“Open Borders: Translation and its Perils”

Conference Organizers: 

Professors Alexandra Coller & Amin Erfani 

(Languages and Literatures, Lehman College, City University of New York)

Location: Virtual via Zoom 

Date: October 15-16, 2021

Keynote speaker:

Christopher Winks

(Queens College, City University of New York)

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(All indications of time in this program refer to US eastern standard time.)



Day #1: Friday October 15

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Panel #1 (9:30a.m. -11a.m.): Early Modern Italian Translations Across the Genres

          Paola De Santo (University of Georgia) and Caterina Mongiat Farina (DePaul University)

          Eric Nicholson (New York University, Florence)

          Martin Marafioti (Pace University)


Panel #2 (11a.m.-12:30p.m.): Translation & Erasure

          Reyam Rammahi (University of Oxford)

          Felix Rössler (University of Тоronto)

          Anna Schewelew (University of California, Santa Barbara)


Lunch (12:30p.m.-1:45p.m.)


Panel #3 (2p.m.-4p.m.): Translation as Performance: Politics, Creativity, Ethics, & Mediation

          Marike van der Watt (Stellenbosch University, South Africa) & Paola Gentile (University of Trieste/Stellenbosch University) 


Keynote Speaker (4pm): “Translation: The Impossible Necessity?”

Christopher Winks (Queens College, City University of New York)  



Day#2: Saturday October 16

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Panel #1 (9:30a.m.-11a.m.): Translation & Interdisciplinarity 

          Christopher Mole (Université Côte d’Azur)

          Dror Abend-David (University of Florida, Gainesville)

          María Luisa Rodríguez Muñoz (Universidad de Cordoba)


Panel #2 (11a.m.-12:30p.m.): Translation & Theory 

          Kaylee Lockett (University of Iowa)

          Douglas Kristopher Smith (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso)

          Asa Chen Zhang (University of Michigan)


Lunch (12:30p.m.-1:45p.m.)


Panel #3 (2p.m.-3:30p.m.): Translation of East Asian Literature 

          Maral Attar-Zadeh (Trinity College, University of Cambridge)

          Hyunwook Kim (University of South Carolina)

          Rebecca Ehrenwirth (University of Applied Sciences/SDI Munich)


Panel #4 (3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.): Translation & Postcolonialism

          Dominique Faria (University of the Azores)

          Nazia Akhtar (International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad)

          Albeena Alvi (University of Delhi)

          Richard Huddleson (University of California, Los Angeles)