Symposium: Circulation of academic thought - Rethinking methods in the study of scientific translation

csm_Bild-Webseite_2c627590b511-12 December 2015, University of Graz This international research symposium aims to connect different strands of research dealing with translation in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The focus will be on different methodological approaches chosen by individual researchers and implications of these approaches for understandings of translating science, the circulation of academic thought and social knowledge-making.

The symposium sets out to promote a cross-disciplinary debate and addresses translation of academic thought from a translation studies, historical, sociological or cultural studies perspective. It is at the same time a follow-up event to two international conferences at the Department of Translation Studies, University of Graz on the sociology of translation (2005 and 2012). The papers and discussions will be published by a renowned academic publisher or will appear as a special issue of an international translation studies journal.

If you want to attend the conference, please inform us via email (hanna.blum(at)

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Day 1 - 11 December 2015

14:15 - 14:30 Opening / Welcome
14:30 - 15:15 Karen Bennett Coimbra, Portugal Between paradigms: a critical approach to the study of academic translation
15:15 - 16:00 Barbara Grüning University of Bologna, Italy Arendt in translation: a comparative study
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:15 Lavinia Heller University of Mainz, Germany What’s translated in translation? Rethinking the problem of the “translation unit"
17:15 - 18:00 Maeve Olohan University of Manchester, United Kingdom Studying scientific translation as collaborative practice
19:00 Reception by the Mayor of Graz, City Hall

Day 2 - 12 December 2015

09:00 - 09:45 Gisèle Sapiro (tbc) EHESS Paris, France Mapping the translation of books in the social sciences and the humanities from English into French (1990-2012)
09:45 - 10:30 Julia Richter University of Vienna, Austria Collecting data for new perspectives in translation history: A corpus of translations in the Humanities
10:30 - 11:45 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 Kate Sturge Max-Planck Institut/Translator, Germany “Contributions in English, please”: Translation and knowledge-making in the social sciences  
11:45 - 12:30 Keith Tribe Independent scholar and Translator, United Kingdom Philology, Linguistics, Translation
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 Rafael Schögler University of Graz, Austria Studying Paratexts in the Circulation of Academic Thought
14:45 - 15:15 Şebnem Susam-Saraeva University of Edinburgh, Scotland Diversity of translational data in contemporary social knowledge making
15:15 - 15:45 Closing Session