Call for papers: ‘Minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises’

Call for papers: V International Conference Translating Voices Translating Regions ‘Minority languages, risks, disasters and regional crises’ Dates: 13-15 December 2017 Venue: Europe House, London Times: 9:30-16:30 Website:

The Centre for Translation Studies announces the V International Conference Translating Voices, Translating Regions, convened by Dr Christophe Declercq and Dr Federico M. Federici.

Deadline to submit panel proposals: 15 February 2017 Deadline to submit abstracts for individual papers: 28 March 2017

The fifth International conference aims to address questions focused on the role of professional and non- professional translators and interpreters as mediators during crises. Communication in disasters, emergencies, and in the different phases of developing crises is crucial and is normally an intercultural interaction. Yet the area of remains under-explored with very few exceptions. The need for more efficient intercultural communication among international humanitarian field operators begins to be acknowledged in those reports that focus on the consequences of inefficient communication in responding to international crises. In the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster and Risk Reduction 2015-2030’ (2015) shows that new attention, though only in nuce, emerges on the crucial role of communicating over all the different phases of a crises. This conference intends to engage with the complexity of multilingual communication in crises, especially but not exclusively in those contexts in which rare or minority languages represent a substantial obstacle to rescue or humanitarian operations. The conference will welcome papers, reflections, reports, and accounts focusing on the people involved and the procedures adopted, on the training needed and the training available, and on the technologies and infrastructures that support or could support in the foreseeable future intercultural interactions and communication during crises.

Confirmed Keynote speakers Prof Stuart Allan, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, UK Prof David Alexander, Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, UK Prof Vicent Montalt, Dep. Traducción e InterpretaciónUniversitat Jaume I, Spain

Key themes of the conference  Translation technologies and humanitarian needs  Use of multimedia translation for crises  Open-source translation technologies and regional languages  Audiovisual translation and the representation of emergencies and crises  Reporting international, multilingual crises  Minority languages and lack of translation technologies  Constrained subtitles and the issue of minority languages  Refugees interpreting and translation for lesser spoken languages  Tools and resources for interpreting in extreme conditions  Medical crises in multilingual contexts  Accessing evidence, news, information, and sources of crisis in minority languages

The conference convenors Dr Christophe Declercq and Dr Federico M. Federici, University College University, welcome proposals exploring these themes. The conference aims to address these issues from a range of pragmatic and theoretical perspectives and welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers followed by 10 minutes for discussion or for 3-paper panel.

To submit a panel proposal or an individual paper, please fill this form: pKgn78WsjQMtJXvKnBg2TqWOFu6asBMv19tC4/viewform

CONFERENCE FEES £60 – The fees cover all catering costs at the event. Places are limited and attendance will be guaranteed only by early registration.

Deadlines 15 February 2016: Submission of panel proposals

PTO 28 March 2017: Individual Abstracts 20 April 2017: Notification of acceptance 25 April 2017: Provisional programme online 25 April 2017: Early-Bird Registration opens 15 July 2017: Final programme online 1 September 2017: Standard Registration opens 30 October 2017: Registration closes

30 November 2017: Submission of papers to be considered for publication – peer-reviewed, edited volume. Details of publishers to be confirmed at a later date.

Please feel free to circulate this call for papers to colleagues who may be interested.

About Stuart Allan's personal blog

Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, UK.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s