• 10.11.2022 - 11.11.2022
  • 🇳🇴 Norwegen / Bergen
  • University of Bergen; University College Dublin
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Motivations and Methods: The Later Translation of Medieval Texts

The conference will focus specifically on the translation of medieval texts in post-medieval times. We welcome both papers that take as their subject early modern translations of medieval texts, as well as modern translations of medieval texts, from any geographical area, from subject areas such as law, history, literature and medicine.

We are delighted to welcome Professors Alison Finlay (Birkbeck) and Liam Breatnach (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) as keynote speakers.

Papers may consider the motivations behind the translation, engaging with such questions as:

  • What are the explicit and implicit motivations behind the translation?
  • Why/how were the source and target languages chosen?
  • How does the translation engage with previous translations?
  • What does the translation or act of translation tell us about the political and social context of the translated text?

Papers may also consider the methods used to produce the translation. You might, for example:

  • Talk about an aspect of your way of working when translating medieval texts.
  • Explain why a certain vocabulary was used.
  • Walk us through a problem you have faced in doing translations and way you have sought to solve the problem.
  • Consider editions of texts and their translation(s).

You may also choose to engage with themes such as antiquarianism, the history of translation, why certain texts have been translated many times or not at all, and the benefits and drawbacks of undertaking translations in the first place.