Wednesday 22nd Januiary 2020, 14.15-15.45
Translation & migration: From erasure to co-presence
Traditional dichotomic formulations of translation insist on notions of equivalence and substitution, constantly reinstating the opposition between foreign and same and demanding the erasure of the first in order to produce the latter. What if we change that model? What if the translator and the translated are the same? And what if they are already here, now, rather than ‘foreign’ and ‘elsewhere’? I will discuss these questions using examples from both writing and visual arts linked to experiences of migration and arguing that a different notion of translation, based on the ideas of trace and co-presence, can emerge in a mobile, multilingual world.