Wednesday, May 23, 2018

CfP "A host of tongues.. Multilingualism, lingua franca and translation in the Early Modern period"

Call for Papers "A host of tongues.. Multilingualism, lingua franca and translation in the Early Modern period" (13-15 December 2018), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova University of Lisbon

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the linguistic situation in Europe was one of remarkable fluidity. Latin, the great scholarly lingua franca of the medieval period, was beginning to crack as the tectonic plates shifted beneath it, but the vernaculars had not yet crystallized into the national languages that they would become a century later, and bi- or multilingualism was still rife. Through the influence of print capitalism, the dialects that occupied the informal space were starting to organise into broad fields of communication and exchange (Anderson 2006: 37-46), though the boundaries between them were not yet clearly defined nor the links to territory fully established. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, languages were coming into contact with an intensity that they had never had before (Burke 2004: 111-140), influencing each other and throwing up all manner of hybrids and pidgins as peoples tried to communicate using the semiotic resources they had available. New lingua francas emerged to serve particular purposes in different geographic regions or were imposed through conquest and settlement (Ostler 2005: 323-516). And translation proliferated at the seams of such cultural encounters, undertaken for different reasons by a diverse demographic that included missionaries, scientists, traders, aristocrats, emigrés, refugees and renegades (Burke 2007: 11-16).

This fascinating linguistic maelstrom has understandably attracted the attention of scholars from a variety of different backgrounds. Cultural historians have studied the relationship between language, empire and mission, processes of cultural transmission and the influence of social, political and economic factors on human communications. Historical linguists have investigated language contact, codification and language change (Zwartjes 2011). Translation studies specialists are interested in how translation was conceptualized and practised during the period (Kittel et al. 2007), and literary scholars have looked at how multilingualism is represented in plays and poems of the period (Delabastita and Hoenselaars 2015). There have also been postcolonial engagements with the subject, given the often devastating effects of Western European language ideologies on precolonial plurilingual practices (e.g. Canagarajah and Liyanage 2005), as well as gendered perspectives, centring on women’s language in different cultural spaces.

This conference hopes to attract specialists from all of these areas and beyond in an attempt to generate a truly interdisciplinary debate about linguistic behaviour in the Early Modern period. Proposals are invited for 15-20 minute papers on any language-related topic dealing with the period 1400 to 1800. Thematic panel proposals are also welcome (2-hour sessions involving 3-4 speakers).

Subjects may include:

  • Multi- or translingual practices in particular parts of the world;
  • Translational activities, including interpreting, cultural translation, self-translation, intersemiotic translation and paratranslational processes;
  • Lingua francas in particular regions and domains;
  • The historical development of national languages and subnational varieties;
  • Language contact and its (cultural, political, ideological, linguistic) consequences;
  • The linguistic practices of specific social groups (e.g. traders, missionaries, scientists, women);
  • Hybridity and code-switching in public and private spaces;
  • Literary heteroglossia and macaronics;
  • Processes of cultural transmission (science, philosophy, religion, art, culture of everyday life etc);
  • The linguistic effects of conquest, settlement, diaspora and migration;
  • Language and education;
  • The effects of technology;
  • The economy of linguistic exchange;
  • Language ecologies;
  • Language and empire.

Keynote speakers

  • Peter Burke (Cambridge University);
  • Hugo Cardoso (University of Lisbon);
  • Antje Flüchter (University of Bielefeld);
  • Theo Hermans (University College, London);
  • Joan-Pau Rubiés (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona);
  • Otto Zwartjes (University Paris-Diderot VII).

Individual papers and panels submission
An abstract of up to 250 words (for individual papers) or 1000 words (for panels) should be submitted to accompanied by a brief biosketch (up to 50 words) by 30 June. You will be notified 31 July of your paper’s acceptance.

Organizing Committee
Karen Bennett (FCSH/CETAPS);
Angelo Cattaneo (FCSH/CHAM);
Gonçalo Fernandes (UTAD/CEL);
Rogério Puga (FCSH/CETAPS/CHAM).

Conference website:

Conference "Staging the literary translator", Vienna, 17-19 May 2018

Self-translation was a topic of two talks at the conference "Staging the literary translator" which took place from 17 May till 19 May 2018 in Vienna.
  • Hannah Felce: Tomi Ungerer: Using self-translation to explore language and identity
  • Joëlle Feijen: "Möglichkeit und Paradox des Übersetzenden: Mitspielend, läßt er sich aus dem Spiel". Peter Handke als Autor-Übersetzer und Selbstübersetzer

For more information on the conference, please click here.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Conference on self-translation in Rome 18-19 May 2018

Autotraduzione: motivi, studi, strategie // Self-Translation: Teloi, Studies, Strategies
Convegno internazionale 18-19 maggio 2018 a cura di Bruno Berni e Alessandra D’Atena

Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici Villa Sciarra-Wurts sul Gianicolo. Via Calandrelli, 25 / Viale delle Mura Gianicolensi, 11. Roma

