Translation as Political Act

La traduzione come atto politico
Translation as Political Act
La traduction comme acte politique

Conferentie (9-11 mei 2019) georganiseerd door het Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Università di Perugia, in samenwerking met het Genealogies of Knowledge Project, University of Manchester (UK).

De conferentie focust op vier belangrijke thema’s:

  • de rol van vertaling in de ontwikkeling en verspreiding van politieke ideeën
  • de manier waarop vertaling functioneert in de context van institutionele politiek
  • het belang van vertaling in ‘agenda-setting’ en de politieke eisen van sociale actiegroepen
  • vertaling in de media, met name in de internationale politiek

CLIV-leden Guy Rooryck en Lieve Jooken geven een keynote paper met als thema “Le traducteur-médiateur: un dialogue franco-britannique au siècle des Lumières”.

Registratie is mogelijk tot 30 april 2019.

Organiserend committee:

Diana Bianchi (Università di Perugia, Italia)
Jan Buts (University of Manchester, UK)
Henry Jones (University of Manchester, UK)
Francesca Piselli (Università di Perugia, Italia)
Federico Zanettin (Università di Perugia, Italia)


Symposium Getuigenis in Vertaling

Op dinsdag 28 november 2017 organiseren CLIV, CERES, CMSI en de Stichting Auschwitz aan UGent een symposium over Getuigenis in vertaling. Het programma omvat naast lezingen ook een forumdiscussie over het vertalen van Holocaust-literatuur. Keynote spreker is David Bellos (Princeton University).

Voor meer informatie kunt u terecht bij de hoofdorganisator van het colloquium, Anneleen Spiessens ( Inschrijven kan tot 15 november via

CFP: Translating for the Stage: Translating on the Stage

Symposium: 13th January
Workshop: 11-13th January
University of Oxford, Maison Française

Special Guest: Catherine Hargreaves, Ecole Nationale Supérieure
des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre, Lyon

The symposium will take place after a three-day practical workshop run by director, actor and translator Catherine Hargreaves, professor at ENSATT, France. Speakers are invited to register for the workshop in addition to the symposium if they wish (see description below).

Call for Papers

While the domestication of cultural references is often seen as crucial in theatre translation, pursuing efficacy in speeches is just as important: the translator needs to have an ear for the potential performance of the text and its ‘speakability’. The demands of the stage tend to cut short the ethical debates on the positioning of translation between source and target text, and justify the choice for adaptation rather than translation. Over the past decades, translators and critics have defended the need to test translations on the stage, and the cooperation between the different agents of the theatrical project – in other words, the interdependence between translation, adaptation and interpretation. Collaborative translation benefits the actor by alleviating their verbal obstacles (Johnston 2004), and the director by assisting them in the interpretation of the text, as well as its reception, favouring the clarity and credibility of the text (Peghinelli 2012).

Sometimes collaborative translation also benefits the translators themselves, as it elevates their subaltern status and gives them visibility (Fernandes 2010); or benefits the source text, as it helps to retain the effects produced by the original (Zatlin 2005). This practice also benefits theatre translation as a discipline, as it can open up several avenues of research. For example, because the idiom generally aspires to embrace the target culture’s sociolect in a given time and to be as efficient as possible, studying the history of all available translations prepared for performance of a particular play could bring some insights into the evolution of language usage and the norms of theatrical efficacy. Just as the practice and the study of stage-oriented translations have entailed the emergence of theatre anthropology as an almost autonomous area of research, such historical study has the potential to open up to theatre sociolinguistics as a new subfield of the discipline.

This study day may also focus on the flaws of collaborative translation, and aims to foster debate on the practice. First, collaborative translation relies heavily on the notions of ‘speakability’ and ‘performability’, which are still under-conceptualised and sometimes controversial. Second, the necessity and the legitimacy of collaborative translation and naturalistic-driven theatrical writings can legitimately be criticised.

While case studies are welcome, we will favour proposals that particularly contribute to the theoretical reflection on collaborative translation. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes and suggested themes are as follows (although this list is not prescriptive):
– Mechanisms and purpose of collective translation
– Politics of rehearsals: power struggle and visibility of the translator
– Collective translation and commercial theatre
– Ethical considerations
– Social sciences: sociolinguistics, historiography, anthropology, rehearsal ethnography
– Defining, pursuing or rejecting ‘speakability’

Please send your abstract or any questions to by 15th October 2017. The committee will review the abstracts in the following week.

The symposium will end with an open workshop in which speakers will be given the opportunity to join for free or to attend (knowledge of French not essential for this workshop), followed by a round table.


The workshop will explore the relationship between language and acting. How can the use of different languages influence an actor’s presence, develop his practical skills and sensitivities and modify meaning? What happens on stage when a same scene is played in different languages? Or in several languages at the same time?

After a series of exercises, designed to reveal how the rhythm and sound of a given language carry the history and cultural background of a society, the participants (theatre practitioners and literature students) will work on performing English and French versions of the same scenes and on improvisations linked to multilingual devised theatre. Time will be spent on analyzing the different performances and figuring out together if the stage can and/or should influence the translation of a play. The authors and translators of the plays will be invited to join the workshop.

The scenes will be taken from English and French contemporary plays. Knowledge of French is required to participate, but no theatre experience is required.
Lunches will be provided.

