Il primo congresso internazionale di studi sulla traduzione

Si svolge per tutta questa settimana all’università Nanterre di Parigi (già Paris X, oggi nota anche come “Université de Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense”, di cui era presidente onorario Umberto Eco) il primo congresso mondiale di Studi sulla traduzione, più noti come Translation Studies (d’ora in avanti TS).
Il fatto che l’evento occupi tutti e cinque i giorni feriali è la dimostrazione più evidente, se mai ce ne fosse bisogno, di quanto sia cresciuto questo approccio, dalla formulazione seminale di James S. Holmes nel 1972. {NOTA: La storia è stata raccontata molte volte: v. p.es. nell’esordio (p. 11) della prima edizione di Paola Faini, Tradurre. Dalla teoria alla pratica, Carocci 2004; l’Introduzione di Mirella Agorni al volume da lei stessa curato, La traduzione. Teorie e metodologie a confronto, LED Edizioni universitarie di Lettere Economia Diritto 2005, pp. 9-65; Jeremy Munday, Manuale di studi sulla traduzione, Bononia UP 2012 [2008], 2ª ed., trad. di Chiara Bucaria: § 1.4, pp. 34-38. “Contro” una caratterizzazione ‘teorica’ dei TS, Neergard sceglie opportunamente di qualificarli come «campo di studi» (si veda nell’Introduzione al suo diffusissimo reader Teorie contemporanee della traduzione, Bompiani 2002,2ªa ed., p. 14. E può essere utile ricordare che tradizionalmente l’attenzione per le traduzioni era riservato agli studi di letteratura comparata: cfr. la Prefazione all’edizione riveduta in Susan Bassnett-McGuire, La traduzione. Teorie e pratica, Bompiani 1993, pp. 1-10.}
Una riprova ulteriore è nell’osar chiamare questo primo consesso: «TS: una disciplina autonoma».
Ma non basta: riservato l’intero lunedì ai convenevoli ed esaurite le sessioni introduttive e plenarie, si può ammirare quanto lavoro complesso sia stato svolto dagli organizzatori nell’impostare il programma di lavori. Ecco infatti dispiegarsi sei differenti àmbiti di indagine (domains), ognuno dei quali suddiviso minuziosamente nelle varie giornate, aperte da una conferenza plenaria e poi dipanate in vari laboratori (da un minimo di due a un massimo di cinque) più specifici, descritti chiaramente nel sito che ha una struttura a scatole cinesi, ovvero a matrioska (fra parentesi l’eventuale seduta introduttiva, con relatore):

