CSTIC 1st International Symposium on Cognitive Research on Translation and Interpreting (11-12 December 2014)

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This was the 1st international symposium organized by the Centre for Studies of Translation, Interpreting and Cognition (CSTIC) at the University of Macau. The objective of the Symposium was to provide an international forum for the presentations and discussions of up-to-date theorization, methodologies and projects on cognitive research on translation and interpreting. Invited specialists approached the topics from different angles, e.g. cognitive sciences, neuroscience, neurolinguistics and so on.


CSTIC 2nd International Conference on Cognitive Research on Translation and Interpreting (5-6 November 2015)

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This was the 2nd international Conference organized by the Centre for Studies of Translation, Interpreting and Cognition (CSTIC) at the University of Macau. The conference, providing an international forum for presentation and discussion of up-to-date theorization, methodologies, operational methods and techniques, and projects on cognitive studies of translation and interpreting, attracted over 60 experts and scholars from Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Macao, and the Chinese mainland. Participants addressed the issue of the cognition of the working translator and interpreter from a wide spectrum of perspectives, including translation/interpreting as bilingual processing in the brain, the neurological, neurolinguistic and psycholinguistic aspects of translation/interpreting, the cognitive processes of translation/interpreting, conceptualization in the translation process, corpus application in bilingual processing studies, the methods, tools and technologies of cognitive study of translation and interpreting processes, as well as cognition and translator training.


CSTIC 3rd International Conference on Cognitive Research on Translation and Interpreting (3-4 November 2016)

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The 3rd International Conference on Cognitive Research on Translation and Interpreting was held on 3-4 November 2016 at University of Macau, Macau SAR, China. This year’s conference, as the previous two conferences, aimed to provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of up-to-date cognitive research on translation, interpreting and language acquisition. Topics of this year included conceptualizing process studies in Translation Studies, psycholinguistics in translation/interpreting as bilingual processing, cognitive linguistics in translation/interpreting as bilingual processing, neurocognitive processes of translation and interpreting, cognitive processes of second language acquisition, cognition and translator training, bilingual processing and language education, research methods in cognitive translation/interpreting studies, corpus application in bilingual processing and language acquisition, tools for the cognitive study of translation/interpreting processes. Renowned scholars from US, UK, Spain, Denmark, Australia, Argentina, Hong Kong, Macao and the Chinese mainland, were invited to address the conference.


CSTIC 4th International Conference on Cognitive Research on Translation and Interpreting (3-4 November 2017)

UM co-organises international conference on cognitive research in translation and interpreting
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The Centre for the Studies of Translation, Interpreting and Cognition (CSTIC) of the University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) and the Centre for Translation Studies of Beijing Foreign Studies University recently co-organised the fourth edition of the International Conference on Cognitive Research in Translation and Interpreting.

This year’s conference attracted more than 100 experts and scholars from over 40 well-known institutions in the Greater China region, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Australia, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Brazil, Finland, and Poland.

At the opening ceremony, Prof Li Defeng from the CSTIC stressed that in order to understand how the brains of translators and interpreters work, cooperation among different research teams around the world is essential. Focusing on the behaviour of translators and interpreters as well as the underlying neurocognitive processing of their bilingual brains, the research study on cognitive translation process uses experimental methods like eye-tracking, key-logging, and neuro-imaging as well as non-experimental methods such as corpus.

Prof Li added that the study will help to deepen the understanding of the macro- and micro-levels of the translation process, and thus inform translation pedagogy and improve the quality of translation and interpreting training. Prof Li also said that the CSTIC held three annual conferences in Macao in the past and each had attracted 30 to 60 participants. The increase in the number of participants this year shows that it is a strategic step to host the conference outside Macao. Prof Li indicated that the CSTIC would continue to work towards building a more accessible platform for scholars from home and abroad.

During the conference, the CSTIC research team presented nine papers on the results of innovative studies about the cognitive processes of translation and interpreting. The team also announced a collaborative research project to be headed by Prof Hong Gang Jin, dean of the FAH. Participants in the project will include Prof Li Defeng and Prof Victoria Lei from the CSTIC, as well as experts of translation process studies from leading centres of cognitive translation studies in Germany, Denmark, and Brazil.

The project has secured a Level IV Multi-Year Research Grant (MYRG) and will explore the models of cognitive efforts in translation processes. A boot camp will be held at UM in the summer of 2018 to attract researchers, young and veteran, from around the world to work intensively together on the topic for four weeks. For more information, please go to  https://sites.google.com/site/centretranslationinnovation/myrg

The fifth of the conference will be held at Renmin University of China in November 2018 in Beijing. For inquiries, please contact transcognition2018@163.com. And more information will be posted on http://fl.ruc.edu.cn in due course.

 

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