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Confluence

Translation in the Capital Area
A room with people sitting at desks

MC Confluence is a celebration of translation and interpretation that brings translators, interpreters, educators, students, and others who are interested in the field together to discuss the literary, practical, and philosophical dimensions of translation. MC community members collaborate with the National Capital Area Translators Association (NCATA) to offer the annual conference and other events to MC students and faculty.

The MC Confluence committee holds an annual professional conference that offers workshops and presentations in the area of interpretation and translation, panel discussions, networking, and career development. Throughout the year, the committee also provides the opportunity for students to get involved in the translation community, including an Open Mic celebration on International Translation Day. 

The conference committee is grateful for the leadership and unwavering support of Dr. Sharon Fechter, Dr. Brad Stewart, and other members of the MC community. In addition, the committee would like to welcome the Acting Dean of Humanities Area, Dr. Sarah Campbell, and TPSS Humanities Department Chair, Dr. Maria-Elvira Luna-Escudero-Alie, who have recently joined our team.


Upcoming Events

MC Confluence Conference
Saturday, April 13, 2024, 9:30 a.m.
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Health Sciences Building (map)

Event Flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)
Call for Proposals

Culture-Crossing Contact Zones: Translation in a Globalized World 
As we have become self-conscious about the historicity of our central assumptions and practices, translation, too, is now seen as an interested activity, susceptible to political motives and power relationships. At MC, an institution of global multiplicity, it is clear to us that each translation also transposes a culture. At Confluence this year, we hope to examine translation/interpretation as a culture-crossing contact zone in a globalizing world. 

All are welcome. We are committed to building the translation community and collaborating with other academic institutions and community members who believe in the importance of translation and interpretation for a global community.

Calls for Proposals

Call for Proposals Flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)
Deadline: Midnight Friday, February 29

Confluence organizers are seeking proposals for morning and afternoon presentations and workshops. Sessions will feature a variety of workshops and presentations on translation, interpretation, and translation studies in four tracks. The day’s schedule will offer opportunities for informal networking.

  1. Techniques, practices, and problem-solving in translation/interpretation 
  2. Business of translation/interpretation 
  3. Art of literary translation/interpretation 
  4. Education in translation/interpretation

Proposals are to include requirements for room setup and technical needs, if any. Conference rooms are equipped with a computer workstation, USB ports, CD player, internet access, and projection. Presentations should run no longer than 75 minutes.

If you encounter any problem with online submission, please email Jeff Chuang or call 240-567-3888.

It is expected that proposers will be informed about decisions by Friday, March 8. The organizers may solicit proposals at any time or may ask proposers to alter or consolidate presentations.

Submit Your Proposal

Past Events

Saturday, March 25, 2023
Translation Conference in the Capital Area (event flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) )

View all prior years past events.