation of specific works?

. Do periods of upheaval encourage the production of new translations and/or the reprint of old works?  If the latter, were long-established artistic or literary works preferred to non-literary works, or the reverse?

. What impact, if any, abruptly-changing circumstances have on matters of accuracy, fidelity and/or writing style?

Submissions are not restricted to any area of study or language. The network welcomes proposals from scholars at all stages of their academic careers and particularly those that cross disciplinary boundaries in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Innovative formats of research communication are welcome along with traditional 20-minute papers.

Please send your 250 word proposal including name, affiliation, and contact details to the following email address: translations.transnational@gmail.com

The deadline for submitting an abstract is 31 January 2014.

For more information, contact any of the interim coordinators:

Professor David Hook (david.hook@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk),

Dr. Graciela Iglesias Rogers (graciela.iglesiasrogers@history.ox.ac.uk)

Dr. Jonathan Thacker (jonathan.thacker@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk ).


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