Cfp: Translation and Performative Practices: Itineraries in Translation History

4th International Conference on Itineraries in Translation History

December 13-15, 2018 at the University of Tartu, Estonia. In cooperation with Tallinn University.

Translation and interpreting history includes various periods, practices and genres. Some are more stable and thus more visible and obvious than others, some are more hidden, less distinct and harder to study. One of the most complex areas in the history of translation is the translation of texts that are meant to be performed: such translations are rarely systematically studied and are bypassed in most translation histories. Consequently, there is hardly any established methodology in historical research on the translations of performance arts and the question still stands: how can we best describe translations of complicated polycoded texts? How can we include in the history of translation those texts that enter the target audience not only verbally but as dramatized and/or musical performances? 

The 4th conference of the Itineraries in Translation History series will focus on the elusive translation and interpreting practices related to texts that are in constant change and movement from a historical perspective. Special attention will be paid to translations of theatrical texts and audiovisual translation in film and television, but we also welcome papers dedicated to various problems related to translating other verbal and nonverbal sign systems and to the issues of inter- and intrasemiotic translation.

The themes addressed in the conference may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • The transfer of theatrical texts across linguistic and cultural borders
  • New translations for new audiences: interpretations spurred by changes in socio-cultural context and agency (gender, ethnicity, age, expectation, experience)
  • Translations to be performed vs translations to be read in theatre, cinema and television
  • Reader-oriented translations and the openness of theatre translation
  • The role of the new media in translation for theatre, cinema and television
  • The musical performance of translation
  • Functional and ideological aspects of translation for theatre, cinema and television
  • Research methods in translation for theatre, cinema and television
  • Keeping to the text: precision and performance
  • Theatre translation and emerging national identities
  • Theatre research and translation studies
  • Universal texts: Erasing cultural markers
  • The Other in theatre translation
  • Translation and the history of the Opera
  • Issues of accessibility in theatre, film and television from a historical perspective: subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing, audio description, sign language interpreting, etc.

Proposals for papers (in English, no longer than 250 words) should be submitted by August 1, 2018:

Submit your proposal here

The conference will work in the format of plenary and section sessions. The presentation time is 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. The working language of the conference is English. Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than September 1, 2018.
Keynote speakers:

    Dr Carol O'Sullivan (University of Bristol)
    Dr Geraldine Brodie (University College London)

The conference is organized by the University of Tartu College of Foreign Languages and Cultures and Tallinn University's School of Humanities.

Scientific Committee:

  • Luc van Doorslaer (University of Tartu & KU Leuven)
  • Katiliina Gielen (University of Tartu)
  • Maria-Kristiina Lotman (University of Tartu)
  • Anne Lange (Tallinn University)
  • Daniele Monticelli (Tallinn University)
  • Outi Paloposki (University of Turku)
  • Christopher Rundle (University of Bologna)

In case of questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Organizing Committee:
Ass. Prof. Maria-Kristiina Lotman (, Lect. Katiliina Gielen (
College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, University of Tartu, Estonia

In cooperation with: Prof. Daniele Monticelli, Ass.Prof. Anne Lange, School of Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia

Posted by Chris Rundle on 7th May 2018
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