Between Policies and Poetics: Itineraries in Translation History, Estonia (13-15/06/2014)

Between Policies and Poetics: Itineraries in Translation History
3rd International Conference on Itineraries in Translation History

June 13-15, 2014 at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Hosted by University
of Tartu Centre for Translation Studies in collaboration with the Institute
of Germanic-Romance Languages and Cultures of Tallinn University

Translation policy and translation poetics can be terms that are parallel or
overlapping or, in some cases, oppose each other. Research into translation
history often means studying either the individual poetics of a translator,
be it then the explicit or implicit poetics of translation or the politics
(state-level) / policies (institutional level) of translation created in or
by a system to serve a particular purpose.

The conference focuses on the policies of translation, their function,
objectives and consequences, as well as the interaction, tension and/or
opposition of the concepts of translation policy and the poetics of

Possible subjects may include:

Translation norms and translation poetics: interdependence or
State-level/institutional translation policies and individual
(language/translation) poetics of a translator
Economic, business and financial translation policies in history
Language politics and translation: hierarchies and hegemonies
Historical translation-related language policies in a multilingual
context that have bearings nowadays
Methodologies for researching translation policies or poetics today and
in history

Confirmed keynote speakers are:
Prof. Maria Tymoczko (University of Massachusetts)
Prof. Reine Meylaerts (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

The conference will work in the format of parallel sessions and plenary
sessions. The presentation time in parallel sessions is 20 minutes plus 10
minutes for discussion. The length of the plenary talks will be 40 minutes,
with 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Speakers should submit an abstract (no longer than 250 words) and a brief CV
(no longer than 150 words) by January 17, 2014 at the latest to

Early submissions are encouraged.Notifications of acceptance will be sent by
the end of February 2014.

Selected proceedings of the conference will be published.

More information available on the conference website:

For further information please contact the organizing team:
Katiliina Gielen (University of Tartu)
Anne Lange (Tallinn University)
Daniele Monticelli (Tallinn University)