Day Conference, 28 November 2014: Translation, Research and the Production of Knowledge

Translation, Research and the Production of Knowledge

Date: Friday 28 November 2014

Venue: Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London

Organised by the Society for French Studies and the French Studies Library Group,

with the collaboration of the Institut français

This event will bring together translators, academics and librarians to discuss the ways in which translation constitutes a form of research and knowledge production in its own right. It will include discussion of translation as a form of practice as research, and provide reflections by researchers and translators on recent projects that exemplify such an approach. Colleagues from the British Library will explore the potential of translators’ papers as a research resource, and there will be a round table with colleagues from the wider fields of translation studies and Modern Languages. The event will conclude with a presentation by prize-winning translator and curator Sarah Ardizzone. This is the third in a series of translation-related events co-organized by SFS and FSLG, and follows previous symposia on ‘Constructing “21st-century Literature in French”‘ in December 2011 and ‘Translation and Reception: 21st-century French fiction in the UK’ in April 2013.

Advance booking is essential by 14 November 2014 as spaces will be limited.

Please address any enquiries about late registration to Charles Forsdick (



10.00 – tea/coffee and registration

10.30 –panel 1:

Nick Harrison (KCL), Translation as research

Kate Briggs (American University in Paris), Translation as experiment

11.30 – panel 2:

Nina Parish (Bath) and Emma Wagstaff (Birmingham), Translating contemporary French poetry

Michael Syrotinski (Glasgow), Translating the Dictionary of Untranslatables

Tim Mathews (UCL), Translation and reading

1.00 – lunch

2.00 – Rachel Foss and Deborah Dawkin (British Library), Collecting Translators’ Archives at the British Library

3.00 – tea/coffee

3.30 – round table (with Kate Briggs (American University in Paris), Nick Harrison (KCL), Duncan Large (British Centre for Literary Translation, UEA) and Karen Leeder (University of Oxford))

4.30 – Sarah Ardizzone, The Spectacular Translation Machine & Other Adventures in Translation 

5.30 – event ends

Cite this blog post
Charles Forsdick (2014, October 15). Day Conference, 28 November 2014: Translation, Research and the Production of Knowledge. Translating Cultures. Retrieved May 27, 2024, from

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