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UT TRANSLATION SYMPOSIUM

The departments of Classics and World Languages and Cultures (WLC) are co-hosting their first symposium on literary translation on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, 2024.

The English word “translation” derives from the Latin translatio (“a carrying across”). The symposium addresses the power of translation to carry ideas across temporal, cultural, and national borders.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Richard Armstrong (U of Houston) who will present on "The Politics of Homeric Translation” and Dr. Lawrence Venuti (Temple University) who will present on “The Bourgeois Shudder: Translating Dino Buzzati's Politics of Fantasy.” In addition, Drs. Venuti and Armstrong will each offer a workshop on literary translation. The Translation Symposium also features poster presentations by UT students, as well as a panel discussion where our two key note speakers are joined by the following experts in the field of literary translation: Drs. Annette Bühler-Dietrich (U of Stuttgart, Germany),  Priscilla Layne (U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Harrison Meadows (U of Tennessee), and Huiqiao Yao (Trinity University).

The two keynote presentations and the panel discussion are offered as hybrid events while the two workshops and the poster presentations are conducted as in-person events only.

Full schedule and registration: https://tiny.utk.edu/translation

Registration is free but required.

Events scheduled for April 20, 2024

  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM EDT: Welcome & Coffee
    John C. Hodges Library, Mary Greer Room (Room 258)
  • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM EDT: Workshop (Registration required)
    Lawrence Venuti: "What is Translation? Theory, Practice, Value"
    John C. Hodges Library, Room 213
  • 11:45 AM - 01:15 PM EDT: Lunch & Poster Session
    Poster Presentations:  2nd Floor Hodges Library
    Lunch: Mary Greer Room (Room 258) - Registration required
  • 01:15 PM - 02:30 PM EDT: Keynote (hybrid format)
    Richard Armstrong: "The Politics of Homeric Translation"
    John C. Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium (First Floor)
  • 02:30 PM - 02:45 PM EDT: Break
  • 02:45 PM - 04:15 PM EDT: Workshop (Registration required)
    Richard Armstrong: "Market, Method, and Agency: Emily Wilson’s Homeric Translations"
    John C. Hodges Library, Room 213
  • 04:15 PM - 04:30 PM EDT: Break
  • 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM EDT: Panel Discussion (hybrid format)
    Literary Translation - Past, Present, and Future
    Panelists: Drs. Richard Armstrong (U of Houston, Lawrence Venuti (Temple University), Annette Bühler-Dietrich (U of Stuttgart, Germany),  Priscilla Layne (U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Harrison Meadows (U of Tennessee), and Huiqiao Yao (Trinity University).
    John C. Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium (First Floor)

Saturday, April 20 at 10:00am to 6:00pm

John C Hodges Library
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

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