ALTA42: Sight and Sound

ALTA42: Sight and Sound

Thursday-Sunday, November 7-10, 2019

Rochester, Ny
Hyatt Regency Rochester & Joseph A. Floreano riverside convention center
Keynote: Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner, Flying Words Project

Words are not simply containers for meaning. As translators, we know that we cannot separate the sense of words from their musicality, from the way they look on the page, from the way they are spoken or signed, or from the cultural and historical contexts in which they appear. The theme for ALTA42 allows us to attend to the visual, aural, oral, gestural, kinetic, and performative aspects of language and literature that shape translation practice. We invite panels, readings, roundtables, and workshops that address the theme “Sight and Sound,” broadly conceived. 

These forums might consider topics such as: translating rhythm, rhyme, and repetition; translating form; translating ekphrasis and synesthesia; translating dramatic and spoken word texts; translating visual spectacle in theatre; translating screenplays; translating graphic novels and illustrated texts; translating oral literatures; translating lyrics; translating to, from, and between sign languages; empowering language through translation, regardless of language modality.

We also welcome topics that approach the theme of “Sight and Sound” conceptually, culturally, or politically: the translator as performer; the translator as camera; promoting translation’s visibility in the wider literary field; advocating against the silencing of certain groups in the translation community; and supporting certain authors, literatures, or cultures in their efforts to be seen or heard in translation.

The theme “Sight and Sound” resonates with our ALTA42 conference venue of Rochester, New York, home to Eastman Kodak, the Eastman School of Music, the National Technical Institute of the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Rochester School for the Deaf, Writers & Books, and the Visual Studies Workshop.

In accordance with ALTA conference policy, we ask that participants not read papers at panels, roundtables, or workshops. Rather, participants prepare talking points and examples based in the practice of literary translation.

We welcome everyone to our conference and are committed to making our programming and events accessible, and to making arrangements that allow all attendees to participate in the conversation. Please view our Accessibility web page for more information.

Deadline to Submit: May 28, 2019

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Conference sessions begin at 9:00a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019, and conclude the evening of Sunday, November 10. There is an opening reception in the evening on Thursday, November 7, 2019, and a closing reception on the evening of Sunday, November 10. 

Panels Seeking Participants
A list of accepted sessions that are still seeking participants can be found here. If you are interested in being on one of the panels actively seeking additional participants, contact the organizer of the panel(s) you would like to join. The deadline for organizers to finalize session lineups is June 7, 2019 and panels may fill up, so be sure to write soon.

To request a title for the ALTA42 Bookfair, please fill out this form by September 22, 2019. Please note that titles must be published within the past five years, returnable, and distributed in the U.S. Requesting a book is not a guarantee of it being available at the bookfair.

Rochester Early Music Festival
The Rochester Early Music Festival is seeking translators with whom to collaborate for a live concert featuring chamber choir Musica Spei. Musical selections will be presented as original poetic text, sung text, and in new translation. They invite ALTA translators to contribute translations of texts in some of the following languages selected from Musica Spei's repertoire: Medieval French, Medieval Latin, German, Old Church Slavonic, Georgian, Swedish, Dutch/Flemish, and Polish. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project, please sign up here before June 7, 2019.

Key Dates
  • January 15, 2019: Sessions proposal applications open
  • Mid-January 2019: Nominations for awards open
  • February 11, 2019: Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading series applications open
  • March 11, 2019: Conference Hotel block opens
  • April 15, 2019: Session proposal deadline
  • April 15, 2019: Nominations for awards close
  • April 15, 2019: ALTA Travel Fellowship applications deadline
  • May 4, 2019: Dramatic Translations application deadline
  • Mid-May, 2019: Bookfair requests open
  • Mid-May, 2019: Conference registration available online
  • Mid-May, 2019: Session applicants notified of status
  • May 28, 2019: Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series application deadline
  • Mid-June 2019: Annual Alexis Levitin Bilingual Reading Series applicants notified
  • June 7, 2019: Deadline for A/V requests and scheduling requests
  • Mid-July 2019: Conference schedule available online
  • August 13, 2019: Flash Sessions applications open
  • August 13, 2019: ALTA’s Work Exchange Program applications open
  • August 16, 2019: Deadline for program advertisements
  • September 13, 2019: Deadline to apply to volunteer with ALTA’s Work Exchange Program
  • Mid-September, 2019: Work Exchange Program applicants notified
  • September 22, 2019: Deadline for bookfair requests
  • October 7, 2019: Deadline for early registration rate
  • October 18, 2019: Conference hotel block closes
  • October 21, 2019: Deadline for online conference registration