ATIA International Translation Day 2023 – Translation Unveils the Many Faces of Humanity
On September 23rd, 2023, ATIA hosted our International Translation Day online symposium with excellent participation from members and the public. Each presenter and panellist brought thought provoking and meaningful topics that related to this year’s theme of: Translation Unveils the Many Faces of Humanity.
The day began with opening remarks from ATIA president, Roula Salam, and followed with an “interview” style presentation and discussion with Guillaume Deneufbourg. Guillaume spoke about how a career in translation can be constructed upon several mutually reinforcing pillars, and highlighted how diversification can offer job security, enhance credibility, and guarantee intellectual stimulation. Guillaume’s career shows how diversification can be particularly relevant at a time when our certainties are being upended by technological advancements. This presentation was followed by some very poignant and thoughtful questions.
If you would like to learn more about Guillaume Deneufbourg and his multifaceted career in translation, please click HERE.
After a short break, the University of Alberta Modern Languages & Cultural Studies brought together a panel that included Dr. Mehdi Asadzadeh (Assistant Professor at the IAU (Islamic Azad University) and Visiting Scholar), one Masters candidate, and two PhD candidates: Monika Pitonak, MA Candidate; Houssem Ben Lazreg, PhD Candidate; and Hongyang Ji, PhD Candidate. This panel discussion featured a variety of intriguing and inspiring topics, moderated by Dr. Odile Cisneros.
Panelist Dr. Mehdi Asadzadeh presented on the topic of: “Education in Mother Tongue as A Humanitarian Right for Migrant Students: The Case of Canada”.
Panelist Monika Pitonak presented on the topic of: “Translator Training in Canada: History and New Directions.”
Panelist Houssem Ben Lazreg presented on the topic of: “General Haftar vs. Government of National Accord in Libya: The Representation(s) of Conflict in Global News.”
Panelist Hongyang Ji presented on the topic of: “Where Do We Go? The Post-Anthropocentric Consideration in Translation Studies.”
Many questions resulted from these diverse and contemplative panel presentations. As always, ATIA looks forward to future colaborations with the students and faculty of the University of Alberta Modern Languages & Cultural Studies.
If you would like to watch the recording of the University of Alberta Moderna Languages & Cultural Studies panel, please click HERE.
ATIA would like to thank everyone who presented, moderated, and participated in the 2023 International Translation Day online symposium. Your support helps make this annual event a success.