About this Conference and Conversation Series

Translating the Future launched with weekly hour-long online conversations with renowned translators throughout the late spring and summer and will culminate in late September with several large-scale programs, including a symposium among Olga Tokarczuk's translators into languages including English, Japanese, Hindi, and more.

The conference, co-sponsored by PEN America, the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center CUNY, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, with additional support from the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, commemorates and carries forward PEN's 1970 World of Translation conference, convened by Gregory Rabassa and Robert Payne, and featuring Muriel Rukeyser, Irving Howe, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and many others. It billed itself as "the first international literary translation conference in the United States" and had a major impact on US literary culture.

The conversations are hosted by Esther Allen & Allison Markin Powell.

PROGRAM

WEEK 1: Tue, May 12, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

From 1970 to 2020: Translation Transformations

David Bellos in conversation with Karen Emmerich (with snippets from the original audio archive of the World of Translation conference). Watch the video of this conversation below:

WEEK 2: Tue, May 19, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

Translating the Uncertain Present

Madhu Kaza in conversation with Lina Mounzer. Watch the video for this conversation below:

WEEK 3: Tue, May 26, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

Global Ecopoetics: Poetry, Translation, Climate Change & Public Health

Forrest Gander in conversation with Raquel Salas Rivera. Watch the video for this conversation below:

WEEK 4: Tue, June 2, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

Children’s Literature in Translation

Lawrence Schimel in conversation with Daniel Hahn, and moderated by Lyn Miller-Lachmann.


WEEK 5: Tue, June 9, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

A Manifesto For Our Time

A conversation with Elizabeth Lowe, Matthew Harrington and Larissa Kyzer.


WEEK 6: Tue, June 16, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

Translating Plays and Playing With Translation

Aya Ogawa in conversation with Jeremy Tiang. Watch the video recording of this conversation here:


WEEK 7: Tue, June 23, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

Motherless Tongues, Multiple Belongings I

Jeffrey Angles and Mónica de la Torre in conversation; moderated by Bruna Dantas Lobato. Watch the video recording of the conversation here:



WEEK 8: Tue, June 30, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

"Queer Literature, Queer Legacies: Looking Toward the Future of LGBTQ Translation"

Achy Obejas and Sean Gasper Bye in conversation; moderated by Elizabeth Rose.

WEEK 9: Tue, July 7, 1:30 p.m. (EDT):

21st-Century Translation: What Has the Future Brought Us?

With Gabriella Page-Fort, Karen M. Phillips, and Chad W. Post

WEEK 10: Tue, July 14, 10:00 a.m. (EDT):

Subtitling Subtleties

With Darcy Paquet, Linda Hoaglund, and Xiaolu Guo

Listen to archival audio recordings from PEN's 1970 World of Translation conference:

History about the 1970 World in Translation conference:




This conference and conversation series is co-sponsored by PEN America, the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, with additional support from the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center.

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