Congresos y reuniones científicas
Ecotranslation: A Journey into the Wild through the Road Less Travelled
Nueva York
Encuentro; 3rd Global Academic Meeting, GAM 2015; 2015
Institución organizadora:
New York Institute of Technology
How and when are ecological values born? Which is the humanperspective of the natural world and how is this conveyed through language?How are current environmental issues represented and subsequently transmitted through translation into new cultural spaces where other values prevail? As a cultural construct, ecology is an interdisciplinary aspect of environmental studies, which have gradually pervaded and affected various (if not every) domain in culture over the past fifty years. This same period has witnessed the development of translation studies and their subsequent shift towards the cultural studies. Considering that translation is in itself the epitome of cultural transference, and it is thus a crucial discipline in the realm of the ecological movement, this paper aims at looking into the complexities of transnational environmental relationships established by translation and exploring how established models can be torn down and rules can be rewritten through paradigm shifts generated by means of translation.Thus, we have structured our work in four main sections: ecological thoughtthroughout history, the language of nature, ecocriticism, and ecotranslation.The latter, as a linguistic ecological practice, is illustrated by three casestudies. Our objectives arise from the fact that we have surveyed much literature where, owing to different reasons including the historic period inwhich the translation was made, mistranslations have silenced the voice ofnature. We believe that uniting ecology and translation may present a newapproach to translating, contribute to foster debate on ecological issues, andeventually raise awareness and generate change.