Translation conference 2015

Translation: border creation or border crossing?

15th Annual Portsmouth Translation Conference, 14 November 2015

Translation conference 2015

About the Conference

We live in an era when the concept of ‘border’ still looms over us; sometimes as an obstacle to overcome, other times as a method of protection. The concept of ‘border’ is also pertinent to the practice and discussion of translation and interpreting. In a professional situation, translators and interpreters can serve as mediators at borders between cultures or powers, but their presence may also unwittingly reinforce the existence of such borders. At the same time, the border between ‘professional’ and ‘amateur’ translators is being eroded by new technologies. Research into translation and interpreting often crosses disciplinary boundaries and may be motivated by the observers’ desire to diminish the boundaries between systems or, on the contrary, it may serve as a force to highlight the borders between them.


The aim of this conference was to explore the notion of border in the context of translation and interpreting from the diverse viewpoints of academics, practitioners and users of translation and language services. We presented a wide range of disciplinary approaches (e.g. historical, practical, sociological, linguistic and many others).

Topics of interest:

  • Translation as border crossing / border creation
  • Border between adaptation and translation
  • Interpreters at national borders
  • National linguistic policy for border control
  • Transnational language use and its effect on translation and interpreting
  • Localisation and translation: where do you draw the line?
  • Interdisciplinary borders in translation studies
  • Border between academic / professional / amateur / student
  • Crossing the border from the bulk to premium market

A selection of papers will be chosen for publication on a special issue of TranscUltural, A Journal of Translation and Cultural Studies in 2017.


Download the programme here: Translation conference 2015 programme

Further information

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Sponsors 2015

The 2015 conference was sponsored by the European Commission, the ITI and CEISR. 

Sponsors 2015