Call for papers for EUROSEAS 2015: Theorizing Translation: Southeast Asia as a Vantage Point

Translation has been traditionally conceived of as involving two languages and two cultures in which what is considered the source language in one culture is translated into a target language in another culture, resulting in a copy that is accessible to the new culture but retains the meaning of the original. In recent years, this definition has been challenged to account for more contemporary forms of translation that are both transmedial and cultural, acknowledging that translation is not only linguistic but crosses media as well (e.g., from text to film to dance to art installations) and that a translation of form necessarily involves a translation of culture. In effect, this move challenges notions of ‘source’ and ‘target’ and the target’s supposed ‘fidelity’ to the source, advancing a view of translation that is always already there, at the very moment of exchange between, or expression in, all semiotic forms. This move also challenges the notion that translation takes place only between discrete spaces and clear borders, proposing instead the idea that translation already includes a multiplicity of cultures and identities in spaces that are both physical and conceptual, and bordered and borderless.

This panel locates itself in this more contemporary theorizing on translation, and explores the possibilities of such movements in contemporary Southeast Asia. It asserts that given the multilingual, multicultural, and multimodal nature of Southeast Asia, it is a rich and productive site for studying these new directions in translation studies. This panel therefore seeks papers that would demonstrate the transmedial and cultural elements of translation in different facets of Southeast Asia.

If you are interested to join our panel, email proposals to and before December 15, 2014. The text should not exceed 1.500 characters (including spaces). Title of the paper, name of the author(s) and affiliation must be included.

Panel convenors:

Eloisa May P. Hernandez, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Art Studies, College of Arts and Letters

University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Aileen Salonga, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Letters

University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines