Confirmed keynote speakers:
Theo Hermans (University College London)
David Johnston (Queen’s University Belfast)
This conference aims to contribute to the intense and diverse interest that translation, both as practice and concept, has obtained across the humanities and social sciences over the past three decades. It will acknowledge and celebrate the rise of Translation Studies (TS) to its current disciplinary salience – but it will also interrogate the challenges posed by the discipline’s quasi-indefinite extension of its academic franchise. The conference will lay a predominant, though not exclusive emphasis on literary translation, which will also foreground the connections between the disciplinary growth of TS and key contemporary developments in literary studies. This will involve a particular focus on the role played by notions of the canon, its boundaries and its outlands in the conformations taken by literary criticism since the final quarter of the twentieth century.