Proposal Guidelines for ALTA45

Proposal Guidelines for ALTA45

Proposal deadline: June 20, 2022

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The ALTA Conference Committee invites proposals for panels and roundtables and for ALTA's 45th year of programming. ALTA45: "Value(s)" will take place both virtually from April - November, 2022. Read about this year’s theme and official call for participation on our ALTA45 web page. On our blog, you can read an announcement from the Board, staff and the 2022 Conference Committee about our conference format. Panels and roundtables will be held on two Thursdays each month, beginning in June. (View events calendar here.)

We know that the ability to converse with fellow conference-goers is an important hallmark of ALTA programming. Last year, we debuted roundtables and seminars to allow for extended discussion and exploration of a wide variety of topics among all conference participants. This year, you'll be able to propose either 4-person panels, as in previous years at ALTA, as well as roundtables organized by 2-3 organizers (and involving 12-13 participants). Please continue reading for more information about the distinction.

Panel and roundtable decisions will be sent out in mid-July, 2022. You will be able to edit what you submitted until June 20, 2022, through the link in the Google form confirmation you receive by email. If your panel or roundtable is accepted, it will automatically be programmed! No changes can be made after June 20.

The annual tradition of the Alexis Levitin Bilingual Readings will continue virtually this year as a monthly series. Reading slots will be first-come, first-served, with priority given to current ALTA members. Signups will take place each month via the link in the newsletter and on ALTA’s website. Please be prepared to share the name of your author, title of the text, genre, your bio, and a brief description of the work. 

As always, all participants (panelists, roundtable participants, and readers) must purchase a registration to take part in ALTA45 programming. Presenter registrations help ALTA cover the cost of putting on our programming. Panelists and roundtable participants must purchase an all-access registration. Bilingual readers may purchase a single-event ticket due to the rolling nature of our reading signups, but if you are able, please purchase an all-access registration to support not only your individual reading but also the entire season.

For those seeking conference funding from an institution, please note that roundtable participation has equivalent status to presenting on an ALTA panel, and should be considered of equal merit.

We welcome everyone to our conference and are committed to making our programming and events accessible and to making arrangements that allow all attendees to participate in the conversation. Please view our Accessibility web page for more information. It will be updated frequently.

Questions may be sent to ALTA Program Manager Kelsi Vanada at kelsi@literarytranslators.org.

Panels at ALTA45

Panels involve between 3-4 presenters sharing about a topic. A proposal that’s all about getting interesting people with interesting ideas together in a room, talking with each other and letting the discussion evolve organically, will be more successful than a proposal that sets itself forward as a chance for panelists to share about their own research or projects. ALTA sessions are meant to spark thoughtful, lively discussion between panelists and audience. To that end, participants are asked not to read papers during their session. ALTA values sessions involving audience interaction, so plan on devoting a significant portion, or at least 15 minutes, of the 75-minute block to Q&A.

Panel Proposals must include:

  • Title: 70 characters or fewer;
  • Organizer Information: name, email address, and 400-character bio for panel organizer (NOTE the panel organizer must be a current ALTA member in order to propose a panel, and organizers may only propose ONE panel or roundtable);
  • Participant Information: names, email addresses, and 400-character bios for the moderator and panelists (the organizer may be one of the participants);
  • Description: a final description (800 characters or fewer) of the panels, which will be used on the event page;
  • Date/time: select your first and second choice of date and time of day. We will make every effort to accommodate your requests, but we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first or second choice in the event your panel is accepted.

NOTE: For guidelines regarding writing your bio, please navigate to this page. Google Forms do not allow italics, so you may choose to designate titles by placing an underscore before and after as a signal to organizers, like this: _What's Left of the Night_.

Roundtables at ALTA45

Roundtables gather small groups of translators to meet for 75 minutes and explore a topic in-depth. Roundtables will meet only once for 75 minutes (rather than meeting twice, as we did last year).

Roundtables are proposed and led by 2-3 organizers. 12 to 13 participants per roundtable will sign up, first-come first-served, to become part of their roundtable of choice. Organizers are expected to propose themes/topics that will allow for a diverse group of translators at different career stages to be part of the conversation. If desired, organizers may circulate texts to the participants in advance of the roundtable.

Roundtables aim to foster considered exchange, discussion and debate around one central theme, issue, or question. Roundtables allow for extended discussion and exploration of a wide variety of topics, such as: a promising new pedagogical strategy, different editing practices, methods for disseminating translations, or an issue in the field. Please read the following descriptions and examples carefully:

Roundtables are conversational. They are spaces for discussion, collaboration, and creative thinking, and aim to give all participants equal seats at the table. As such, organizers are strongly encouraged to structure their roundtables around highly engaging forms of exchange. For example, the ALTA43 session “Translation in Education: The Classroom & Beyond” might be a good fit for the roundtable model. Organizers would phrase the title of the roundtable as a question: “What are best practices for introducing students to literary translation at the elementary and high school levels?” Then, in the roundtable, organizers might invite participants to share examples from their own experience and research, as the group strives to arrive at an answer–or answers–to the question posed by the theme.

Roundtables may also be more instructional. For example, the ALTA43 session “Softening the Blow: Translating Racialized Language” might be a good fit for the roundtable model. Organizers with knowledge of the subject would prepare brief theoretical texts or practical examples for participants to read in advance of the roundtable. From the common ground of these shared readings and examples, organizers would lead participants into a greater understanding of how translators can navigate moments of othering in the source text, and how to approach translating texts that participate in racism. 

Roundtable Proposals must include:

  • Title (70 characters or fewer);
  • Organizer Information: names, email addresses, and 400-character bios for your two or three organizers (NOTE at least one organizer must be a current ALTA member in order to propose a roundtable or seminar, and organizers may only propose ONE panel or roundtable);
  • Description: a description (800 characters or fewer) of the roundtable’s subject and goals, which will be used in the call for participants and on the event page;
  • Format: a description (250 characters or fewer) of the roundtable’s format, which will appear in the call for participants. For example, roundtable organizers may choose to circulate brief texts in advance for participants to read, or may ask each participant to come prepared with one example to share orally, or to bring a brief excerpt of a text in their translation;
  • Date/time: select your first and second choice of date and time of day. We will make every effort to accommodate your requests, but we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first or second choice in the event your panel is accepted; and
  • Audience Members: indicate your understanding that roundtables will be open to audience members. Audience members will be invited to join without participating; virtual roundtables and seminars will take place in Zoom, and audience members will not be able to turn on their camera or mic.

NOTE: For guidelines regarding writing your bio, please navigate to this page. Google Forms do not allow italics, so you may choose to designate titles by placing an underscore before and after as a signal to organizers, like this: _What's Left of the Night_.

Proposal deadline: June 20, 2022