Trust and Proof: Melbourne Symposium

italian_symposiumThe School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne is hosting a free two-day international symposium, Trust and Proof: Translators in Early Modern Print Culture, on 14-15 August 2015. The influence of translators as cultural agents in early modern Europe was both enhanced and complicated by the growth of the print industry. This symposium interrogates the role and self-image of translators in the context of early modern print culture. How did they seek to exploit new opportunities for the increased reach and currency of their work? In presenting their efforts to their ideal readers, translators routinely insist upon the trustworthiness and creativity of their craft. Celebrating the mediated nature of printed texts, a range of international scholars will address the scope and anxieties of the translator’s task in early modern Europe. For details of the full programme, venues and essential registration ….


Theatre 227, 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton

9.00am: Welcome

9.15–10.15:  ANTHONY PYM  (ROVIRA I VIRGILI, SPAIN)- Print and Modernity in Translation

10.15–10.45: Morning Tea

10.45–11.45: BELÉN BISTUÉ (CONICET AND UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CUYO, ARGENTINA) – ‘Most profitable for all qualities of persons’: Multi-Version Texts and Translators’ Anxieties in Early Modern Europe

11.45–12.30: ANDREA RIZZI (MELBOURNE)- ‘Praising the others’ skills’: Multiple and Collaborative Translation in the Italian Renaissance

12.30–14..00: Lunch

14.00- 15.00: BRIAN RICHARDSON (LEEDS) – The Social Transmission of Translations in Renaissance Italy: Strategies of Dedication

15.00-15.30: Afternoon Tea

15.30-16.30: ROSALIND SMITH (NEWCASTLE) – ‘Reputed femall, delivered at second hand’: Women, Translation and Religion in Sixteenth-century England




Graduate Study Space / Seminar room, Level 1, Baillieu Library

10.00–12.30:    Symposium speakers will present and discuss relevant rare books from the Baillieu Library collections, including Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Polyphili (printed by Aldus Manutius in 1499).

Admission is free, but bookings are required since seating is limited.

To register click HERE.

For further information, contact Jeremy Taylor or phone +61 3 8344 4720