Spring 2007 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. Jan. 31st  David Goldberg, Department of American Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Virtual Camouflage: Tracking Culture In the Jungles of Contemporary

Digital Media


Wed. Feb. 21st  Christina Higgins, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

‘Translating’ the global response to HIV/AIDS in a local African context: Cross-cultural discourses in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania”


Wed. Mar 7th  Wimal Dissanayake, The Academy of Creative Media and the Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

“Walter Benjamin's Approach to Translation: A Classical Indian View”


Wed. Mar 14th  Yujin Yaguchi, Department of Area Studies, University of Tokyo

"Longing for a perfect Hawaiian body: performing hula in Tokyo"


Wed. April 11th  Mark McNally, Department of History, University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Translation as Hermeneutical Arithmetic: The Case of Japanese Nativism."


Wed. April 18th  Suzanna Reiss, Department of History, University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Defying Translation: U.S. Drug Wars in the Andes Confront Indigenous Politics"


Wed. April 25th  Markus Wessendorf, Department of Theatre, UH Manoa

"The Appropriation of the American West by the German National Imaginary: "Winnetou" Films of the 1960s"...