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Beyond Words: Multimodal Encounters in Translation (Conference, 5-6 July)

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The rapid rise and sprawl of mobile phones, social media, and other digital technologies in the early twenty-first century has ensured that human communication now involves ever-more complex mixtures of images, words (both written and spoken), visual formats, sounds, music, gestures, and the like. An animated emoji in a text message, an internet meme shared on Facebook, an interactive online banner advert – these are all familiar multimodal exchanges. But how exactly do we convey and extract meaning in these contexts? And, crucially, how do we transfer those intricate meanings from one language to another?

This conference will provide an opportunity to consider how translation needs to be redefined and reconfigured in environments where communication involves multiple modes. The speakers are prominent experts in translation theory and/or multimodality. Although many innovative theoretical approaches will be presented, these will always arise from detailed analyses of specific examples of multimodal meaning-transfer. Therefore, a large number of specific case-studies will be considered, ranging from pop music, to paralinguistic gesture, to Italian and English literature, to modern ballet, to digital media.

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