[New publication] Complexity Thinking in Translation Studies edited by Kobus Marais and Reine Meylaerts

Edited by Kobus Marais, Reine Meylaerts

About this book:

This volume highlights a range of perspectives on the ways in which complexity thinking might be applied in translation studies, focusing in particular on methods to achieve this. The book introduces the topic with a brief overview of the history and conceptualization of complexity thinking. The volume then frames complexity theory through a variety of lenses, including translation and society, interpreting studies, and Bible translation, to feature case studies in which complexity thinking has successfully been or might be applied within translation studies. Using complexity thinking in translation studies as a jumping off point from which to consider the broader implications of implementing quantitative approaches in qualitative research in the humanities, this volume is key reading for graduate students and scholars in translation studies, cultural studies, semiotics, and development studies.

Table of contents:

1. Introduction

Kobus Marais and Reine Meylaerts

2. Intersemiotic translation as an abductive cognitive artifact

João Queiroz and Pedro Atã

3. Resonances between social narrative theory and complexity theory: A potentially rich methodology for translation studies

Sue-Ann Harding

4. “Effects causing effects”: Considering constraints in translation

Kobus Marais

5. On the multidimensional interpreter and a theory of possibility: Towards the implementation of a complex methodology in interpreter training

Manuel de la Cruz Recio

6. Exploring the social complexity of translation with assemblage thinking

Emma Seddon

7. Translator networks of networks in digital space: The case of Asymptote Journal

Raluca Tanasescu and Chris Tanasescu

8. A complex and transdisciplinary approach to slow collaborative activist translation

Raúl E. Colón Rodríguez

9. Sacred writings and their translations as complex phenomena: The book of Ben Sira in the Septuagint as a case in point

Jacobus Naude and Cynthia Miller-Naude

10. The complexity of Iran’s literary polysystem: An interdisciplinary study

Nasrin Ashrafi

11 .Translation as organized complexity: Implications for translation theory

Maria Tymoczko

12. Knowledge translation and the continuum of science

Caroline Mangerel


About the editors:

Kobus Marais is professor of translation studies in the Department of Linguistics and Language practice of University of the Free State. He has published Translation theory and development studies: A complexity theory approach (2014), A (bio)semiotic theory of translation: The emergence of social-cultural reality (2018), and Translation studies beyond the postcolony (2017; co-edited with Ilse Feinauer).

Reine Meylaerts is full professor of comparative literature and translation studies at KU Leuven. Currently she is vice-rector of research policy (2017-2021). She was director of CETRA from 2006-2014 and is now board member. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters on these topics (https://lirias.kuleuven.be/items-by-author?author=Meylaerts%2C+Reinhilde%3B+U0031976).