International Academic Conferences
11 November 2017
This is the third day of a three-day conference convened by the British Academy and SOAS. It is intended to generate the first comparative overview of the extent to which Neoplatonist philosophy has permeated poetic forms, styles, themes and figurative language as well as poetic theory in seven principal languages of the greater Mediterranean region, from late antiquity to the modern period.
Please note that days one and two of the conference will be held at the premises of the British Academy on 9 and 10 November 2017 and tickets for these need to purchased separately.
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20 and 21 July 2017
Imagining Africa’s Future marks SOAS’ centenary, and in order to celebrate a century of African studies we look forward to examine future key trends, changes and debates that are likely to shape the African continent over the coming century, drawing from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives in a truly inter-disciplinary conference.
The conference will bring together academics and practitioners from different disciplines to discuss and analyse contemporary issues affecting the continent and its diaspora through ground breaking contributions in the form of academic papers, films and other audio visual media, performances, poetry and debates. The format will be interactive and diverse, with panel discussions and workshops, screenings performances and small discussion groups mixing not only different media but also different perspectives. We are therefore seeking contributions from academics activists, performers, artists, public speakers, journalists, researchers, NGO practitioners, civil servants and diplomats, among others. Contributions from academics in African institutions would be highly welcome.
Africa has changed rapidly over the last century, and the pace of change in the 21st century already promises huge transformations to African societies, economies and cultures. We want to seize the occasion of our centenary to explore and imagine not only what the impact of these transformations could be, but also how our research, policies, political action and visionary thought can shape Africa’s future.
Cost of ticket:
£25 Standard per day/£40 for 2 days
£5 SOAS students* per day
£10 SOAS Alumni* per day
*Student will need to show valid ID on the day.
*Alumni to show alumni card
5, 6, 7 July 2017
The 8th Asian Translation Tradition Conference at SOAS: Conflicting Ideologies and Cultural Mediation – Hearing, Interpreting, Translating Global Voices.
While discussing Conflicting Ideologies and Cultural Mediation at this conference, we also seek to promote development of translation theories based on Asian practices in order to contribute to the development of global Translation Studies.
It has been a while since Translation Studies started to develop interest in translation beyond the West. This series on Asian Translation Tradition started at SOAS in 2004 as a workshop, which was followed by regular conferences. It has greatly contributed to raising awareness of different views on translation theory and practice, and to shaping non-Western Translation Studies. After more than a decade it is time to take stock, to ask what has been achieved and where yet-untapped opportunities lie.
Recently we have witnessed increasing ideological conflict among and within societies. ATT8 asks whether and how translation can help mediate between ideologies and contribute to constructive dialogue among cultures. Over two thousand languages are spoken in Asia, and its peoples have different value systems, beliefs and customs. Translation therefore plays a crucial role in letting people hear and understand each other’s voices and in making dialogue possible. At the same time, it is now well established that translators manipulate the ‘original’ (including utterances) and intervene in translations for their own reasons. These can include conscious and internalized agendas relating to gender, post-colonial, or other political issues.
Please note no refund will be issued for cancellation.
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