Translating the Gaps? Mapping Contact between Native American and Western Cultures in the Americas
This working group seeks to (re)think the place of language and cultural contacts in the historico-political exchange between Native and Western cultures. It will provide a space to reflect on how the politics of culture and language contact have been translated into the narratives and knowledge of the respective worldviews and epistemologies of these two communities and to explore questions such as:
How does translation happen between languages in the "discovery" of the New World?
How does translation praxis operate in a networked global world?
How, and for what purposes, will we "know"?
What points of cultural contact are recurrent or relevant in the cartographies of knowledge produced by distinct communities, when computing and media technologies are transforming not only their engagement with the world, but also their understanding of it?
Whose knowledge is considered legitimate today, and in what language?
How should we organize our learning institutions and communities to "decolonize knowledge"?
How can we articulate questions of contact and communication in terms of ethics and values?
STEERING COMMITTEE Andreas Motsch, French Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology Paul Cohen, History Keren Rice, Linguistics and Aboriginal Studies Mária Constanza Guzmán, Translation Studies, York University/Glendon College Ian Martin, Linguistics, York University
FACULTY Heidi Bohacker, History Grégoire Holtz, French Alana Johns, Linguistics
(Other Universities) Bruce Connell, Linguistics, York University Maya Chacaby, Linguistics, York University John Steckley, Anthropology and Sociology, Humber College Marie-Christine Pioffet, French, York University
GRADUATE STUDENTS Douglas Allen, History Céline Bonnotte, French Melina Giannelia, History Amy Huras, History Daniel Laxer, History Chandra Murdoch, History Richard Spavin, French Christian Micu, French Elena Stoica, French
(Other Universities) Ixchel Cervantes, Translation Studies, York University Janice Flavien, Translation Studies, York University Sean Meades, Linguistics, York University