A symposium on ‘Translating Cultures’ was held at Senate House, University of London, on 28/29 March 2014 to present and explore projects linked to the AHRC theme. Invited speakers included leading translation scholars Susan Bassnett and Anthony Pym. The event also included presentations by members of all three teams awarded large grants under the theme, who outlined their research and also reflected on the ways in which they intend to act as ‘beacons’ for the theme. The symposium additionally acted as a showcase for a number of the research networks and fellowship awards from across the spectrum of Arts and Humanities disciplines associated with ‘Translating Cultures’. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to explore and develop the theme’s key aims and ambitions, to network with award holders and other delegates, and to share thoughts on the theme’s subsequent development.

Programme

Friday 28 March

10.30am: Introductory comments, Dr Ian Lyne (Associate Director of Programmes, AHRC); Professor Charles Forsdick (Liverpool; AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow, ‘Translating Cultures’)

11.00am: Opening presentation (plenary 1), Professor Susan Bassnett (Warwick), ‘Translation and Culture’ — chair: Professor Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool)

12 noon: Large grant presentation 1, Translation and translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four UK cities (PI, Professor Angela Creese [Birmingham]; Professor Adrian Blackledge [Birmingham]; Professor Zhu Hua [Birkbeck]; Dr Frances Rock [Cardiff]; Professor Kiran Trehan [Birmingham]; and Professor Li Wei [Birkbeck])

1.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm: Panel session 1—translation zones, mobility, space: libraries and diplomatic cultures–chair: Dr Ian Lyne (Associate Director of Programmes, AHRC)

Dr Abigail Brundin (Cambridge), ‘National Trust libraries: an untapped resource’

Dr Jason Dittmer (UCL), ‘Diplomacy as translation: British foreign policy as a techno-cultural assemblage’

Dr Tracey Sowerby (Oxford), ‘Textual Ambassadors – Cultures of Diplomacy and Literary Writing in the Early Modern World’

3.30pm Tea

4.00pm: Large grant presentation 2, Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language: the Body, Law and the State (PI, Professor Alison Phipps [Glasgow]; Tawona Sithole [Glasgow; project poet in residence]) — chair: Professor Catherine Davies (Nottingham; member, AHRC Translating Cultures Advisory Group)

5.00pm: Reception

Saturday 29 March

10.00am Panel session 2—intercultural creativity, transcultural exchange–chair: Professor Charles Forsdick (Liverpool; AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow, ‘Translating Cultures’)

Djurdja Bartlett (University of the Arts London), ‘From Tsarist Grandeur to Bolshevik Chic: translating Russian sartorial heritage’

Dr Manuella Blackburn (Liverpool Hope), ‘Intercultural creativity in electroacoustic music: Integrating Indian music cultural sound emblems into new works’

Dr Jay Prosser (Leeds), Dr Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck), Leslie Hakim-Dowek (Portsmouth) and Dr Colette Wilson (Westminster), ‘Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and transcultural Memories’

11.30am: Coffee

12 noon: Plenary 2, Professor Marian de Vooght [Essex]), ‘Translating the Poetry of the Holocaust’ — chair: Professor Peter Davies (Edinburgh)

1.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm: Large grant presentation 3, Transnationalizing Modern Languages: Mobility, Identity and Translation in Modern Italian Cultures (PI, Professor Charles Burdett [Bristol]; Dr Loredana Polezzi [Warwick]; Dr Naomi Wells [Warwick]; and Dr Marco Santello [Warwick]) — chair: Professor Bill Marshall (Director, Institute of Modern Languages Research)

3.00pm: Closing presentation (plenary 3), Professor Anthony Pym (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), ’Languages for integration or mobility?’ — chair: Professor Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow)

4.00pm: Concluding remarks

4.30pm: Close of symposium