Intercultural Communication through Specialised Translation–cfp

We’re planning to host an international conference (in collaboration with Tsinghua and Guangxi Da) on the University of New South Wales campus, Dec. 18-20. Please see CFP below. Due to various uncertainties, it took us much longer to finalized some details. The news was announced in China earlier, and we’ve already received some abstracts, we hope scholars there are able to get their visas and travel to Sydney. Fingers crossed! Looking forward to welcoming you all to UNSW Sydney campus in December! If you have any enquiries please contact

Organizing Committee
School of Humanities and Languages
UNSW Sydney

Intercultural Communication through Specialised Translation and Interpreting in the New Era
The 10th Asian-Pacific Forum on Translation and Intercultural Studies CALL FOR PAPERS


University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia Guangxi University / Tsinghua University, China


December 18-20, 2022
Venue: Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney, Australia Language: English


Mabel Lee
Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
Honorary Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney Honorary Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hong Kong Metropolitan University Topic: Translating Gao Xingjian and Reflecting on the Art of Literary Translation

Sandra Hale
Professor of Interpreting and Translation, UNSW Sydney
Topic: Interpreting in police settings: what does research tell us about the effects of training, interpreting mode and interpreter location?

Michael Puett
Professor, Harvard University
Topic: Translation and Commentary: The Work of Interpretation in the Classical Chinese Tradition Xuanmin Luo
Professor, Guangxi University / Tsinghua University
Topic: “Big Translation” and Cultural Memory: The Construction and Transmission of National Images


Zhifeng Kang (康志峰), Fudan University
Hongzhi Wang (王宏志), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jon von Kowallis, UNSW Sydney


The 10th Asia-Pacific Forum on Translation and Intercultural Studies aims to gather scholars, educators and practitioners in the fields of translation, interpreting and intercultural studies to exchange perspectives on new trends across disciplines. Translation and interpreting studies is developing vigorously and new approaches and methodologies are emerging. The interrelations between translation and literature have the potential to inspire interdisciplinary studies including intercultural studies, comparative literature studies and globalization studies. Besides, this new era of globalization has witnessed the burgeoning translation and interpreting technology and services in various fields: business and commerce, medicine, law, community services and etc. It is our hope that this forum will provide a platform for dialogues and discussions that will facilitate further interdisciplinary studies in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

The specific goals of the conference are as follows:

  • To provide a platform for scholars, educators and practitioners from the field of translation,interpreting and intercultural studies to interact and network;
  • To facilitate research exchange and scholarly dialogues and promote academic collaboration;
  • To explore interdisciplinary approaches to address the challenging issues in the new era of
    technology and globalisation;
  • To foster intercultural awareness and enhance understanding among different cultures and societies.


The 10th APFTIS solicits submissions that reflect diverse theoretical perspectives and empirical research. Topics/Themes are broadly defined and include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Translation and Interpretation: classics and literature
  • Comparative translation and interpreting studies
  • T&I for Business and commercial use
  • Medical translation and interpreting (covid-19, pandemic)
  • Legal translation and interpreting
  • Community translation and interpreting in social services
  • Machine translation and machine interpreting
  • New translation and interpreting technology
  • Translation and interpreting education
  • Translation and interpreting quality assessment and assurance
  • Translation and interpreting studies: interdisciplinary approaches


Authors are invited to submit abstracts for individual presentations of 20 mins. (15 mins. presentation+ 5 mins. Q&A) and short bios to by 15 November, 2022. Abstracts will be selected for presentation at the conference by the Academic Committee and the selected presenters will be notified by 18 November, 2022. If you need to arrange visa and international travel, please submit your abstract and bio by 31 October, 2022 and the selected presenters will be notified by 3 November 2022.


Abstract, 300-350 words in English, including positions, affiliations, email addresses and mailing addresses for all authors. Times New Roman 12pt font size, single-spaced.

Within three months of the forum a selection of peer-reviewed papers from the Forum will be included in a special issue of Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and《亚太跨学科翻译研究》(Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Translation Studies), a bilingual journal published by Intercontinental Communication Centre (CICC). The papers submitted for publication are to be in English.


By 8 November, 2022, early bird registration fee: AUD$260, $130 for students (with ID) and $ 190 for AUSIT members (with Membership number).

After 8 November, 2022, regular registration fee: AUD$300, $150 for students (with ID) and $ 220 for AUSIT members (with Membership number).

This includes one dinner, two lunches, tea/coffee breaks for all participants.

When you have completed payment, please confirm your registration and attach the proof of payment (photo of payment receipt sent as a file attachment not exceeding 2 MB in size). Conference registration is available here:


Only $ AUD net, no other currencies. Transaction fees will be covered by each participant. Receipts for registration fees will be issued by the Forum.


The academic committee will choose three papers of excellence submitted by young scholars (under the age of 40) and grant each of them with an award of AUD $400 together with a certificate with signatures of the committee members on the back. The applicants must send their full papers as required to before 15 November, 2022.


Established in 1949, UNSW Sydney is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities, renowned for the quality of its graduates and its commitment to academic excellence, innovation and social impact. It is one of the founding members of Group of Eight, a coalition of Australian research-intensive universities. UNSW Sydney boasts an enrolment of over 60,000 students from 132 countries. UNSW is ranked 43rd globally in the 2022 QS World University Rankings, and 70th globally in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Visit UNSW Sydney at


Xuanmin Luo, Guangxi University/Tsinghua University, China (Co-Chair) Jon von Kowallis, UNSW Sydney, Australia (Co-Chair)
Ping Wang, UNSW Sydney, Australia (Co-Chair)
Timothy O’Leary, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Michael Puett, Harvard University, USA
Mabel Lee, The University of Sydney, Australia
Alicia Relinke, University of Granada, Spain
Leo Tak-hung Chan, Guangxi University, China
Douglas Robinson, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China Lawrence Venuti, Temple University, USA
Isabelle Rabut, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France Michael G. Watson, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan
Shaobo Xie, University of Calgary, Canada
Chuanyun Bao, Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA
Jeremy Munday, University of Leeds, UK
Aiping Mo, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
Luise von Flotow, University of Ottawa, Canada
Anthony Pym, University of Melbourne, Australia
Nandita Khadria, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Russell Leong, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Pamela C. Constantino, University of Philippines, Philippines
Lawrence Jun Zhang, University of Auckland, New Zealand


Xuanming Luo, Guangxi University/Tsinghua University Ping Wang, UNSW Sydney
Yingli Sun, UNSW Sydney
Bingbing Xie, CACSEC
Yanhua Liang, Guangxi University
Taira Malby-Freckleton, UNSW Sydney Dennison Lindberg, UNSW Sydney


For more details, please visit conference Webpage: asian-pacific-forum-on-translation-and-intercultural-studies#overview

For all queries regarding the 10th APFTIS 2022, please email

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