1914Conference, Ottawa, May 2009
- Aug 3, 2008Canadian Association for Translation Studies
22nd CATS Annual Conference
Carleton University, Ottawa
Translation and Philosophy
Call for papers
The links between translation and philosophy are long established.
Not only do they point up the often ambiguous relationships between
specific languages, but they also allow us to reflect on the function
and purpose of language in general. Had we followed the model of the
Lagado Academy in Gulliver's Travels (III chapter 5), which proposed
to abolish words and replace them with things, translation would no
longer be necessary. Words, with all of their imperfections, are our
lot, however. Translation, in this important sense, is a child of
imperfection, of the complex relationships between idioms, and of the
(very real) limits of their expressive potentialities. In this year's
conference, we hope to pursue this line of reflection further.
We need to determine what makes Translation Studies a discipline
distinct from the philosophy of language, and under what conditions.
How are theory and practice related? What foundations has Translation
Studies formulated for itself to ensure the scientific nature of its
premises and the objective validity of its conclusions, beyond the
simple comparison of language features in texts? At another level, we
need to examine the relationship between translation and the logic of
propositions, to study the meta-language of Translation Studies,
validate it as "scientific," and evaluate its legitimacy as
philosophical tool for furthering the discipline.
A joint session with the Canadian Association of Philosophy will be
Proposals or abstracts of approximately 500 words should be sent to
the following addresses by 15 September 2008 Charles Le Blanc
(conference organizer): charles.leblanc@...
<mailto:charles.leblanc@...> OR Georges L. Bastin (CATS President
and conference co-organizer colloque): georges.bastin@...
Please consult the CATS website for further details:
Accepted proposals will be included in a grants application. A
selection of papers presented at the conference will be published.
For further information concerning the CATS conference, please
contact Marc Charron: marc.charron@...
<mailto:marc.charron@...> , University of Ottawa, President of
the Program Committee.
Please submit the following information with your proposal:
ACADEMIC DEGREES OR DIPLOMAS:
IMPORTANT AND RECENT PUBLICATIONS (3):
A BRIEF SUMMARY OF PAPER (150 WORDS)