Registration for the workshop (11th-13th January, 10am – 4pm): £30 (£15 for students).
Registration for the symposium: (13th January): £20 (£10 for students)

International conference T&R 5

Appel à communications / Call for papers
Colloque international / International conference T&R 5 

Théories & Réalités en Traduction & Rédaction 5
Theories & Realities in Translation & wRiting 5

Écrire, traduire le voyage / Writing, translating travel

Anvers / Antwerp
Jeudi 31 mai & vendredi 1 juin 2018 / Thursday 31 May & Friday 1 June 2018

Veuillez adresser votre résumé (question de recherche, corpus, résultats, références…) d’environ 500 mots avant le 9 janvier 2017 à: et

Please submit an abstract (research question, corpus, results, references…) of approximately 500 words by 28 February 2017 to: and

For more information on conference topics please see T&R5 Antwerp 2018
Full Call for papers T&R5 Anvers Antwerp 2018

Translating diaspora: Surinamese historical novels in Brazil

Date: 21 November, 2-4pm
Place: Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
Pleinlaan 5, 3rd floor, Vergaderzaal

With Prof. Julio Monteiro (Universidade de Brasilia)

The aim of this talk is to cast light upon a possible dialogue between the Brazilian and the Surinamese literary systems, via translation into Brazilian Portuguese from Surinamese historical novels, especially in regard to diaspora narratives. Brazil and Suriname share a common history of forced migration, and narratives depicting this fact pervade the literature of both countries. It is worth emphasizing that the Jewish community in Suriname has its origins mostly in Brazil and that the African slave trade followed roughly the same route in both countries. Since both African and Jewish diaspora are ever-present in historical novels by Surinamese authors, it can be argued that the narratives concerning those communities may catch the attention of the potential Brazilian reader who comes into contact with Surinamese literature. Issues such as the (in)visibility of Surinamese literature in Brazil and the challenges of translation between two peripheral literary systems will be tackled.

Colloquium Platform Vertalen & Vertaalwetenschap

Op donderdag 30 juni en vrijdag 1 juli 2016 vindt in Münster het jaarlijkse colloquium van het Platform Vertalen & Vertaalwetenschap plaats.  Op donderdagnamiddag is het colloquium – in het Duits – toegankelijk voor een ruimer publiek en heeft het vertalingen van Nederlandse literatuur in het Duits als thema. Op donderdagavond is een podiumgesprek met drie vertalers en een auteur gepland. Op vrijdag staan de wetenschappelijke bijdragen over “Het parcours van Nederlands boek tot buitenlandse lezer” op het programma. De voertaal op donderdagavond en vrijdag is het Nederlands. Voorstellen voor lezingen van 20 minuten zijn welkom tot 31 maart 2016. Voor de Call for Papers zie CFP_Platformdag_Münster_2016.


De onderzoeksgroep Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies (TrICS) van de Universiteit Antwerpen organiseert een symposium op 29 april 2016 over de toegankelijkheid van live events. Toegankelijkheid, “accessibility”, wordt steeds meer de standaard en is een integraal deel van veel live events vandaag. Unlimited! wil hulde brengen aan deze ontwikkeling en de actuele toestand in kaart brengen, met speciale aandacht voor audiodescriptie, zowel audio-boventiteling als audio-ondertiteling, boventiteling voor slechthorenden en gebarentaal. Het volledige programma vindt u op Unlimited!

CETRA Summer School 2016

A provisional programme for the 28th CETRA Research Summer School (22 Aug – 2 Sep 2016 at KU Leuven, campus Antwerp) is now available at Since 1989, the CETRA Summer School in Translation and Interpreting Studies offers a unique setting for PhD students, postdocs and young scholars who spend two weeks of research under the supervision of a team of prominent scholars in Translation Studies. This year’s CETRA Chair Professor is Jeremy Munday (University of Leeds).

Applications for the Summer School are possible until April 8th. Please find all information about the application procedure at

Promotie Thomas Spittael

Op maandag 7 december 2015 promoveerde Thomas Spittael aan de Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte van UGent tot Doctor in de Letterkunde op een proefschrift getiteld The Paratextual, Translational, and Print-Cultural Mediation of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Discours sur les Sciences et les Arts in Britain (1751–1785). 

Promotoren van het proefschrift waren:

Prof. Dr. Sandro Jung (promotor)
Prof. Dr. Guy Rooryck (co-promotor)
Prof. Dr. Lieve Jooken (co-promotor)

De leescommissie bestond uit:

Prof. Dr. Anne Bandry-Scubbi (Université de Strasbourg)
Prof. Dr. Fiona McIntosh-Varjabedian (Université de Lille 3)
Prof. Dr. Agnes Guiderdoni (Université Catholique de Louvain)
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pieters (Universiteit Gent)

Promotie Gys-Walt Van Egdom

Op dinsdag 30 juni vindt aan de VUB (lokaal E0.12, 15u) de promotie plaats van Gys-Walt Van Egdom. Zijn proefschrift is getiteld

Naar een ethiek van de literaire vertaling

De leescommissie bestaat uit de volgende leden:

Daniel Acke – voorzitter van de jury (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
David Gullentops – promotor (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Désirée Schyns – extern jurylid (Universiteit Gent)
Winibert Segers – extern jurylid (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Arvi Sepp – intern jurylid (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Universiteit
Marc Vanden Bossche – intern jurylid (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)