  1. DOMAIN 1: The State of Play for Translation Studies in the World
    • martedì 11: Europe (Michael Cronin, La traductologie face à Gaïa: enjeux langagiers pour un monde en mutation)
    • mercoledì 12: North America, Latin America, Oceania
    • giovedì 13: The Near and Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa (Henri Awaiss, Guerre et traduction: 1975-2016)
    • venerdì 14: Asia (Marie-Josée de Saint Robert, La traduction en Chine)
  2. DOMAIN 2: Translation Studies and the History of Translation
    • martedì 11: History of Translation Studies: Concepts, Discourse and Transdisciplinarity (Yen-Mai Tran-Gervat, Un parcours historique des métaphores traductologiques)
    • mercoledì 12: History of Literary and Scientific Translations (Jean-Yves Masson, Comment rendre compte d’un texte d’autrefois?)
    • giovedì 13: A History of the Translations of Sacred, Mystical and Holy Texts (Marc-Alain Ouaknin)
    • venerdì 14: History of the Translation of Philosophical and Religious Texts from the Far-East (Rémi Mathieu, Peut-on traduire Lao zi?)
  3. DOMAIN 3: Theoretical Approaches to Translation
    • martedì 11: Translating Culture (Sherry Simon, L’hôtel, le pont et autres espaces de la traduction; Marianne Lederer, La culture, pierre angulaire du traduire)
    • mercoledì 12: Semiotic, Semantic and Linguistic Approaches to Translation (Magdalena Nowotna, La perception et la forme: comment les traduit-on?)
    • giovedì 13: Cognitivist Theories in Translation (Christine Durieux, Un paradigme cognitif pour la traductologie)
    • venerdì 14: The Dialogue between Psychoanalysis and Translation (Camille Fort, Janine Altounian)
  4. DOMAIN 4: New Methodologies and the Problematics of Literary Translation
    • martedì 11: Textual Genetics, Philology and Translation (Viviana Agostini-Ouafi; Maria Teresa Giaveri, La patte du lion, la main de Saint Jérôme: approches génétiques de la traduction / approches traductologiques de la genèse textuelle)
    • mercoledì 12: Translation Studies and Methods for the Translator of Literary Texts (Françoise Wuilmart, Méthodologies conscientes et inconscientes du traducteur littéraire)
    • giovedì 13: Translation Studies and the Untranslatables (Cornelius Crowley, The Poetics of the Untranslatable”: Time Out from the Politics of Tweeted Carelessness)
    • venerdì 14: Translating Oral Discourse or Direct Speech (Gabriel Bergounioux, Traduire ce qui n’a pas été dit : comment se représente l’endophasie ?”)
  5. DOMAIN 5: Translation Studies, Terminology and Transdisciplinary Discourses
    • martedì 11: Translation Studies and Translation in the Humanities (Tatiana Milliaressi, Traduire un texte épistémique)
    • mercoledì 12: Terminology and Translation Studies (Jean Pruvost, De l’usage des dictionnaires monolingues d’hier et d’aujourd’hui pour la traduction; Rosa María Agost Canós, Quelle terminologie pour qui? Les liaisons avantageuses entre traducteurs et terminologues)
    • giovedì 13: Translation Studies: Economic and Legal Activities (Michel Rochard, Le Traductologue et le pull-over économique; Franck Barbin, Spécificités de la traduction économique, financière et commerciale)
    • venerdì 14: Translation Studies and Political Discourse (Carmen Pineira-Tresmontant, Le dialogisme dans la traduction du discours politique)
  6. DOMAIN 6: The Digital Revolution, the Audiovisual Sector and Translation Studies
    • martedì 11: Corpus and Software/Applications for Translation (Natalie Kübler; Rudy Loock, The Use of Electronic Corpora in Translation and Translation Studies: “You like potato and I like potahto”?)
    • mercoledì 12: Automated Language-Processing and Translation Studies (Nadine Lucas, Qu’apportera(it) la traductologie au monde du traitement automatique des langues?)
    • giovedì 13: The Evolution of Tools, Professions and the Practice of Translation (Elisabeth Lavault-Olléon, L’approche ergonomique en traductologie appliquée: petit état des lieux)
    • venerdì 14: Translation Studies Serving the Audiovisual Sector (Laura Cruz García; Gius Gargiulo, Cinéma, séries télé et jeux vidéo : Les aventures de la traduction)

Che varietà sorprendente: ce n’è veramente per tutti i gusti!
A rendere ancora più bello il panorama ci sono ben quattro italiani a coordinare alcuni workshops: infatti oltre alla torinese Maria Teresa Giaveri intravista sopra (dominio 4, prima sessione), incontriamo:

  • Licia Reggiani, Bologna (dominio 1, sessione 1, laboratorio 2: Southern Europe: Croatia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia)
  • Fabio Regattin, Bologna (2, 2, 4: History of the Reception of Scientific Texts in Translation)
  • Antonio Lavieri, Palermo (2, 2, 5: Narratives of Translation and Translation Imaginary)
  • Antonio Lavieri, Palermo (4, 1, 1, con Stefano Bory e Michèle Leclerc-Olive: Translating the Social Sciences: Elements for a Genetic Criticism)
  • Chiara Montini, Pisa (4, 2, 4: Narratives of Translation and Translation Imaginary).

