2012 – Multilingual identities: translators and interpreters as cross-cultural migrants

3rd Annual Glendon Graduate Conference in Translation Studies

Multilingual identities: translators and interpreters as cross-cultural migrants

Toronto, Canada, March 10, 2012

The students of the Master in Translation Studies at Glendon College, York University, are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference in Translation Studies to be held at Glendon College in Toronto on March 20, 2012.

This conference, will focus on the subjective as well as sociological and political aspects of translation and community interpreting, by exploring the experiences of translators and interpreters as individuals with competing identities, and their ethical roles in multilingual spaces.

Our goal is to provide a forum for young researchers working on issues of displacement such as exile, migration, trauma, conflict, and memory, and how these biographical experiences are currently shaping both the practice and theory of translation and interpretation. This conference will promote a shift from bilingual to multilingual; from agent to subject; from normativity to ethics; from description to action. We will further explore the topic of displacement and its ability or inability to manipulate, shift and mould national narratives. The conference theme covers three different contexts and the intersections they create: host society and its languages; Aboriginal communities; and migrants from all over the world.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Miriam Shlesinger, Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies at Bar-Ilan University