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The 10th Asia-Pacific Translation and Interpreting Forum

May 26, 2022

The 10th Asia-Pacific Translation and Interpreting Forum (APTIF10) organised under the aegis of the International Federation of Translators (FIT) and the Translators Association of China (TAC) will be held at the Beijing Foreign Studies University on 25-26 June 2022. 

APTIF (formerly known as the Asian Translators Forum) is a triennial event launched in 1995 to provide a platform for exchanges and cooperation within the translation and interpreting community in the Asia-Pacific region. APTIF10 welcomes researchers, practitioners and trainers in the field of translation and interpreting both within and beyond the region to discuss “Collaboration in the World of Translation and Interpreting: New Changes and New Modes in the New Era”, a theme that is of both historical and current, scholarly and professional relevance to the translation and interpreting community as well as society at large. 

Collaborative modes of translation and interpreting are historically attested in contexts such as Buddhist translation, Bible translation, literary translation and, more recently, team interpreting, and sign language interpreting, where hearing and deaf interpreters work together to deliver a single interpretation. While religious and literary translation has received the lion’s share of scholarly and professional attention in terms of a narrow definition of collaborative translation and co-translation, today collaboration in a broader sense is a sin qua non of practices in such diverse areas as localisation, audiovisual translation, fan translation, and technical translation. Any project that involves an element of machine(-assisted) translation inevitably assumes collaboration between human translators and the computers and programs that support their work and, indirectly, between translators and software programmers. Interpreters collaborate in varied ways. Simultaneous interpreters typically work in teams and remain active even when it is not their turn to deliver the interpretation. Community interpreters or public service interpreters working in healthcare and similar settings rarely work in pairs. Nevertheless, they do not work in isolation from other parties involved in the interaction: the success of the interpretation depends on their ability to collaborate in a wide variety of ways with doctors, nurses, psychologists, police officers, case workers, government staff and other stakeholders. Besides, since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, emergency multilingual and/or translation and interpreting services have been provided through joint efforts of different organisations and individuals.