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Translation and the Digital: new tools for creativity and communication

Start: Apr 25, 2014 09:00 AM
End: Apr 25, 2014 05:00 PM

Location: University College London Gower Street London , England, WC1E 6BT

This event is funded as part of the Arts & Humanities workshop and seminar series 2013-14. The workshop is free to attend for delegates from both subscribing and non-subscribing institutions but booking is essential to secure your place as numbers are limited.

This day of workshops and seminars investigates digital technology in interlingual media and performance alongside digital applications for intercultural literary and historical research. A combination of panel presentations, discussions and practical computer laboratory sessions address innovative practice in interlingual transfer for theatre, film, museums, literature and history.

The event will consist of two panels (morning and afternoon), each made up of five fifteen-minute presentations from invited experts, from within and outside UCL, of inter-connected topics followed by general discussion. The morning session will focus on media and performance (digital tools in film, theatre and museum translation) while the afternoon will consider literary and historical digital applications.

These sessions will be separated by parallel workshops, offering participants the opportunity to practice or learn specific digital skills in subtitling or digital humanities. A networking lunch will be accompanied by a poster session (a Call for Posters will be issued in October 2013) during which current research activities in the Arts and Humanities digital field can be discussed with and disseminated to participants. Collaborative discussion and practical engagement is therefore available to all participants.

The main sessions will be preceded by coffee/registration and opening remarks and followed by an informal reception to enable the continuation of questions and answers arising from the sessions.

The symposium will have its own web pages within the UCL site to document the event and its outcomes, and social media will also be used to create a sustainable network for the sharing of future events and developments. Participants will be requested to complete a feedback survey.

These sessions aim to showcase the relevance of digital technologies to teaching and research across the Arts and Humanities, in particular:

  • To investigate the potential of digital databases in literary and linguistic practice;
  • To demonstrate the use of translation software in interlingual communication in media and performance;
  • To share and publicise new developments in digital tools for recording and developing artistic endeavour and research;
  • To create a forum for debate around  the use of technology in the Arts and Humanities;
  • To initiate a network of participants in Higher Education institutions for the discussion and sharing of interlingual digital practices in the Arts and Humanities.


09.00 - 09.45: Pre-sessional registration and coffee (Roberts Building Foyer and G09)

09.45 – 10.00: Opening remarks

10.00 – 12.00: Panel: ‘Digital technology in media and performance’.

  • New Trends in Subtitling: The Crowd & The Cloud - Emmanouela Patiniotaki (UCL)
  • New trends in revoicing: The role of technology in voiceover and dubbing - Dr Rocío Banos Pinero
  • Digital tools in theatre translation – Dr Claire Larsonneur (Université Paris 8)
  • Surtitling in opera – Dr Lucile Desblache (Roehampton)
  • Upsides, Downsides: Technology and Audio Description - Dr Louise Fryer ( UCL)

Followed by discussion: ‘How can digital technologies be harnessed to improve intercultural communication through performance?’

12.00 – 13.00: Parallel workshops. Choice of:

  • Hands-on subtitling session  (CenTraS Lab)- led by Lindsay Bywood (UCL) OR
  • Digital text analysis tools' (Foster Court Cluster Room B29) - led by David Beavan (UCL)

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch and poster presentations, including the award of a prize for the best poster (judged by the organising committee).

14:00 – 16:00: Panel: ‘Interlingual digital scholarship in the Humanities’.

  • URLs for non-Roman script – Chris Dillon (UCL)
  • Computational semantics and information extraction: ideas for the humanities - Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha (Cambridge) and Andreas Vlachos (UCL)
  • Mapping and Literary Cartography  - Sarah Young (UCL)
  • Project overview: Survey of English Usage  - Seth Mehl (UCL)

Followed by discussion: ‘How can the creative arts embrace technology while still keeping their soul?’

16:00 – 18:00: Post-sessional reception.

List of Organisers -

David Beavan (Information Studies), Dr Geraldine Brodie (SELCS), Lindsay Bywood (CenTraS), Christophe Declercq (CenTraS), Dr Dina Gusejnova (History)

This event is co-funded by the UCL Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies.

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