One-day Symposium, October 2015

Translation for Dialogue amongst Cultures
The Case of Community and Public Service Interpreting

Date  3 October, 2015

Time  9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Venue  Khalili Lecture Theatre 

            SOAS, University of London (Russell Square Campus) 



*Admission free




 Keynote speaker


Prof  Sandra Hale

Presentation title

"Community interpreting research and how it can influence change"
For presentation abstract, click here

University of New South Wales, Australia


Invited speakers


Dr Katrijn Maryns 

Presentation title

"Multilingualism and interpreting in settings of asylum and migration"

Gent University, Belgium


Prof Anne Pauwels 

Presentation title

"Tell him his wife has cancer'

-- Exploring the views professionals hold about community interpreting"

SOAS, University of London, UK


Mr Brooke Townsley 

Presentation title

"Understanding Justice: the impact of interpreting on mediation and dispute resolution"

Middlesex University, UK


Special guests for the roundtable discussion 
(together with above invited speakers)


Mr Stephen Bishop

Executive Director of National Register of Public Service Interpreters – NRPSI, UK



Ms Bona Shin 

Community Interpreter and Artist, UK - Korean Information Centre and Theatre For All and


Ms Glenna De Bosco 

Kingston Borough Metropolitan Police Service, Korean Engagement Officer


The round table discussion will be chaired by 

Prof Theo Hermans 





More than 300 languages are spoken in London.

In hospitals, at court, or in other difficult situations, people may need to speak in their own language, which is not always English.

Community and public service interpreting then plays a crucial role; it can have direct impact on people’s lives.


This one-day symposium aims to inform about the current situation and the challenges faced by community and public service interpreting, to take stock and to develop visions for the future.

A discussion among community/public service interpreters and leading scholars from Translation, Communication, and Socio-linguistic Studies will identify further research needs in this area, addressing not only linguistic but also cultural aspects and asking how this research can be of use to the everyday practice.


Because of SOAS’s unique position, our purpose is to explore in this area especially the situation with respect to Asian, Arabic, and African languages and the needs for translation amongst cultures.




This symposium is sponsored through Seedcorn Funding by the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London.


SOAS Website 




Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg

SOAS, University of London

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