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Department of English Sambalpur University

Jyoti Vihar, Sambalpur-768019, Odisha, India

DRS National Seminar on Postcolonial Translation: Issues and Practices (March 19-20, 2014)
Postcolonial translation designates not so much the translational exercise in the period following the end of colonialism and the Empire as a praxis embedded in the historically shifting relations of power between languages, cultures and peoples, and above all in the changing relations of alterity vis--vis the subject position of knowledge and power. The changes have already been mapped out in postcolonial history through the rise and fall of the Empire, and through the configurations of postcolonial modernity that has both affirmed and undermined nationhood with the use of English in the South Asian and some African countries, given the ambivalent nature of its cultural economy in the colonial and the postcolonial/globalized contexts. The praxis in question teases out several issues pertaining to translation strategies achieving calculated effects of signification, cultural/ideological locution of the text in translation, cultural/ideological location of the translator and also the reader, and the like. Papers relating to the reading of specific works of translation into English or into any other language from another, or papers addressing postcolonial issues underlying translation theory are welcome. The seminar envisages, although not being confined to, the broad areas for the presentation of papers as given below: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Postcolonial translation and politics of representation Translation as postcolonial trope Translations into English and translations from English Gender and translation Subalternity and translation Nation, trans-nation and translation Cultural space of translation

Scholars interested in participating in the seminar are required to send in the abstracts of their papers latest by February 15, 2014. If selected they will be invited to the seminar with papers, some of which shall be published in the 4th series of Sambalpur Studies in Literatures and Cultures, the journal published from the Department of English, Sambalpur University. Ashok K Mohapatra <mohaashok@gmail.com>