Palma (Mallorca) from 27 to 29 June 2016
I International Conference:
The (politics of) translation (of politics)

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Wednesday 29 June, 2016 12:40 to 13:00 Oral Communication
Politicians as translators. German political writings in Swedish translation 1885-1930.
Speaker: Ulf Norberg, Stockholm University

Authors: Ulf Norberg

Sweden has a long tradition of politicians translating the works of seminal political thinkers. Between 1885 and 1930, many of the central treatises of German socialist reformers were translated into Swedish by Socialists holding key political positions as prime ministers, ministers and members of parliament. Although politicians are generally thought to be unable to produce translations untainted by their personal values and beliefs, a study of six translations of works by Marx and Engels by Swedish politicians (Norberg 2015) showed that the translations were very close and accurate renderings of the originals. In this presentation I will discuss possible reasons for the Swedish politician-translators’ decision to remain largely invisible and propose further lines of research into politicians acting as translators.

Ulf Norberg is Associate Professor of Translation Studies at Stockholm University. He received his Ph.D. in German from Uppsala University. His current research interests include speech-to-text interpreting, cognitive processes in translation, translation of political texts and translation of children's literature.
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Session I2
Place: Room 5

Other activities in Session I2
13:00 h. to 13:15 h.Discussion

12:20 h. to 12:40 h.Oral Communication

All Belgians are equal, but some languages are more equal than others? 19th century parliamentarians and their translation beliefs.

Speaker: Bieke Nouws, KU Leuven
12:00 h. to 12:20 h.Oral Communication

La comunitarización de la traducción : ¿un proceso social o una política?

Speaker: Rosalia Barcia Malphettes, Université Paris-Sorbonne


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