As part of the Fall 2012 LSA Theme Semester on Translation, this course is especially designed for students to explore how translation is an integral part of our community and the world at large. Where do we encounter translation in everyday life? What is translation? Who translates? Why translate? What lessons do we learn in the process of translating? These are some of the questions that we will approach from various disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and international perspectives.
We will think broadly about translation as a movement across different languages, cultures, discourses, and media, and also across departments and programs at the University of Michigan.
Course requirements will include regular attendance and active participation in the course, a series of short response papers, but no final exam. Students will also be expected to attend a selection of events listed on the calendar for the LSA Theme Semester website: http://translation.lsa.umich.edu/wp/
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The course will meet twice a week for one-hour lectures presented by faculty members from multiple units on a range of topics including: translation and religion, translation and the law, translation and film, translation and identity, translation and world literature, translation and ethnography, translation and politics, translation and human rights, translation and the sciences, translation and technology, translation and media, translation and humor, translation and performance, translation and music, translation and business, translation as career path.
In addition students will meet once a week in one-hour discussion sections, to follow up in smaller groups on reading and writing assignments or special projects.