We are a group of postgraduate students working together on exploring the concept of Translatorship, still a pressing issue for Translation Studies and researchers interested in language as a key factor in how we make sense of the world. With our collaborative research and outreach activities, we aim to answer the following research questions:
- What constitutes translatorship and the performance of translation?
- How does this shape our understanding of the role and identity of those who move between languages in translation?
- How do different ideas about translatorship impact on the demand, expectations and reception of translations?
In order to do that, we are engaging in a multifaceted, collaborative research involving:
- Collective theoretical readings and discussions.
- Interviews with translation practitioners and facilitators both in the creative sector and in the translation and localisation industries.
- Outreach activities and audience response research.
We are now in the process of organising a conference entitled Performing Translation: Translatorship in the 21st Century, which will take place in University College Cork on the 21st and 22nd of June 2019. We are delighted to announce that we have obtained funding from the Language Acts and Worldmaking AHRC funded project, which will allow us to engage with international researchers and scholars with the aim of exploring our research questions in depth.
Along with that, we are starting to present our project both in academic and industry conferences and workshops and we continue doing outreach and engagement activities, such as the Me, Myself and I Translated project with secondary schools, as well as the second UCC Translation Week, which is planned for the first week of April.