Following on from its successful inaugural symposium during the last academic year on 12 September 2016, the Westminster interdisciplinary research group, Translaborate, held its first Translab workshop for a small number of academics focusing on themes arising from translation and collaboration.

Eleven academics from diverse disciplines and institutions, both from within the United Kingdom and abroad, presented on different subjects, including the potential for academic research of translation as collaboration - ‘translaboration’, the social impact of translation practices within legal studies and non-governmental organisations, and the translation of ideology through visual iconography in Iranian graffiti. 

The workshop was attended by Cornelia Zwischenberger from the University of Vienna; Sarah Maitland and Martin Waldmeier from Goldsmith University; Wine Tesseur from Reading; Michele Brunelli from the University of Bergamo; and Steven Cranfield, Alexa Alfer, Barbara Sonczyk, Paresh Kathrani, Luis Martins and Coco Nijhoff from the University of Westminster.

 Zwischenberger from Vienna set the scene for the workshop by looking at how the concept of translation could be adopted by different disciplines to expound the collective transfiguration of ideas, or ways of thinking, from one form to another.

The idea of heterogeneous change at and across different levels was a subject that arose in a number of other speaker’s presentations. Cranfield from the University of Westminster for instance used Paul R. Carlile’s intricate knowledge translation framework to explain how information technology innovations in the National Health Service may impact on behaviours and practices across many different stakeholders. Maitland from Goldsmiths explored the ontology of how political statements could be transformed and used against politicians as satire.

The urgency of change emerged as a key thread in all eleven speakers’ presentations and a broad discussion took place touching upon all the themes raised by the speakers. 

A series of Translaborate events are planned for the coming academic year 2016/17.

To be added to the mailing list, please email Alexa Alfer from the University of Westminster’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Steven Cranfield from the Department of Leadership and Professional Development, or Paresh Kathrani from Westminster Law School.

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