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Beyond the Sociology of Translation and Interpreting

BSA Postgraduate and Early Careers Forum Regional Event

28 May 2020 (10am–5pm)
The University of Manchester, Room C1.18, Ellen Wilkinson Building, Oxford Road Campus, UK 

About the Event

Sociology has often underestimated the role of languages, translation, and interpreting in understanding structures, practices and interactions, neglecting them as a factor in social inequality. Conversely, the sociology of translation and interpreting has seldom looked beyond concerns of language processes, outputs, and the role of translators/interpreters.

This workshop aims to bring together research on power, discrimination, social justice, knowledge, activism and inequality through the cases of T/I. It will be a relational, creative space to discuss research challenges in looking sociologically at T/I conceived as a bridge to look at wider problems, and generate networks.

How to Apply

We are seeking participants who want to take part in exploring the fledgling nature of sociological research on translation, interpreting and multilingualism. Active participation will include sharing your research experience and debating theoretical-methodological perspectives, touching on core debates in sociology.

Interested applicants should send a brief expression of interest to the organisers. It should include research field and topic, year of study (if a student), methodology experience, and motivation for participating. Travel expenses up to £30 and registration fees will be paid for selected PGR/ECR participants. Please get in touch with the organisers to apply for a bursary.

Application deadline: 1 April 2020


  • BSA Member £5
  • Non-Member £10

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Contact Information

Event organisers:  Emma Seddon and/or Dr Deborah Giustini.