CFP: [Graduate] UCLA Japanese Studies Grad Symposium: Japan Translates

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Jordan A. Yamaji Smith
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UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki
Center for Japanese Studies
Graduate Symposium
October 25th, 2008

Japan Translates:Words between Languages from Classics to Hyperculture

        As translation studies and practice have been gaining in critical attention across the
humanities, fine arts, and literary/textual arts, our Graduate Symposium for this year invites
graduate students to submit 1.) proposals for presentations pertaining to the study of translation
as a politics, theory, or practice, as well as 2.) actual translations done by graduate translators
(principally from Japanese to English, but we are open to other directions and situations).
        We envision sessions in two formats, corresponding to the two submission types. For the
first, we plan traditional academic panels, with presentations of approximately 20-30 minutes
length, which will create dialogue on issues relevant to the role of translation in and around
Japanese studies. For the second, we plan a translation workshop, where graduates will read
their own translations and receive feedback from a group of committed graduates and professors
with interest and expertise in the practice and aesthetics of translation. Academic papers may be
theoretical engagements with Japanese-language texts and their translated permutations, book
or translation reviews, or critical reflections on the practice of translation in any format (literary,
subtitling, interpreting, adaptation, modernizing classics, etc.); translations for the workshop
sessions may be literary, filmic, dramatic, or critical pieces of approximately 5-10 pages length.
        Questions or proposal submissions should be sent to Jordan Smith at by
May 30. Please include a brief bio or abbreviated Curriculum Vitae appended to the submission.
Academic papers should be abstracts of approximately 300 words length; translations should be
a sample of 200-500 words length in addition to a brief description of the project (author bio,
brief summary of text, etc.).
        The symposium will be held on Saturday, October 25th at UCLA. *Selected participants will
be provided with transportation assistance, housing, and most meals during their stay at UCLA.*

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