The “technological turn” in Translation Studies: follow the yellow brick road.

When:28 May 2019, 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue:Central Lecture Block 8, Kensington Campus, UNSW
Who:Miguel Ángel Jiménez-Crespo, University of Granada, Spain
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Abstract: Translation Studies (TS) scholars, in tune with the radical changes in the profession, have often argued that the discipline is going through a ‘technological turn’ (Chan 2004; Cronin 2010; O’Hagan 2013). Nevertheless, the seminal studies of Snell-Hornby (Snell-Hornby 2010, 366) indicate that a disciplinary ‘turn’ is paradigmatic change that is “dynamic and can only be assessed as such in retrospect”. In other words, it “can only be perceived and defined as such after it is already complete” (ibid). This presentation, analyzes whether it can be argued that TS has already, or not, completed this ‘turn’ in terms of “a clearly visible and striking” change of direction (ibid). It discusses whether and/or how TS, as well as its sub-disciplines, have incorporated the evident impact of technologies in both their theoretical apparatuses and/or in their research and teaching methodologies. It will also be proposed to analyze the ‘technological turn’ in terms of how it interfaces with the cognitive, sociological or audiovisual turns.

Bio: Miguel Ángel Jiménez-Crespo holds a PhD in Translation and Interpreting Studies from the University of Granada, Spain. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University, and he directs the MA and undergraduate certificate in Spanish – English Translation and Interpreting. He is the author of Crowdsourcing and Online Collaborative Translations: Expanding the Limits of Translation Studies published by John Benjamins in 2017 and Translation and Web Localization published by Routledge in 20013. His papers have appeared in Translation Studies journals such as Target, Meta, Perspectives, Lingüistica Antverpiensia, TIS: Translation and Interpreting Studies, Jostrans, Tradumática or Translation and Interpreting. He has been until Jan 2019 the co-editor of the John Benjamins journal JIAL: the Journal of Internationalization and Localization.

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