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About the conference

1st Hong Kong Baptist University International Conference on Interpreting

Theme

HISTORY OF INTERPRETING

 

Dates

9-10 March 2017

 

Venue

Dr. Wu Yee Sun Lecture Theatre (WLB109)
Shaw Campus
Hong Kong Baptist University

 

Organizers

Centre for Translation and Translation Programme
Hong Kong Baptist University

 

With an aim to promote the study of interpreting in Hong Kong and the greater China area, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is launching a biennial conference with the title of "HKBU International Conference on Interpreting".

 

For the first HKBU International Conference on Interpreting, we have chosen the theme of the "History of Interpreting" not only because it is a logical beginning, but also because the history of interpreting, along with the history of translation, has been one of the most rapidly progressing lines of research in the fields of interpreting studies and translation studies. This trend was clearly manifested in the First International Symposium on the History of Interpreting, held at Rikkyo University in Tokyo in May 2014 and in the publication of New Insights in the History of Interpreting (Takeda & Baigorri-Jalón, 2016), a collection of selected papers, mostly from the Rikkyo Symposium.

 

The first HKBU Conference, inspired by the successful Rikkyo Symposium, aims to further explore interpreting phenomena in history, and examine the different roles interpreters have played in historical events, focusing in particular on "how the practice of interpreting has evolved to address the needs of different historical contexts, and how understanding interpreting history is relevant to interpreters and interpreting practices in the present" (Takeda & Baigorri-Jalón, 2016, p. VII).

 

Themes:

  • Practices of interpreting in different cultures, historical periods and geographical or geopolitical regions
  • Reception of interpreters in different cultures, historical periods and geographical or geopolitical regions
  • Evolution of the norms, code of ethics, and social status of interpreters
  • Methods and approaches in the research on the history of interpreting
  • The relationship between historical research and interpreting practice

About the exhibition

The Interpreter's One Hundred Years of Solitude: Between History and Memory Exhibition

 

Dates

9-10 March 2017

 

Venue

Dr. and Mrs. Sze Chi Ching Exhibition Gallery, Level 1,
The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies
Shaw Campus
Hong Kong Baptist University

 

Organizers

Centre for Translation and Translation Programme
Hong Kong Baptist University

 

Curators

Professor Jesús BAIGORRI-JALÓN and
Dr. Icíar ALONSO-ARAGUÁS

 

A photo exhibition under the name of The Interpreter's One Hundred Years of Solitude: Between History and Memory, curated by Professor Jesús BAIGORRI-JALÓN, historian and interpreting scholar, and Dr. Icíar ALONSO-ARAGUÁS, will also be held during the two days of the conference.

 

exhibition

Photo above: Arrival of immigrants to Ellis Island, New York, 1908
 
Ellis Island was the entryway to the United States for more than 12 million people between 1892 and 1954, arriving from Italy, Hungary, Russian, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, and Sweden among others, but also from Asia and Africa. As a result, one of the main problems was dealing with the diversity of languages spoken. The new arrivals had to undergo a medical exam and answer the inspector's questions. Interpreters were essential at all stages: they began by announcing the numbers allocated to different groups of immigrants in different languages and leading them to the registration room. During the medical exam they explained the different exams to the foreigners and finally translated the inspector's questions and the immigrants' answers (see photo). They spoke an average of six languages and knew the most common (French, German, Russian, etc,) as well as the less common languages (Armenian, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, etc.). They worked for the Department of Immigration and could speak, read and write in those languages. If there was no one available to help, the immigrant had to wait until a qualified professional was located. Before beginning their work, the interpreters had to pass a Federal Public Administration test on oral, reading, writing and listening skills in the foreign languages. Many immigrants were able to avoid deportation thanks to the interpreters.
 
Laura Vizcay

Images from the last 100 years will be shown to connect important historical events with the role of interpreters as linguistic and cultural mediators. The exhibition has travelled to Tokyo (Japan), Graz (Austria), Brussels and Antwerp (Belgium), Forlì (Italy), Hildesheim (Germany), as well as different cities in Spain, and will be brought to the Chinese-speaking world for the first time.


