Monday, 12 July 2010

Extended Call for Papers: "Image, Music, Text...?" Translating Multimodalities

Dear all,

This is to let you know that the call for papers for the tenth annual Portsmouth translation conference has been extended. The theme of the conference is: "Image, Music, Text…?" Translating Multimodalities. It will take place on Saturday 6 November 2010 at the usual venue, Park Building, University of Portsmouth

Translation is usually about the printed word, but in today’s multimodal environment translators must take account of other signifying elements too. Words may interact with still and moving images, diagrams, music, typography or page layout. Multimodal meaning-making is deployed for promotional, political, expressive and informative purposes which must be understood and accounted for by technical translators, literary translators, copywriters, subtitlers, localisers and other language professionals. The organisers of the tenth annual Portsmouth Translation Conference invite contributions from translation and interpreting professionals and scholars on the challenges posed to translators by multimodality. Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

• Image and text: advertising, visual communication
• Technical writing, diagrams, layout and document design
• Illustration, bindings, typography and paratexts
• Comics, cartoons, graphic novels, intersemiotic translation
• Song, opera and music in translation
• (Poly)semiotic interferences and intertextualities
• Written to be spoken; the audiomedial text
• Performance, staging, movement; sign language interpreting
• Subtitling, dubbing, surtitling, mise-en-scène, audiodescription, videogame localisation
• Paralinguistic issues and non-verbal communication
• Multimodal spaces: museums, tourist sites, the World Wide Web

We welcome a broad range of approaches to translation, including presentations with an empirical, critical, pedagogical, technological or professional focus. Proposals for practical workshops are warmly welcomed.

Enquiries and/or abstracts of 300 words should be sent to Carol O’Sullivan at carol.osullivan at by 31 July 2010.

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