Fall 2006 Speaker Series: Cultural Translation


Cultural translation involves not only the art and craft of the 'literary' or 'technical' translation, but also the many cultural formations that emerge through the global flow of capital, ideas, technologies, exiles, emigrants and refugees. Multiple types of translational identities are produced as global subjectivities become increasingly defined by communication across languages and cultures. Presentations in this series will engage the subject of cultural translation in as broad a way as possible addressing cultural translation across issues of diasporic displacement, nation, gender formation, political practice, hybridity, migration, indigeneity, looking at cultural institutions and practices, communities, the reading of “foreign” films, and translation from one medium to another.

All presentations are free and open to the public.



Time:  12:00pm – 1:20pm Place:  East-West Center, Burns Hall 2118



Wed. Sept. 13thVicente Rafael, Department of History, University of Washington
"Translating 'Freedom' on the Eve of the Filipino Revolution"


Wed. Sept. 20thKyle Ikeda, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Hawaii at Manoa

“Challenges of Representing the Polylinguality of Okinawan Literature in Translation”


 Wed. Oct. 4thCristina Bacchilega, Department of English, University of Hawaii at Manoa

"_Legendary Hawai'i_as Cultural Translation"


Wed. Oct. 11thSubramanian Shankar, Department of English, University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Postcolonialism and the Problem of Translation"


Wed. Nov. 1stLeilani Basham, Department of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaii at Manoa

“Mele Lähui: Poetic Expressions of the Hawaiian People and Nation”


Wed. Nov. 8thDavid Mozina, Department of Religion, Harvard University



Wed. Nov. 15thKathy Ferguson, Women’s Studies and Political Science, UH Manoa

"Race, Class and Jewishness in Early 20th Century Radical Immigrant Politics."


Wed. Nov. 29thLinda Lierheimer, Department of History, Hawaii Pacific University

Miraculous Translation in Early Modern France”


Wed. Dec. 6thFred Lau, Department of Music, UH Manoa