Did anyone say Power? Rethinking Domination and Hegemony in Translation

September 5, 2013 - September 6, 2013
Bangor University

United Kingdom

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Keynote speakers:

Karen Bennett
Universidade de Coimbra
Christina Schäffner
Aston University

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Translation Studies has come of age, evidenced by proclamations of a series of intellectual ‘turns’, most prominently a ‘cultural turn’ in the 1990s followed by a ‘sociological turn’ in the last decade. Whilst also a ‘power turn’ and an ‘ideological’ turn have been suggested, there is a lack of self-awareness and self-reflection on our own entanglement within contemporary power structures, which are largely driven by financial, economic and technological globalisation. This interdisciplinary conference aims to critically interrogate central concepts such as ‘ideology’ and ‘power’ from self-reflexive, theoretical and practical perspectives. In view of Jean Baudrillard’s suggestion that any theory of power, in order to be ethically credible, must distinguish between relations of dominance and hegemony, we hope to bring together researchers, PhD-students, translators, writers and activists from varying backgrounds to engage in a discussion about the impact of power on the theory and practice of translation as well as on our own critical reflections.

For general enquiries about the conference and potential discussion formats please contact Dr Yan Ying ([email protected]) or Dr Jordi Cornellà-Detrell ([email protected]).


Dr. Stefan Baumgarten
School of Modern Languages
Bangor University
Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)1248 388291
Email: [email protected]

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