Research Group on Translation and Transcultural Contact
The Research Group on Translation and Transcultural Contact is a space of collective inquiry into language and translation as they pertain to larger questions of culture. We investigate translation at the crossings and intersections between traditions, languages, and fields of knowledge and discourse. We understand translation as a complex process of negotiation of meanings, knowledges, and subjectivities ingrained in the relationships between subjects and communities and that, as such, constitutes a site to understand and experience contact in contemporary society.
The group was originally created by Daniel Simeoni. Simeoni, a translation scholar particularly committed to thinking critically about Translation Studies as a field in formation and in flux, framed this reflection within a larger critique about the boundaries among disciplines. The group is currently based in Toronto, at Glendon College (York University), within the Center for Research on Language and Culture Contact (CRLCC).
The members of the RGTTC include both regular and adjunct faculty from the MA program in Translation Studies and students doing graduate work in Translation Studies at York University. Researchers from across Canada, as well as academics from other countries who are interested in the relationship between translation and culture, are also members of the group.