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CIM Talk: Does Translation and Interpreting Provision Really Hinder Integration?

(20 February 2019)

The Centre for Intercultural Mediation is hosting this talk by Professor Nike K. Pokorn, University of Ljubljana and IAS Senior Research Fellow of Durham University, on Tuesday, 26 February, 2pm-3.30pm, in Room 145, Elvet Riverside 1, New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3JT. All are welcome.

The presentation will present the results of a research which responded to the existing political claims that translation and interpreting reduce the incentive of newly-arrived migrants to learn the language(s) of the host country and thereby impede their integration.

A questionnaire was used to gather quantitative data on the language profiles of 127 current and former residents of the asylum-seeker centres in Slovenia, while qualitative data were obtained through semi-structured interviews conducted on a representative group of 38 asylum seekers.

The presentation will provide results of this quantitative and qualitative research conducted among a group of newly-arrived migrants who have all had access to free interpreting and translation services and free courses of the dominant language of the host country and reveal their attitudes towards interpreting provision and learning the language of the host country.

Nike K. Pokorn is Professor in Translation Studies at the Department of Translation, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she currently serves as the Director of Doctoral Studies in TS.

Her research focuses on translation and censorship, directionality in translation and public-service interpreting and translation. Together with several articles in journals, she authored Challenging the Traditional Axioms: Translation into a Non-mother Tongue (2005) and Post-socialist Translation Practices (2012), and co-edited with Daniel Gile and Gyde Hansen Why Translation Studies Matters (2010).

She currently serves as the director of International Doctorate in Translation Studies network. In Durham Nike is an IAS COFUND Senior Research Fellow (January-March 2019), researching on a project entitled Modernised Versions of The Book of Margery Kempe.

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