CFT 2023: Translation

May 4-5, 2022

Translation is a central part of the linguistic and cultural world of the Tamil language. This workshop explores translation in its various aspects of Tamil across its history, its genres, and its poetics, moving from the mechanics of translation, the politics of translation, the place of translation in the history of Tamil literature, to the futures of translation in an age of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Organized by Whitney Cox.

May 4th, 2023 5pm, Keynote Lecture, Martha Ann Selby, “Rhetorical Modes and Emotional Formation in an Old Tamil Anthology” (Foster 103, The Steven Collins Memorial Seminar Room).

May 5th, 2023
Preetha Mani (Rutgers University), “Sound Effect: the Poetics of Spoken Language in Tamil New Poetry”; initial response: Shiv Subrahmaniam

Shiv Subrahmaniam (Emory University), “The Place of Interpretation in Translation”; initial response: Whitney Cox

Whitney Cox (University of Chicago), “Crossing the Godāvari: thoughts on translation and the Kamparāmāyaṇam”; initial response: Preetha Mani

A. R. Venkatachalapathy (MIDS, Chennai), “The invention of Tamil translation in the 1930s”; initial response: Sascha Ebeling

Sascha Ebeling (University of Chicago), “The Literatures of the World in Tamil Translation: Some Notes Towards a History”;  initial response: A. R. Venkatachalapathy

E. Annamalai (University of Chicago), “The Human in Translation”; initial response: Martha Selby