15 March 2021 – ‘Translating Disability’

Speakers:

Emma Bond, St Andrews
Claudia Durastanti, novelist and translator
Elizabeth Harris, translator

Great translation, George Steiner said, ‘moves by touch’; translators, he continues, ‘can even smell words’. In this talk, we will reflect upon the close yet mysterious relation between translation and disability. Should sign languages used by the deaf communities across the world be considered as foreign tongues? And, if this is the case, what meanings does the word ‘foreign’ bear for disability studies and for society at large? 

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