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Translating E-Lit?

Traduire la littérature numérique ?

International Conference (Jan. 16 and 17, 2020, Paris 8 University, France)

Colloque international (16-17 janvier 2020, Université Paris 8, France)

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Published on Tuesday, November 05, 2019 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

The main focus of this conference will be translation as process, rather than as a mere product, which will prompt us to apprehend translated works as belonging to one or several networks, contexts and translational cultures. In short, translation is a concept that throws new light onto the exchanges and differences pertaining to contemporary digital literary culture. Contemporary digital literary culture mobilizes multiple operations: it involves translation across languages, but includes circulations characteristic of other translational issues at large: exchanges between interfaces, media, codes, institutions, cultural perspectives, artistic and archiving practices. In turn, digital forms of textuality share a certain number of aspects within ubiquitous environments, which means that translational processes will lead us to consider creative practices that stand beyond the traditional field of literature. 

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International Conference (Jan. 16 and 17, 2020, Paris 8 University, France)

Argument

The main focus of this conference will be translation as process, rather than as a mere product, which will prompt us to apprehend translated works as belonging to one or several networks, contexts and translational cultures. In short, translation is a concept that throws new light onto the exchanges and differences pertaining to contemporary digital literary culture. Contemporary digital literary culture mobilizes multiple operations: it involves translation across languages, but includes circulations characteristic of other translational issues at large: exchanges between interfaces, media, codes, institutions, cultural perspectives, artistic and archiving practices. In turn, digital forms of textuality share a certain number of aspects within ubiquitous environments, which means that translational processes will lead us to consider creative practices that stand beyond the traditional field of literature. 

One of the dominant concepts of digital humanities is that of technology seen as a shared, indeed universal, medium. In other words, software platforms and programming languages would invariably have the same meaning across different cultures. In principle, the universality of technology offers the promise of universal communication and perfect mutual understanding. However, nothing could be farther from the truth: code and programming add layers of complexity to technological communication across cultures and countries. There is nothing new to this approach though: in 1923, Walter Benjamin apprehended translation from the concept of a pure, pre-Babelian language (“The Task of the Translator”) while Warren Weaver envisaged it as a mere problem in cryptography in a 1955 essay. The meaning of such notions as “code,” “language,” “platform,” “medium,” and other similar terms, differs across linguistic and cultural contexts. Furthermore, the way digital technologies have become embedded and translated in specific digital cultures and literatures in Europe and the Americas differs even more. It is by studying and problematizing translation as a process in its various aspects that we will achieve a systematic understanding of the manifold and entangled variables at play in digital literariness.

In order to highlight the specificities of the translational process, we encourage participants to explore four distinct and yet complementary perspectives: Translinguistic translation (between languages), Transcoding (translation between machine readable code and human readable text), Transmedial translation (translation between medial modalities), and Transcreation (translation as a shared creative practice) with a specific focus on electronic tropes.

Submission Guidelines

Deadline for submissions: Nov. 15, 2019

Please log in to Easychair to upload your abstracts in PDF format (200-500 words) : https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elitrans2

Publication: a peer-reviewed e-book publication of the proceedings will be forthcoming.

There is no registration fee for this conference.

Contact : Alban Leveau-Vallier : albanlv@gmail.com

This conference will be the concluding event of the following program: Translating Electronic Literature: A Transatlantic Program in Collaborative Digital Humanities” (2017-2018)” supported by the FMSH/Mellon Foundation. There is no fee for this conference. 

Scientific Committee

  • Philippe Bootz, Paris 8 University
  • John Cayley, Brown University
  • Maria Mencia, Kingston University
  • Søren Pold, Aarhus University
  • Manuel Portela, University of Coimbra
  • Arnaud Regnauld, Paris 8 University
  • Gabriel Tremblay-Gaudette, UQÀM 

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Places

  • Paris, France (75)

Date(s)

  • Friday, November 15, 2019

Keywords

  • litterature, e-litterature, translation, electronic literature

Contact(s)

  • Alban Leveau-Vallier
    courriel : albanlv [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Alban Leveau-Vallier
    courriel : albanlv [at] gmail [dot] com

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