Dr Stefan Nowotny, Goldsmiths University
Research group: Art, Philosophy and Social Practice Cluster
Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017
Venue: MK045, 6 - 7.30pm
The Politics of Translation: Migration and the Becoming of Languages
In recent decades, translation has become an important focus of critical concerns yet also often been deployed as a ready-made metaphor to address questions related to globalisation, migration or other instances of rapidly shifting semiospheres. But what is actually at stake in the process of translation: agentially, socially, politically? Moving away from communicational understandings of translation based on models of source/target languages, and bracketing generalising debates around the (un)translatable, this talk will take its cue from the notion of a ‘becoming of languages’ (W. Benjamin). It will ask how acts of translation are informed by various political presuppositions – or may contribute, on the other hand, to undoing them.
Stefan Nowotny is a philosopher based in London. He teaches at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and is a member of the independent research institute eipcp – European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies. He has been part of several research projects on translation since 2005, resulting in several co-edited volumes as well as the co-authored book Übersetzung: Das Versprechen eines Begriffs (w/ Boris Buden; Vienna/Berlin, 2008). Various of his writings on translation are available on the eipcp’s multilingual web journal transversal, http://transversal.at/transversal.