Saturday, May 24, 2014

Interview with Syed Manzoorul Islam (World Literature Today)

The current issue of the fantastic journal World Literature Today includes an interview with Syed Manzoorul Islam, a Bengali author who writes in both English and Bengali. He has self-translated his short stories from Bengali, published in English as The Merman's Prayer and Other Stories. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Daily Star Books. 2013.

Rifat Munim and Syed Manzoorul Islam
"The author as self-translator. A conversation with Syed Manzoorul Islam".
World Literature Today Vol. 88, No. 3-4 (May/August 2014), pp. 66-68

A review of the short story collection, can be read here.

Annual Conference Canadian Association for Translation Studies

Self-translation will be a topic at the 27th Conference Canadian Association for Translation Studies taking place in Ontario, 26-28 May 2014.

10 h 30 – 12 h 00 (Salle/Room Plaza-500-A)
Président / Chair : Nayelli Castro

FOGLIA, C. : « Nos racines sont nos antennes » : Marco Micone et la cosmopolitisation intérieure des immobiles.
VAN BOLDEREN, T. : Self-Translation in Canada: A Preliminary Prosopography

FOGLIA, Cecilia «Nos racines sont nos antennes»:
Marco Micone et la cosmopolitisation intérieure des immobiles. L'installation dans le pays d'accueil ne se solde pas obligatoirement par un oubli de leur terre d'origine, mais peut entraîner un enracinement physique contrebalancé par un retour mental et volontaire au pays natal. Ce cosmopolitisme, ayant à la fois des ailes et des racines, reflète la condition de certains migrants tels que Marco Micone, qui n'ayant que leurs bras à vendre, se métamorphosent en artistes transfrontaliers dont l'art consiste à défier les frontières visibles et invisibles, à les franchir, les utiliser, les contourner. Dans cette communication nous explorerons le potentiel créatif de cet écrivain issu de la migration et, par l'adoption d'une perspective cosmopolite inspirée principalement du sociologue allemand Ulrich Beck, nous analyserons comment Micone a produit des espaces littéraires hétérotopiques. Immobile physiquement, mais muni d'antennes syntonisant toujours les fréquences italiennes, Micone écrit et traduit pour la scène ce cosmopolitisme qui le traverse, le déchire et le fait renaître en même temps.

VAN BOLDEREN, Trish Self-Translation in Canada: A Preliminar Prosopography
In this conference paper, Ipresent a prosopography of self-translators in Canada. After briefly contextualizing self-translation research in order to expose certain gaps, I define prosopography and discuss its merits for examining large groups of people from an historical perspective. Subsequently, I outline my methodology for this research. On the one hand, how has "self-translation in Canada" been defined? And how have the self-translators included in the study been identified? On the other hand, what specific data has been collected?Why have these variables (and not others) been selected? And what methods have been used for gathering these data?I then discuss the results of the research, in terms of observable patterns and their broader implications for self-translation research, both within and outside of Canada. Finally, I reflect on the methodological value (benefits, drawbacks) of prosopography.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Between Policies and Poetics: Itineraries in Translation History

Self-translation will be a topic at the conference Between Policies and Poetics: Itineraries in Translation History, taking place at the University of Tartu Centre for Translation Studies and Tallinn University, 13.-14.06.14.

Friday 13.06.14 at 11 am:
Janika Päll:  The role of translation and self-translation in Early Modern Society: the examples from Estonia and Livonia in the context of European learned practice.

The preliminary conference programme is available here.