Venerdì 18 maggio 2018
15.00 Saluti istituzionali: Roberta Ascarelli
          Apertura dei lavori: Bruno Berni e Alessandra D’Atena 
          Modera: Rossana Sebellin
15.30 Simona Anselmi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Piacenza):
          Le ragioni  dell'autotraduzione/Self-translators' Teloi
16.00 Eva Gentes (Heinrich Heine Universität - Düsseldorf)
          An Introduction to Self-translation Studies
16.30 Discussione Pausa Modera: Gabriella Catalano
17.00 Bruno Berni (Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici) «
          Pura pedanteria e annotazioni inutili»: Holberg traduttore di Holberg
17.30 Alessandra D’Atena (Mediatori e Traduttori Europei, Università di Roma Tor Vergata)                        L’autotraduzione poetica in Stefan George
18.00 Discussione

Sabato 19 maggio 2018
Modera: Alessandra D’Atena
10.00 Thomas Wisniewski (Harvard University)
          Karen Blixen Between Writing and Rewriting: Aesthetics and Self-translation in the Early
10.30 Rossana Sebellin (Mediatori e Traduttori Europei, Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
          Samuel Beckett e l'autotraduzione teatrale
11.00 Lucia Salvato (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milano)
          Scelte linguistiche e strategie comunicative nell’autotraduzione tedesca: Ruth Klüger e                        Wolfgang Hildesheimer a confronto
11.30 Discussione
12.00 Bruno Berni Conclusione dei lavori

Solo di recente l’autotraduzione si è profilata quale campo di ricerca con una propria e
avvincente peculiarità all’interno dei translation studies. Il convegno a carattere internazionale e interdisciplinare, nato dalla collaborazione tra l’Istituto Italiano di Studi Germanici e il gruppo di ricerca Mediatori e Traduttori Europei dell’Università di Roma Tor Vergata, si propone di indagare l’autotraduzione da più prospettive facendo dialogare fra loro approcci critico-letterari e linguistici.
Al centro della riflessione saranno posti gli sviluppi degli studi dedicati al fenomeno, i motivi che spingono gli autori a tradurre le proprie opere, nonché i processi di autotraduzione con le rispettive strategie traduttive.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

NeMLA 2018 roundtable on self-translation

At the 49th annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (April 12- April 15, 2018) a roundtable "Self-translation is Not Translation at All" took place with the following contributions:
  • “Self-translation: When Herman Melville becomes Marcel Proust and the White Whale becomes a Cookie” Yves Cloarec, Queens College, CUNY
  • “Oscillations: Translation and Re-translation in It’s Out Now” Mona Eikel-Pohen, Syracuse University
  • “Self-translation as a Compositional Method” Piotr Gwiazda, University of Pittsburgh
  • “Why in French?” Sultana Raza, Freelance writer, editor, and educator
  • “Lolita in Russian: Translation or Revision?” Zhanna Yablokova, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Monday, April 16, 2018

Update Bibliography on self-translation

The bibliography on self-translation has been updated. To download the pdf-file please click here. If you have any suggestions for further entries, please leave a comment. The next update is scheduled for 1st of  July 2018.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CfP: CSIS Panel on self-translation: Perché autotradursi? (Why should one self-translate?)

Deadline for submission: February 25, 2018

** CSIS Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada (May 11-13, 2018)

Panel on self-translation: Perché autotradursi? (Why should one self-translate?)

Self-translation has always been present in the Italian literary scene, although this practice has rarely been acknowledged and its study has been most often neglected.
In the past, self-translations by Italian writers have been offered, at various times, and in different language combinations  (e.g., Italo Calvino, Beppe Fenoglio, Carlo Goldoni, Luigi Pirandello). More recently, a high level of bilingualism due migration, exile, or transnational lifestyles triggered by post-colonial and post-war developments has produced a new wave of self-translations, within and outside Italy. We are inviting proposals to reveal and dissect the practice of self-translation both as a process – of linguistic mediation, cultural negotiation and/or creative “transmutation” (Octavio Paz) – and as a product, with all that concerns publication trends, market-related restrictions, readers’ response and critics’ reception.

The reasons that lead a writer to self-translate (or not to self-translate, as Tim Parks argues) his/her work are manifold and often overlapping. It is striking, however, that publishers are rarely keen to advertise their publications as self-translations. Again, the reasons behind this reticence are manifold and require further study.

This panel offers the opportunity to explore the question of its title  – “Perché autotradursi?” – in the widest possible way, embracing any historical time-frame and from any specific point of view, be it that of:

- the emerging or already established writer;
- the independent or trade publisher;
- the monolingual or bilingual (if not multilingual) reader;
- the literary critic or the scholar;
- the language combination itself, and its relation to the socio-linguistic web of global power dynamics.

Please submit an abstract in English, Italian, French or Spanish and a short bio to Arianna Dagnino, The University of Ottawa,,  by February 25, 2018.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Update Bibliography on Self-translation

The bibliography on self-translation has been updated. To download the pdf-file please click here. If you have any suggestions for further entries, please leave a comment. The next update is scheduled for 1st of  April 2018.