Book with backlight. Photo by Cathy Mu on Unsplash.

Translation Studies

Calgary Institute for the Humanities Interdisciplinary Working Group

Translation Studies is by nature interdisciplinary, not only the purview of philology and linguistics, but also of literary studies, history, philosophy, semiotics and cultural studies, as well as being a creative act in itself. Thus, angles of investigation and practice are varied and many. Our working group is a supportive and collaborative space for those working on any aspect of Translation Studies, whether they are looking to enhance and expand their knowledge of the theoretical side of this trans-discipline, or wishing to discuss ways to become more skilled and thoughtful translators, or hoping to find new pedagogical methods of incorporating translation studies into teaching at all levels.


Eleonora Buonocore (Instructor, SLLLC, Italian Studies),
Rachel Friedman (Instructor, SLLLC, Arabic),
Noreen Humble (Professor, Department of Classics and Religion),

  1. 25-26 February 2022, University of Calgary

    This call for papers is for a two-day workshop on the theme Translators’ [In]visibilities focussing on the idea of ‘invisibility’ from multiple perspectives. Informed by scholarship in translation studies, in particular the work of Lawrence Venuti, especially The Translator’s Invisibility (3rd edition; Routledge 2018), we want to explore the ideas of visibility and invisibility across a range of approaches to studying, practicing and teaching translation.

    We welcome contributions which will address the theme in any way, including but not limited to:  

    • development of translation practice across time and space
    • historical practices of translation
    • the contemporary practice of translation
    • collaborative translation practices
    • the role of translation in teaching. 

    Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Lawrence Venuti (Temple University) and Professor Chana Kronfeld (University of California, Berkeley). 

    Papers will be expected to be 15-20 minutes in length. Presenters will be invited to submit pieces based on their presentations for consideration afterwards for a publication emerging from this workshop.

    Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief biography of no more than 75 words to by December 31, 2021.

    The workshop will be held online due to COVID-19 considerations and so will be free and open for all to attend. However, should the local and international situation permit, the possibility of a hybrid event allowing both online and in-person participation will be considered.

    This workshop is organized by the Translation Studies Working Group of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary, with the support of the Institute as well as of the Language Research Centre, the Classics & Religion Department and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary.