Lecture Lawrence Venuti and Abdelkader Benali in Nottingham

To mark the launch of the University of Nottingham’s new Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies Lawrence Venuti, Professor of English at Temple University, and Dutch author Abdelkader Benali will give lectures on translation on Thursday 17 November 2011 at 5.15 pm in Clive Granger Building room A48, University Park Campus.

Professor Venuti is a leading authority in translation studies, whose ground-breaking research into the issues of translating cultures has illuminated the impact of power relations – economic, political, and intellectual – on the exchange of ideas and words . His publications include The Translator’s Invisibility: A History of Translation (2nd ed., 2008) and The Scandals of Translation: Towards an Ethics of Difference (1998). Professor Venuti also translates from Italian, French, and Catalan; his translations have won numerous prizes, including from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2007 and the Robert Fagles Translation Prize in 2008.

The Lecture will be followed by a reception, after which the prize-winning Moroccan-Dutch writer Abdelkader Benali will speak about his own experience of “being translated”. His novels Bruiloft aan zee (Wedding by the Sea, 1996), De langverwachte (2002), and De stem van mijn moeder (My Mother’s Voice, 2009) have all been translated in numerous languages.