Call for Papers: Retranslation in Context III

Building on the young tradition of Retranslation in Context conferences organized at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, (December 2013 and November 2015), we are delighted to announce the Retranslation in Context III Conference (RiC3), to be held at Ghent University (Belgium) on 7th and 8th February 2017.

​Retranslation is commonly associated with a dual focus: “the act of translating a work that has previously been translated into the same language” and “the result of such an act, i.e. the retranslated text itself” (Tahir Gürçağlar 2009, 233). The aim of the third RiC conference is to bring together researchers with multidisciplinary backgrounds in order to collect a more comprehensive body of material on retranslation and develop a profound understanding of the processes behind the decision to retranslate.
We welcome cases studies on different aspects of retranslation, as well as more methodological approaches. The findings of practice-based research will be confronted with theoretical insights.

We welcome contributions for 20-minute papers. Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Retranslation history and canon(ization)
  • Motives for retranslation (ageing, ideology, …)
  • Reception of retranslations
  • Self-retranslation
  • Retranslation in the literary system (centre vs. periphery)
  • Retranslation ethics (authorship, plagiarism, copyright)
  • Retranslation of historical, political, philosophical texts
  • Retranslation of media (including film, music, theatre)

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, in English, French or Dutch, including a short bio note (max. 150 words) to by 1 July, 2016.

Notification of acceptance: 1 August, 2016.

Please note there will be a conference fee of 100 Euro.

Organizing Institutions:

  • Ghent University (UGent)
  • Centre for Literature in Translation (CLIV)
  • Free University of Brussels (VUB)
  • The Centre for Literature in Translation is an interuniversity research group, affiliated to both the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Ghent University (see

Working Languages: English, French and Dutch

More information: see attachment.