Translator and Interpreter Education in the New Era: Innovations in Research, Practice and Training

Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation

Beijing Foreign Studies University

October 19-20, 2019

Call for Papers

Translator and Interpreter Education is now embracing a new era,which is characterized by rapiddigital and technological revolution, and boosted by variousdevelopment programs such as the “Belt and Road Initiative’inthe Chinese context and the global trend of promoting equality, mobility and diversity.New technologies increase the speed and breadth of knowledge turnover, changethe very nature of language communication, causing adjustment in every aspect of who says what, to whom,via what platform, for what purposeand with what effect. These developments interact in increasingly complex and pivotal ways withcross-border economic, social and cultural contacts and demographic shifts, which are caused by economic globalization, changing social structures and patterns of mobility, environmental crises, and other factors.Against this backdrop, T&I education at thenational and international levels faces both challenges and prospects in terms of skill sets and role sets that are required of translators and interpreters, their employability and working context diversity, course design, teaching pedagogy, assessment and so on. To be more specific, T&I researchers are faced with new and often cross-disciplinary fields of inquiry; practitioners,with the need to adopt novel skills and approaches; trainers,to adjust their educational planand train students for working in a rapidly changing landscape of digital technology and cross-cultural communicative contexts; andfinallystudents,with the ever increasing demand of being professional, versatile and adaptive.

The international conference on “Translatorand InterpreterEducation in the New Era: Innovations in Research, Practice and Training” is designed to reflect upon the innovative approaches in research, practice and training that are associated with this changing landscape.

We invite original research papers for presentationrelated but not limited to the followingsub-themes:

-  T&I training and pedagogy in the digital era

-   T&I practices in the digital era

-  Multimodality in T&I practice, teaching and research

-  Ethical issues in T&I

-  T&I competence and assessment

-   T&I education, professionalism and industry

-   T&I distance practice and education

-   MOOC courses, issues and challenges in T&I

-   History of T&I education

-   Training of T&I trainers

We invite both individual presentations and panel proposals. 

I. Submission of Abstracts for Individual Presentations:

Abstracts of 300-500 wordsincluding title for individual presentation (speaking length to be decided) should be sent by 15 July 2019’s information page including title, brief bio, affiliation and email address should be sent as aseparate attached filetogether with the abstract. Notification of acceptance will be given by 16August 2019.

II. Submission of Panel Proposals:

Panel proposals should be submitted by 22July 2019 to proposals should consist of

-    proposed title of panel

-    a short outline of the panel/theme (150-200 words)

-    name, affiliation and brief bio of the panel convener

-    list of presenters (if known)

Panels should consist of 3 papers and discussion each (speaking length to be decided). Multiple panels on the same theme will also be considered.

Notification of acceptance will be given by 23August 2019.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of abstract for individual presentation: 15 August 2019

Notification of acceptation for individual presentation:  16August 2019

Deadline for submission of panel proposals: 22 July 2019

Notification of acceptation for panel proposals:  23 August 2019