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Teaching Texts in Translation

Facilitator: Professor Jamal Elias, Religious Studies
Convener: Jeremy Steinberg, Religious Studies

We take it as axiomatic in our research that a text cannot be fully understood when read in translation. But outside of dedicated language departments, instructors of undergraduate courses can rarely expect their students to have reading facility in languages other than English. So how do we navigate the fact that the texts which our students encounter are necessarily read through the interpreting lens of a translator? This workshop discusses the ways that histories and politics of translation can color the ways we and our students view our texts, and it examines strategies for addressing the complexities inherent in using texts in translation. We will also talk about the ways that our own language facility may help and hinder our teaching of texts in translation, as well as ways to navigate a classroom in which some students have familiarity with the original languages of the texts but others do not. Although there may be some discussion about the particular nuances of reading in translation texts from specific religious or linguistic backgrounds, this workshop is targeted at any student who is expected to teach texts in translation.

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Religious Studies department and so may be most useful to students in related fields. Counts toward the CETLI Teaching Certificate.

Registrations are closed for this event

Thursday, November 30, 2023

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Cohen Hall
249 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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