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Why interdisciplinary research and approach in translation didactic has become essential and of interest to translation studies




Dr. Al-Hamad gave the second presentation which was attended by most faculty members from the English Department on Wednesday 25th of November from 11:00 to 12:30.
Why interdisciplinary research and approach in translation didactic has become essential and of interest to translation studies? Has the time come to think of how to structure a course with all the relevant text types and tasks for the students/researchers at a given level?
Points for discussion
  • Translation as a well established discipline (not part of Linguistics or Literature tracks).
  • Translation as an interdisciplinary field is fairly a young field of study… as translation is (60 years or so).
  • Translation is conceived in its broadest possible sense and relates not exclusively to processes that are interlingual but also, for example, to those that are intermedial or intercultural.
  • The definition of the concept Interdisciplinary: The Authoritative Definition of Interdisciplinary Studies (which includes four core concepts—process, disciplines, integra­tion and a more comprehensive understanding):
Interdisciplinary studies is a process of answering a question, solving a prob­lem, or addressing a topic that is too broad or complex to be dealt with ade­quately by a single discipline, and draws on the disciplines with the goal of integrating their insights to construct a more comprehensive understanding.  
  • The relevance of Interdisciplinary to Translation.
  • Translation theory as an interdisciplinary field: (4.310.000)...Internet articles and books.
  •  To support his discussion, the Lecturer provided (42 Themes) that illustrate the interdisciplinary approach in translation Nowadays.The researcher emphasized a range of evidence that researchers discussed today in their conferences or covered by the study plans away from the traditional topics previously generated from the womb of / or linked to Linguistics. The list includes:
Neuroscience and biochemistry environmental science, nanotechnology, Geobiology, sustainability science and engineering,  psycholinguistics, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, intercultural studies, cross-cultural studies, women’s studies, urban studies and American studies as mentioned in (Klein, 1990). In Addition, topics range from: Translation and Gender Studies, Strategies to overcome the prevalent hetero/sexism in translation and Translation from Ethics to Censorship … to Translation and Intercultural Studies, Science and Technology, Economic translation and Crime in Translation… among other issues.
  • Introducing the concepts: (Lecturer/Trainer and the Student/Trainee) in the translation field which re-emphasizes the need to re-think the way the curricular/course plans are structured.
 The importance of drawing the line between the relevance of translation to other disciplines, linguistics in particular and dominance of other fields over translation.
  • Translation as an Interdisciplinary field and its interdisciplinarity with most of the fields of knowledge are evolving dynamic con­cepts that are now mainstream in the Academy. Still, many of the translation scholars seem to use the term loosely are unaware of the role of integration and of the goal of tSince 1990 (the beginning of the new Millennium), our globalized world had noticed dramatic changes at all levels.
  • Not only economy has undergone major changes in the 21st century, education also, and even more so, higher education in which we face an Interdisciplinary approach in translation didactics: very strong shift from teaching to learning.
  • This means that teaching has to aim at an individual learning process where the teacher/trainer acts mainly as facilitator.
  • This implies of course that the student/trainee is in the center of the process and no more the trainer: the latter helping mainly in the knowledge and skills transfer, showing how to integrate actively new knowledge into existing knowledge, hence to infer as much as possible.
  • In other words, many trainers have to change their way of teaching and also of structuring their classes.
  • Research wise, interdisciplinarity hence can help us to better results by integrating knowledge from annexed disciplines through new pathways of  processes and practices at the borders of language, the body, law, and the state be rigorously theorised and researched and research findings effectively represented and evaluated in a multilingual manner? This could be important to rethink the publishing policies and the type of academic journals that translators publish in by creating a Challenge to linguistic / linguistically mute fields.
The seminar was followed by a fruitful discussion between the faculty member concerning translation as a linguistic study.
Professor Khafaji talked about the importance of linguistics in translation considering the interdisciplinarity nature of translatio