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Researching across Languages and Cultures

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Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation

36 Fenian Street

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We are working within an increasingly globalised knowledge economy. Researchers collaborate in cross-cultural teams, collect data in a variety of languages and share findings for international audiences who may be unfamiliar with the cultural context.

In this interactive workshop, Dr Alain Wolf, co-author of Researching Across Languages and Cultures: A guide to doing research interculturally (2016) will draw on research interviews with doctoral students from around the world to demonstrate the link between theoretical approaches and the practical problems encountered by researchers working between cultures and languages.

Key topics include:

  • The ethics of translation and the role of the interpreter in the research process
  • Questions of audience, power and voice, and how knowledge is constructed across cultures
  • The pragmatics of mediated communication
  • Writing about research for a culturally and linguistically diverse, global readership

This workshop will be of particular use to scholars at all levels whose research involves moving between languages and cultures. It will interest researchers whose work involves empirical research in multilingual or multicultural contexts.

Dr Alain Wolf is Lecturer in Language and Communication Studies at The University of East Anglia, where he specialises in teaching translation theory and pragmatics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His eclectic research covers and intersects a broad range of subjects, including Translation Studies, Intercultural Communication, Religious Studies and Literary Studies.

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