Ma altri ancora ce ne sono, a scavare bene negli Abstracts (tutti rigorosamente in inglese e francese)… e questo è ancora più interessante se lo si confronta con quanto scrive Roberto Menin nella sintesi del suo intervento (sub 1-1-2), significativamente intitolato “Una traduttologia alla ricerca di se stessa: il caso italiano”:

Translation theory in Italy does not actually exist as a single and common trend, and this is confirmed by the small – indeed extremely rare – number of quotes and bibliographical references taken from the Italian field of translation studies. […] In fact, there are many items and lines of research in all the subdomains of translation studies, but scholars and researchers are not able to identify a single contextual reference outside their own discipline. It is as if pedriatrics could exist without general medicine. One of the reasons for this situation could be the integration of each field of research into different schools and faculties. The theory of literary translation, for example, is contained within each individual language area that has little knowledge of and rarely interacts with the others – as is the case for Italian, English, German, Hispanic Studies and so on. […] The Italian world of translation meets during festivals, city fairs, important literary events (Bookcity, Fiera del libro/Book Fair, Fiera del libro per ragazzi/Children’s Book Fair, etc), but all the discussions and considerations are dominated by the source language. One interesting new aspect is the growth of an online content, such as journals (for example, literary or theatre translation journals) and centres for permanent education that are now creating networks with academic and institutional education centres (mainly universities). Within this general framework, there are apparently all the ingredients needed to develop a strong tradition of Italian translation theory/studies, but we must simply find some elements to bring them together.

Un po’ troppo ottimista, forse, ma comunque un punto di vita originale.

Il logo dell’università parigina che organizza il convegno internazionale

Si tratta di un’iniziativa congiunta della SoFT, Société Française de Traductologie (Paris-Nanterre University), insieme a sue filiazioni: il SEPTET, Société d’Études des Pratiques et Théories en Traduction, la Society for Tertiary Education Specialists in English (SAES), il laboratorio MoDyCo, Modèles-Dynamiques-Corpus e il CREA, Centre de Recherches anglophones, col patrocinio della commissione francese dell’UNESCO.

Le 3 branche della traduttologia: storia, prassi e teoria

Gli appuntamenti si ripeteranno ogni 3 anni e si dovranno occupare sempre delle tre branche principali dei TS: storia, prassi e teoria della traduzione. Gli atti sono previsti su carta (per la nota casa editrice Classiques Garnier) e, in forma leggermente differente, anche on-line.

Avrei voluto tradurre la descrizione riportata nella pagina principale del sito, ma è in inglese e pertanto mi limito a ricopiarla qui sotto (corsivi e neretti sono presenti nell’originale). Buona delibazione!

