The November issue of the European Society for Translation Studies (EST) newsletter featured an write-up of the 3rd ID-TS Graduate Event, organized by graduate students of the Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies at Boğaziçi University. You can read the newsletter here.
Held virtually over Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ID-TS graduate event was organized around the theme “(Hi)stories of Translation and Translators: Past, Present and Future” and featured keynote speeches by Prof. Lieven D’hulst (Writing Histories of Translation: What About the Present and
the Future?) and Prof. Jacob Blakesley (The Gender of Translators: A Case Study of Dante’s Divine Comedy).
The event was a great success and we would like to congratulate and thank the organizing committee for all their hard work.
Organizing Committee:
  • Deniz Malaymar
  • Erdem Hürer
  • Nesrin Conker
  • N. Zeynep Kürük-Erçetin

You are cordially invited to the talk that will be delivered this Tuesday at 5 pm by Fabrizio Gallai, Ph.D., from the University of Macerata, Italy. You can find the abstract of Dr. Gallai’s talk titled “Relevance Theory & Translation Studies" below.

Date and time: 15 December 2020, 5pm

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Abstract: Relevance Theory and Translation Studies

If pragmatics is the study of meaning-in-context (Kasher, 1977; Levinson, 1983), cognitive pragmatics can be broadly defined as encompassing the study of the cognitive principles and processes involved in the construal of meaning-in-context. In particular, scholars in this field focus on both the inferential chains necessary to understand a communicator’s intention, starting from their utterance and the different mental representations underlying the comprehension of various cognitive phenomena as cognitive processes.

Even though other cognitive pragmatic theories have been developed in the last three decades, Relevance theory (henceforth RT; Sperber & Wilson, 1986/1995) can be considered as the main theoretical framework in the area of cognitive pragmatics (Huang, 2007; Schmidt, 2012) as well as the only cognitive-pragmatic approach within translation studies.

I will provide an overview of the cognitive approach to communication taken by RT and draws attention to two aspects of the theory, i.e., the distinction between explicit and implicit content and the relationship between thoughts and utterances. Further, I will show how the application of RT has shed light on key issues in Translation and Interpreting Studies.

The French Institute will host Turkish-Swiss francophone author Metin Arditi, together with our very own faculty member Dr. Ayşenaz Cengiz, translator of Arditi’s book Mon Père sur mes Épaules, at the “Salon Edebiyat” event on 16 December 2020 at 7 pm. To attend the event, which will be held via Zoom, please register here.

On Dec 11, 5pm, Nefise Kahraman will give a talk titled "#translationattached in Toronto: The Story of a Workshop in Literary Translation from Turkish into English".
You can join the event via the Zoom link


On Nov 30, 3pm, Prof. Sebnem Susam Saraeva will give a talk titled "Translation and Interpreting in Maternal and Neonatal Health".

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On November, 23rd, 4pm, Emek Ergun will give a talk titled "Feminist Translation and Activism". You are all invited!

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On Nov 18, 5pm, Prof. Şehnaz Tahir Gürçağlar is going to give a talk titled "Turkish Coffee North of the 49 Parallel: Translating the Turkish Diaspora in Toronto". You are all invited!

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The program is now available and registration has opened for the third ID-TS Graduate Event for Doctoral Students. Details can be found on our website, under the ID-TS 2020 menu.

Our department's Prof. Ebru Diriker, world-leading interpreting researcher and Rob Davidson, expert in trends in the events industry gave an interview for Inside Interpreting. They discuss the future of international events, how to be chosen by event managers and why all interpreters need to GET OUT OF THE BOOTH!

You may reach the interview from this link:

You may reach Prof. Diriker's first interview here: