ALTA39: Translation & Crossings

ALTA39: Translation & Crossings

Thursday - Sunday, October 6-9, 2016

Oakland, CA  |  #ALTA39

Keynote: Don Mee Choi​

The prefix “trans” reminds us that the concept of crossing is fixed at the heart of translation. Thinking about translation in this way—as a crossing, a kind of movement—suggests a rich intersection of questions about the nature of the translator's work. Translation & Crossing asks us to think about physical crossings and migrations, the potential upheaval and labor that this physical movement implies, as well as the complex linguistic transfer that occurs in translation between languages and cultures. But translations can and often do cross much more abstracted terrain—what does it mean for a translation to traverse ideologies, time periods, forms, genders, artistic and intellectual boundaries of all kinds? What strategies, practices, and transgressions emerge in this process of moving across these more ambiguous divides? ALTA39 aims to create an inclusive venue for conversation about translation as a process of moving across, through, over, to the other side of, or beyond these categories and boundaries.

Guide for First Time ALTA Attendees


Conference sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016, and conclude at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016. There is an opening reception at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016. There is a closing reception at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016.

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  • January 1, 2016: Sessions and readings applications open 
  • April 15, 2016: Session proposal deadline
  • April 15, 2016: Nominations for the NTA, Stryk, and IPTA deadline
  • May 9, 2016: ALTA Travel Fellowship applications deadline
  • May 9, 2016: Bilingual Reading Series application deadline
  • July 15, 2016: Deadline for bookfair orders
  • August 1, 2016: Deadline for program advertisements
  • September 12, 2016: Deadline for special group rate hotel room reservations
  • September 25, 2016: Deadline for online conference registration