CFP – Self-Translation and Power: Negotiating Identities in European Multilingual Contexts

Call for Papers

Self-Translation and Power: Negotiating Identities in European Multilingual Contexts

Edited by:

Dr Olga Castro, Aston University, Birmingham – o.castro
Dr Sergi Mainer, the University of Edinburgh –
Dr Svetlana Skomorokhova, the University of Warwick –

Rationale and Possible Topics:

The question of power has been central in the development of Translation Studies as a discipline in the last few decades. Edited collections such as Translation, Power, Subversion (Álvarez and Vidal 1996) or Translation and Power (Tymoczko and Gentzler 2002), published in the wake of the cultural/ideological turn, put the word ‘power’ in the axis of debate in Translation Studies. Ever since, the symbiosis between ‘power’ and translation has yielded fruitful academic outcomes.

When focusing on the topic of self-translation, the growing scholarly attention it has received in the last few years also proves its dynamism, strength and potential for further research. Different conferences have recently taken place in Europe (Barcelona, Pescara, Bologna, Perpignan, Cork) and a number of special issues and collections of articles have been published focusing mainly on the Iberian Peninsula and touching upon power relations and the specificities of self-translation.

The forthcoming collection of essays Self-Translation and Power: Negotiating Identities in European Multilingual Contextsseeks to contribute to current debates on self-translation by placing an emphasis on the role of power within it and by opening new avenues of enquiry to encompass different milieus in Europe. Multilingual situations in Europe offer a prolific intercultural and intracultural context to examine power relations with regards to the political, social, cultural and economic implications and consequences of self-translation. Indeed, the interactions between official state languages and both non-state official and unofficial languages tend to generate a series of cultural and linguistic tensions affecting the notions of hegemony, resistance, dominance, subversion and (inter-)dependency between literary polysystems. Given their double affiliation as authors and translators, self-translators are placed in a privileged position to problematize power and to scrutinise minorized/peripheral and hegemonic/central cultural identities. Self-Translation and Power: Negotiating Identities in European Multilingual Contexts aims to explore the self-translators’ powerful role as cultural and ideological mediators between languages and literatures of disparate status in Europe from interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches.

The volume pursues a balance between theoretical/methodological chapters and empirical chapters focused on contextualised case studies.

Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to:

Power relations between translations and self-translations
Self-translator as an Empowered Translator
Conflicting ideologies in self-translation
(In)visibility in self-translation
Language politics: diglossia, bilingualism, multilingualism
Language and cultural planning
The book market and reception
Cultural mediation
National/territorial identities
Hegemony and resistance
Self-Translation as rewriting
Authorial voice/intervention/representation

Submitting a Proposal:

All potential contributors are requested to send in a detailed summary of their proposed paper by 1 March 2014 to the editors.


· Title of the article
Author’s name, affiliation, e-mail
Proposal of 500 words, including the description of the proposed article and the ways in which it fits with the general aim of the edited collection.
Short biographical statement (approx. 150 words)
Times New Roman, 12 pt, single space

Language of the Publication:

· The language of the publication is English.


· Deadline for submitting proposals: 1 March 2014
Notifications of provisional acceptance will be sent by: 15 April 2014

Deadline for submitting full articles: 15 December 2014


Please email enquiries to the editors. See contact details above.

Dr Olga Castro

Lecturer in Translation Studies and Spanish

School of Languages and Social Sciences
Aston Triangle

Birmingham B4 7ET (UK)

( +44(0)121 204 3752


Vice-president, International Association for Galician Studies (AIEG)


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CFP1 – SelfTranslation and Power.pdf

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