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Gender and Genre in Translation

International Conference, McGill University

Dates: April 27 – 28, 2017


Gendered genres represent a significant challenge for students of translation, translators in practice and translation analysts. At issue is the distinction between sex and gender, one being a biological fact and the other being a social construct. This is particularly interesting with respect to the translation of so-called sacred texts often written in patriarchal styles using standard male discourse patterns and frequently translated by rewriters of a different sex or different sexual orientation into a different language-culture. These texts have to be translated by professionals faced with both the linguistic and sociological challenges of producing equivalent texts in target language-cultures.

It is a well-known fact that the translation business is populated by an overwhelming majority of female translators. The industry also counts among its practitioners a significant number of individuals whose gender may not be defined as purely biological as is the case of members of the LGBT community. Hence, the ability to role play has an influence on the way in which transgendered or homosexual translators may approach texts authored by what they may intuitively or cognitively identify as the other.

Alterity in this case is a matter of both genre and gender. It may be argued that there are opposing language-cultures in this context: male-dominated language, feminist or feminine language and a multivariate LGBT language-culture.


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English and French


James Archibald, McGill University

Aron Arnold, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

Michèle Bokobza Kahan, Tel-Aviv University

Fayza El Qasem, École Supérieure d’Interprètes et de Traducteurs, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

Louise Langevin, Université Laval

Michael David Miller, McGill University

Anne Wagner, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale


Registration is mandatory for all participants and attendees. The following fees apply:

General Public: $200 CAD
Students: $60 CAD
Certified Professionals and Professors: $115 CAD

Please register online.


Bryan Jim, Administrative Coordinator
bryan.jim [at]


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McGill University
688 Sherbrooke Street West, room 1041
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 3R1 Canada
Metro: McGill


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