Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies

Bridging the Cultural Gap in Translation

Wednesday 16th July 2014 (09:00-17:00)

The Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham


Bridging the Cultural Gap in Translation

16 July 2014

The conference will provide a national forum for postgraduates and early researchers currently working in the area of translation studies and cross-cultural communications and comparative cultural studies. This event will coincide with the CLAS Summer School for English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting (14-25 July) and provides a unique opportunity to meet and network with a broad range of experts and practitioners.

In the fields of translation studies, intercultural communication and comparative cultural studies the relationships between so-called Eastern and Western contexts have increasingly become the focus of intercultural dialogues. However, despite the growing awareness of approaches to translation in Eastern contexts there is still an imbalance in academia, the profession and in training.

This conference aims to address the following questions: How should different traditions of discourse about translation be considered as a way to bridge the cultural gap between intra-Western and East-West perspectives? How do translated concepts interact with or exert influence on the receiving cultures repertoire of concepts and prevailing mode of thinking’?

How do these translated concepts affect the receiving culture’s existing body of knowledge?’ These questions by the late Martha Cheung are some examples for the growing awareness of overlaps and differences between these cultural spheres. What is the impact of these issues on translation theory and practice?

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •  Different translation traditions and histories
  •  Translation as dialogue between Eastern and Western cultures
  •  Ideologies and power conflicts
  •  The translator as mediator between East and West
  •  Eastern translation approaches to Western texts and vice versa
  •  Impact of new media on translation in both contexts

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Travel bursaries of up to £50 is restricted to very special cases for speakers with evidence that they are unable to obtain funding from their home institution.