OCTIS 2010

By Sep.01, 2010

On Monday, 6th September 2010, the Centre for Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies at the University of Salford, United Kingdom is organising first student-led, International Online Conference in Translation and Interpreting Studies (OCTIS1 2010) on Research in Translation and Interpreting Studies: Methods of the Past, the Present and the Future. The conference is open to all and free to attend. To receive updated information about it please register here.

The aim of OCTIS 2010 is to bring together international postgraduates from within the various areas of Translation and Interpreting Studies and to give them the opportunity to present papers to their peers. We hope that participation will be a rewarding experience for all, open new perspectives, establish new venues for networking and discussion and help to develop crucial academic and social skills in a friendly setting.


The broad theme of OCTIS 2010 is Research in Translation and Interpreting Studies: Methods of the Past, the Present and the Future, a topic which should accommodate a wide range of issues relevant to researchers working within the context of translating, interpreting, contrastive linguistics and related disciplines. Contributions address aspect and perspectives taken to practical research, including, but not limited to:

  • Microscopic, macroscopic or, complex perspectives on T&I issues at the interface of cultural, social or linguistic phenomena
  • Methods, methodologies, theories and paradigms in empirical/ quantitative or conceptual/ qualitative research;
  • reductionist or holistic, diachronic or synchronic, modernist or postmodernist approaches
  • Issues relevant to the generation and selection of data as well as the instruments used by T&I researchers, corpora, TAPs, ethnographic methods, etc
  • Aspects of inter- and transdisciplinarity and methodological pluralism/ relativism

The keynote speakers of OCTIS1 2010 will be Robin Setton, Graham Turner, Ovidi Carbonell and Federico Gaspari.

Below is the programme of the conference and links for the morning and afternoon sessions.. Click here to download it.

Conference Technology

As mentioned above, the conference will run totally online. The technology used will be elluminate, and it is free for anyone to attend. Delegates can join the room using the links provided in the programme. As a delegate you will be able to take part in the discussions via the written chat or use a microphone. Hence, you will need headphones or loudspeakers (to listen to presentations and interact via chat) and a microphone or a headset if they wish to interact via microphone (please use hearphones instead of loud speakers if you wish to interact live and don’t have a headset).

We will be running a test session on the 2nd September at 3pm (UK time). Everyone is welcome to join us using the following link http://tinyurl.com/37jd7na

For those not available to test the virtual conference facilities on the dates mentioned above, please click here and follow the instructions on the screen (step 1 to step 3). Also use the above link to test your computer has been updated with the last java version.

If you plan to access the conference from your institution we strongly advise you try the technology well in advance, as you may encounter firewall problems. In a small number of cases, we have found that institutional firewalls have prevented access to the platform. If this does happen please email us so we can advise you further: c.mendesdacosta[@]salford.ac.uk

We look forward to welcoming you online!

Post written by Elena Xeni on behalf of the organising committee


OCTIS1 2010 Organizing Committee
Rebecca Tipton, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK
Dr Gita Mohan, Translation Studies Researcher, UK
Fabrizio Gallai, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK
Ralph Krueger, Clologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Cristina Costa, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK
Philipp Neubauer, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK
Elena Xeni, University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK

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