[CFP] 5th International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions

V International Translating Voices Translating Regions

20 September 2016

‘Minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises’

DATES: 13-15 DECEMBER 2017
TIMES: 9:30-16:30

The Centre for Translation Studies announces the V International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions, convened by Dr Christophe Declercq and Dr Federico M. Federici.

  • Deadline to submit panel proposals: 30 November 2016
  • Deadline to submit abstracts for individual papers: 28 February 2017

The fifth International conference aims to address questions focused on the role of professional and non-professional translators and interpreters as mediators during crises. Communication in disasters, emergencies, and in the different phases of developing crises is crucial and is normally an intercultural interaction. Yet the area of remains under-explored with very few exceptions. The need for more efficient intercultural communication among international humanitarian field operators begins to be acknowledged in those reports that focus on the consequences of inefficient communication in responding to international crises. In the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster and Risk Reduction 2015-2030’ (2015) shows that new attention, though only in nuce, emerges on the crucial role of communicating over all the different phases of a crises. This conference intends to engage with the complexity of multilingual communication in crises, especially but not exclusively in those contexts in which rare or minority languages represent a substantial obstacle to rescue or humanitarian operations. The conference will welcome papers, reflections, reports, and accounts focusing on the people involved and the procedures adopted, on the training needed and the training available, and on the technologies and infrastructures that support or could support in the foreseeable future intercultural interactions and communication during crises.