CFP: Fifth Annual Conference, “Translation in Transition,

Translation in Transition

Barnard College, New York City, May 1-2, 2015

How can we consolidate the gains made by Translation Studies over the last quarter century? What are the future coordinates of a field that is always – and perhaps should remain – in transition?

Translation Studies emerged as an academic discipline within the last thirty years, and the word ‘translation’ itself is often invoked when we celebrate the productivity of intellectual exchange. Yet despite translation’s growing visibility as a metaphor for such exchange, and indeed as a vehicle for it, translation’s place in the university remains in flux. This conference seeks to take the pulse of current research in Translation Studies and to map emerging and innovative approaches in the field. Our aim is not merely to examine the role of translation in academic settings; it is also to explore the relationships universities might foster with other sites where translation is at work. To be held in New York City, with its rich tradition of publishing literature in translation, the conference will include not only traditional panels and lectures, but also readings and convivial gatherings. In this manner, we seek to strengthen ties among the translation community.

We invite interventions from scholars and translators at all stages of their careers that explore the current state and possible futures of translation research. We envisage publication of the conference proceedings. Please submit 250-word abstracts to by January 31. In your submission, clearly indicate which of the following topics your paper will address:

·         Utopias, dystopias and atopias of translation

·         Sites, nodes, networks and habitats of translation

·         Planets, globes and worlds of translation

·         Embodiments of the translator: the messenger, the angel, the parasite, woman and man, the other

·         Frontiers and futures of translation: the machine age, the age of the digital humanities

For further information and future updates, visit the conference website at

Lastly, we are pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of $250 travel grants for graduate students. If you wish to be considered for one of these grants, please indicate this in your submission.

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