Seminar: "Beyond ‘Loss ’and ‘Gain’ in Translation: Re-visiting the New Developments in Translation Studies" by Dr. Chandrani Chatterjee
The present paper attempts to locate and discuss the major shifts that Translation Studies as a discipline has undergone in the last two decadescor so. These shifts in Translation Studies have called for a need to redefine and reconceptualise ‘translation’ and the ideas associated with it. In the process, the methods of evaluating translations or understanding what qualifies as a translation and what does not have also undergone changes that in turn have redefined the very epistemologies associated with the discipline. A domain that was largely understood as secondary and derivative, as an off shoot of linguistics, is now being studied for the possibilities of ‘trans-disciplinary’ research that it has made available. Translation is being productively used to discuss concepts and ideas hitherto not associated with the discipline. While this has led to exhibiting a certain degree of anxiety from practitioners within and outside the field, it has also led to the emergence of new areas of enquiry and a need to re-conceptualize the discipline. This paper proposes to discuss some of these new trends and the associated debates around it. In turn, the paper hopes to raise certain questions about the future of the discipline, highlighting the necessity to go beyond the tropes of loss and gain that still seem to be at the core of our understanding of translation.
Dr. Chandrani Chatterjee teaches English Studies at the Department of English, Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune). She has a BA (English Hons.) and MA (English) from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and a Ph.D. from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Bombay. She was awarded the Fulbright Visiting Lecturer Fellowship to UMass, Amherst, USA, 2012-13 and the NIDA fellowship to Italy in 2014 and 2018 respectively. Some of her areas of interest include Translation Studies, History of the Book, Genre and Gender Studies. Two of her most recent publications include, ‘Performative implications of genres: a critical rumination’, in Dev Pathak and Sasanka Perera (ed.) Culture and Politics in South Asia: Performative Communication, Routledge, 2017; and two entries on ‘Michael Madhusudan Dutt’ and ‘Bhudeb Mukhopadhyay’ in Modern South Asian Thinkers, Sage, 2018.