Several factors determine the autonomy of a discipline: its place as an object of reflection in the history of the intellect, the quality of its engagement in other disciplines, and its impact on society.
Translation is one of the very first responses in actu to the temptation of explaining the meaning of human language. And beyond linguistic considerations and crossings between languages-cultures, translation relates to a crucial reflection on its very nature, its ontological foundations and the nature of reality perceived and represented through consciousness. Well before the translator Cicero made a few remarks on the dependance of language on the philosophical environment in which it unfolds, readers and translators of Heraclitus « the obscure » were confronted with the central difficulty of translating the form of discourse of the presocratic philosopher that was susceptible to imitate the structure of reality, this possible isomorphism, intended or not, but which changes the framework in which the translator operates. From this period in time, right up to Octavio Paz and Yves Bonnefoy, there remains the question of the translation of the pre-rhetorical and pre-conceptual nature of the form, as well as the translation of “culturemes”, “philosophemes” or “cognemes”.
During the XXth and XXIst centuries, not only a growing number of disciplines have contributed to the enrichment of translation studies but they have even been enriched by the theories and concepts developed within the field of translation studies. This transversal work has today gone beyond the first stage of pluridisciplinarity – that wary relationship of proximity –, followed by interdisciplinarity, the entente cordiale, to reach finally that of transdisciplinarity, an assumed puerperium which alone leads to a new painless delivery. Language sciences, on the one hand, comparative literature, on the other hand, the philosophy of language and even theology can no longer oversee by themselves (whether they be separated or in groups) a discipline that has its own concepts, its own specialist community, and above all, one that is based on its own practice.
The constant recourse to translation in all the spheres of contemporary society – and as a result, the use of an increasing number of professional translators –, the multiplication of training courses and research further increases the tightening of the links between practitioners as key players and theorists in this discipline. Even if the university authorities in numerous countries do not yet officially recognise translation studies, either through a lack of awareness or for any other reason that escapes the world of specialists, the fact remains that such a discipline, defined as the reflection on all the dimensions of the act of translating, cannot be lumped together with others. And indeed the principal objective of this congress is to establish translation studies as an autonomous discipline.
With this principle in mind, the congress will therefore be organised around six key domains with as many disciplined-based subsets that could combine all languages. Each domain is divided into four sessions and each session into four or five related workshops. A workshop will have between seven and eight papers spread over a single day and followed by a debate where other presenters can participate.
The first domain, which is more generalist and factual, will chart the state of play for translation studies in the world today. An attempt will be made to give an update on the teaching of translation studies in a large number of countries and across the different continents, whether it be within schools or faculties of translation or university courses from year one to doctorate studies. Moreover, we will be able to focus on the progress in translation studies research, the development of centres for research or specialist publications, and the evolution of editorial policies for translation studies or translations.
The second domain will try to provide an overview of the history of translations through its most varied aspects, both from the point of view of discourse and concepts encountered through the history of translation studies to the specific genres it deals with, including, for example, literary or scientific texts. This second domain aims at positioning itself as a continuation of a dominant French model which, in recent years, has concentrated on in-depth encyclopaedic research by teams of specialists studying the History of Translations into French (the HTLF, directed by Yves Chevrel and Jean-Yves Masson, Sorbonne University). This research has led not only to exploring the history of the reception of translations, but also to the history of translation practices, their theories or the theoretical assumptions that their works reveal. Further still, this congress in 2017 will provide an opportunity for an important number of workshops to focus on the history of the translations of philosophical or religious texts and, by doing so, explore domains that are still rarely consulted, as shown in the results provided by the HTLF.
The third domain will concentrate on all the most salient and innovative aspects of the theoretical approaches to translation in the XXIst century. Umberto Eco in particular will be honoured this year. The transdisciplinary approach will therefore be emphasised often in order to highlight the theoretical links, at the heart of translation studies between, for example, semantics and cognitivism, symbolism and semiotics, or between feminism and gender studies, and even between certain psychoanalytical concepts and some of the “theorems for translation”.
The papers in the fourth domain, will concentrate essentially on the methodologies for literary translation, whether they be developed by professional translators or translators from the world of academia. The presentations will thereby emphasise the four most innovative or recurrent aspects of recent research into the methods or the problematics of translation: textual genetics which has developed since the 1970s and has recently led specialists in translation studies to be interested in the contribution of this discipline and to reconstitute, in a dynamic way, the very act of translating in order to highlight the doubts, the flaws and the achievements of the translator during the birth of the target text; the growing challenges of untranslatability: the untranslatability of certain texts belonging to recent disciplines such as law and the humanities; aporiae in the translation of poetic, religious or philosophical texts, that have been revisited; or further still, the aporiae that arise from translating different types of oral discourse including its most contemporary, literary or dialectical forms.
The fifth domain will show the new calmer orientations taken by terminology-translation studies, in the well-established translation fields of economics and commerce as well as political discourse, and also try to pave the way for the new field of legal translation studies and revamped sociolingusitics. Electronic dictionaries, the fruit of recent research in general linguistics and knowledge engineering, will be dealt with not only as electronic tools for lexicological research, but also the latest advances in ergonomics and meta-cognitition. Translation studies in the humanities develop in terms of transposable and not superposable terminology. They do not lend themselves to unity and normalisation. The workshops will shed new light on the status of translation in relation to literary and specialised translation that will bring together philosophers, philologists and linguists.
Finally, the sixth domain will explore, in the context of the digital revolution and the upheavals in the audiovisual sector, the linguistics of the corpus which, for several years now, has opened up new fields for exploration and application for researchers in translation studies by proposing corpus processing tools – aligned or simultaneous –, automatic translation or translation tools, the creation and management of data bases for terminology. This domain will also explore the new translation tools using mobile phones and voice recognition techniques, as well as the new professions that are entirely linked to the evolution of digitalisation for post-editing, quality assurance and project management. The physical, cognitive or organisational ergonomics of professional translation activities will be studied along with the development of collaborative tools. Finally, this domain will show the need for even more cutting-edge reflection for translation studies in relation to the cinema, subtitling, dubbing, video games, and will also include the latest advances in the field of sign languages.

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