Performing Translation: Translatorship in the 21st Century

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Performing Translation:

Translatorship in the 21st Century

Project DaRT – Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures (CASiLaC)

University College Cork, Ireland

21-22nd June 2019

Call for Papers

The metaphor of “translation as transfer” has been predominant in traditional Translation Studies until relatively recently (Cheetham 2016). However, based on considerations of translation in terms of the “performative nature of cultural communication” (Bhabha 2007), new conceptual articulations of translation, translatorship and the role of the translator in the creation of new meanings and shared experiences have come to the fore. This two-day conference aims to explore the metaphor of translation as performance. This entails not only the suitably explored field of translation for the stage (Boyle 2011, 2013, 2016; Johnston 2011, 2012, 2017; Buffery 2013), or the performativity of the translator (Robinson 1991; Chesterman 2009) but also the investigation of translatorship from new perspectives in the context of the contemporary translation “landscape” (Kershaw and Saldanha 2013) arising from our increasingly interconnected and multilingual world. If we consider that translators contribute to worldmaking by “staging cultural difference” (Bhabha 2007), how can we reformulate their role and their identity in the 21st century?

This conference will invite contributions encouraging interdisciplinary discussions between scholars and practitioners around topics related to the understanding of translation as performance and how it may bring new understandings to the identity, agency and role of the translator in the 21st century. This will enable scholars to frame cognitive and affective processes of translation in different contexts, and develop new perspectives and ideas about translation and translatorship.

Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Translatorship and style: the translator’s presence in the text
  • Affective valencies of the translation process: cognitive and emotional aspects
  • Fictional representations of translatorship and the translator
  • Unlikely translators: new translational spaces, multilingualism and non-professional translation and interpreting
  • Translation, translatorship and modern language learning
  • Translation and translatorship in the multilingual workplace
  • New metaphors for the conceptualization of translation and translatorship
  • New roles for translators: translation and activism in the 21st century

Submission Guidelines

Proposals should be submitted through EasyChair. Please follow this link, create an account and attach a document with the following information:


Please attach a single document including:

  • Title and abstract of your proposal (300 words max.)
  • 5 keywords
  • Author’s name, affiliation, email address and biography (100 words max.)


Please attach a single document including:

  • Title and summary of panel (150 words max.)
  • Name of panel coordinator, e-mail and affiliation.
  • Title and summary of individual panels (300 words max.)
  • Names and biographies of all authors (100 words max. each)

Deadline for submissions: February 15th, 2019

Conference fee: 55 EUR (standard) / 45 EUR (student)

Registration fee includes lunch and coffee on the two days of the conference.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Séverine Hubscher-Davidson, Open University
  • Dr Gabriela Saldanha, University of Birmingham
  • Jethro Soutar, Writer and Translator

Jethro Soutar is an English writer and a translator of Spanish and Portuguese. He has translated novels from Argentina, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, and Portugal, as well as two works by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, from Equatorial Guinea. The first, By Night The Mountain Burns, published by And Other Stories, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. He is a commissioning editor for Dedalus Africa and a cofounder of Ragpicker Press, editing its debut title, The Football Crónicas, and its latest, Refugees Worldwide.

Organizing Committee

Project DaRT

  • Laura Linares
  • Craig Neville
  • Estefanía Muñoz Gómez


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