Narrative Theory in Translation Studies: A Research Symposium


Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

25-27  March 2016

Hosted By:
The Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


• Draft Programme
• Abstracts
• Venue
• Registration
• Organisers
Keynote speakers and workshop leaders:
Prof. Jens Brockmeier (The American University of Paris, France)
Prof. Mona Baker (University of Manchester, UK)
Dr. Sue-Ann Harding (Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar)
About the event:
Narrative theory, long no more confined to the domain of literature and poetics, enjoys considerable attention from a diversity of disciplines across the humanities and social science spectrums, with several interdisciplinary centres for the study of narrative thriving in European and North American Universities. Arguably first introduced to Translation and Interpreting Studies by Baker’s Translation and Conflict (Routledge 2006), social narrative theory continues to attract scholars in the field as a flexible and robust theoretical tool for academic inquiry into translation, translations and translators. 
This three-day teaching symposium aims to bring together, for the first time, doctoral students, postdoctoral and early career researchers from the region who are exploring new theoretical frameworks and are particularly interested in the use of social narrative theory as a tool for conducting research in the field of translation, interpreting and intercultural studies. Through lectures, workshops, critical discussions and the peer-review of presented papers by participants, the symposium will provide an unprecedented opportunity for emerging T/I scholars to intellectually and critically engage with recent and current thinking on narrative theory, its relevance and applications in the field of translation studies, and ways in which these can inform the development of sound research design and methodologies.

Draft Programme

Day One: Friday 25 March 2016
09.00-09.30     Arrival, Registration and coffee
09.30-09.45     Introduction and Welcome
09.45-11.00     Invited Keynote/Lecture (Professor Jens Brockmeier)
11.00-11.30     Tea & Coffee
11.30-13.00     Panel 1 (3 speakers – PhDs/early careers)
13.00-14.30     Lunch
14.30-16.00     Panel 2 (3 speakers – PhDs/early careers)
16.00-16.30     Coffee
16.30-18.00     Roundtable: Getting your paper published in scholarly journals (international and Chinese): why, where and how
18.00              Dinner
Day Two: Saturday 26 March 2016
09.00-09.30     Arrival, Registration and coffee
09.30-11.00     Keynote/Lecture (Professor Mona Baker)
11.00-11.30     Tea & Coffee
11.30-13.00     Workshop: “How do I apply narrative theory?” (Dr Sue-Ann Harding)
13.00-14.30     Lunch
14.30-16.00     Panel 3 (3 speakers – PhDs/early careers)
16.00-16.30     Coffee
16.30-18.00     Panel 4 (3 speakers – PhDs/early careers)
18.00              Dinner
Day Three: Sunday 27 March 2016
09.00-09.30     Arrival, Registration and coffee
09.30-11.00     Keynote/Lecture: What narratology can bring to social narrative theory (Dr Sue-Ann Harding)
11.00-11.30     Tea & Coffee
11.30-13.00     Workshop: (Prof Mona Baker)
13.00-14.30     Lunch
14.30-16.00     Roundtable Plenary & Closing Remarks
16.00-16.30     Coffee
16.30-18.00     Panel 5 (3 speakers – PhDs/early careers)
18.00              Dinner


Details on the venue will be published here in due course.


Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2015
Notification of acceptance:  30 September 2015
Registration (¥800) deadline:  31 January 2016
Registration will open in due course


Dr. Sue-Ann Harding, Prof. Kaibao Hu, Dr. Kyunghye Kim

Information and contact details

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– General Information on Shanghai can be found here.