The 6th International Maastricht-Lódz Duo Colloquium. Call for papers: Translation and Meaning 2015


The overall organisation of the International Maastricht-Lódz Duo Colloquiums is in the hands of the Maastricht School of Translation and Interpreting of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands) and the Department of Translation Studies of the Institute of English Studies of the University of Lódz (Poland). The International Maastricht-Lódz Duo Colloquiums are organised every 5 years and consist of two parts in one and the same year: 

(1)  in Maastricht, the so-called Maastricht Session, and 

(2)  in Lódz, the so-called Lódz Session. 

Both Sessions have their own organising committees. The chair of the Maastricht Organising Committee is Dr. Marcel Thelen and of the chair of the Lódz Organising Committee is Prof. Dr. Habil. Lukasz Bogucki.


Main theme for both Sessions:  The overall aim of the International Maastricht-Lódz Duo Colloquiums is to provide an international forum for discussion between translation/interpreting theorists and practitioners on issues of meaning in translation and interpreting. The central theme for both the Maastricht and the Lódz Sessions is "Translation and Meaning".

In principle, the Maastricht Sessions will be geared towards practice, and will deal with practical aspects of the central theme and the various sub-themes, and the Lódz session will be geared towards theory, and will deal with theoretical aspects.

General information on Maastricht and Lódz Sessions in 2015

1.    THE MAASTRICHT SESSION (21 and 22 May 2015):

Venue for the Maastricht session: The Maastricht Session will take place in the buildings of Zuyd Hogeschool at Brusselseweg 150 in Maastricht (see picture below). Main building Zuyd University Maastricht



Participants intending to give a paper should send a 300-400 words double-spaced camera ready abstract by 31 December 2014 to the Chairman/Scientific Secretary of the Maastricht Organising Committee. Abstracts should be sent as an attachment by e-mail in MSWord 2007 or higher and should contain the title of the paper, name(s) and affiliation(s) with complete postal address and e-mail address of the author(s), and, in the top right corner, the sub-theme (see above) that the paper covers. The Maastricht Organising Committee will reply by the end of January 2015.


Important dates: Deadline for abstracts: 31 December 2014

Notification of acceptance: end of January 2015

Working languages: The working languages of the Maastricht session will be English, French and German. 


The Maastricht session will be rather informal, thus giving all participants the opportunity to exchange ideas. Provisional programme: Individual lectures will be of 30 minutes, followed by about 10 minutes of discussion.  The Maastricht session will be rather informal, thus giving all participants ample opportunity to exchange ideas.


Keynote speakers:

1.    Prof. Dr. Don Kiraly, University of Mainz, Germany

2.   Prof. Dr. Anthony Pym, Rovira i Virgili University, Taragona, Spain

Proceedings: A selection of contributions will be published by Peter Lang (Frankfurt/Main, Berlin).

Authors whose papers have been accepted for inclusion will receive a style guide for the preparation of a camera-ready version. The proceedings of the Maastricht session will be published after the session.

Registration and congress fee:  The fee for participation is € 250 NET for the entire Maastricht session of the Duo Colloquium, i.e. Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May (i.e. bank/transfer charges are NOT INCLUDED). This includes registration, the academic programme, the social programme, a copy of the abstracts, all other documentation, and all lunches and coffee break refreshments, but not accommodation, the congress dinner or a copy of the proceedings. The fee for the congress dinner is € 60 and includes transport and dinner.


Contact details: Marcel Thelen (chair) e-mail:

TEL: + 31 43 346 6471 (direct line)

or Ms. Leila Medjadji (secretary) e-mail:

TEL.: + 31 43 346 6438 (direct line)


2.    THE Lódz SESSION (18 and 19 September 2015):


Contact details:

Colloquium fee for the Lódz session: see the first circular for the Lódz session.

Colloquium languages: English, French, German.


For more information about the 2015 Duo Colloquium and for information about previous Duo Colloquiums and the content of the previous proceedings, please visit our special

For more information, please contact Marcel Thelen at