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Translation Across Disciplines

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
27-28 February 2020

The Conference

Cross-disciplinary Discussions of Translation

“Translation Across Disciplines” highlights cross-disciplinary interest in the field of translation, modern languages and the humanities. The conference is a collaborative event between the following departments and centers at Brown University -- Comparative Literature, East Asian Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, Literary Arts, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Slavic Studies, Middle East Studies and the Center for Language Studies.

Please join us as we bring together scholars and practitioners from various disciplines and from different parts of the world to learn about and from each other’s work. Panelists and presenters will investigate the various ways by which linguistic exchange occurs in society and across societies.  Sessions will focus on literary translation, professional translation, experimental translation, the pedagogy of translation and the politics of interpreting.

Thursday, February 27 - 2:30-6:00 PM
Friday, February 28 - 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Click here for a detailed schedule.
Click here for a detailed list of presenters.
The Conference








Keynote Speaker

Ann Goldstein | Editor, Translator
The Art and Craft of Translation: Language Across Cultures, Generations, and Genres
Keynote Address - 4:00 PM, Thursday, February 27, Lower Salomon

Ann Goldstein is a former editor at The New Yorker. She has translated works by more than twenty writers, among them Primo Levi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italo Calvino, and Alessandro Baricco. She is the editor of the Complete Works of Primo Levi in English. She is also the translator of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and other novels in the Neapolitan series.  She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has received awards from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



​Click on each presenter for more information.



Department of Comparative Literature

Department of Italian Studies

Department of German Studies

Department of French Studies

Department of Hispanic Studies

Department of Slavic Studies

Department of East Asian Studies

Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Literary Arts at Brown

Mollie B. Mandeville Lectureship Fund, Dean of the Faculty

Cogut Center, Humanities Initiative Programming Fund

Center for Language Studies

Center for Middle East Studies, Islam and the Humanities Initiative

Center for Contemporary South Asia

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


*To request special services, accommodations or assistance for this event, please contact 

Jane Sokolosky at or 401-863-5674 as far in advance of the event as possible. Thank you.

Registration is open!



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