The Sound of Silence

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Babilónia – Revista Lusófona de Línguas, Culturas e Tradução

Babilónia – Revista Lusófona de Línguas, Culturas e Tradução is a journal publication by the School of Communication, Arts and Information Technologies (ECATI) at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT). It is linked to the 1st cycle study program in Translation and Creative Writing and the postgraduate course in Translation and Intercultural Communication at ULHT. It is also affiliated to the 1st cycle program in Languages and Translation at the Universidade Lusófona do Porto (ULP).

The journal is published semestrially and it centers on three main fields: Linguistic, Cultural and Translation Studies. The Editorial Board invites academics, specialists, writers and translators to contribute to one of the following sections: Dossier, Essays, Interviews, Creative Writing, Reviews and Translations.

Dossier for the upcoming issue (no. 10/11) – The Sound of Silence

Organized by – Zlatka Timenova-Valtcheva
Co-organized by – Luís Cláudio Ribeiro

Western societies, as defined by Greco-Roman philosophy and logocentrism, have traditionally considered fullness and emptiness, absence and presence, sound (in acoustics and verbal expression) and silence as in opposition and therefore mutually exclusive. However, with Judaic-Christian thought emerges the relationship between word and silence through the image of the "Spirit of God", and after St. Augustine, the human/divine language dichotomy.

From another perspective, we should highlight the permanent effort to extract sounds of articulate words from the silence of continuous thought. We can therefore affirm that there is no language without silence and no silence without language, just as in the physical world there is no sound without silence and there can be no silence without sound. Most importantly, however, silence has meaning, silence resonates: silence is eloquent.

The theme for this number's dossier intends to have the sound of silence heard. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

- Silence in History: the subaltern voice
- Sound and silence in literature and the arts
- Silence and noise in comunication
- Silence in translation
- The new sounds of technology
- Silence and censorship in culture and politics
- The silence of memory
- Autobiography and silence
- Cities and silence
- Silence in psychoanalytic discourse

Important dates

Paper submission deadline: 22 May 2011.

Acceptance notification: 19 June 2011.

Instructions for authors

The papers sent for publication must be original and cannot be submitted to other journals, either national or international. All papers will be submitted to the Editorial Board or specialists in the area, for acceptance. As Babilónia is a peer-reviewed journal and for the blind review process to be effective, each paper should be accompanied by a separate cover page with the following information:

- Title
- Name
- Institutional filiation
- Abstract in two languages (300 word maximum each)
- Keywords ( 4 to 6)
- Bionote (250 word maximum)
- E-mail address

All papers should have a maximum length of 20 – 25 pages (approximately 6,500 words), including bibliography and footnotes.

Papers may be submitted in Portuguese (according to the new orthographic accord), English, French, Spanish and Italian.

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