Seminar – Translation and Interpreting in Multilingual Contexts, Aston, UK

birminghamA free event is being organised by the Department of Languages and Translation Studies (LTS) at Aston University, Birmingham, UK on Friday, 19 February 2016, with the support of the Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA).


11.00am Registration

11.15-11.30am Welcome
Prof Frank Austermuehl, Chair in Translation Studies, Aston University
Prof Gertrud Reershemius, Co-director of CLaRA (and coordinator of the Multilingualism and Translation group)

11.30-1pm: Panel 1. Conceptualizing multilingualism vis-à-vis translation

  • Prof Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff, and president of IATIS), “Rethinking the Translation Continuum”
  • Prof Rainier Grutman (Ottawa), “Multilingualism and Translation: Two Sides of the Same Coin?”
    Chair: Brian Sudlow (Aston)

1-2pm Lunch

2-3.30pm: Panel 2. Translation, interpreting and language training in professional multilingual settings

  • Dr Yvonne Fowler (Aston), “The challenges of PSI interpreting in a multilingual city: the case of Birmingham”
  • Dr Wine Tesseur (Reading), “Official multilingualism and translation in NGOs”
  • Delyth Prys (Bangor), “Translation training in Non-State Cultures: Perspectives from Wales”
  • Chair: Dr Séverine Hubscher-Davidson (Aston)

3.30-4pm Coffee break

4-5pm Panel 3: The multilingual circulation of literary texts

  • Dr Olga Castro (Aston), “Translational Travels within Multilingual Spain”
  • Dr Richard Mansell (Exeter), “Regional, National, International: the Case of Translated Catalan Literature”
    Chair: Prof Christina Schaeffner (Aston)

5-5.45pm Multilingualism in the European Union

  • Ingemar Strandvik (EC’s Directorate-General for Translation, Brussels) “Legal Translation and Multilingual Lawmaking in the EU”
    Chair: Dr Olga Castro (Aston)

5.45pm. Concluding remarks

For more information, contact the organiser Dr Olga Castro, email: o.castro(at) There is no conference fee but advance registration is required by 12 February 2016. Book your ticket here.

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