17 June 2021 – ‘Translating Distress’


Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck
Sally Rachel Cook, Birkbeck
Stephen Romer, Oxford
Ross White, Liverpool

How can translation help us communicate distress and wellbeing? What impact does the use of a foreign language have on the therapeutic journey of refugee survivors? In this talk, clinical psychologist Ross White and applied linguist Jean-Marc Dewaele dialogue to explore the ethical and epistemic complexities of multilingual and multicultural mental health research. They consider ways in which translation, broadly construed, can provide the sufferer with tools to reinvent and perform a new self. The event includes a poetry reading by Stephen Romer, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. 

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