To celebrate Translation Month in September, we in Project DaRT launched a competition for secondary schools in Munster to get students thinking about translation and its impact in their lives in creative ways. We challenged to translate something specific to them and their lives, and to consider translation both as a communicative process between languages as well as a metaphor for creative expression in different media.
The activity was inspired by the new Irish government’s Languages Connect strategy and aimed to promote translation as a means to realise it. We received 91 excellent submissions in total and the winners of the competition were invited to spend a day in UCC learning about translation, language and intercultural communication, as well as receiving their prizes and certificates and getting a chance to do a tour of our beautiful UCC campus.
The students arrived at around 10:15 in the morning and the day started with a short introduction to the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and a presentation about translation.
They then went on to spend some time engaged in a series of activities related to translation: they worked on comic creation and translation, represented languages in the body and learned about untranslatable words and cultural references, among other things:
After the hard work, the UCC Visitors Centre took them for a guided tour of the UCC campus (observatory included!)
After the tour, they were served lunch in the O’Rahilly Building, where their fantastic projects were displayed.
To finish up the day, Professor Nuala Finnegan, Head of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, spoke about the relevance of languages and translation in today’s world, and presented them with their certificates and awards for their work.
Thank you so much to all of the participants, and many congratulations to the winners! We hope you enjoyed your day in UCC and that you’ll leave with a broad perspective on languages and translation and how their impact our day to day lives. We wish you all the best for the future!
Below are some more pictures of the day; if you want to find out more about our activities with students, translators and the broader public, do check our outreach section.