Committees

Organizing Committee Members

  • Professor Min-hua LIU (Conference Chair)
    Professor, Translation Programme, HKBU
  • Dr. Ester LEUNG
    Associate Professor, Translation Programme, HKBU
  • Dr. Wayne LIANG
    Assistant Professor, Translation Programme, HKBU
  • Dr. Janice PAN
    Assistant Professor, Translation Programme, HKBU

 

Programme Committee Members

  • Professor Jesús BAIGORRI-JALÓN
    University of Salamanca, Spain
  • Professor Min-hua LIU
    Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • Professor Rachel LUNG
    Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Professor Kayoko TAKEDA
    Rikkyo University, Japan

Call for proposals

We invite papers on topics related to the following themes:

  • Practices of interpreting in different cultures, historical periods and geographical or geopolitical regions
  • Reception of interpreters in different cultures, historical periods and geographical or geopolitical regions
  • Evolution of the norms, code of ethics, and social status of interpreters
  • Methods and approaches in the research on the history of interpreting
  • The relationship between historical research and interpreting practice

 

The language of the conference is English.
(In exceptional cases, the organizers may entertain requests for presenting in Putonghua, subject to arrangement of the necessary interpreting provision.)

 

Length of presentations: 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion)

 

Submissions must include the following information:

  • name of author(s)
  • affiliation
  • email address
  • abstract of 300-400 words
  • 3-5 keywords
  • short author biography of 50 to 100 words

 

All submissions, using Microsoft Word 2010, are to be sent to ctn@hkbu.edu.hk by 30 November 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by email by 15 December 2016.

 

There is no plan to publish the conference proceedings.


Keynote speakers

Title:

  • The History of Interpreting: Topics, Sources, and Methods

 

Speaker:

  • Professor Jesús BAIGORRI-JALÓN
  • (Associate Professor (Emeritus), Department of Translation and Interpretation, and Member of the Alfaqueque Interpretation Research Group, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)

 

About the Speaker:

  • Jesús BAIGORRI-JALÓN is former United Nations staff interpreter, Associate Professor (Emeritus) and member of the Alfaqueque research group (University of Salamanca, Spain). His research has focused on the history of interpreting, interpreters as fiction characters, public service interpreting and the teaching of interpreting. Author of From Paris to Nuremberg: The Birth of Conference Interpreting (2014/2000), United Nations Interpreters: A History (2004), and co-editor of New Insights in the History of Interpreting (2016).

 

 

Title:

  • Linking the Past to the Present: Why I Study Wartime Interpreters

 

Speaker:

  • Professor Kayoko TAKEDA
  • (Professor, College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan)

 

About the Speaker:

  • Kayoko Takeda is Professor of Translation and Interpreting Studies in the College of Intercultural Communication at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. Her research focuses on the history, pedagogy and sociocultural aspects of interpreting and translation. She is the author of Interpreting the Tokyo War Crimes Trial and co-editor of New Insights in the History of Interpreting.

Programme

Venue: Dr. Wu Yee Sun Lecture Theatre (WLB109), Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University

 

9 March (Thursday)

09.00-09.30   Registration
09.30-09.45   Welcome Address and Introduction
09.45-11.00   KEYNOTE LECTURE
The History of Interpreting: Topics, Sources, and Methods
Jesús BAIGORRI-JALÓN (University of Salamanca, Spain)
11.00-11.30   Coffee Break
11.30-12.30   PANEL 1: Sources and Methods for the Historical Approach
Chair: Kayoko TAKEDA
Interpreting the Interpreter's Life: From Biographical Data to Biographie Croisée
Klaus KAINDL (University of Vienna, Austria)
Rhetorical Patterns in Ancient Chinese Texts on Interpreting
Rachel LUNG (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
12.30-13.00   Guided tour (with slide presentation) of The Interpreter's One Hundred Years of Solitude: Between History and Memory Exhibition
Curator of the Exhibition: Jesús BAIGORRI-JALÓN
13.00-14.30   Lunch
14.30-16.00   PANEL 2: Interpreters as Historical Figures
Chair: Rachel LUNG
The Humanized Study of a Great Interpreter: Tseng-Tsiang Lou/Dom Pierre-Célestin as Premier/Priest and His Contributions to Interpretation
Andy Lung Jan CHAN (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
The Interpreter as Alter Ego of the Statesman - the Recollections of Tito's Interpreter Ivan Ivanji
Mira KADRIC (University of Vienna, Austria)
Images of Former Chinese Educational Mission Students as Interpreters in the United States (1881- 1943)
Aiyun YE (Guangzhou University, China)
16.00-16.30   Coffee Break
16.30-18.00   PANEL 3: Emergence of Interpreting in Historical Events
Chair:
Janice PAN
The First Years of Conference Interpreting in Poland (1944-1956)
Małgorzata TRYUK (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Revisiting the Interpreting Service of Truth Reconciliation Commission
Harold M LESCH (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
From Engineers to Language Specialists: Some Insights into the Development of the Professional Interpreter in the Balkans
Marija TODOROVA (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
18.30   Dinner

 

10 March (Friday)

09.00-09.30   Registration
09.30-10.45   KEYNOTE LECTURE
Linking the Past to the Present: Why I Study Wartime Interpreters

