Samah Selim: Translator’s Introduction to Arwa Salih’s The Stillborn

Arwa Salih. The Stillborn: Notebooks of a Woman from the Student Movement Generation in Egypt. Trans. Samah Selim. London, New York, Calcutta: Seagull Books, Forthcoming 2017. Translator’s Introduction[1] Arwa Salih was an Egyptian communist who came of political age in the early 1970s; in the aftermath of the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, the end of the Nasser era, and the […]

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Omar Robert Hamilton in Testimony between History and Memory

A reprint of Omar Robert Hamilton’s article in Translating Dissent, ‘Moments of Clarity’, has appeared in the dossier on Translating Testimony in the October 2016 issue of the international journal of the Auschwitz Foundation, Testimony between History and Memory (issue No. 123). Hamilton in Testimony and Memory The dossier also features a French version of the article (‘Des moments de lucidité’), translated by Carine Chauran. Hamilton […]

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The Global Imaginary of Arab Hip Hop: A case study

Stefania Taviano Im@go: A Journal of Social Imaginary, Volume 7, 2016     DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7413/22818138066 Abstract Hip Hop is a complex cultural and musical phenomenon resulting from the interactions between globalization and localization processes. Hip Hop artists operating in different locations – and often moving between multiple localities – appropriate and (re)interpret the genre on the basis of local musical and […]

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Translation Histories and Digital Futures

By Karin Littau International Journal of Communication, Volume 10, 2016 Abstract: Drawing on Latour’s actor-network-theory and De Landa’s robot historian, this essay asks in what ways translation’s past is a prehistory of the present and to what extent nonhuman agents have shaped and are shaping translation. In particular, it examines the impact of computational media on translation and finds that the […]

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Translation in Activism and Cyber-Nationalism in China

First to Germany, then Adults Written by Guobin Yang, 22 September 2016 China Policy Institute: Analysis On January 20, 2016, young nationalists in the PRC, now nicknamed Little Pink, launched an “expedition” from the popular Baidu message board “Diba” to the Facebook page of Taiwan’s newly elected president Tsai Ing-wen. They posted large numbers of emojis, called “emoji packs” (biaoqing […]

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Arwa Salih’s The Premature: Gendering the History of the Egyptian Left

By Hanan Hammed This article examines the intellectual legacy of the Egyptian Marxist Arwa Salih (1953-97) in order to trace an intimate history of the Egyptian left. Gender relations among comrades have underpinned the movement that has enveloped women’s rights in the folds of national and class struggles. In her short life, Salih was a veteran underground activist and, from […]

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Politics and enlightenment: Kant and Derrida on cosmopolitan responsibility

DOI: 10.1080/13621029808420679 Ross Abbinnett Citizenship Studies, Volume 2, Number 2, 1998, pages 197-222 Abstract Abstract Walter Benjamin once remarked of the enterprise of translation ‘that it is nowhere’: that the labour of transcribing the sense, inflection and difference of any particular language and text must always situate the translator in a space which is neither ‘of the original, nor ‘of the language into […]

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Translating resistance in art activism

Hip Hop and 100 Thousand Poets for Change DOI: 10.1080/14781700.2016.1190944 Stefania Taviano, Translation Studies, Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 282-297 Published online: 07 Jun 2016   ABSTRACT This article examines the role of translational and polylingual practices in global forms of art activism. It is through translation, both narrowly and broadly speaking, that local issues with a universal resonance overcome cultural and […]

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War and Culture Studies in 2016: Putting ‘Translation’ into the Transnational?

DOI: 10.1080/17526272.2016.1192421 Hilary Footitt, Journal of War and Culture Studies, 2016 Published online: 29 Jun 2016   Abstract The first issue of the ‘Journal of War and Culture Studies’ in 2008 mapped out the academic space which the discipline sought to occupy. Nearly a decade later, the location of war, traditionally associated with the nation-state, is being challenged in ways which arguably […]

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‘The deadliest error’: translation, international relations and the news media

DOI: 10.1080/13556509.2016.1149754 Federico Zanettin The Translator, Published online: 08 May 2016 This article discusses the role of translation in the making of international politics. While being largely invisible, translation and interpreting activities are interwoven with political communication, both in contexts of direct negotiations among the parties involved and when the media act as a mediating agent by recontextualising political statements and […]

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