Announcing the ALTA46 Theme and Call for Proposals

Announcing the ALTA46 Theme and Call for Proposals

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ALTA46: The Place of Translation
November 8-11, 2023
Tucson, AZ

We are excited to welcome you to the return of ALTA’s full in-person conference this fall! The theme for ALTA’s 46th conference is “The Place of Translation.”

From the theme description:

What is the translator’s place within a body of literature, and how do we, as translators, navigate our place? How do translators share space with authors, editors, and audiences? Place is not only static, but dynamic: just as languages do not remain fixed in place, the place of translation is also constantly shifting and evolving. How does translation sit within and move across visible boundaries and invisible barriers? In what ways are we as translators grounded and supported, and in what ways are we trying to break free from what is deemed to be our place?

The ALTA46 theme “The Place of Translation” provides an opportunity to explore questions of placement, replacement, displacement, positioning, transnationalism, in-betweenness, out-of-placeness, and representation, as well as the place and irreplaceability of translation and translators in the literary world and culture at large.

Click here to read the full description and call for proposals→

We are excited to welcome proposals for panels and roundtables starting now. The deadline to propose a session for ALTA46 is June 20. If you’re looking for inspiration as you draft a panel or roundtable, check out the ALTA45: Value(s) virtual sessions (now free and open to the public!). 

Join ALTA members on ALTAlk (join ALTA if you haven’t already to get access to the ALTAlk listserv!), or check out the ALTA Conferences Facebook page to share session ideas and find others to present with.

Click here for full proposal guidelines→

Key Dates in 2023:

March 14: The call for session proposals opens, conference registration rates announced, Bilingual Reading signups open
May 30: Plays in Translation Contest submission deadline
June 20: Panel/roundtable proposal deadline
July 25: Registration opens
July 31: Bilingual Reading signup deadline
August 1: Bookfair request deadline
September 30: Early bird registration closes
October 23: Online registration closes
November 8-11: ALTA46 takes place in Tucson, AZ

Get answers to your ALTA46 questions on our FAQ page

We are excited to see you this November in Tucson! Please direct any questions to ALTA staff at