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Comparative Literature pres.

TRANSLATION IN A MOBILE WORLD: On language, justice and social cohesion

Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff University)

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Friday, October 18, 2019
3 pm in 2435 North Quad
Free and open to the public

Globalization, migration, sustainable development are some of the key issues in today’s world and they appear as recurring keywords in cultural debates. The role played by languages in all of these areas, however, is often underestimated, with little attention paid to how translation and interpreting can support social cohesion and social justice in increasingly multilingual communities. Drawing on the experience of working with different constituencies, from migrant artists in the US and Australia to health specialists in Namibia and Zambia, this talk will draw attention to translation as a constitutive practice of our everyday lives and to translation awareness as a vital "citizenship skill."

Loredana Polezzi is Professor of Translation Studies in the School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University, and President of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS). Her work focuses on how geographical and social mobilities are connected to the theories and practices of translation, self-translation and multilingualism. With Rita Wilson, she is co-editor of leading international journal The Translator.

This event kicks off the annual Translate-a-thon on October 18-19 coordinated by the Language Resource Center and co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature. For more information on Translate-a-thon 2019, and to register, see http://myumi.ch/J2V8B
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