PhD Masterclass

On the 20th of June, the day before the start of Performing Translation, Project DaRT, in collaboration with CASiLaC and the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at UCC will hold a PhD masterclass. Please find the information below; we will publish the full programme soon.

PG7004 Masterclass: Contemporary Theoretical Paradigms in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Intercultural Conversations:
Community, Translation and Cultural Representation

Hosted by Project DaRT

CASiLaC cluster on Translation and Creative Practice

Thursday, 20 June 2019 – G27 O’Rahilly Building, 10.00am – 5.30pm

To be followed by the international conference

Performing Translation: Translatorship in the 21st century (June 21-22nd, UCC),

organised by Project DaRT with support from the AHRC-funded project Language Acts and Worldmaking, CASiLaC and the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies


In order to enhance the postgraduate education programme, this Masterclass is designed to expose participants to emerging, interdisciplinary approaches to intercultural communication that re-imagine cultural representation in and across communities. Under the umbrella of translation, in its most literal and metaphorical interpretations, the sessions will explore how language as a vehicle of cultural representation (from both the centre and the margins) shapes, enhances, diversifies, and distorts the world through the eyes of the Self and the Other.

Some of the key questions include:

  • How do discourses of the Self and Other travel in translation?
  • How do language and translation operate in the shaping of communities?
  • To what extent can the metaphors of translation help address challenges arising from increased intercultural contacts?

In line with its interdisciplinary approach, this Masterclass will bring together researchers from diverse fields concerned with the various roles that language plays in intercultural conversations. It will be structured around a keynote lecture from Prof. Catherine Boyle from King’s College London, who has worked extensively on cultural studies and translation, and will close with a panel discussion for an opportunity to bring together the central issues from the sessions.

The Masterclass will be relevant to students and staff across the Social Sciences and Humanities interested in exploring the challenges of representation across languages and cultures. It will also be of interest to participants and contributors to the conference Performing Translation: Translatorship in the 21st Century, which will provide with a platform to continue related discussions by exploring the notion of translation as performance and new understandings of the identity, agency and role of those involved in linguistic and cultural mediation.