In our April 2019 seminar, 8-10 scholars who were present at our 2017 and/or 2018 seminar will be joined by 8-10 additional scholars whose research interests lie at multiple intersections of media and technologies in translation and performance. And while much research in translation and media is still largely informed by mainstream media research, this seminar particularly welcomes current studies in the materiality of media. This “material turn” privileges research that increasingly focuses on the effects of the matter of media on performed behavior and translational action, and vice versa.
The material turn in translation studies, like the performance turn, draws from a broad range of divergent fields of humanistic research and practice. Indeed, according to Littau (2016), “In a multimedia world where it increasingly makes little sense to treat media, art forms and disciplines in isolation from each other, a reassessment is needed of the traditional disciplinary boundaries, including those of translation studies and comparative literature.” To advance our interdisciplinary understanding of the interrelations of translation, performance and the materiality and mediality of a host of different technologies and media cultures, the 2019 seminar in Misano will bring a critical performance studies approach to the five areas Buzelin (2018) suggests for the material turn in translation studies: