translation – Call for Papers
Special issue: Translating memory across cultures and disciplines
Guest editors: Bella Brodzki (Sarah Lawrence College, NY) and Cristina Demaria (University of Bologna, Italy)
Translation is inscribed “within a scene of inheritance” (Derrida).
translation devotes a special issue to the two concepts—translation and memory. They are interrelated: (1) memory—as the retrieval, reconstruction, inscription, and leaving of traces and their effects—plays a central role in any translation process, and (2) translation --the transformative character of translation is inherent in every memory and memorializing act. Remembering draws its (belated) versions of the past from different presents, serving multiple and often competing purposes. These include the imagined and projected versions of what is to come. Recent work in Translation and Memory Studies has seldom explored such articulations, especially regarding their mutually illuminating critical and political implications.
This special issue will establish a dialogue with and among scholars working on the intersections between translation studies and memory studies as they are presently configured and might be envisioned in the future.
We invite contributions on the ways:
- translations are (re)constructions of either subjective or collective memories
- translations give new life to texts, identities, cultures, and past experience
- cultures shape collective memories through complex translation processes
What kinds of texts, practices, and discourses result from the selection and the reassembling of past events into a memory mediator? To give voice to memory, one calls on other languages, modes, and forms. The filter through which those languages pass and are mediated are translative.
Contributions could include, but are not limited to, the following areas: cultural and individual memory; historical catastrophe and inter-semiotic trauma narratives (graphic, visual, etc); memory as a multidirectional, transcultural and transnational force; memory, transitional justice and reconciliation; monuments and memorialization across cultures; translation and memory in sacred texts; migration and multilingualism: the migrant’s translation of memory; ethnopsychiatry; asymmetric or contested memories; memory and representation genres of testimony (autobiography, novels, graphic novel, cinema, documentary, performance, visual arts and installations); silenced and suppressed memories; memory as a source of transcultural ethics; neuro/cognitive studies of translation and cross-cultural language/memory loss; technology and memory; digital mediations of memory; archival memory.
Abstracts (ca 300 words) or drafts can be sent to Cristina Demaria, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 30, 2013.
Deadline for the submission of the completed articles is September 30, 2013.
Additional information contact Cristina Demaria at email@example.com
translation is a new international peer-reviewed journal published twice a year. The journal—a collaborative initiative of the Nida School of Translation Studies and leading translation studies scholars from around the world—takes as its main mission is the collection and representation of the ways translation is a fundamental element of cultures’ transformation in the contemporary world. Our ambition is to create a new forum for the discussion of translation, translation offers an open space for debate and reflection on post-translation studies. translation moves beyond disciplinary boundaries towards transdisciplinary discourses on the translational nature of societies, which are increasingly hybrid, diasporic, border-crossing, intercultural, multilingual, and global.
Translation studies is enjoying unprecedented success: translation has become a fecund and frequent metaphor for our contemporary intercultural world, and scholars from many disciplines—including linguistics, comparative literature, cultural studies, anthropology, psychology, communication and social behaviour, and global studies—have begun investigating translational phenomena.
The journal starts from the assumptions that translational processes are fundamental to the creation of individual and social histories and to the formation of subjective and collective identities—that is, to the dynamic transmission and preservation of culture(s). From here the journal invites reflection and exchange on translation’s role in memory-making through the representing, performing, and recounting of personal and collective experiences of linguistic and cultural, psychic and physical displacement, transfer, and loss.