Research in the humanities is increasingly under pressure to justify its applicability to real-world problems, if only to secure respectable funding. Research on translation, interpreting and localization is no exception. Academic projects are nowadays supposed to correspond in some way to needs beyond the academic world. At the same time, however, the training of researchers largely takes place within the walls of universities.
Here we are concerned with this problematic with respect to translation in a wide sense, including all forms of interpreting, audiovisual translation, localization and the use of translation technologies.
This conference will address issues including the following:
1. What kinds of interests do non-academic institutions (industry, NGOs, governmental and intergovernmental institutions) have in research on translation? What kind of research do they do on translation? What kind of research would they like to be doing?
2. How can such institutions participate in academic research? How can they assist in the training of researchers?
3. What arrangements can be made for funding, internships (“secondments”, practicums, stages) for researchers?
4. What experiences have we had in cooperation between academic researchers and non-academic institutions? Which have been positive? Which have been negative?
5. What channels of communication are open between academic research institutions and non-academic institutions? How can those channels be improved?
6. What kinds of research projects merit or seek industry involvement but are currently unable to find suitable partners? What kinds of industry projects are unable to find partners within academic institutions?
7. How does Europe (particularly in view of the largely failed Lisbon Strategy) compare with other parts of the world in this respect?
8. As academic research is pushed towards non-academic institutions, what are the threats to our independence? Can we still voice radical critiques?
Whole day: Poster presentation by FP7 Marie Curie ITN “TIME: Translation Research Training. An integrated and intersectoral model for Europe” fellows:
10.00-10.15: Objectives of TIME and of the day (Reine Meylaerts, coordinator of TIME)
10.15-11.00: Round Table 1 with the 5 ITN TIME fellows, moderated by Sara Ramos on their training, their experiences with collaboration between academia and private/public sector
11.00-12.30: Round Table 2 on collaboration between academia and industry, introduced and moderated by Fred Hollowood (Fred Hollowood Consulting).
13.30-15.30: Round Table 3 on collaboration between academia and public sector, NGO’s, introduced and moderated by Tove Malloy (European Center for Minority Issues).
15.30-16.00: Coffee break
16.00-17.00: General discussion on values of ITN’s (with policy makers), moderated by Anthony Pym
17.00-17.30: Keynote lecture: Jan Blommaert (Tilburg University): "From mobility to complexity: superdiverse semiotic landscapes as multifiliar contexts"
17.30-18.00: Closing session: Back to a European model?
More information is available on the conference website.
Dec 11, 2014
KU Leuven, Campus Brussels, Stormstraat 2, 1000 Brussels