International Conference on Literary Translation

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Translation, the canon and its discontents – an international conference on literary translation

12-14 December 2013

Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto Portugal

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Theo Hermans (University College London) David Johnston (Queen’s University Belfast)

This conference aims to contribute to the intense and diverse interest that translation, both as practice and concept, has obtained across the humanities and social sciences over the past three decades. It will acknowledge and celebrate the rise of Translation Studies (TS) to its current disciplinary salience – but it will also interrogate the challenges posed by the discipline’s quasi-indefinite extension of its academic franchise. The conference will lay a predominant, though not exclusive emphasis on literary translation, which will also foreground the connections between the disciplinary growth of TS and key contemporary developments in literary studies. This will involve a particular focus on the role played by notions of the canon, its boundaries and its outlands in the conformations taken by literary criticism since the final quarter of the twentieth century.

The organisers will welcome proposals for 20-minute papers in English reflecting the concerns delineated above. Suggested (merely indicative) topics include:
● translation and the literary canon: enablement and contestation ● translation and text types: discriminations, hierarchies ● translation and discourse(s): science vs the humanities ● translation and the arts: rhetoric and aesthetics ● translation and academic power: institutional and scholarly dynamics ● key concepts in Translation Studies: the fortunes of ‘manipulation’, ‘refration’, ‘norms’,… ● translation and literary criticism: mutualities and discontinuities

Submissions should be sent by email to Please include the following information with your proposal: ● the full title of your paper;
● a 250-300 word description of your paper; ● your name, postal address and e-mail address; ● your institutional affiliation and position; ● a short bionote; ● AV requirements (if any) Please note: participants may also want to propose their own thematic panels, to include papers delivered by 3 or 4 participants. Panel convenors should submit their proposal in broad observance of the criteria itemised above for individual proposals.

Deadline for proposals: 30 June 2013
Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2013 Deadline for registration: 15 October 2013

Registration Fee: 80 Euros
Student fee: 65 Euros

Registration details will be posted online in September 2013 All delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and accommodation. Relevant information will be provided later on the conference website –

Organised by
Shakespeare and the English Canon: a Research and Translation Project

Executive Committee:
Fátima Vieira
Gualter Cunha
Maria Zulmira Castanheira
Miguel Ramalhete Gomes
Rui Carvalho Homem

For further queries please contact:
CETAPS – Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto Via Panorâmica, s/n 4150-564 PORTO
Phone / Fax: +351-22-6077183

Supported by
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia Ministério da Educação e Ciência Portugal

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