Journal of Communication & Culture | Issue 19 "Translation, Cosmopolitanism & Resistance"

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CECC - Research Centre for Communication and Culture

Theme: Translation, Cosmopolitanism & Resistance
Coordination: Maria Alexandra Lopes
Edition: 19
Deadline for submission of original articles: 31st December 2014
Throughout history, translation has always been a site of multiple, often conflicting political, social and aesthetic agendas. Translation has diversely proven a pathway to conquering and steamrolling others into conformity, a locus of resistance and preservation of difference, as well as a space of dialogue between disparate worldviews. In either of these guises, translation has always had a powerful impact on different areas of human experience, from religion to science, from the media to politics, the economy and literature (Woodsworth and Delisle: 1995, 2012).
As an act of negotiation, translation is inextricably linked to processes of exchange of goods and ideas, cosmopolitization, hybridization and mobility (Cronin, 2002, 2010). Resistance, on the other hand, depicts a large array of attitudes, mentalscapes, emotions, political gestures that react against any given circumstance. 'Resistance' is taken here as a broad concept encompassing different meanings: on the one hand, the at times strong and/or violent opposition to something extant (the status quo, bigotry, censorship, ideology, globalization, etc.) or to come (new ideas, technology, value systems, etc.); and on the other hand, the ability to remain immune to something (other people, revolutionary trends, innovation, new ways of thinking, etc.). Thus, resistance may imply movement or immobility, creativity or epigone-like repetition, conservatism or unconventionalism with the decision to translate is often governed by one impulse or the other, depending on the degree of interest in change/preservation a given community evinces (Venuti, 2013).
The present issue of Comunicação & Cultura wishes to address and highlight modes of resistance and cosmopolitanism that translation may have promoted or facilitated down the ages and, especially, in the present time, thus reflecting upon the role and the effects of translation in different media, in the shaping of present-day politics and global economy, in acquainting a given culture with different patterns of behaviour, ways of life, narratives and geographies. As a potent tool for spreading ideas and ideologies, translation helps shape worldviews and social attitudes in indelible ways that need further investigation.
Article proposals may seek to approach the following research topics (amongst others):
 Agency in translation
 Translation and innovation
 Translation and journalism
 Translation in the social media
 Translation and linguistic ecosystems
 Translation in the global economy
 Translation and science
 Translation and the environment
 Translation in contexts of war
 Translation and/versus power
 Translation and censorship
 Translation and canon formation in literature and the arts
 Translation and the criminal justice system
 Translation and the imagining of the future

Submission of articles:
 All articles corresponding to the demands and standards of the Journal of Communication & Culture are submitted to double blind peer review.
 Articles should be spaced at 1.5 throughout the entire text and should not exceed a maximum of 40.000 characters, including notes and bibliography, an abstract of between 100 and 150 words and a maximum of six keywords.
 Please send your article as an attachment, in an email addressed to, including a separate piece of information providing the author's name, electronic and postal address and phone number.