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Conference Organizer:
Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Tunghai University

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Tunghai University, Taichung City 40704, Taichung Harbor Road Section 3 No. 181, TAIWAN

15 May 2010

Translation is an important part of cultural production. Some cultures import a lot of texts from other cultures while others import only a little. Minority cultures tend to import a lot of texts from other cultures and these translations help to build the local literature. This importance is most obvious in the way books are illustrated, in picture books, and in movies and cartoons. This conference will look at the importance of translation in children’s literature.

Proposals are invited for papers and panel discussions on this topic. Topics may include:

  • translation of visual texts
  • publication of dual language texts
  • translating ‘classics’
  • work of particular translators
  • relationships between different art forms and books for children
  • the influence of translated books on the development of local literature
  • translations to and from minority/community languages
  • relationship between culture and translation
  • translating to and from ‘American’ English
  • publishers’ attitudes towards translated books
  • relationships between authors and their translators
  • the role of the literary agent in relation to translation
  • the role of awards in selecting works for translation

Types of Presentation:
Paper or Panel Discussion: 30 minutes for each presentation, including a 20-minute presentation and a 10-minute discussion.

Conference/Paper Language:
All papers are required to be written and presented in English.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

  • The length of the abstract should be limited to 500 words.
  • Do not enter the submission number; this will be done here in the department to allow blind review.
  • Save your abstract submission file as abstract-name (for example: abstract-chihfengtsai or abstract-johnsmith).
  • Please put “Abstract for Children’s Literature Conference” as the e-mail message subject line.
  • Send the abstract submission form (without your name on the second page for the abstract) by e-mail to

Important Dates:
Due date for abstract submission: 15 February 2010
Announcement of abstract acceptance: 28 February 2010
Due date for full paper submission: 1 May 2010

We plan to publish a selection of papers in a monograph. After the conference, presenters will get the chance to revise their papers and these revised full papers will be blind reviewed and those accepted will be published in a monograph.

Contact Phone Number: 04-2359 0121 Ext. 31200 Sherry Jan (Assistant) or Ext. 31203 (Dr. Mieke K.T. Desmet, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department)
Fax: 04-23594002

This information is also available on the website of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Tunghai University:

CFP – Tunghai University Conference on Children’s Literature