Kayoko TAKEDA (Rikkyo University, Japan)
10.45-11.00   Coffee Break
11.00-12.30   PANEL 4: Wartime Interpreters
Chair:
Wayne LIANG
Interpreter's Autonomy and Agency in Negotiations during the First Opium War (1840-1842)
Zhen YUAN (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
Taiwanese as Military Interpreters in the Second World War
Shichi Mike LAN (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
The Shifting Field and Dynamic Habitus of Korean War Interpreters
Hyongrae KIM (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
12.30-13.45   Lunch
13.45-15.45   PANEL 5: Interpreters in Colonial Contexts
Chair:
Jesús BAIGORRI-JALÓN
Interpreters in Conflict Situations in Colonial Taiwan: From the Seventeenth Century till the Early Twentieth Century
Pin-ling CHANG (Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan)
The Han-Chinese Interpreters' Role in Making Taiwan a Heterogeneous Colony under Dutch Rule
Li-Fen WANG (National Chiayi University, Taiwan)
Interpreting Practices in the Dutch East Indies
Audrey HEIJNS (Independent Researcher)
The Search for a Mende Interpreter for African Slaves in the Amistad Case (1839)
Jeanette ZARAGOZA-DE LEÓN (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
15.45-16.15   Coffee Break
16.15-18.15   PANEL 6: Development of the Interpreting Profession
Chair:
Ester LEUNG
The Birth and Evolution of Simultaneous Interpreting in Hong Kong
David MAK (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
A Historical Review of Court interpreting in Hong Kong
Eva NG (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
The United Nations Training Course of Interpreters and Translators: The Beginning of Professional Conference Interpreting in China
Hong JIANG (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
The Evolution of a Culture of Client - Interpreter Partnership at the EU and Europe-based UN bodies
Kensuke YOSHIMURA (Chuo University, Japan)
18.15-18.30   Closing Session

Abstracts

Programme abstracts are now available here.


Registration and fees

Registration is required for all presenters and participants of the conference. Co-presenters do not need to register unless they plan to participate in the conference.

 

The exhibition is open to the public and requires no registration.

 

The registration fee for the conference is HK$1,000. The early bird rate (HK$700) applies if registration is completed before 15 December 2016.

 

The registration fee can be paid online via our secure BEA Payment Gateway. This system allows you to pay by credit card (i.e. Visa, MasterCard or Union Pay). To proceed to payment, please click on the "Register for the Conference" button and then fill in the required fields as instructed. A confirmation email will be sent via email within 7 days after your registration is received. You are advised to check your registration receipt. Any changes can be made by writing to us.

 

Please note that the fee covers the conference pack, refreshments, lunches, and the conference dinner, and is non-refundable. The fee does not cover travel, accommodations or other meals not specified.

 

A letter of invitation will be provided upon request to registrants who have completed their registration.

 


Important dates

  • Call for proposals: 4 August 2016
  • Deadline for submission of proposals (extended): 30 November 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2016
  • Registration of presenters: November 2016 - end January 2017
  • Registration for participants: September 2016 - mid-February 2017
  • Deadline for early bird registration: 15 December 2016
  • Programme available on-line: early February 2017

Accommodation

University-based or off-campus rooms are reserved for conference presenters and participants. If you are interested, you can make the reservation online. However, before making the payment via the online system, you are highly recommended to confirm with us, at ctn@hkbu.edu.hk, on the availability of rooms.

 

  • University-based option: Dr Ng Tor Tai International House
    The University guesthouse is in a very convenient location, just a 5 minute walk to the conference venue.
    Package: Single room, 8-11 March 2017, 3 nights @HK$2,500 (10% service charge is included)
    • Complimentary in-room wifi with unlimited access
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  • Outside Campus option: Royal Plaza Hotel
    The hotel is a 10 minute metro ride plus a 10 minute walk from the campus. It is also a 5 minute walk to the city centre - Mongkok.
    Package: Single room, 8-11 March 2017, 3 nights @HK$3,700 (10% service charge is included)
    • Complimentary wifi with unlimited access
    • Daily local newspaper
    • Complimentary in-room tea / coffee set
    • Complimentary use of Definition Health Club - gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath
    • Complimentary shuttle bus between Hotel and Tsimshatsui (subject to hotel schedule and availability)

 

All accommodation packages are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Room charges will not be refunded for shorter stays or if the hotels are fully booked.

 

 

Those planning to stay in other accommodations will find a range of options through tourist information sites such as the Discover Hongkong Website.


Contact us

All enquiries should be made to the Centre for Translation, Hong Kong Baptist University at: