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Call for papers - Subtitling and Intercultural Communication. European Languages and beyond

  • Start date : 21/08/2013 09:08:54

International Conference on 27th February 2014 in Siena, Italy


Organized by the Università per Stranieri di Siena, this conference brings together researchers who are particularly sensitive to cross-cultural issues in subtitling.

The conference aims to explore key concerns associated with subtitling and intercultural communication with a particular focus on European languages such as English, German, Italian and Spanish, in order to promote the cross-fertilization of practices, ideas and theoretical approaches.

The idea to investigate subtitling from an intercultural perspective, and also with reference to language teaching, is due to the fact that the Università per Stranieri di Siena has been actively engaged for many years in these areas of research. Furthermore, recent studies have correlated the relevance of new technologies (subtitling included) with language learning, creating new scenarios which involve an increasing number of people with different languages and cultures. Other subject areas have developed an interest in subtitling: translation studies, linguistics, as well as studies on communication for the deaf and hard of hearing.

The purpose of the conference is therefore to gather scholars of various disciplines who share a common interest for the phenomena under analysis, in order to discuss these specific research topics:

  • subtitles for language learners
  • subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • fansubbing and/or/versus professional subtitling.

Presentations should be on how these three forms of subtitling relate to intercultural communication in EN, DE, IT and ES within the scope of following themes (but not limited to them):

  • socio-political, ethic and cultural aspects
  • self-representation and representation of the other
  • stereotyping and deconstruction of stereotypes
  • miscommunication
  • teaching and/or learning intercultural competence
  • language as a cultural marker (e.g. English, dialects, other languages).

Official languages of the conference: Italian and English.

Abstracts of 300 words (accompanied by the presenter's name, affiliation and short biography) to be sent to: by 15th October 2013.