5th International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation

Bridging diverse worlds: expanding roles and contexts of non-professional interpreters and translators 

June 24 - June 26, 2020

University of Amsterdam, Department of Communication Science

&

Utrecht University, Department of Languages, Literature and Communication

 

SHORT UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS (April 1, 2020)

 

Dear all,

We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are not too severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

 

We understand the many questions and concerns you have regarding NPIT5, the travel restrictions you are facing at the moment, and other difficult circumstances that you are dealing with. The organizational team of NPIT5 is discussing how to proceed with the conference and will come back to you later this month with a more elaborate update. For now, we just have two short messages we want to share: 

1. In the first message we stated that in case we have to cancel because of the COVID-19 crisis your registration fee will be refunded. This message was incomplete, because we will also reimburse registration fees if you have to cancel because of the COVID-19 crisis. Our apologies for any concerns this may have caused. 

2. The deadline for registrations is extended until May 15th 2020 to buy us all a bit more time.

Takc care.

On behalf of the organization team,

Barbara Schouten

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS

 

We understand your concerns about the current situation around Corona/COVID-19 and hope you and your beloved are not and will not be affected by the virus. As it is our expectation that the COVID-19 crisis will be contained before NPIT5 will take place, the organization committee has for now decided not to postpone or cancel NPIT5. If the situation changes, we will inform you immediately about this through our conference website. We therefore advice you to check the conference website regularly for any updates. 

 

Note that in case you are booking a hotel through our conference website, your booking may be cancelled until 48 hours before the check-in date free of charge. In case we have to cancel NPIT5 due to the COVID-19 crisis, all registration fees will be refunded. We are not able to refund any flight tickets. Hence, we advice you to wait with booking a flight ticket in case you cannot insure yourself if you have to cancel.

Call for papers

 

Due to increased globalisation and migration waves, the research field of non-professional interpreting and translation studies has gained in prominence and acknowledgement in recent years. Nonetheless, to receive the recognition it deserves within the field of interpreting and translation studies, the critical and expanding role of non-professional interpreters and translators within increasingly complex and diverse contexts, needs continued attention from academia and practice. Pushing definitional and theoretical boundaries of interpreting and translation, it is a dynamic and still under-researched field that does not necessarily conforms to norms guiding professional multilingual communicative practices, though in many settings and contexts non-professional interpreting and translation is, in fact, more common in bridging diverse cultural and linguistic worlds, than professional interpreting and translation.

 

By bringing together researchers from various disciplines and practitioners from diverse settings, NPIT5 aims to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners within the field to share and discuss recent and relevant work within this discipline and related to the activities of non-professional interpreters and translators. Furthermore, this forum serves to expand the theoretical, methodological, ethical and disciplinary approaches related to this form of linguistic and cultural mediation. It builds on discussions initiated at the first four international conferences on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation held in Bologna/Forlì (2012), Mainz/Germersheim (2014), Zurich (2016), and Stellenbosch (2018). 

 

The Fifth International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation (NPIT5) Organising Committee invites proposals for presentations on any theoretical, empirical, ethical and methodological aspect of research related to the conference theme. For all proposals the official conference language will be English.

 

Three categories of proposals will be considered: (i) individual presentations, (ii) panels, and (iii) posters.

 

Topics may include but are not limited to:

 

  • Ad hoc translation/interpreting

  • Adult/child language and cultural brokering

  • Community translation and interpreting

  • Family interpreting

  • Machine translation/multilingual tools/online communication and information technologies

  • Natural/native translation/interpreting

  • Non-professional church/religious interpreting and/or translation

  • Non-professional media interpreting and/or translation (fansubbing, fandubbing, fanfiction, news, talk-shows, the web, etc.)

  • Non-professional sign language interpreting

  • Stakeholder perspectives on non-professional interpreters and translators

  • Training of non-professional interpreters and translators

  • Non-professional interpreting and/or translation in the field of war/conflicts, NGOs, asylum seeking, health care, community and social care, legal and police

Proposals for individual presentations or posters

Each paper presentation will be scheduled for 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion. Posters will be given extra time during a two-hour poster session. For individual presentations and posters, a 300-word abstract (including references) should be sent to the NPIT5-organisers (npit5conference@outlook.com) by September 15th, 2019. Abstracts will be double blind peer-reviewed and evaluated anonymously by the NPIT5 Advisory Board and Local Organisers. All contributions will be assessed on the basis of their relevance to the conference theme as well as their theoretical background and research design.

 

Proposals for panels

Panels make up a collection of up to four paper presentations given within a 120-minute timeframe and covering one of the particular topics listed above. Panels will be reviewed en bloc and based on the abstracts provided by the panel organizers.

Panel organisers are required to submit the following (npit5conference@outlook.com):

 

A general overview abstract (500 words including examples and references) describing the whole panel. This should also include:

  • A list of invited contributors and/or discussants (name, affiliation, email address);

  • A maximum of 8 keywords covering the subject, methodology and theoretical framework(s);

  • All individual abstracts (300 words each including references).

 

Moreover, panel organisers are also required to:

  • Chair their panel;

  • Ensure that all speakers register for the NPIT5 by the deadline for speaker registration (April 1, 2020).

 

Submissions for individual papers and panels can be send to: npit5conference@outlook.com

 

Important dates and deadlines:

 

Deadline submission individual papers, posters and panels:             15 October, 2019 (Extended deadline) 

Notification of acceptance:                                                                       20 December, 2019 (Extended deadline)

Deadline speaker registration:                                                                 15 May, 2020 (Extended deadline)

Organizers

 

 

 

Dr. Barbara Schouten, conference chair

Contact: b.c.schouten@uva.nl

Dr. Rena Zendedel

Contact: r.zendedel@uu.nl

Dr. Antoon Cox

Contact: Antoon.Cox@vub.be

 

 

Advisory Board

 

 

 

Albl–Mikasa, Michaela (Switzerland)

Antonini, Rachele (Italy)

Chaldorp van, Tessa (Netherlands)

Cline, Tony (United Kingdom)

Kerremans, Koen (Belgium)

Krystallidou, Demi (Belgium)

Lazaro- Gutierrez, Raquel (Spain)

Li, Shuangyu (United Kingdom)

Martinez-Gomez, Aida (USA)

Marijns, Katrijn (Belgium)

Meyer, Bernd (Germany)

Ross, Jonathan (Turkey)

Salaets, Heidi (Belgium)

Thije ten, Jan (Netherlands)

Tiselius, Elisabet (Sweden)

Wadensjö, Cecilia (Sweden)