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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

CIM Seminar Series: 'A long walk to freedom: Charting a way for doing comparative translation studies in Africa'. Dr Kobus Marais (University of the Free State, South Africa)

29th January 2014, 12:00, CLC202 (Calman Learning Centre, Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre), Durham University

Abstract: In this paper, I am arguing that the type of conceptual framework that will make possible comparative translation studies is one that allows for a systems perspective, in other words, a conceptual framework that does not specify its objects of study beforehand. Furthermore, I espouse a frame of reference that has an emergent semiotic perspective, that is, a semiotics that is built on a one-world ontology, that rejects the Cartesian dualism of matter and thought and that, through its links with biosemiotics, honour the material nature of human existence.

Dr Kobus Marais teaches translation studies at the University of the Free State in South Africa. His research focuses on theorising the African context of translation from a complexity perspective. He explores the relationship between development and translation from the perspective of a philosophy of complex semiotic interactions. He has just published a book: Translation theory and development studies: A complexity theory approach (New York: Routledge).

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