ALTA41 Session Proposal Form
Performance, Props, and Platforms
Wednesday - Saturday, October 31 - November 3, 2018
Biddle Hotel, Indiana Memorial Union (Bloomington, IN)

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: April 16, 2018

The ALTA Conference Committee invites session proposals for panels, workshops, and roundtables for the ALTA's 41st conference. ALTA41: Performance, Props, and Platforms, which will take place Wednesday - Saturday, October 31 - November 3, 2018 in Bloomington, IN.

THEME
The three P’s of the ALTA41 theme are intended as bridges to several closely linked domains that often remain unacknowledged or underexplored in translation practice. While performance has sometimes been used as a metaphor for the act of translation, discussion of performance itself, particularly theatrical performance, has tended to remain on the margins. Also on the periphery has been attention to the props translators use extensively for their work, from dictionaries and historical reference works to discussion forums and Internet searches. In many cases, these props have improved dramatically in recent years, but they are also unfortunately available to only a small percentage of the world’s languages, often at the exclusion of indigenous and less-commonly studied languages. Also deserving of attention are the platforms for our work, and the radical transformations they have undergone in this digital age, toward online journals and digital printing, audio, and video.

These theme-words are of course linked by more than just their initial plosive. Performances, props, and platforms all pertain to voice or the lack thereof. Fundamental to the various laboratories, vehicles, and stages for our work as translators, these three P’s can help shape the image of another culture, or merely keep it in darkness. In light of this, we invite panels, readings, roundtables, and workshops that use one or more of these thematic rubrics as a way of looking at our work anew. In the most concrete terms, these forums might address the practical questions of translating for the stage, of using dictionaries or translation software, or of creating and maintaining platforms for the dissemination of translated work. Beyond this, we are interested in questions of inclusivity, ability, and access to platforms, the way our tools help or hinder, and, as always, celebrate diverse and vital works from around the globe.

We invite panels, roundtables, and workshops on all topics related to the general theme of Performance, Props, and Platforms, to which we envision a broad array of possible approaches, both direct and indirect, including:

• Publishing, editing, and book promotion
• Author/translator relationships
• Grants, sponsorship and other forms of patronage
• Gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity
• The languages of history, cultural memory
• Author panels, country-specific panels
• Text and paratext (e.g., translator prefaces, intros, notes, afterwords)
• Translation and other arts (e.g., design, music)
• Nuances of practice (in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction)
• Text and/or language specific workshops

For examples of ALTA conference sessions, please take a look at the program books from recent ALTA conferences: http://literarytranslators.org/conference/conference-archive

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Only ALTA members may submit session proposals. To check your membership status, join, or renew please visit: http://www.literarytranslators.org/about/join

Please note that ALTA does not allow the reading of papers during panels, but encourages a wider discussion format between panelists (and audience). Paper may of course be used to prompt, but rote reading does not serve the ALTA conference or its attendees.

ALTA DOES NOT ACCEPT PAPER PROPOSALS.
We only accept proposals for sessions from session organizers. Session organizers may also present, or moderate, or both, and are recommended to have at least TWO other participants already committed to participating in that session. Sessions may be fully organized, or may invite participant submissions from other ALTA members once accepted for the conference.

ATTENDEES MAY ONLY PARTICIPATE IN TWO CONFERENCE SESSIONS TOTAL (INCLUDING BILINGUAL READINGS, SPACE PERMITTING). Please make sure your session participants are aware of this limit.

The deadline for session proposals is April 16, 2018.
Bilingual Readings series applications may be submitted starting in February 2018.

Questions may be sent to ALTA Assistant Managing Director Rachael Daum at rachaeldaum@literarytranslators.org

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