Posted on September 28, 2014

Hamad bin Khalifa University's TII will host the Sixth Annual International Translation Conference, from March 23-24, 2015 at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).

The 2015 Conference, entitled “Translating the Gulf:Beyond Fault Lines” serves to facilitate conversation about divergent forms of theoretical inquiry and methodological approaches;it conceives of translation as a critical vehicle in the creation of knowledge and the bridging of chasms between and across cultures. In order to achieve this objective, the conference departs from metaphorical inquiry into geographical fissures of the region–tectonic fault lines, desert expanses, seasonal rivers, mountains, valleys, and urban constructs–so to arrive at an anew formulation of translation networks. Meanwhile, the conference is meant to draw linkages between conceptual divisions, inherent in a wide range of disciplines and paradigms alike.

Considering that translation presupposes and enhances mutual understanding, respect, and sensitivity for cultural-linguistic contrasts and nuances, its relevance exceeds the act as such. At a time when economies across the Gulf continue to expand throughout and beyond the region, translation can contribute to the creation of connections between this region and the many other developing and developed areas around the world. Extensive efforts, spearheaded by regional governments, directed at the enhancement of education, the preservation of cultural heritage, and the elevation of media across platforms, enable the cultivation of discourse, which is as critical for development as is economic progress.

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In light of these underlying trends and dynamics, HBKU’s TII is calling for papers on themes that include but are not limited to Translation and the Knowledge Economy, New Directions in Post-Colonial/ South-South Translation, and Translating and Interpreting in Arab Media. Authors may submit papers in either Arabic or English – the 2 conferences languages – and should additionally provide a 250 to 300 word abstract, contact details, and information about their institutional affiliation. Proposals received after October 30, 2014 cannot be considered.

Selected attendees will have an opportunity to present their papers in the course of 20 minutes, and respond to questions posed by their peers and/ or the audience over a 10 minute period. Those interested in submitting a proposal to the 2015 Conference are encouraged to consult the TII website for further information through the following link