International Symposium: “Translating Creolization” (Call for Papers)


Cave Hill, Barbados, May 27-29, 2015
Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus
Deadline for proposals: October 31, 2014

Following the era of decolonization, many Caribbean authors have become internationally renowned and their works have been translated into major world languages. Consciously and unconsciously Caribbean works are written expressions of creolization. A small number of academic journals such as TTR and Palimpsestes have published important volumes dedicated to translating the Caribbean region. This event aims both to build on the mostly literary exposition in these volumes and to (re)focus specifically on issues directly related to the translation of Caribbean Creole languages and cultures, both within and beyond the realm of literary expression.” What are the inherent pitfalls in translating creolization? Can, and should, the translation of creolization matter in a globalized world?To what extent can, and how should, Creole languages and cultures be translated?

As the field of Translation Studies rapidly expands, issues relating to the translation of minority languages and cultures such as those of the Caribbean have begun to receive more detailed attention. However, something of a void still exists in regards to the translation of Caribbean Creole languages and cultures, especially from regional academics. Thissymposium on “Translating Creolization” will therefore provide a forum for airing new avenues of research and proposing new engagements in this area for academics including post-graduate students in diverse interdisciplinary fields such as Caribbean Studies, Cultural Studies, Post-colonial Studies, Diaspora Studies and translation theorists and practitioners. The main aim is to discuss the impact of theory on practice and vice versa as well as to exchange new theories and ideas on the issues specifically involved in translating Creole languages and cultures worldwide with a special focus on the Caribbean region. These discussions can shed light on broader translatological issues among other languages and cultures; whilst Caribbean-related contributions are encouraged, we would also welcome comparative work from other regions where the concept of creolization is a relevant tool of analysis.

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