A conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
—organized by Clorinda Donato (California State University, Long Beach)
and Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink (Universität des Saarlandes)
Co-sponsored by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
The national character of encyclopedic compilations coincides with the rise of the concept of the nation-state at the end of the eighteenth century. Indeed, knowledge and knowledge transfer that took place in the language of the nation suddenly assumed an important practical and symbolic value. It was practical, on the one hand, in response to the explosion of knowledge in the eighteenth-century world of commercial and colonial competition; it was also symbolic, as control of the world through language became a powerful tool in the forming of perceptions both local and global.
At the end of the eighteenth century, new encyclopedic projects were launched to correct, through translation and adaptation, how a particular nation, people and cultural entity were perceived. Yet, compilations and their role in knowledge transmission constitute an overlooked source for understanding the intercultural dynamics of the global enlightenment. This conference seeks to address this gap with papers addressing representative mediating figures, such as translators, publishers and editors; analysis of exemplary translations, transfer and adaptation processes; practical application of translated compilations in agriculture, economics, geography, history, manufacturing, and industrialization.
Registration Deadline: April 5, 2013
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Registration Fees: $20 per person; All students, Affiliated Faculty, UC faculty and staff: no charge*
All students, Affiliated Faculty, UC faculty and staff may register via e-mail by sending their name, affiliation and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Students should be prepared to provide their current University ID at the conference.
Complimentary lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants.
Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.
UCLA Center for Seventeenth- & Eighteenth-Century Studies
10745 Dickson Plaza, 310 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, California 90095-1404
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