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March 28 WorldCanvass will ask: What’s in a Word? The Translator’s Challenge

March 7th, 2019

On the next WorldCanvass, we’ll explore the act of reading and dive into this space where social and symbolic power is enforced. We’ll also discuss how re-translations shape transnational, literary, and cultural relations and ask what arts and humanities perspectives need to be reasserted in a digitized world where algorithms increasingly read us. Join us on March 28 for WorldCanvass when the topic is “What’s in a Word? The Translator’s Challenge.”  The program, which is free and open to the public, takes place at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, from 5:30-7 p.m.  All are invited to a pre-show reception from 5-5:30 p.m.

WorldCanvass guests will address questions about the power and indispensability of strong, imaginative, and critical reading in today’s complex world and will launch a two-day international and interdisciplinary colloquium called “Reading and Re-translation,” dedicated to the theorization and practice of reading. With funding from an International Programs Major Projects Award, organizers and speakers from around the globe will focus on the current state of research on reading and re-translation and will generate scholarly and creative exchanges between colleagues in diverse fields in the arts, sciences, literatures, and humanities.  The colloquium events are free and open to the public. 

WorldCanvass: What’s in a Word?  The Translator’s Challenge

Segment 1 —5:30-6 p.m.
Reading and Re-translation: what’s at stake?

Sabine Gölz—Department of German and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa
Adrienne Rose—Department of Classics, MFA Program in Literary Translation, University of Iowa
Laura McClure—Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of Wisconsin

Segment 2—6-6:30 p.m.
The complex nature of re-translation

Kaisa Koskinen—Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University
Michelle Woods—Department of English, State University of New York, New Paltz
Laura Moser—Department of Classics, University of Iowa

Segment 3—6:30-7 p.m.
Beyond words: interpretation through sculpture, music, and performance

Madeleine Campbell—School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Oleg Timofeyev—Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Iowa
Thomas Rose—Department of Classics, Randolph-Macon College

WorldCanvass programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on iTunes, the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the WorldCanvass website. University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Amy Green in advance at or 319-335-1433.