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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Translation and Linguistics Research Group Seminar: Dr M. Rosario Martin Ruano [University of Salamanca] 'Ethics in Legal Translation: Critical Perspectives'

18th February 2015, 13:00, ER142, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

Legal translation has traditionally been and is often unquestionably linked to expectations of “faithfulness”, “equivalence” and “neutrality”. However, in the hybrid, multicultural societies of the global age, marked by migration, cultural diversity, social differences and power imbalances, this normative model is not problem-free. Introducing concepts from critical approaches to translation contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the role played by legal translators and the acute practical and ethical complexities they face and reveals new avenues for legal translation practices in line with institutional agendas committed to the ideals of recognition and cultural pluralism. 

Dr Martín Ruano teaches translation at the University of Salamanca. Her research interests include legal and institutional translation, translation theory, and cultural studies. She has published a number of books, anthologies and essays on these issues, including El (des)orden de los discursos: la traducción de lo políticamente correcto (Granada, Comares, 2003), Translation and the Construction of Identity (Seoul: IATIS, 2005, coedited with Juliane House and Nicole Baumgarten) and Traducción, política(s), conflictos: legados y retos para la era del multiculturalismo (Granada, Comares, 2013, coedited with María Carmen África Vidal Claramonte). She is also a practising translator.

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