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Center for Intercultural Studies Conference Program

Monday, 20 March, 2017

The Center for Intercultural Studies Conference Program will take place Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, in the Pere Marquette Gallery on the second floor of DuBourg Hall.

‘Tasks of the Translator: Developing a Sociocultural Framework for the Study of Translation across the Early Modern World’ (15th-18th Centuries) is the focus

The schedule is listed below.

Monday, March 20


Registration (Pere Marquette Gallery)

1-1:15 p.m.         

Opening Remarks

Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., Provost, Saint Louis University

1:15-3 p.m.

SESSION I:  Empire and Translation

Chair: Charles H. Parker, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Saint Louis University

 Martin Jacobs, Professor of Rabbinic Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

“Humanist Historiography through a Post-Expulsion Sephardic Lens: The Hebrew Adaptations of a Genoese Jew”

Paul Cohen, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto

“The Social History of a Linguistic Learning Curve: French Missionaries and Amerindian Languages in French North America, 17th-18th Centuries”

 Larissa Brewer-García, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages, University of Chicago

“Enslaved Tongues: The Black Interpreters of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to Spanish America”

 6:30-7:30 p.m.   (Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall)

 Keynote Address: Lawrence Venuti, Professor of English, Temple University

 “Translation Proverbs: The Instrumentalism of Conventional Wisdom”

 Tuesday, March 21

 8 a.m.  


 8:30-10:15 a.m.

SESSION II: Politics and Society in Translation

Chair: Ana M. Montero, Associate Professor of Spanish, Saint Louis University

Yanna Yannakakis, Associate Professor of History, Emory University

“Native Custom in Native Courts: Translating Spanish Law in Colonial Mexico”

José Carlos de la Puente, Associate Professor of History, Texas State University

“The Interpreter Admonishes the Viceroy: Translating Indigenous Interests at the Peruvian Court of the Marquis de Montesclaros”

Claire Gilbert, Assistant Professor of History, Saint Louis University

“Courts in Translation: Translation, Family and the State in Habsburg Spain”

10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

SESSION III: Translation and Adaptation

Chair: Sara van den Berg, Professor of English, Saint Louis University

Lynne Tatlock, Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis

“Knowledge Creation and Transmission via Translation and Adaptation: The "Winter Nights" of Antonio de Eslava, Mattäus Drummer von Papenpach, and Johann Beer”

Junjie Luo, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, Gettysburg College

“Hau Kiou Choaan: Thomas Percy, Print Culture, and the Knowledge about China”

Meg Smith, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Saint Louis University

“Lordly Literature: The Translation of Continental Texts in Fifteenth-Century Ireland”

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.   

SESSION IV: A Round Table Discussion

Moderator:  Claire Gilbert, Assistant Professor of History, Saint Louis University