CFP: The Sociology of Poetry Translation

The Sociology of Poetry Translation

Centre for Translation Studies – Centre for World Literatures

University of Leeds

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 9am-6pm

Recent trends in translation theory have focused more and more on the sociology of translation. Yet this methodological innovation has not filtered down to the study of poetry translation. This conference, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, and jointly hosted by the University of Leeds Centre for Translation Studies and Centre for World Literatures, aims to offer new paths for research. Papers will examine sociological and editorial approaches to poetry translation, including but not limited to:

  • Literary translators
  • Author translators
  • Editors of translations
  • Gatekeepers
  • Publishers
  • Journals
  • State-sponsored translation programs
  • Translation networks
  • Intercultural actors and gatekeepers
  • National and international translation trends
  • Ideological representation and misrepresentation
  • Translation policies
  • Role and function of translation in modern cultures

There are two confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Gisèle Sapiro (EHESS, Paris) and Dr. Francis Jones (University of Newcastle).

After the conference, we plan to submit an edited volume based on the conference papers to an established academic press.


Paper proposals should include a title, 250–500 word abstract, and bio-note with institutional affiliation and email contact.

Submit to:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30 November, 2015

NOTIFICATION: 15 December, 2015

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