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




Dear all,

Due to the major covid-19 outbreak worldwide and uncertainties and challenges this pandemic is causing all of us, the organization committee of the 5th Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation conference (NPIT5) 2020 has had to take the unfortunate decision to postpone NPIT5 2020, which was due to take place from 24-26 June in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We decided not to go through with a digital conference for three main reasons. First, all Dutch universities are closed until at least the start of June and we could not guarantee sufficient technical support to be available at our conference dates. Second, many researchers have had to stop with (some of) their research activities necessary to be able to deliver their presentations. Third, one of the goals of conferences is to network, which is only possible to a limited extent at a digital conference. We hope you can find yourselves in our decision to postpone instead and appreciate your understanding and patience.

We are discussing the feasibility of rescheduling NPIT5 for 2021 and will be in touch with all of you in due time with more information. In doing so, we will try to find alternative dates that are working for as many participants as possible. Of course, all accepted abstracts remain accepted for NPIT5 2021. We are grateful for the many high-quality abstracts we have received for NPIT5 and thank you all for the time and effort you have taken to submit your work.

In case you have already paid your registration fee, please let us know as soon as possible by sending an email to b.c.schouten@uva.nl. I will inform the financial administration of the University of Amsterdam and they will organize your reimbursement. For any other questions you may have, you can also contact me through either this email-address or the conference email-address: npit5conference@outlook.com 

On behalf of the NPIT5 organization committee and scientific board, we wish you and your loved ones our warmest wishes. We hope you will all get through this crisis relatively well. 

Take care,

Barbara Schouten



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



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)





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)