Thursday, 21 February 2013

Edinburgh workshop on translation, trauma and silence

‘Translation, Trauma and Silence’:
A Work-in-Progress Workshop

Friday, 12 April 2013
IASH, University of Edinburgh

This workshop aims to provide scholars, working in different disciplines and in different languages, with an interdisciplinary forum in which to explore the intersections between translation (understood in its interlingual, multimodal and metaphoric senses), trauma and/or silence.

Contributions are invited from scholars from any discipline whose work intersects with one or more of the broad themes translation, trauma and/or silence.

Issues and challenges addressed might include the textualization of trauma and of silence, the mediation of traumatic experience, (mis)communication, distortions, corrections and loss, censorships, exposures and revelations, the ethics of speaking and of knowing, and different cultural coding of silence or trauma. Concerns regarding the limitations, the frustrations and the potential of words will be at the forefront of the workshop.

Sessions may take the form of paper/discussion, panel discussion or more informal workshop: proposals for hour-long sessions are welcomed. We would particularly welcome contributions from postgraduates and contract researchers.

The workshop will include contributions from two keynote speakers:

Prof. Jean Boase-Beier (University of East Anglia): ‘Translating Celan’s Silences’

Prof. Máiréad Nic Craith (Heriot-Watt University): ‘The Silence of the Polyglot: an Inarticulate Darkness’

Proposed outcomes:
       to identify synergies between existing theoretical and methodological approaches to translation, trauma and silence;
       to explore interdisciplinary approaches that critique current theories and methods;
       to open up new avenues of research and facilitate potential collaborations;
       to generate ideas for channels of knowledge exchange;
       to support a larger funding bid to the AHRC on translating Holocaust testimonies

To register for the event or to submit a proposal, please get in touch with Sharon Deane-Cox ( before 15th March 2013.

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