With this publication, the editors present the new international peer-reviewed journal translation, which from January 2012 will be published twice a year. The journal—a collaborative initiative of the Nida School of Translation Studies http://nsts.fusp.it/—takes as its main mission the collection and representation of the ways in which translation as a fundamental element of culture transforms our contemporary world. Our ambition is to create a new forum for the discussion of translation, offering an open space for debate and reflection on what we call post-translation studies, moving beyond disciplinary boundaries towards wider transdisciplinary discourses on the translational nature of societies which are increasingly hybrid, diasporic, border-crossing, intercultural, multilingual, and global.
This publication suggests new routes for rethinking translation. Prominent scholars, representing different disciplines and areas of interest, have accepted our invitation to support our project and joined translation’s advisory board. We thank and acknowledge them by letting their words represent our initial steps. These texts, either written explicitly for this journal or taken from previously published writings, reflect suggestions, directions, and even programs for the journal’s future issues.
The physical layout, design and structure of the journal are rhizomatic patterns that also illustrate our approach for future issues of the journal, both on the content level and the formal level. The metaphor of the rhizome well describes the journal and its program as it seeks, in a transdisciplinary fashion, to create a new space for academic thinking and writing.
Translation is published both as print and electronically, with the two versions conceived together, in constant dialogue, stimulating reflection, discussion, and debate in an open intersemiotic space where all forms and channels of communication are welcome.
Abstract: Traditional definitions of translation invariably include a border over or through which translation is “carried across.”
This space is reserved for articles that for various reasons are published solely on the web and not in the journal’s paper version.
In this book, Simone Murray proposes to ‘materialise’ the study of adaptation. The author argues that until now adaptation studies has predominantly focused on textual analysis.
In order to complement such an approach, Murray proposes a ‘sociology’ of adaptation that encompasses the extra-textual dimensions of adaptation.
As a first thread to this new blog, we invite you to post your impressions, opinions and suggestions about the journal’s web site. What works and what does not? What is lacking? What could be changed?
In the future we hope the blog can be a space for immediate feedback on articles and debates on the journal’s web site.