Women, Language(s) and Translation in the Italian Tradition

7-8 November 2018. Riley Auditorium, Gillespie Centre, Clare College, Cambridge

This two-day conference intends to explore women’s roles in the circulation of ideas and the dissemination of knowledge in the Italian tradition, across the centuries, by means of translations. It focuses on the role of women as translators, as well as, more broadly, agents of all kinds (e.g. translations for women, commissioning of translations by women) in the production and circulation of translations. It also discusses the translations of Italian women writers’ works into other languages.

Translation has at times been deemed a compromise between women’s artistic aspirations and the perils of authorship of imaginative literature, a way for women to leave their mark in an otherwise hostile literary environment. In fact, research on the topic has shown that this understanding of the role of translation for women is limiting. Crossing linguistic and cultural boundaries, women have translated a variety of genres, from poetry, novels, and plays, to history, biography, conduct literature, economic and legal texts, religious and devotional writings, scientific and philosophical works.

In the last few decades an expanding corpus of scholarly works and research activities have greatly contributed to extending our knowledge of women’s roles in the history and cultures of translation, especially with reference to England, France, and Germany, whereas in the Italian tradition, the topic has so far not received the scholarly attention it deserves.

This conference aims to offer a contribution to the cultural history of translation in Italy in a ‘gendered’ perspective, also taking into consideration the complex and varied linguistic situation of the peninsula.

Guests of honour and key-note speakers:

Professor Peter Burke, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Dacia Maraini, novelist, essayist, playwright, and translator
Professor Jane Tylus, Yale University

Conference speakers:

Ms Elisa Baccini, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice
Dr Maria Belova, University of Warwick
Prof. Susanna Braund, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia
Dr Alessandro Cabiati, King’s College, London
Dr Eleonora Carinci, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice
Dr Iulia Cosma, University of West Timisoara
Dr Teresa Franco, University of Oxford
Dr Sara Giovine, University of Padua
Dr Paul Howard, University of Bristol
Ms Ivana Lohrey, University of Augsburg and University of Lorraine
Dr Monica Miniati, Independent Scholar
Prof. Martina Ožbot, University of Ljubljana
Dr Caterina Paoli, Independent scholar
Dr Martina Piperno, University College Cork
Ms Marta Riccobono, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Dr Andrea Rizzi, University of Melbourne
Prof. Gabriella Romani, Seton Hall University
Mr Andrea Romanzi, University of Reading and University of Bristol
Dr Tobia Zanon, University of Padua
Mr Luca Zipoli, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

Programme: a full programme is available on this page.

Registration Details:

Registration is now open. The full fee is £39 per day, and we are happy to offer a reduced rate for students and unwaged of £28 per day. The attendance fee covers the costs for lunch and refreshments (a buffet lunch and 3 refreshment breaks per day). Please use this link to register online: Conference Registration.

Conference registration will close by 31 October 2018.

A number of public engagement events, open to the general public (and free), have been organized in relation to the event. Click here for more details.

Spaces for the public engagement events can be booked when registering for the conference. The events are free of charge – though we would be very grateful if you could let us know immediately should you no longer be able to attend, as there will be a waiting list.

Conference venue:

The conference will be held in the Riley Auditorium, Gillespie Centre, Clare College, Cambridge (access from Clare College, Memorial Court, on Queen’s Road). Click on this link for more information on how to get there: [url=http://clareconferencing.com/information/how-to-find-us/]http://clareconferencing.com/information/how-to-find-us/[/url]

For information on travel and accommodation: see this page


Dr Helena Sanson (Clare College, University of Cambridge)
If you have any queries, please contact: hls37@cam.ac.uk

The conference is generously sponsored by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant, as well as by the Section of Italian at Cambridge University, the Modern Humanities Research Association, the Society for Italian Studies, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, and CIRN, the Cambridge Italian Research Network.

Posted by The Editors on 4th Nov 2018
in Conference Diary

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