The Fourth Conference on Interdisciplinarity in Translation and Interpreting

Recalibrating Training and Research in T&I:
New Interdisciplinary Incentives


Following the tradition of Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC) at GIIT, SISU, this Fourth Conference on Inter-disciplinarity in Translation and Interpreting (T&I) aims to provide a platform for scholars, and young researchers in Translation and Interpreting Studies (T&I) and the academic and professional actors from wider fields to exchange ideas and communications to advance the T&I research.
This year, the outbreak of COVID-19 and its quick spread across the world have presented unprecedented challenges. Despite the uncertainties, we would very much want to keep our dialogues and exchanges going. Never before in our recent memory have we been made so acutely aware of our interconnectedness in global governance. It is therefore highly pertinent to use intercultural and interdisciplinary perspectives to forge new pathways and collaborations between different disciplines in finding solutions and strategies to tackle both old and new challenges.
You are invited to join our special two-day event via Zoom on October 29-30, 2020, to address the following themes:

  • Session 1 Role of Language Services in Global Governance
  • Session 2 Multilingualism in Multilateral Systems: Interdisciplinary & Intercultural Issues
  • Session 3 How T&I Supports Science in Coping with PHEIC?
  • Session 4 New and Fresh Approaches in T&I

Preliminary Program

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Opening Addresses


15:00-15:10 Yansong LI (President, SISU, CN)

15:10-15:25 Felix MOESNER (Science Consul & CEO swissnex China, CH)

15:25-15:40 Youyi HUANG (Commissioner, China National Committee for Translation and Interpreting Education, CN)

15:40-15:55 Maurizio VIEZZI (CIUTI President, Professor, University of Trieste, IT)


MODERATOR: Binhua WANG (Chair/Professor of Interpreting and Translation Studies, University of Leeds, CN)

16:00-16:20 Field Studies on the US Language Access Policy
Ronghui ZHAO (Dean, Graduate School, Shanghai International Studies University, CN)
16:20-16:40 Richesses de l’interdisciplinarité
Stéphane BERTHET (Vice-Rector, University of Geneva, CH)

16:40-17:00 Learn to Translate and Translate to Learn: Developing Intercultural Competence for Translators
Hongling ZHANG (Deputy Director of the Intercultural Institute, Shanghai International Studies University, CN)

Q&A (20mins)

17:20-17:40 Exploring the Ecologies of T&I: Time to Recalibrate Research and Training?
Gary MASSEY (Director, IUED Institute of Translation and Interpreting ZHAW, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, UK)

17:40-18:00 The Image of the Chinese Government in the English Translations of the Government Work Report
Kaibao HU (Dean, Institute of Corpus Studies and Applications, Shanghai International Studies University, CN)

18:00-18:20 How Human-machine Interaction Reshapes the Translation Profession
François MASSION (CEO, D.O.G. Dokumentation ohne Grenzen GmbH, DE)

Q&A (20mins)

MODERATOR: Cheng ZHAN (Professor of Interpreting, Sun Yat-sen University; Secretary-General of the TAC Interpreting Committee, CN)

18:40-19:00 The Chief Interpreter: Human Resource Manager and Agent of Workforce Rejuvenation
Ian NEWTON (Former Chief Interpreter, International Labour Organization; former lecturer in conference interpretation, University of Geneva, CH)

19:00-19:20 Title to be determined
Wen REN (Dean, Graduate School of Translation & Interpreting, Beijing Foreign Studies University, CN)

19:20-19:40 Professional Standards and Norms of Translation: Reflections from Sociology of Law
Junfeng ZHAO (Secretary General, China National Committee for Translation and Interpreting Education, CN)

Q&A (20mins)

20:00-20:20 Quasi Analytical Cost in Healthcare Organization: Theoretical Analysis and Case Study
Bernard MORARD (Professor of Economy, University of Geneva, CH)

20:20-20:40 Bridging the Gap for Journalistic Translation Training: Translation Placement for New Media Journalism?
Ran XU (Associate Professor, China Foreign Affairs University, CN)

20:40-21:00 Contrastive Language Functions for a Vigorous Translation Strategy
Ana Paulina PEÑA POLLASTRI (Professor, National University of La Rioja, AR)

Q&A (20 mins)

Friday, October 30, 2020

MODERATOR: Hong JIANG (Professor of Interpreting, Chinese University of Hong Kong, CN)

15:00-15:20 Contrastive Studies on the Definitions of Abstract Nouns in English and Chinese Learners’ Dictionaries
Xuemei ZHANG (Director, Office of Confucius Institutes, SISU, CN)

15:20-15:40 Interpreting and Intercultural Communication. Crossing Domains in the Era of Globalization, Technological Advances, and Social Networks
Carmen VALERO-GARCÉS (Full Professor of Translation and Interpreting, University of Alcalá, ES)

15:40-16:00 Translators as Intercultural Mediators
Lihong WANG (Dean, School of Interpreting and Translation, Beijing Language and Culture University, CN)

16:00-16:20 Q&A (20 mins)

16:20-16:40 New Area Studies with Chinese Characteristics at SISU
Cheng YANG (Executive Dean, Shanghai Academy of Global Governance and Area Studies (Shanghai International Studies University, CN)

16:40-17:00 Intercultural Communication of Xi Jinping’s Thought on Diplomacy

Shuyong GUO (Dean, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Shanghai International Studies University, CN)

17:00-17:20 The Linguistic Landscape of Chinese MNCs and Its Implications for Language Services
Chuanying WANG (Full Professor of Translation Studies, Nankai University; Member of China National Committee for Translation & Interpreting Education, CN)

Q&A (20 mins)

MODERATOR: Meijuan ZHAO (Deputy Dean, GIIT, SISU, CN)

17:40-18:00 Rethinking Corporate Governance and Financial Capitalism in the Time of COVID-19
Florentina OLIVIA BALU (Senior Lecturer, PhD, University of Geneva, CH)

18:00-18:20 Speech Processing Approaches for Detecting Cognitive Impairment of Elderly
Xin LI (Research Director, Brain Group, iFLYTEK AI Institute,CN)

18:20-18:40 T&I Teaching and Assessing in a Hybrid Environment, Cloud and On-site, Synchronous and Asynchronous - Best Practices
Dirk VERBEKE (Director, Televic Education, BE)

Q&A (20mins)

19:00-19:20 Translators as Early Recognizers in Agenda-setting
Wei CHENG (Vice President, Beijing International Studies University, CN)

19:20-19:40 Title to be determined
Yiqing GU (Head Curator, Museum of Languages, Shanghai International Studies University, CN)

19:40-20:00 Minority language service awareness in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative”
Lili HAN (Director, School of Languages and Translation, Macao Polytechnic Institute, CN)

Q&A (20mins)

Closing Remarks

MODERATOR: Zhengren LI (Executive Dean, GIIT, SISU, CH)

20:30- Mingjian ZHA (Vice President, SISU, CN)

Hannelore LEE-JAHNKE (Co-Chair, Interdisciplinary Research Centre, SISU, CH)