[CFP] Translation and Interpreting as a Set of Frames: Ideology, Power, Discourse, Identity & Representation

We are pleased to invite translation scholars and researchers worldwide to contribute research papers to an edited volume, titled

Translation and Interpreting as a Set of Frames: Ideology, Power, Discourse, Identity & Representation

The proposed volume, which has been accepted by Routledge, will be considered for publication as an edited book in ‘Routledge Studies in Language and Identity’.

Interested contributors are requested to submit to the volume editors

Ali Almanna: alialmanna9@gmail.com
Chonglong Gu: chonglong.gu@liverpool.ac.uk

The initial abstract submission should include the article title, abstract and brief bio sketch of the author(s) (31st December 2019 the latest). Once the abstract is accepted by the editors, the first draft of the chapter (approx. 7000 words) should be due by 1st April 2020. These chapters will be then peer reviewed before submitting to the publisher.


Translation and interpreting can be conceptualised as a set of frames, where different versions of fact, truth and reality are reflected, enacted, mediated, (re)constructed, (re)framed, (re)narrated and even manipulated and contested in the process. Notably, as major agents in the interlingual and intercultural communication process, translators and interpreters are often not ideologically neutral but might mediate in the process and effect change possibly on a greater scale regionally and globally (given the increasingly interconnected and mediatised world we are living in in the 21st century). This points to the great relevance and imperative to conceptualise the translation and interpreting product as essentially a kind of discourse and look at translation and interpreting as a mediated activity that is closely related with issues of ideology, power, agency, identity and representation, beyond the traditional source text-oriented lenses that for example focus on ‘equivalence’ or ‘accuracy’ merely on a linguistic level. This eclectic volume aims to address the topic relating to ideology, power, discourse, identity and representation and welcomes submissions involving different language combinations and from a wide range of sociopolitical, cultural and institutional contexts. Potential submissions can be from various theoretical perspectives and draw on different methodological approaches.

Some of the relevant topics might include but are not limited to the following (theoretical insights and methodologies):

  1. Translation/interpreting and (critical) discourse analysis
  2. Translation/interpreting and narrative theory
  3. Translation/interpreting and Systemic Functional Linguistics
  4. Translation/interpreting and corpus linguistics
  5. Corpus-based critical discourse analysis
  6. Translation, interpreting and Bourdieu’s theory

More specific topics might include but are not limited to the following:

  1. The (re)presentation of various sociopolitical actors in translation and interpreting
  2. Interpreter and translator’s agency and ideology mediation
  3. The (re)narration of (different) versions of fact, truth and reality (e.g. news and social media)
  4. The discursive (re)construction of Self versus Other and Us versus Them in translation and interpreting
  5. The discursive enactment of identity (e.g. national identity and group identities) in translation and interpreting
  6. Translation and interpreting as means of subjugation and/or resistance
  7. Translation/interpreting, power, international relations and global order
  8. ‘Critical points’ in translation and interpreting
  9. Diplomatic and political translation and interpreting
  10. Translation and social media (e.g. twitter, Facebook and Instagram)
  11. Translation and interpreting in war zones and conflict areas
  12. Translation as (re)writing
  13. Image (re)construction
  14. Issues of power, ideology and mediation in various historical periods and diachronically