Here is a collection of April events that you might not want to miss. As with the March picks, this subjective list has been compiled based on perceived value and usefulness, subject matter, organisers’ previous events, location and cost.
University of Massachusetts Amherst Spring webinar series:
- 6 April: Deborah Giustini: “You Can Book an Interpreter the Same Way You Order Your Uber”. (Re)interpreting work and digital labour platforms
exploring “the increasing moving of the interpreting industry towards gig work”
11:00 AM US Eastern Time
- 27 April: Franz Pöchhacker: Interpreting for Access
a discussion of “changes in the way scholars and professionals conceive of interpreting, using the notion of access as a keyword”
11:00 AM US Eastern Time
6 April, London (UK) & online: German Translators’ Workshops; Goethe-Institut London
regular drop-in peer-to-peer sessions for literary translators working between German and English; held on the first Thursday of every month.
Participants can bring passages or queries from a text they are currently working on to discuss with the group or come to listen and offer feedback.
(See also more practice & recurring events, including interpreting practice sessions and weekly politics updates.)
6 April, online: “There’s No Data Like More Data:” Automatic Speech Recognition and Algorithmic Culture; The New School
a talk by Prof Xiaochang Li (Uni Stanford) about “the history of automatic speech recognition and natural language processing and how the problem of mapping communication to computation shaped the rise of big data, machine learning, and related forms of algorithmic practice”
15 April, online: Reflexiones y estrategias sobre el lenguaje inclusivo en español, ITI Spanish Network
“¿Por qué hablamos tanto del lenguaje no binario? Algunas estrategias y reflexiones para una comunicación consciente.”
10:00 – 13:00 BST
Network members: GBP 20, non-members: GBP 30
21, 22, 23 April, online: Simultaneous interpreting: working with text; Prof Kilian Seeber, AIIC Training and Professional Development
22 April: 14:00-19:00 Beijing UTC+8 (21 and 23 April are now full)
AIIC members: CHF 75 for members, non-members: CHF 95
26 April, online: Gravitas – How to Speak With Confidence, Influence, and Authority; How To Academy
bestselling voice coach Caroline Goyder’s session on core skills for “gravitas,” i.e. “the speaker toolkit for staying grounded and present in high stress moments”
27-28 April, Mons (Belgium): Languages, Literature and Translation Studies: Lessons from the past and challenges of the future | Langues, Lettres et Traductologie : quel(s) enseignement(s) du passé pour relever les défis de l’avenir ?; international conference marking the 60th anniversary of Université de Mons’ Translation and Interpreting Department
Speakers from all over the world will be discussing “fundamental questions to shape the future of our disciplines, while building on the achievements of the great theorists and practitioners of the past.”
UMONS members, students, PhD students and graduates: FREE, non-UMONS: 25 EUR per day or 50 EUR for the whole conference (this fee includes coffee breaks and lunch)
27-28 April, Cork (Ireland): Radical Translation (s) / Translating the Radical; 3rd Annual Conference of the Translation Studies Network of Ireland
“From celebrating the creativity of rebel translators who have contributed to changing the ways in which we experience and interpret different writers, texts, source cultures and dominant poetics to acknowledging the role of activist translation in countering inequality and furthering societal and environmental justice, the agency of translator(s) in enabling everyday encounters with difference will be placed at the centre of the conference programme.”
Among many others, sessions will include:
- We all live in translation
- Subtitling emotional content in documentaries: breaking the norm?
- Interpreting for migrant children in legal encounters in Ireland
- Human-centred translation technology development: what can we learn from human-computer interaction?
(For more conference listings click here.)
- 12 & 26 April: virtual yoga sessions
“a non-competitive practice, with modifications for different levels … primarily about having fun, giving things a go”
12:00 – 13:00 BST
- 25 April: Coping with Worries
When ‘worry’ can become a problem, looking at how to cope, offering tips for wellbeing
FREE – but hurry, you only have until 28 March to reserve a spot.
(For more wellbeing listings click here.)
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