Untranslatability Conference Untranslatability Conference


University of East Anglia

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

The School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies

Postgraduate Translation Symposium

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 November 2015

The sixth Postgraduate Translation Symposium at the University of East Anglia aims to explore new perspectives and conceptualisations of untranslatability which go beyond traditional comparisons of target texts with their sources. The issue of untranslatability is a topic of great importance, especially in the light of current debates surrounding world literature.

Fields of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • translatability/untranslatability

  • stylistic loss and gain

  • ineffability in translation

  • world literature and untranslatability

  • philosophy in translation

  • historical and contemporary perspectives on untranslatability

  • translating between specific language pairs

  • practical aspects of untranslatability

  • linguistic and cultural consequences of the untranslatable

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Theo Hermans (UCL), Prof. Kirsten Malmkjær (University of Leicester), Dr Joanna Drugan (UEA) and Dr Duncan Large (UEA)

Download the conference programme

Please address all correspondence to:

Wanda Jozwikowska


School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ


Registration is via Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/untranslatability-symposium-tickets-16654704670

Registration Fee: £41.00 (students and unwaged)/£65.00 (full price)

There will be a conference dinner at The Maid’s Head Hotel on Saturday 21 November for an additioanl cost of £33 which includes a 2-course meal and a glass of wine, with live poetry readings. This can be booked when registering on Eventbrite.

Please note: the registration deadline is Monday 9 November 2015. Refunds cannot be guaranteed after this date.


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