Call for papers: Hermeneutics and Translation Studies

Hermeneutics and Translation Studies

1st Call for Papers

Even though Translation Studies and Hermeneutics share a common interest in the mediating processes, these two disciplines have co-existed and developed since the advent of Translation Studies in the mid 20th century with strikingly little interaction. The purpose of this symposium is to explore avenues in which Hermeneutics and Translation Studies could complement one another, thereby strengthen research on both oral and written mediation and the mediating processes. The symposium is conceived of as a forum for posing and discussing questions of relevance to these two disciplines. In particular, the purpose of the symposium is to begin developing the contours and goals of and simultaneously setting limits to the scope of an emerging discipline, Translational Hermeneutics, which could be developed by merging these heretofore distinct research strands.


1. A Retrospective: Hermeneutics and the Development of Translation Studies

2. The Future: the New Field of “Translational Hermeneutics”

3. Didactics of Translation and Interpreting from a Hermeneutical Point of View

4. Translation in Practice – Specialized Texts versus Literature

5. Hermeneutics, Culture and Postcolonial Translation Studies

6. Synergies: Hermeneutics and Cognitive Linguistics

7. Hermeneutics, Corpus Studies and Empirical Research – Conflicting Paradigms?


The symposium is scheduled to start in the morning of 26th of May, 2011 and end by 5:00 p.m. on the 27th of May, 2011. It will include papers and panel discussions. An evening dinner will be provided on the 26th of May to foster a discussion in a less formal atmosphere.


The symposium will take place in the Rotunde, a large, circular room overlooking the Rhine River at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. Accommodations are available within walking distance.


Abstracts for papers should be sent electronically as an attached file (MS Word format) to: Dr. John Stanley (

Abstracts for panel proposals should be submitted by the moderator as a single abstract of 300-500 words with a list of panellists (names and affiliations). Panels should deal with a clearly defined topic and consist of a 90-minute debate. These abstracts should be sent to: Dr. John Stanley (

All submissions should include a short author profile.


Congress languages will be English and German. Please submit your abstracts in the language the paper or panel discussion will be held in.


The deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals is 15th of February, 2011.

The scientific committee will inform potential contributors of its decision around March 1, 2011.


Radegundis Stolze, Larisa Cercel, John Stanley


John Stanley


A selection of contributions will be published as a volume of proceedings.


Symposium fees (2 Days, including refreshments and evening dinner)

Early Registration (by March 31, 2011)

Late Registration (as of April 1, 2011)

Students, Early Registration (by March 31, 2011)

Students, Late Registration (as of April 1, 2011)

€ 40,00

€ 60,00

€ 25,00

€ 50,00