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February 2016: Explorations in Translation Theory and Armenian Literature

Organized by the Armenian Studies Program, University of Michigan
February 19-20, 2016

This workshop invited conversations surrounding the interdisciplinary field of Translation studies as it pertains to the transcultural analysis and translation of Armenian Literature. Seeking to move beyond purely prescriptive applications of translation, interpretation, and the localization of national literatures –and the mere translation of a “minor” literature into a major language –this workshop asked  invited participants to explore question pertaining to their translations of Armenian literature, under the umbrella of larger, non-compartmentalized cultural and theoretical frameworks and disciplines such as comparative literature, Mediterranean studies, Post-colonial and Diaspora studies, across all periods.

This workshop also considered questions pertaining to the ethics of semiotic and cultural translation, and what ways (if possible) cultural nuances transformed and translated across linguistic, political, and literary mediums.