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Community Interpreting in Turkey
Message 1: Community Interpreting in Turkey
From: Jonathan Ross <jonathan.rossboun.edu.tr>
Subject: Community Interpreting in Turkey
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Full Title: Community Interpreting in Turkey
Date: 22-Nov-2010 - 23-Nov-2010
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Contact Person: Jonathan Ross
Meeting Email: community.interpretingboun.edu.tr
Linguistic Field(s): Translation
Subject Language(s): Turkish (tur)
Call Deadline: 22-Sep-2010
'Community Interpreting in Turkey'
Bo?aziçi University, 22-23 November 2010
In recent decades, considerable steps have been taken in various countries
to develop the supply and quality of interpreting and other services that
enable citizens, visitors and refugees with limited proficiency in the local
official language(s) to access public services such as health care,
education, legal recourse, the police, and social benefits. These
improvements in the provision of 'community' or 'public service' interpreting
have coincided with an increase in the training and research conducted in
this field. Courses, postgraduate programs and systems of accreditation in
community interpreting or its subfields have been launched across the
world, and ever more research into interpreting in settings such as
courtrooms, hospitals and police stations is being carried out and published,
with the Critical Link series of conferences and books being a prime
In Turkey, however, the situation is rather different. Although certain Turkish
laws, bylaws and regulations do prescribe and detail the use of (spoken and
signed) interpreting in legal and other settings, in reality, recourse to ad
hoc solutions and untrained interpreters is very common. Only a handful of
NGOs such as the organisation Afette Rehber Çevirmen (ARÇ) (see Bulut
and Kurultay 2004) and the offices of the UNHCR have attempted to set the
provision of community interpreting on a stronger institutional footing.
However, recent years have seen increased official acceptance of the
multilingual and multicultural realities of Turkey and a number of pioneering
studies have investigated particular aspects of community interpreting in
Turkey (see Diriker and Tahir Gürça?lar 2004 on the legal arrangements
regarding community interpreting, Do?an 2004 on court interpreting). As
part of the multilateral EU-funded project TRICC (Training Bilingual and
Intercultural Competences in Health and Social Care), which is generously
sponsoring this event, a team from Bo?aziçi University is currently
conducting research into ad hoc interpreting in Turkish public medical
settings (see Ross and Dereboy forthcoming).
Given this conjuncture, the symposium aims to take stock of the state of
community interpreting in Turkey, in terms of needs, legal and political
framework, provision and training, and the actual experiences of
interpreters (professional or informal) and those who rely on them.
Call For Papers
Interpreting scholars and trainers, medical, legal and other professionals,
policy-makers and other stakeholders whose research or work is bound up
with community interpreting are invited to offer abstracts for papers in
Turkish or English on any aspect of community interpreting in today's
Turkey, including interpreting services between Turkish and minority
languages in Turkey. Papers presenting the findings of original research will
be especially welcome. Symposium proceedings will be published, to yield
the first fully-fledged book on Community Interpreting in Turkey.
Abstracts in Turkish or English (maximum 300 words, excluding references),
clearly indicating the name and professional status of the author(s), should
be sent by 22 September to community.interpretingboun.edu.tr.
Notification of acceptance will be by Friday 1 October 2010.
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