The graduate students of the School of Translation at Glendon College, York University, would like to request funding for the eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference in Translation Studies, to be held on March 18, 2017 at Glendon, York University, Toronto. The conference is entitled "Translation and the Border: Crossing, Conflict, and Creation".

Thanks to technological advancements, mass migration, and the process of globalization, the exchange of ideas and knowledge have increased within and across cultural and linguistic boundaries. Translators and interpreters cross over borders between cultures and deal with power imbalances as facilitators. The border and Translation Studies are crucial today because they are both related to the notions of contact and movement. Border is no longer an exclusively geographical notion, and Translation Studies is not anymore grounded in a solely text-bound approach. Consequently, the purpose of this event is to explore and exchange about ideas triggered by the concept of border through the lenses of Translation Studies.

This international multilingual (English, French, and Spanish) event will include an opening address by this year’s keynote speaker, Professor Cecilia Wadensjö from the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Stockholm University, a series of individual 20-minute presentations by graduate students from Canada and around the world, and a closing panel featuring professors specializing and professionals working in translation, interpretation and related fields. More information about the conference can be found at the website:http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/translation-conference-2017/.

Based on the figures of last year’s graduate conference in Translation Studies we anticipate attendance numbers of about 100 people. We have circulated the Call for Papers in the English, French and Spanish languages as widely as possible, and have already received proposals from Canada and abroad. We expect submissions from graduate students not only in Translation Studies, but also from other disciplines intersecting with translation, such as cultural studies, film studies, comparative literature, linguistics, international relations, area studies, social studies, etc.

The translation programs at Glendon College consistently produce a cadre of dedicated and highly skilled interpreters and translators who make a significant contribution to the business world. Your continued support of Glendon’s translation conferences has contributed greatly to its success. Should you decide to contribute to our conference once again, you will be supporting academic excellence and innovation in graduate education and research in Translation Studies with direct impact on the corporate sector, both local and global.

We gladly welcome all contributions. In appreciation for your support, we will thank you during the opening remarks and during the reception, and we will include your name on the conference poster as well as in the program. 

We look forward to hearing from you about your potential sponsorship. If you have any questions or concerns about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us.