12:30 - 13:00 GMT
"The Role of Translation in People's Lives"
We will talk about the utmost significance and special requirements for socio-political translation in terms of emergency situations and conflicts in the world. Through real-life examples from recent history, we will consider possible distortions, occasional or intentional, in the translation of information about a person's life, origin, certain events, that frequently result in the necessity to seek justice or even to prove in court the authenticity of certain facts.
We will highlight the importance of translator’s thorough preparatory work, specifically: understanding of the context, research, interpretation of the text, study of historical sources and archival documents. We will look at the problem of transliteration of geographical and proper names taking into account the purpose of the translation. We will cover some aspects of the choice of terms, use of lexical synonyms and variants.
Finally, a short quiz will be proposed as a wrap-up.