IJoC Publishes Special Section on “Translating in the 21st Century”
Translations have historically played a central role in the dissemination of and access to knowledge, culture, arts, and sciences across national and cultural borders. While globalization processes have generated an international milieu where English is increasingly the lingua franca of communication in popular culture and academic conversations alike, distances and differences among cultures still remain, and translations retain a key presence and function in international communication flows.
Babel and Globalization: Translating in the 21st Century, guest-edited by Paolo Sigismondi, University of Southern California, is the latest Special Section of IJoC. It breaks new ground — delving into the craft and the challenges of translating and the evolving role of the translator in the 21st-century international communication landscape shaped by the evolution of digital technologies within the unfolding phenomena of globalization. Whereas economic and technological forces appear to bring about an increasing invisibility of translators, this collection of work focuses instead on the centrality of their role as essential connectors in a multicultural and multilayered global landscape.
The interdisciplinary approach of this publication has drawn 14 contributions — 12 original articles, a book review, and the editorial introduction — from international scholars at the intersection of diverse fields of academic inquiry, in particular, communication and translation studies. This Special Section aims to provoke new thinking and perspectives on translations while bridging existing distances among diverse theoretical standpoints and academic backgrounds. [Click on the article title for direct link to the paper.]
Translation’s Histories and Digital Futures
“The Task of the Translator”: Comparing the Views of the Client and the Translator
Hanna Risku, Christina Pein-Weber, Jelena Milosevic
Cultural Translators of Communication Studies in Greater China
Jack Linchuan Qiu
We invite you to read this Special Section that published February 8, 2016 at http://ijoc.org.