Genealogies of Knowledge II

Evolving Transnational, Transdisciplinary and Translational Epistemologies

An international conference hosted by the Centre for Translation and the Translation Programme, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong In collaboration with the Genealogies of Knowledge Project, University of Manchester, UK
7-9 April 2020


Keynote Speakers

    Daryn Lehoux | Queen’s University, Canada

Transmission, Translation, and Trans-temporality in the Epistemology of Science: A Test Case in the History — and Historiography — of Ancient Greek Astrology

    Tony McEnery | Lancaster University, UK

The Road to Brexit: A Discourse Historical Analysis of 5 Decades of News Reporting on Europe in the Times Newspaper

    Tejaswini Niranjana | Lingnan University, Hong Kong

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    Seteney Shami | Arab Council for the Social Sciences, Beirut

Transdisciplinary Knowledge Circulations and Knowledge Connections: Academia, Activism and Critique in the Arab Region

    Boaventura de Sousa Santos | University of Coimbra, Portugal & University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Epistemologies of the South: Abyssal Lines, Translation and Ecologies of Knowledges

    Wang Hui | Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, China

The Birth of Heavenly Principle (Tianli, 天理): A Genealogical Study of the Concept of Tianli in Song Confucianism

[Read more about our Keynote Speakers here]

Conference Theme

This conference builds on and extends the theme of Genealogies of Knowledge I, which was held in Manchester in December 2017 and focused on the role of translation in the production and circulation of political, scientific and other key concepts in social life across time and space. Hosted by the Centre for Translation, Hong Kong Baptist University, Genealogies of Knowledge II will continue to explore how (re)translation, rewriting and other forms of mediation participate in the production and contestation of knowledge and how they renegotiate and/or transform the meaning of key concepts and values at specific historical junctures. This concluding event of the Genealogies of Knowledge project will further seek to widen the platform for enquiry into processes of knowledge construction and circulation by examining how criteria for the recognition and validation of ideas, sources of knowledge, theories and research methods have shifted across cultural spaces, within and across disciplines, and the contribution of translation to effecting such shifts. This event will provide a forum for engaging with questions that address relevant aspects of the emergence of translational, transnational and transdisciplinary epistemologies in various temporal and spatial locations.

[Read full Call for Papers here]

Submission of Abstracts for Individual Presentations

Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent by 30 April 2019 to Mona Baker (, Luis Pérez-González ( and Stephen Todd (

Notification of acceptance will be given by 30 June 2019.

Submission of Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should be submitted by 31 May 2019 to Mona Baker (, Luis Pérez-González ( and Stephen Todd (

Panel proposals should consist of:

    proposed title of panel
    a short outline of the panel/theme (150-200 words)
    name, affiliation and brief resumé of the panel convener
    list of presenters (if known)

Panels should consist of 3 papers of 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion each. Multiple panels on the same theme will also be considered.
Notification of acceptance will be given by 30 June 2019.

Important Dates

    Deadline for Submission of Abstracts for Individual Presentations: 30 April 2019
    Deadline for Submission of Panel Proposals: 31 May 2019
    Notification of acceptance for Individual Presentations: 30 June 2019
    Notification of acceptance for Panel Proposals: 30 June 2019


Translation as Political Act
Perugia, Italy | 9-10 May 2019

A three-day conference hosted in collaboration with the Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, University of Perugia, Italy.

Conference website:

Confirmed speakers include: Mona Baker, Nicole Doerr, Fruela Fernandez, Lynne Franjié, Guy Rooryck and Lieve Jooken.

Constructing the ‘Public Intellectual’ in the Premodern World
Manchester, UK | 5-6 September 2019

A two-day conference hosted in collaboration with the Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies | Division of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology and CIDRAL, University of Manchester, UK.

Conference website:

Confirmed speakers include: Khaled Fahmy and Chris Stray.

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