BelgoLab 2017 – Belgian Translations (6–7 March 2017)*

BelgoLab 2017

Translation plays a major role in Belgian culture, both domestically – by enabling readers to access work produced in a different language community – and internationally, by disseminating work to wider audiences. Accordingly, BeLgoLab 2017 is devoted to translations of different kinds. It combines formal papers and discussions with practical workshops, where published English translations are compared with the originals (guidance materials supplied for non-specialists). The event is aimed at researchers and postgraduates in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, as well as those in French and Dutch studies.

Monday 6 March 2017

Eliot Room, British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

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1330 – 1400 Registration

1400 – 1410 Welcome Adrian Armstrong (Queen Mary University of London), Marja Kingma (British Library)

1410 – 1525 Workshop on translation: Amélie Nothomb, ‘Fear and Trembling’ (‘Stupeur et tremblements’) Adrian Armstrong

Materials (from the published translation and the original) will be distributed on the day

1525 – 1545 Tea/coffee

1545 – 1700 Workshop on translation: Paul van Ostaijen, ‘Occupied City’ (‘Bezette Stad’) Jane Fenoulhet (University College London)

Materials (from the published translation and the original) will be distributed on the day

1700 – 1800 Reception, kindly supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in London.

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Institute for Modern Languages Research (SAS, UoL) Senate House G35

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0900 – 0915 Welcome Adrian Armstrong, Marja Kingma

0915 – 0945 Translator’s choices in the literary field: Alex Brotherton’s translation of Gerard Walschap’s ‘Marriage/Ordeal’ (‘Trouwen’, ‘Celibaat’), Irving Wolters (University College London)

0945 – 1015 From Mobutu to Molenbeek: Cultural Translation in Contemporary Belgian Ethnic-Minority Writing in French, Sarah Arens (University of Edinburgh)

1015 – 1030 Discussion

1030 – 1045 Tea/coffee

1045 – 1145 Round table: Translation and Belgium Adrian Armstrong, Marja Kingma

In partnership with the Institute for Modern Language Research (IMLR), School of Advanced Studies, University of London.

For more information see this post on the British Library European Studies blog.