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Interterm 2014

Translation: The Ethics of Interpretation

Friday, January 24, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ford 240

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Translation: The Ethics of Interpretation, a one-day multidisciplinary workshop featuring theorists and practitioners of translating, including students working in translation studies. Panelists with a wide array of expertise and interests will discuss the ethics, politics and practice of translating words, thoughts and ideas from one language and culture into another. Free to undergraduate students at the Five Colleges. Breakfast and lunch provided.


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8:30 am Light fare and check-in

9:00 am Keynote Address
Translation Ethics and the Architecture of Recognition. Moira Inghilleri, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst

10:00 am Panel I
From Ethiopia to Italy to the English Speaking World: Ferrying across Post Colonial Literature. Giovanna Bellesia, Professor of Italian Studies, Smith College
Beyond Translation: Xu Bing and the Book from the Ground. Margaret Bruzelius, Associate Dean of the College and Professor of Comparative Literature, Smith College

11:00 am Break

11:15 am Panel II
Translating In/Out of Context: Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Matigari, and the Politics of Language. Katwiwa Mule, Professor of Comparative Literature, Smith College
Feminism Trouble: Translating Contemporary Czech Women Authors for Anglophone Audiences. Corine Tachtiris, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Hampshire College

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Panel III
One alumna's path from JYA to MFA: translating the French and Italian experience. Laura Itzkowitz ‘09, MFA Translation and Creative Writing, Columbia University
Down the Rabbit Hole: The Ethics of Translation Studies. Anna Strowe'03, PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Interpreting the Ethics of guanxi. Laura Leung '14, Wien Scholar, Smith College

2:15 pm Closing Remarks