Call for Papers: Globalisation – Challenges for Translators and Interpreters

Zhuhai, Jinan University, PR China

29th – 30th Nov 2013


We are delighted to announce the following researchers as our keynote speakers:

–  Professor Roberto Valdeón (University of Oviedo, Spain)
–   Professor Myriam Salama-Carr (University of Salford, United Kingdom)
–   Associate Professor Henrik Gottlieb (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
–   Dr. Saihong Li (University of Salford, United Kingdom)


In translation studies the usual paradigms involve thinking about the two languages and the problems of communicating between them. It is assumed that any qualified or certified translator/interpreter is ‘functionally bilingual’ and has a high degree of competence in the grammatical and semantic properties of two or more languages. However, the question that is seldom asked is ‘What is one language?’ Is English one language? Is Chinese? Is Arabic? There are vast differences in cultural value, and in cultural assumptions, between an ‘English’ interpreter from China who has an Australian accent and one who has a British accent. All these factors have brought big challenges both to translators and interpreters. This transnational, cross-disciplinary conference is to bring together academia to critically interrogate the concepts of Globalization and Cultural references in Interpreting and Translation studies from theoretical, practical and self-reflexive perspectives.


Apart from paper proposals, we are open to suggestions for a range of discussion formats such as poster presentations or audio-recorded roundtables. Topics may include (but not limited to the ethical, theoretical and practical of Interpreting and Translation studies).


Following the conference, we will publish some selected papers in Perspective: Studies in Translatology and Forum, an international refereed Journal of Interpreting and Translation Studies. This section will be updated once we receive the final confirmation from both publishers. Some publications may involve a fee.


An abstract of 250-300 words and a mini-biography (50-100 words) should be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment to Dr. Yan Fangming: and Dr. Saihong Li: The deadline for submission of abstracts will be on Monday 30th September 2013. Notification of acceptance of proposals will be communicated by Tuesday 15th October 2013.

The conference website will be available in due course, including information on conference fees, excursions and registration details. The conference programme and abstracts will be published online in early November.


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