Cfp: (Re) thinking translations. Methodologies, objectives, perspectives

(Re) penser les traductions. Methodologies, objects, perspectives

Call for papers for the International conference at the European University Institute, Villa Salviati, Florence, Italy. 11-12 October 2018

In the last four decades, scholars have begun to go beyond the traditional perspective of linguistic and literary studies, and to consider the translations as cultural practices and the result of various processes of cultural and intellectual 'negotiation' between two different contexts. In recent years also historians have progressively started to take a close interest in translations as sources to investigate the ways in which knowledge and ideas were constructed, disseminated, re-elaborated and assimilated in new cultural, social and political contexts. Among others, Peter Burke, Lázsló Kontler and Christopher Rundle have offered a problematized reflection on the role that the study of translations plays in historical research, underlining how translation could be "the lens through which we research our historical object" (Rundle 2011).

The aim of this international conference is to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue on these problems, bringing together scholars, graduate students and early career researchers from Translation Studies, History, History of Book, History of Science, Literary Studies and related disciplines who are interested in discussing methodologies, objectives and perspectives in the study of translations.

The conference will be divided into two parts. On Thursday 11st October, the attention will be focused on methodological issues. On Friday 12nd October, trying to explore and further promote intersections between Translation Studies, Intellectual History of Enlightenment and History of Science, we will address a specific research question, the contribution that translations offered in the circulation of scientific works in Europe during the long eighteenth century.

Participants are especially encouraged to present papers dealing with any aspects related to the study of translations. Suggested topics might include, but are in no restricted to the following:

- Translations and Cultural Transfer
- Translations and History of Book
- Translations and History of Science
- Translations and Intellectual History of Enlightenment
- Eighteenth century theories and practices of translation
- The materiality of translation
- Actors involved in translation processes

Deadline and Other Information

Please submit proposals for papers (c. 300 words, in English or French) with a short CV to by 31 May 2018. You will receive an answer by 30 June 2018. Proposed papers should not exceed 20 minute in length.

Participation is free of charge and includes lunches, dinner and coffee breaks. We may be able to contribute financially to accomodation of a certain number of participants. Please indicate in your proposal if you would like to benefit from this support.

For more information, please contact: Alessia Castagnino (


Cultural Translation in Early Modern Europe, eds. Peter Burke, Ronnie Po-chia Hsia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Cultural Transfer through Translation. The Circulation of Enlightened Thought in Europe by Means of Translation, ed. Stephanie Stockhorst. Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi, 2010.

Kontler Lázsló. “Translation and Comparison I: Early-Modern and Current Perspective”, Contributions to the History of Concepts, 3 (2007), 71-102.

Kontler Lázsló. “Translation and Comparison II: A Methodological Inquiry into Reception in the History of Ideas”, Contributions to the History of Concepts, 4 (2008), 27-56.

Rundle, Christopher. “History through a Translation Perspective”, in Between Cultures and Texts. Itineraries in Translation History/Entre les cultures et les textes. Itinéraires en histoire de la traduction, ed. Antoine Chalvin, Anne Lange, Daniele Monticelli. Frankfurt An Main: Peter Lang, (2011), 33-43.

Rundle, Christopher. “Translation as an Approach to History”, Translation Studies, 5 (2012), 232-40.

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