HKBU International Conference on Interpreting

Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, | 2017-03-09 - 2017-03-10

1st Hong Kong Baptist University International Conference on Interpreting

9-10 March 2017
Dr. Wu Yee Sun Lecture Theatre (WLB109)
Shaw Campus
Hong Kong Baptist University
Centre for Translation and Translation Programme
Hong Kong Baptist University
With an aim to promote the study of interpreting in Hong Kong and the greater China area, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is launching a biennial conference with the title of "HKBU International Conference on Interpreting".
For the first HKBU International Conference on Interpreting, we have chosen the theme of the "History of Interpreting" not only because it is a logical beginning, but also because the history of interpreting, along with the history of translation, has been one of the most rapidly progressing lines of research in the fields of interpreting studies and translation studies. This trend was clearly manifested in the First International Symposium on the History of Interpreting, held at Rikkyo University in Tokyo in May 2014 and in the publication of New Insights in the History of Interpreting (Takeda & Baigorri-Jalón, 2016), a collection of selected papers, mostly from the Rikkyo Symposium.
The first HKBU Conference, inspired by the successful Rikkyo Symposium, aims to further explore interpreting phenomena in history, and examine the different roles interpreters have played in historical events, focusing in particular on "how the practice of interpreting has evolved to address the needs of different historical contexts, and how understanding interpreting history is relevant to interpreters and interpreting practices in the present" (Takeda & Baigorri-Jalón, 2016, p. VII).

  • Practices of interpreting in different cultures, historical periods and geographical or geopolitical regions
  • Reception of interpreters in different cultures, historical periods and geographical or geopolitical regions
  • Evolution of the norms, code of ethics, and social status of interpreters
  • Methods and approaches in the research on the history of interpreting
  • The relationship between historical research and interpreting practice

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